Close encounters of the BG kind
After attending two different pistol training events, with different instructors, I am left wondering whose advice is best. When dealing with an attack within 5m, one instructor advised to draw the pistol and have it as high and tight on the pectoral muscle as possible, thereby limiting the chance of a takeaway (elbow pulled back tight). The left arm in this scenario would be blocking the incoming strike, while the right fires from that position in the draw stroke. I found this useful and intuitive. Yet, the second instructor concluded that the best course of action when a BG is in this close (by way of surprise, etc.) is to not draw your firearm, but rather use empty-hand self-defense techniques. He surmised that drawing in this manner will facilitate a takeaway. Additionally, he suggested to shoot from the hip a la cowboy style if I did draw.
This seems to be an important thing to have figured out and practiced before an event takes place. What do you recommend?
Thanks for the knowledge, as always.