Much like the topic says, I've been reading the CCW threads, and a rudimentary (usually, some go into more detail) outline of practicing. Let me explain how I practice, and see how everyone else either agrees or disagrees with this. I CCW on my right. When I go to the range to practice, I do not move my pistol out to where it is no longer obstructed. Why? Because, in my mind, in a real world encounter where I would need to access said weapon, I seriously doubt the BG is going to let me call 'time out' so I can clear a path to my defensive utensil. Thus, when I do go, I start slowly, moving my shirt to access my weapon, then drawing and firing. Then I go through the 'change the mag, store it, change it, then re-holster it' routine. My entire drill, after I've warmed up, takes seconds, but it's because I want to make sure it is clearly drilled on how to do it. I never tuck my shirt in, and all of them are of basically the same length and material, and I like to keep my motions as clean and efficient as possible. Now...why do I do the drill this way? In a crisis scenario, you must account for the entire motion. The motion goes significantly beyond the draw and fire aspect. First point, remove your obstruction (shirt), while at the same time, your weapon hand is going for your weapon. Being able to do this without looking is important. That one second glance away from your target means your target may not be where you remember him at, so you should keep your eyes ahead, not watching your hands. Finger off the trigger as the weapon comes up, to prevent (if you have a weapon with 'wonky' safety's), which means it's one that, if you really don't know it well, can cause you to shoot yourself.) Weapon up, safety off (depending again on your weapon)target centered and fire. Target hit, drop the magazine (scanning for other BG's, obviously, before completing, and making sure your target is down), replace spent magazine with a fresh one and holster the used one. As Arizona said, always do that. Then, once area is clear, reholster safely, and stand down. Rinse and repeat, faster each time until it is a coordinated move. If you've never tried this, please do so with an unloaded weapon to begin with. The alternate method? I practice as if I cannot use my left hand, as it is warding off the BG or otherwise unable to assist, and thus, do the entire operation one handed. Again, slowly to start, (empty if never before done), and increase speed until I feel that I am performing at my highest level with it. I realize that this is 'preaching to the choir', but I'm going to say it anyway. Just because someone HAS a CCW doesn't mean that little card makes someone proficient in a crisis situation. Being unprepared and unpracticed puts not just you, but innocents around you, in jeopardy, and increases your legal problems significantly if you ever do have to draw your weapon. (I hope all of us go to the dirt nap viewed as paranoid people, rather than getting to say 'told ya so!') If I buy a new gun, it will get lots of range visits (rotating with my primary, so that I don't lose my edge with it), and only after I feel that I am equal with it to my primary will it ever replace it. It starts with several boxes of rounds down the range just getting acquainted with the gun, and making sure I don't have issues with FTF and FTE's. Having a weapon that has mechanical issues as your primary is like carrying a spare tire that is bald. Why waste your time? What say the wiser heads? What is your practice policy?