I took a CQE class today. The procedure we practiced is fairly standard: Stand about arms length from a paper/cardboard silhouette Block with weak (left) arm by placing hand over ear and using forearm to cover face Strike with strong (right) arm; e.g. throw a punch to the chest, head, or throat Draw pistol and index against rib cage. Shoot either groin or one of the ball joints in the hip. In this class, they taught us to hold the gun parallel to the ground with the bottom of the mag against our rib cage. I've seen instructional videos on CQE (e.g. Gunsite Academy) that demonstrate holding the gun more vertical. Our instructor argued that holding it vertical increased the odds of the slide hitting your body and/or your clothing fouling the operation of the hammer and slide. I don't which is "better." Holding the gun flat as instructed seemed to work okay for me. Prior to the start of the class, one of the instructors asked me if I was shooing one of my 1911's (which I always do). He expressed concern that it was going to be a problem for tonight's class. He predicted that the hammer was going to get caught in my cover garment, and that I was going to have problems with the grip safety because of the odd shooting grip/stance, etc. It was the typical "1911's suck" rant, but said in a polite tone. The guy next to me was shooting a Glock 19. He had trouble with intermittent failures. We think he might have been limp wristing the gun, but we're not sure. There was a another guy who had trouble keeping his gun running. He had a striker gun of some flavor. I used my Dan Wesson Valor in 45 acp. The gun ran flawlessly.