Everyone is shooting the dice, no pun intended. The concern with the "low ready position" is that it may be what other states are doing, but not what NJ is asking for! The HQC1(revolver) or HQC2(semi-auto) officially require drawing from a holster.
All I know is there are multiple training instructors and facilities with ALL DIFFERENT requirements. This is the BS I'm talking about. Some doing Basic pistol 1&2 and Holster draw 1&2 with a CCW thats over 1k in fees, Some doing HNQC & HQC2, some just basic pistol and qualification test. The most realistic one I've seen is Gun For Hire, who is qualification from ready position like majority of CCW states..unfortunately they are 1hr and 20min from me but I might have to suck up that ride and get it done!