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What is an acceptable time to draw and fire from concealment?

Discussion in 'Carry Issues' started by nathanours, Nov 7, 2011.

  1. nathanours

    nathanours Texan

    Me and my friend were practicing drawing and firing 2 rounds at different targets from concealment. It got me thinking about what would be an acceptable speed? Obviously the faster the better, but do any of you time how long it takes? We've gotten it to a good bit under a second. Here is a vid from yesterday where I am shooting a man-sized tree from 11 yards away with 2 shots.

    The sound is off, so you can tell when the shots are by watching the gun jump.
    Last edited: Nov 7, 2011
  2. glockman513

    glockman513 CCW Instructor

    Sep 25, 2006
    SW OH / NKY
    I'd say you're there.

  3. vista461


    Jul 10, 2006
    S.E. WI
    Sound is working on my end.
  4. nathanours

    nathanours Texan

    Sorry, I mean that the sound doesn't go along with the picture. What actually happened is my phone camera couldn't pick up the sound, so what you are actually hearing is the echo a little after I actually shoot.
  5. dhkaiser


    Jun 15, 2011
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  6. Bren

    Bren NRA Life Member

    Jan 16, 2005
    If you are really interested in developing speed and seeing how your skills compare to others, go find the nearest IDPA match.
  7. Japle

    Japle John, Viera, Fl

    Feb 26, 2000
    Viera, Florida
    Having seen the times of IDPA shooters, I'd say that 1.2 to 1.8 seconds is about average for shooters who do well in competition.

    The "pros" will do much better.
  8. Bren

    Bren NRA Life Member

    Jan 16, 2005
    About right. Still, to really measure that and practice he's going to need a shot timer. The easiest and best way to both measure your skills and gain skill/practice is to go to a local organized match. It would take an awesome range and a lot of time and money to set up for yourself what you can get for $15-20 at a local IDPA match. Here, our biggest complaint is that even the local weekend matches last most of the day and have a large number of stages and rounds fired, so it cuts into our Saturday (including an hour drive each way). Lots of moving, falling, running, turning targets, shooting from all positions, reloading in all positions, shooting on the move, backwards, forwards and sideways, loading on the move, using all types of cover (cars, mailboxes, walls, doors, windows) - pretty much in every match every time.
    Last edited: Nov 7, 2011
  9. nathanours

    nathanours Texan

    Interesting video, thanks. Ya the gun is directly down at my side, not pointing quite at my foot, but maybe a little to close.

    The way we were timing it was just to put the videos on Windows movie maker afterwards, and seeing how long it took from the frame where he said 'go' to when the last of the 2 shots was fired.

    The IDPA thing sounds great, I'll have to look into seeing if there are any of those in my area. My goal isn't so much competition with others though, as it is to see if my skills are yet adequate for self-defense.
    Last edited: Nov 7, 2011
  10. IDPA is definately the thing to do to test your skills so far.

    but in reality, you only have to be faster than the other guy and only hits count.
  11. DaneA


    Mar 7, 2011
    This is all that matters.

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  12. When I shoot a match I shoot against myself. Sure, I'm classified and compete in the same class/division against others, but I compete with myself. Did I shoot the stages as well as I could? What did I goof up? Why? What do I need to do to correct it? What do I need to do to shoot it better? I've found that the guys that shoot IDPA are consistently good guys, and if you ask, they'll help you with problems they see. It's not tactical training, but having the added stress of being on the clock and a bunch of the bubbas watching you will make you focus on what you're doing. If nothing else, your gun handling skills will improve. If you beat someone else, fine. For some guys, that's the only reason they shoot. For me, not so much, I'm concerned about making that guy staring back from the mirror a better shooter.
  13. Goodspeed(TPF)


    Jul 30, 2009
    1.0-1.5 seconds sounds about right to me. Ymmv.
  14. Agree. Please be wary of chasing speed and focusing on nothing else. Being aware of your environment may indicate a problem with plenty of warning. If you are already facing two bad mens with guns and bad intentions, the fastest draw will probably be too slow.
  15. Master_Blaster1911

    Master_Blaster1911 Predatory

    Jul 27, 2011
    Bexar County, TX
    Were you guestimating under a second, or do you have a timer to know for certain?

    Audiotory starts are reportedly faster than visual starts, and both depend on state of mind- being ready and thinking towards the draw is the fastest- thinking about the condoms, chocolate, flowers, and wine and too long drive to the lady's how with sudden need to draw is likely a lot slower and you reset your OODA loop.

    Finally, if either of those shots missed the tree or skimmed off it or hit it on the periphery, your speed was too fast. Those represent possible injury or death to another person other than the BG and the corresponding criminal and civil liabilities in your state.

    Other that the above observations, that was mighty sporty. As stated above- don't drop that gun back down to your side. It's a bad habit.
    Last edited: Nov 8, 2011
  16. nathanours

    nathanours Texan

    Thanks, I'll watch the gun by my side thing. Both shots hit the tree within about 4 inches of each other in the middle. Both were about 2-3 inches left of the spot where I was aiming though, but still definitely COM.

    The way we timed it was to put it on windows movie maker and select the frames where my friend said go to where the last shot was fired. Windows movie maker will tell you how long of an interval that was.
  17. Faster than the other guy.

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  18. Travclem

    Travclem Badass Member Lifetime Member

    Aug 4, 2008
    Lubbock, TX
    As fast as you can physically do it without Grebnering yourself.
  19. Sippo


    Jul 27, 2010
    Are you fast enough???? Depends on who's still standing after the shootings done.
    Last edited: Nov 8, 2011
  20. awq134


    Jun 2, 2009
    ontario, oh
    you beat me to it, i was going to say the same thing, granted in every situation, the "other guy" might not always be at the same speed.