Law enforcement training almost universally accepts that an attacker with a knife will be able to reach an officer before that officer can draw and fire a holstered handgun, if the distance is less than 21 feet.  It’s a lousy standard to bet your life on. Try this test at an outdoor range:

Have a shooter stand on the firing line with the weapon holstered and secure. An additional person (unarmed) should stand back-to-back with the shooter. Without warning, the unarmed person is to run directly away from the shooter (uprange). At the instant the shooter feels the runner depart, the shooter will draw and fire downrange. When the runner hears the sound of the shot, he will immediately stop. The distance between the runner and the shooter is the distance that a knife wielding attacker could cover before the shooter could draw and fire. It is rarely as little as 21 feet. In one case, I witnessed a deputy sheriff mis-grip his revolver and fumble with his clam-shell holster so long that the runner covered a full 50 yards.  If you take the same test and conduct it using a reactionary target (read the last post about using balloons), which requires the shooter to actually hit his mark, the distance will get even longer.

The proper distance to draw your handgun when facing a threat is whatever distance you are at when you recognize the threat.

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Everybody wants to be able to shoot their handgun accurately and quickly. Accuracy comes from the disciplined study of marksmanship.   Speed largely comes from repetitive execution of perfect shots. However, there is a technique to reduce your multiple shot shooting-time by half. The technique is simply controlling forward trigger travel after each shot. You might think that such a slight movement would make little difference in actual time, which is partially true, but in terms of shooting-time comparisons, the time savings is astounding. Here’s how it works: The trigger on your service grade handgun will travel forward much further than is necessary to reset itself for the next shot. Training yourself to stop the forward motion of the trigger immediately upon reaching the “reset point” will cut the average shooter’s multiple shot time by half. In the Continue reading

Pick an aiming point that appears to be the size of the front sight tip or smaller. If you have been using a “bad guy” target, a 10″ disk, or even a large bullseye, you will notice up to a 90% reduction in group size. Remember the handgun was engineered to fire precisely and it requires an exact Continue reading