Concealed Carry Drill: Basic for Beginners and Warm-Up for Experienced Carriers

Concealed Carry Drill: Basic for Beginners and Warm-Up for Experienced Carriers

Here is a fundamental Concealed Carry Drill I use for warm-ups before I shoot and practice specific skills. Also, some of our new students use it for very basic concealed carry practice to test their overall accuracy and precision hits. Remember, Safety First Always.

Concealed Carry Drill Description

My Concealed Carry Drill is from a usual close-up self-defense distance of 3 yards and the shooter fires 15 total shots from the draw. It tests your accuracy, precision, and quickness for safely getting 3 hits each on 5 targets, using 4.5 inch, 3.5 inch, 3 inch, and more challenging 2.5 inch targets at the close-up tactical, bad-breath 3-yards distance.

3-3-3 Rule

Remember the 3-3-3 Rule: Most deadly-force self-defense encounters occur at 3 yards or less, 3 shots are fired, and in 3 seconds it is over.

Col Ben’s Concealed Carry Drill for Beginners and Experienced Shooters

You can time the Drill or not, but if you time the Drill try to complete it in no more than 20 seconds. When just beginning, I suggest you NOT time the Drill, but practice it until your comfortable with it, for safety reasons. Then when you feel more confident and safe, start timing it. More experienced shooters can move out to a distance of 5 yards and then 7 yards and lower the time to complete it, perhaps 15 seconds or so at perhaps 5 yards, etc.

Col Ben’s Concealed Carry Drill Goal

From 3 yards, shoot 3 rounds at each of the 5 targets (15 Total Shots) from the draw. At first as a beginner, your GOAL should be to try to draw and get at least 12 of your 15 shots (80%) on targets to minimally pass in 20 seconds or less. Experienced shooters should try for 15 seconds or so. After all, 3 rounds in 3 seconds for 15 rounds is 15 seconds.

Shot Timers

In addition to generic smartphone and tablet timers, I know there are some available shooting Shot Timers for download (both free and commercial ones), so you can check online for them. In a couple of weeks, I will give you a review of some Shot Timers with my opinions for both Android and iOS mobile operating systems shot timers. Some of the commercial ones get costly.

Download, Print, And Share My Concealed Carry Drill & Targets

Permission to download, print, and share “Col Ben’s Concealed Carry Drill” is granted when my website address and copyright are included and kept on it. Click here to download the 5 Targets for my Concealed Carry Drill so you can print them and try my concealed carry challenge.

You can also download and print “Col Ben’s Concealed Carry Drill” and targets by going to my website and clicking on the Download Col Ben’s Concealed Carry Drill link. 

* This personal opinion article is meant for general information & educational purposes only and the author strongly recommends that you seek counsel from an attorney for legal advice and your own personal certified weapons trainer for proper guidance about shooting & using YOUR firearms, self-defense and concealed carry. It should not be relied upon as accurate for all shooters & the author assumes no responsibility for anyone’s use of the information and shall not be liable for any improper or incorrect use of the information or any damages or injuries incurred whatsoever.

© 2018 Col Benjamin Findley. All Rights Reserved. This article may not be reprinted or reproduced in whole or in part by mechanical means, photocopying, electronic reproduction, scanning, or any other means without prior written permission. For copyright information, contact Col Ben Findley at

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"Col Ben" is retired with 30 years service in the U.S. Air Force, with joint services Special Ops duty and training, and is Air Force qualified as "Expert" in small arms. He is a Vietnam-era Veteran. Ben is an experienced NRA-Certified Pistol Instructor, NRA Range Safety Officer, and FL Concealed Carry License Instructor. Ben recently wrote the book "Concealed Carry and Handgun Essentials for Personal Protection" (second printing) with 57 comprehensive Chapters about concealed carry and handgun principles, techniques, and tips for both experienced and new shooters. His reference book is endorsed by several organizations and is available on his website at Contact him at
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A great easy to use and basic c.c. drill.

Luke McCoy

Thanks. Glad you like it.


Wait, we have CCW Drills now?!? Do I get a holster for my CCW Drill? How are all the sheepdogs supposed to keep up?

Col Ben

Hi again. Yes, given the 3-3-3 Rule and up-close SD, this is a practice tactical drill specifically for that. Not for 15-25 yards. Carefully select your holster, as it can be just as important as the proper gun , ammo, and belt to protect your live. Yes a never-ending fight for truth, justice, and the American way… and a challenge to remain practically competitive. Be Safe!

Joel Gibbons

Maybe a dumb question, but should the target be printed on 8.5×11 or something larger?