Concealed Carry Drills Test

Concealed Carry Drills Test
Concealed Carry Drills Test
Concealed Carry Drills Test
Concealed Carry Drills Test

If you read a lot of gun magazines like I do, then you know there are a million and one drills that a person can practice. And each of these drills depends on what your purpose is for using the gun. For instance, are you using the gun for self-defense or are you solely a competition shooter?

Since the reason I carry a gun is for self-defense purposes, I want to share with you two simple drills that I practice and that I recommend you practice over and over until you’ve mastered them. And please remember, these are self-defense drills, which means they are practical. They don’t involve “race” guns that are tricked out for competition.

And they also don’t involve you having four magazine pouches on your belt, or anything silly like that. In fact, I don’t know a single person who carries four magazines, and the majority of people I know don’t even carry one extra magazine on their belt. (I myself only carry one extra and it’s in my pocket.)

So let’s get to the first of the two drills:

The first drill is the two-second drill and the only target you need is a regular 8.5 x 11 sheet of paper. You will also need some type of timer. You will put the target three yards away for this drill. Set the timer for two seconds, and when it beeps you must draw and fire one round in two seconds or less. All hits on the 8.5 x 11 sheet of paper count.

If you miss the paper, or miss the two-second mark, then you have failed and you need to practice until you can complete the drill by getting one round onto the paper in two seconds or less. Once you’ve mastered the drill at three yards then move back to five yards and start over again. Once you’ve mastered five yards then move back to seven yards and keep moving further and further back. But remember, if you can’t get the shot off in two seconds, or you miss the paper, it doesn’t count.

The fact is, we know that in a self-defense situation it’s going to happen incredibly fast, which is why you need to practice getting your gun on target and making accurate hits in a matter of seconds. As legendary gunslinger Doc Holliday has been quoted as saying, “Take your time in hurry.”

The second drill is the 5-Second Reload Drill.

Load the magazine in your gun with only one round. Then, in your pocket (or wherever you actually carry a spare magazine) have a full magazine of 15 rounds or so. You’ll again need a timer and an 8.5 x 11 sheet of paper. This drill starts at 5 yards.

Set the timer for five seconds. When the timer beeps, draw and fire one round, reload, and fire as many rounds as you can within the five-second time limit. Again, only hits on the white paper count.

The first time you do this drill you might only get two shots off, but practice this over and over until you can get three shots, and four shots, etc. Once you feel comfortable, move back two yards and make the drill more challenging.

Like I said earlier, I know there are dozens of handgun drills to practice. But start with these two so you learn how to get the gun out quickly with accurate shots and so you know how to reload quickly in an emergency.

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Jason Hanson is a former CIA Officer and author of The Covert Guide to Concealed Carry. He is also the creator of the Ultimate Concealed Carry Experience, which allows you to take your concealed carry training without leaving home. For full details about this training, please visit Concealed Carry Academy. You can also follow him on Google+ and Twitter.
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AL Kingston

Very important information Jason, thank you for your support. I always encourage anyone who wants to conceal carry to attend an NRA class. A person, regardless how seasoned in the handling of guns can always pick up new info while exchanging info.

Thank You again.


Encouraging the “average person” to meet a set speed requirement is risky at best. There would be a TON of things I would school them on before asking them to pretend they are Wyatt Earp and run a serious risk of injury.
This type of drill is ONLY for a person with well developed handgun safety habits who can propelry draw out of concealment WITHOUT sweeping everything in a 240 degree radius and keep the finger off of the bang switch.


I’m on board for test #1 , but my second mag is under the velcroed strap in a pocket on my inside the belt holster at the small of my back. Basically if I’ve failed to stop the assailant with the first ten and haven’t found cover to reload, I’m in over my head anyway.


What kind of timer do you use? What kind of activation should it have? It seems to me that a hand activated button would interfere with your drill.

Christian Gesualdo

Most timers have a delayed start. I use one called idpa shot timer or something like that which is an app for my droid. It works well for under $5 and does have a 3-5 sec delayed start function


I also use IDPA Shot Timer and it works great. Nice and loud.

William M

I also use IDPA Shot Timer and it works great. Nice and loud, you can hear it at any shooting range.


sounds like a couple of good drills if the range you use will allow drawing and firing from a holster. Mine does not so I have to practice at home with draw and dry fire drills. Of course my wife looks at me kind of strangely when she catches me practicing.

Molon Labe

Lou Keating

The rule of THREE from the F B I : Most civilian shoot outs involve 3 shots, 3 yards, 3 seconds and 3 targets (OR LESS) HERE IS THE DRILL IN 3 STRINGS
THREE TARGETS in front of you, left to right, at THREE yards.
1 Draw and engage middle target with three shots center of mass
2 Draw and engage EACH target with one shot–center of mass
3 Draw and engage center target THREE HEAD SHOTS
PENALTY OF 3 SECONDS if you go over T H R E E seconds on each string
Additional THREE seconds if you go over FOUR seconds on each string No more than 6 seconds penalty on each string


Another I have seen, 7 yards, two targets, 3 to the head and 3 to the body, reload, 2nd target 3 to the head and 3 to the body, under ??? (7 seconds to 3 seconds).


i’d like to do the drills, but I can’t find the ammo.


Got Ammo, don’t have a range that allows drawing and firing or rapid fire for that matter


As a professional firearms instructor, former SF operator and constant learner, might I suggest something here to avoid some problems like:
-wasted ammo (ammo is expensive)
-Possible injuries by those less skilled (accidents happen)

-Wasted effort

These drills are partly what I use as well and I agree with these drills, however, if those that believe they are experienced enough to follow these drills (yet are not) attempt as written, these people could very well become injured or injure someone around them because of lack of control.

First suggestion:
-Dry fire practice. Dirt dive at home with no ammunition. Practice drawing and pulling the trigger at a point on the wall (once again, no ammo)

-Once the timing becomes as quick as desired, then range time should be considered

-ensure the range allows holster draws

-Distances mentioned are good but, start practice off slow. Conduct adequate draw and fire to ensure accuracy above all else

-Once accuracy is achieved and draws are clean, then the evolutions should be sped up, small incrememts.

Too many today believe that they already know what they are doing and when an innocent gets hit with a bullet that person says things like “I didnt know it was loaded” or “I practiced at the range” yet when asked if they have ever taken a professional course, they say things like “I have been shooting since i was a kid” or “my daddy taught me to shoot”. That is where some of the problems lie.

To date, I have trained over 93,000 and still going strong and believe that education above all else should be sought after in order to constantly improve. Too many “professionals” are teaching nowadays and unfortunately these “teachers” do not realize the damage they are doing with their information. Always ALWAYS seek information. Be safe

Christian Gesualdo

Also as a professional instructor I believe too much emphasis is put on these point blank timed drills that all but discourage shifting the focus to the front sight.

If you concentrate on the basics of grip, sight picture with almost all the focus on the front sight, trigger control AND shoot at your pace the shots will be quickly on target at almost any range.

The shooting in most of my classes is point shooting at 6″ steel targets at 75ft against a dirt background so you get instant feedback on every shot.

This long range MAY not be real world but it does a few things like help to develop confidence when almost all the shots end up combat accurate quickly but at your pace. If you can hit quickly at 75 ft you can hit at 7 ft. It also exaggerates any mistakes especially not looking at the front sight because you were rushing the shot.

A timer is a good way to see what your speed is but a great way to learn bad habits or more specifically unlearn good habits. In other words don’t practice with a timer.

Just my humble opinion.

Speed is fine, accuracy is final.

Roger T

I agree with you speed is fine, accuracy is final. With the cost of Ammo and the inability to get all the ammo you want, I would suggest dry fire practice. You can do this at home without finding a range that will allow you to do these drills.

R Carmoega

For this particular drill and at this closeup range are we drawing and shooting or are we drawing, aiming(using sights), and shooting?

Jack Thunder

ML, good call on the dry fire. I DF my ass off at home: pistol, M-4, & shotgun. Big difference once I go live-fire.

Dan Ess

Let’s say it’s winter with temps around zero, windy and snowing. Where are you carrying your weapon? In your outer pocket or holstered under your parka? Can you get to it in 2 seconds or less? I love these training ideas, they work great for people who are open carrying or who are wearing an open shirt or jacket covering a shoulder holster or holster behind the back. Not of all of us are capable of carrying a weapon in the same place or manner, due to various limitations of our body shape and weather conditions. I agree too with what others have said: not all are competent firearms handlers and should not be practicing these drills, unless they are doing so with dummy rounds dozens and dozens of times.

Adelbert Waldron

This guy is a Super Secret Squirrel agent and he is completely incompetent.


I’m not taking sides or anything, but what are YOUR credentials? How do we know anything you tell us about yourself is fact?

Adelbert Waldron

Compared to Jason, who next blog post will claim to be an ex-MI6 agent, astronaut and Senator, I’m just a little nobody.


I understand that these drills take into account using a semi-auto but I myself prefer a 2″ 38sp revolver, which of course is only five rounds. The difference for me is I grew up, as a cops son, learning double-tap from the very beginning and therefore have always been comfortable shooting a revolver. It’s my choice for concealed carry. But I do like to read you articles and see what I can adapt for my own use. Thank You.