Self Defense Training Drill For Conceal Carry Weapon

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The Tueller drill is a self defense training drill design to enhance your awareness and reaction time against a short range knife attack when armed with only a holstered pistol .

This drill was designed by former Sgt Dennis Tueller of Salt Lake City, UH police. After many hours of testings, it was concluded that at 21 feet a determined knife attacker can get to you in 1.5 seconds. This exercise defined the “danger zone” in the law enforcement world, it is the distance that the knife attacker has the capability and intent to do harm.

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Again take it for what its worth, the real eye opener is not just watching the video, but to actually be a participant. Take the role of the knife attacker and person with the holstered gun.

Drawing the Weapon

Law Enforcement states that it takes approximately 1.5 seconds for the attacker to cover the 21 feet range. As the person with the holstered gun (Officer), you should practice drawing quickly. I think most Law Enforcement can have the gun out within a second or less if they have average reflex. A seasoned IPSC/IPDA shooter should have it drawn under half a second.

Other Factors Affecting the Draw

I know, holsters does factor into how quickly you can draw your gun. Most Law Enforcement holsters have the safety features on it where the typical side holster inside the waistline do not. Here are the factors that affect the quickness of your draw:

  • Individual Ability to Recognize “Danger”
  • Type of Holsters
  • Visible or from Conceal Carry Position
  • Type of Clothing Worn
  • Location of the weapon

In the demonstration of the Tueller Drill, it is design to raise your awareness, and it does not mean that the knife will prevail at the danger zone. Firearms can do harm effectively at long to short ranges. From the drill you’ll understand why its important to practice your draw from visible to conceal carry position. The time that it takes for you to have the gun drawn will vary due to your clothing. Do you have a jacket on? Is the weapon tucked in the back or side underneath your t-shirt?

You’ll also learn that you may need to bone up on your defensive tactics skill. (martial arts) Most of the time the aggressor will be on you, whether you have your weapon out or not. You may find yourself in back pedalling mode to evade the strikes. What to do at this point is another article in the future.


Again, the Tueller drill is to raise your awareness. If you read our past article on “Detecting a Conceal Weapon” you’ll understand why its important to be “observant” in order to recognize the danger early so that you can respond appropriately.  Yes, it takes practice this is a perishable skill.

We’re Not Done Yet

Practicing (training) is a favorite word and embedded into anyone that’s been in the military or Law Enforcement. As civilians that carry firearms with a conceal weapons permit, or just into the sport of it they all go practice shooting. Well, why not add “stress fire shooting” as well like this Tueller drill.

Last, tell us of your thoughts and experience on this topic.

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