Just watching the last video, very impressive. I do a lot of Western Reenactments, kind of popular here in Wyoming, and from my tied down rig, I’m pretty fast for an old guy (72), but I practice slot so the young whippersnappers will remain impressed. Haven’t done much from CC holster, but will start practicing today.
I think my best EVER timed shots were a 0.42 & 0.47 from a “non-threatening stance” from a thigh rig and I’m pretty sure I lit them off from a retention position. Since only hits count, Yes I did hit the steel at 7 yards, TWICE. It REALLY pissed off the range owner who fancied himself a pistolero since my warm up was a couple of slooowwww grab and draws with no shot’s fired and then I toddled off to go shoot my rifle . From concealment I think the last time I checked was somewhere around 1.70 ish from the same hands over belt buckle stance in a flannel shirt.
2 defensively accurate rounds on target in 1.5 seconds or less is the standard I suggest my students to get trained to. Obviously faster is better.
In my concealed carry classes we do this very drill with SIRT pistols and owb holsters. The students cant always do it at first but after 10 or 15 draws and some muscle memory, almost everyone can do it.
Why is 1.5 seconds such a magical number? It’s not. 1.5 seconds is an arbitrary number based on the well known tueller principal, that is the average able bodied man can run a distance of 21’ in 1.5 seconds. But we also know most self defense shootings typically happen at distances less than 15’. So really your draw and shoot should be much better than 1.5 seconds, if physically possible.
If your time to draw and fire is greater than 1.5 seconds you really should increase your zone of awareness accordingly. 3 seconds is a lifetime in a gunfight.
If you want to become a master at this, I encourage you to attend a USCCA Defensive Shooting Fundementals class. I can almost guarantee by the end of the day, you will improve most of your shooting abilities including the time it takes you to draw and fire.
At 63, my concern is getting my 380 out before some knucklehead gets to me first. I definitely have to practice more in this area. When I’m working in my yard I try to picture how quickly a person can get to me from where they are. I think I’ve seen a time/distance number floating around. I used to think that if God wanted me to succeed, He would make it happen but now I know that, along with practice is key!
For draw speed I know John Correia of Active Self Protection usually says (im paraphrasing here) Regular folks should aim for 2sec draw to first shot, “professionals” such as LEO should aim for 1.5sec draw to first shot, and “experts” such as SWAT or competition should aim for 1sec or less draw to first shot. I think those are pretty good standards.
His perspective on time is that the faster your draw is, the more opportunities you have. If you watch his videos on Youtube, he will comment on “right here the attacker turned away, if your draw speed was X then you could draw now because he can’t react quick enough. But if your draw speed is Y then you have to wait for another opportunity”
I will echo @Zavier_D’s advice here… Practice nice and slow and smooth, and gradually increase your speed. With even just a few repetitions you will start to see an improvement in time.
A good (but a bit expensive) way to figure out your speed and technique is with MantisX. There are a couple of threads on here with reviews that are helpful using that tool.