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How many here use a shooting timer?

Discussion in 'Competition Shooting' started by gunzee, Sep 24, 2010.

  1. gunzee

    gunzee member

    I can barely average under .55 second for a draw from a pocket rig and a hit on a man's chest at arm's length. Is that fairly fast, given the hand on the gun, in the pocket? It seems fast to me, but I used to beat that time with a speed rig and a 1911, starting hands at sides.
  2. Sam1911

    Sam1911 Moderator

    Yes, I use a shot timer at every practice.

    I can't recall ever having timed a draw from a pocket holster, nor from a "hand-on-the-gun" position.

    0.55 sec. is pretty fast, though. How many pairs of trousers do you go thorough in a range session?

    BullfrogKen and I were running some speed-rock/retention drills last night at practice and I don't think I got under 0.85 or 0.88 sec. using an xDM and an owb kydex holster. So, 0.55 from a pocket would seem fairly zippy.
  3. gunzee

    gunzee member

    :) I've never had a premature

    while using a pocket rig. I've done so a time or two with the speed rig and 1911, tho. It's pretty exciting.
  4. ny32182

    ny32182 Well-Known Member

    I've been told recently that the "beep" is about .4 seconds, and the best shooters I know want to have their hand on the grip by that time. And that is from a belt holster.
  5. ChristopherG

    ChristopherG Well-Known Member

    You are evidently using an unusual timer.
  6. Ankeny

    Ankeny Well-Known Member

  7. LeonCarr

    LeonCarr Well-Known Member

    Where can I buy one of those timers?
  8. jmorris

    jmorris Well-Known Member

    What brand? They are all different.
  9. Owen

    Owen Moderator Emeritus

    that's pretty smoking fast. what kind of times do you think you should be getting?
  10. ny32182

    ny32182 Well-Known Member

    Want to say we were looking at a Pocket Pro II at the time; not 100% certain.
  11. David E

    David E Well-Known Member

    Most of the draw time is in the acquisition phase, not the presentation phase.

    Sounds like you have a suitable holster in a suitable pocket, which is not always easy to combine.

    From a belt mounted holster, hand on gun, times under .39 are easily attainable......but be careful !!

    The "beep" lasts 3/10th's of a second. Most people's reaction time is around 1/4 second when they are awaiting an impending start signal.

    There doesn't seem to be anything unusual about his timer. Perhaps some folks are confusing the minimum Par time setting with what the timer itself can do. The shortest programable par time is .55 seconds on many shot timers, but they can, and do, accurately record shorter time frames.
  12. Sweet

    Sweet Member

  13. Ankeny

    Ankeny Well-Known Member

    So with a suitable pocket holster, a time of .3 seconds after the reaction time to draw and torch one off with a hit would be a reasonable expectation?
  14. 1SOW

    1SOW Well-Known Member

    Using a Pact timer with delayed beep & 9mm: On a good day, from hands relaxed at sides, I can draw from a belt holster and hit the 'A' zone at 5 yds in about 1.25secs. My plan is to consistently get below 1.2, then lower the time again.

    Some GMs I watch beat a second consistently--all "A"s.

    Never tried your conditions.

  15. chbrow10

    chbrow10 Well-Known Member

    I use a timer for USPSA practice. As far as your times, at arms length, that seems ok. Using the bill drill as a guide for draw and shot times, the standard Bill Drill is a USPSA Metric Target at 7 yards, 6 shots from the holster, 2 seconds is the time to compare yourself to. All the hits must be A zone hits. I can do it in 2 seconds, but they won't be all A's ;-)
  16. David E

    David E Well-Known Member

    I don't know how reasonable an expectation it is, but it IS possible. While this would require the perfect holster in the perfect pocket drawn perfectly, it is possible.

    And, yeah, I'd like to see it, too, just to verify various elements of the stated draw.

    That said, I can break into the mid to high .30's starting with my hand on my holstered gun. Never tried it from the pocket.
  17. Ankeny

    Ankeny Well-Known Member

    My frame of reference has always been hands at sides, or surrender position. I guess I should have tried the drill before posting. :eek: I am a middle aged fat guy who wears really baggy pants with generous pockets. I carry a Ruger LCP in an Uncle Mike's size 2 sidekick pocket holster. With my hand on the gun and the pistol mashed all of the way into the holster, the .55 time is impossible because I usually draw the gun and the holster. Even if I clear the holster, I need to reacquire the grip. If I pull the pistol just free enough of the holster to get a proper grip (as one might in certain conditions), a .55 draw is attainable. If the draw is made out of a jacket pocket, .55 is a piece of cake. Then again, if the weather allows me to wear a jacket, I won't be pulling a mouse gun :)
  18. David E

    David E Well-Known Member

    See, this is something a shot timer can tell you !!

    I had imagined a scenario where I was asked to surrender my wallet, but reaching for the holstered belt gun instead. Were I to ask them a question, or tremble so much as to make them laugh, a draw in .37 would certainly work out in my favor, even if I had to play "catch up" at the start.
  19. Ankeny

    Ankeny Well-Known Member

    FWIW, I have worn out several shot timers. :)

    Now that I have tried the drill, I have an idea of what is and isn't realistic. IMHO, a .55 (including reaction time) draw from a pocket holster (in the pants, hand on gun) as an on demand feat, day in and day out, is totally unreasonable. However, it does make a pretty nifty square range stunt.
  20. David E

    David E Well-Known Member

    It depends on the gun, holster and pocket.

    I wouldn't think it would be easy to do with an LCP from a cheap Uncle Mike's holster.

    It IS acheivable with a 642 from a good pocket holster in a good pocket.

    Of course, the OP said he beat that time (.55) with a 1911 in a speed rig, hands at sides. My best ever, done 3 times, is a .45 and there was nothing routine about it. Could I do a sub 1/2 second draw tomorrow? I dunno.

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