The Tueller Drill/21' Rule Revisited, IDPA style
I post this video as being complimentary to the item I'd posted by Jane's as related to unsighted 'Point Shooting' and law enforcement officer survival.
Most everyone who is even remotely familiar with even basic rudimentary firearms training has heard of Sgt. Dennis Tueller and his famous 'Tueller Drill'.
It's probably the most widely known gunfu term out there aside from 'Mozambique'.
Also known as the 'Twenty One Foot Drill' the bottom line premise is that average fitness and determined human being can _close distance_ to a 'target' as running in a straight line within approximately 1.5 to as slow as 2 seconds.
Mind you this is not Usain Bolt or Michael Johnson type athletes. We're talking Deebo and Slim Shady. Two seconds is not a lot of time folks. And that's all you get in time to detect a threat, make a judgment and......react. Two seconds. At the most. Very likely less.
Below is a new vid recently posted to YouTube of an IDPA match stage setup using a training device that quite accurately imitates the Tueller Drill.
It allows for live ammunition reaction and fire on to the target.
Watch this video carefully at full screen mode, and learn...
MVSA IDPA Match - MGM's new charging target - FAST AS HELL
In IDPA scoring parlance zero points down means no misses and no errant hits on target but outside of primary hit zones being at the sternum and face.
August 29, 2009
This mover was just stupid. I've never seen one this fast.
Stage 7 from the Shoot Rattle & Roll in 2009
Shoot this thing 4 times, starting with your hand on the gun holstered.
I shot a 1.80 with zero points down in this video.
Where as his time score of 1.80 is the accumulation of raw time plus any errors scored as 'down points' to be counted as a time increase penalty.
Several items to note:
A) The shooter starts knowing that he will be attacked and he is at the holstered with hand on grip position, as akin to a typical law enforcement stance/posture as when questioning a potential threat.
B) Time of YouTube video counter is 0:04s at the sound of the buzzer.
C) The shooter is able to draw and get his front sight aligned in less than one second as in between the YouTube video counter of 0:04 and 0:05s.
Non shooter and _unpracticed_ type shooters assume that being able to draw alone in a second muchless faster is to be super human. It very much is not...as with training and practice. It is though if you are the type to never train from the holster. For those folks expect to be half as fast and even slower, on the draw alone.
Now very big item here, look at the video and note the distance the target has advanced in just 0:04s. It's damn near 6'! Already it's greater than 25% of the way to making contact and the shooter has just now got his gun out of the holster.
D) The shooter has full extension and front sight aligned at YouTube video counter 0:05s.
The target is still moving closing distance...
E) The shooter fires his first shot at just over 0:05s per the YouTube video counter.
F) The shooter gets off a total of four shots from his Glock inside of 1.80s.
G) The shooter at the 0:06s mark has run out of time and space as the target is now making contact with his shared position in space and time!
Now that may seem like a lot.
Well, it is!
A lot can and does happen inside of 2s.
So for us non law enforcement civilians who either carry as on the street being largely concealed and thus drawing from behind/under a garment, the idea and focus of training becomes even more important and critical.
Can you draw from concealment as from your carry holster of choice and place a hit muchless multiple hits on a target moving at human speed? If not, why?
Do you train for as much? If not, why?
Do you think it's not all that relevant or realistic? If so, why?
And if you are a LEO and you do not train at all muchless to this degree including such drills within your regimen then well you have to ask yourself as well; Why?.
More on the apparatus that supports this training exercise as well as that of the Tueller Drill can be found here:
Attack Target by MGM Targets
Tueller Drill - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The Police Policy Studies Council
PoliceOne.com - Dennis Tueller: 21 Foot Rule
Myself I have for a few years now been training using a modification of this same drill, but instead with target set to 15', rather than 21', and using a 'Dozier Drill' picking up a loaded gun from a table in front of me as loaded with three rounds and a second reload magazine of three on my hip. The target is an 8" paper pie plate.
Goal being to grasp the weapon, acquire the target, Fire three rounds, initiate an 'Emergency Reload' (gun empty! and magazine empty!), charge the weapon, and continue firing until either the gun is empty or the target makes contact.
I regularly can make it to reload and fire one round. I have on occasion reloaded and fired the sixth round at time of contact with the target. I assure you this is difficult and will get your heart racing after just two attempts.
Oh and BTW, in the real world one would not just stand there waiting for Deebo to run into and through them.
You would get off the X and MOOOVE!!!...While drawing, acquiring sights (if _distance_ allows) and/or begin point shooting as putting rounds into the target.
Always know and never forget that not so much time but DISTANCE is our very best friend.
Be careful out there.
Note: I am not at all affiliated with the Attack Target people nor Dennis Tueller.
I am not a law enforcement officer either.
What I am though is a citizen who does carry, daily, everywhere and I take the right, responsibility, and craft along with legality very seriously.
With training and dry fire practice as well as coin $pent on training courses both group and one on one I've developed to become as noted by others "Very Fast" out of the holster to first shot on target.
That wasn't always the case though and isn't for very many other gun carrying persons be they LEO or civilian.
The month you skip toward training may be equivalent to the two seconds _gain_ you would need so as to survive, rather than die.