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How Long Does It Take?


If violence comes upon you, how long will it take you to ASSESS the situation, THINK through your options, DECIDE what you will do, and then ACT?


It is generally understood, that a robbery, an attack, or a violent encounter will come quickly and unexpectedly. Sometimes, it escalates from trigger-point. If you carry concealed, you should prepare and practice various "what if" scenarios. Isn't it wise to prepare for the most commonly occurring events?

Where does violence commonly occur? In private locations like your home? In public locations like vehicles, parking lots, restaurants, convenience stores, theaters or other supposedly "gun-free-zones?"

Whatever your life risk factors are, and when you are preparing your "what if" practice sessions, you should begin to think that:

Distance (measured in 'feet') = Time (measured in 'seconds')

What does this mean?

An elapsed time clock begins when you recognize when your life has been threatened or has become endangered. You need:

     Time to ASSESS = ____ seconds

     Time to THINK = ____ seconds

     Time to DECIDE = ____ sceonds

     Time to ACT = 0.66 seconds (if you are using the CCW Breakaways methodology)

There are no standards for all these human requirements . . . performance varies greatly from person to person. And just like any skill, performance can  be improved with preparation and practice. It is commonly recognized in the law enforcement community that Sergeant Dennis Tueller of the Salt Lake City Police Department first asked this question of himself back in 1983.


More to come . . . This page is under-construction.