Count Dracula CCW Draw

Steve Fisher of Sentinel Concepts shows us an alternative method to remove the article of clothing used to cover a concealed weapon. It is dubbed the “Count Dracula” draw. LOL. Steve mentions that this technique was used by an old Chicago narcotics police officer. The technique is rather simple. You reach back with your support hand as if you are reaching for a wallet. You grab the tails of your cover garment and pull it forward like a cape. Hence the “dracula” moniker for this technique. This will pull the other side of the jacket behind you revealing your firearm. It is a bit of a slight of hand. Your eyes and attention are drawn to the support hand reaching for the wallet. Even as he pulls the jacket forward my eyes were still focused on that side of the body. What are your thoughts?


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  • Don Ward

    This “technique” was already discovered in the 19th Century and certainly well-known by the 1950s. Just saying.

    • Mr.Volt

      I do not think that the word technique really deserves those contemptuous quotes.
      The age of something does not automatically making the thing less credible if it still works.

      • Don Ward

        You know what we do to grammar and punctuation pedants round these here parts?

        • Mr.Volt

          Are you my huckleberry?

        • ePoch 270

          Whatever you do to grammar pedants shouldn’t be nearly as bad as what you should to to over-quotationers.

          • Mike Lashewitz

            That might be what this is for?

        • Mike Lashewitz


        • Martin Buck

          Isn’t there a Nuremberg trial for Grammar Nazis?

    • Giolli Joker

      Nobody in the video is saying that it’s a new thing, they’re just showing it for those who didn’t know it.
      I didn’t, i find the video interesting.

    • Hans Gruber

      Don’t even think about the draw ow swords or other nomenclatures and retarded clothing fashion at the or in the times …..

    • JSmath

      They specifically mention that it’s an old fashioned draw around 1:00…

    • Harold

      Where is your video demonstrating it Don? Why were you keeping to to yourself all these years?

  • Orion Quach

    I tried it. It worked. I don’t use it.

    • Harold

      Thanks for nothing Orion. Really added to the betterment of mankind with your contribution.

      • Orion Quach

        Keep going

  • grammar nazi

    *Sleight of hand

  • Joshua

    Just make sure you also know how to put distance between you and your threat first. If you can’t get that distance you might wish you had learned a one handed draw. I know its stickier, but it also leaves your left hand free to block or grab or stab or whatever. I do like that your left hand is moving forward (presumably toward your threat) while pulling jacket out of the way. Seems like a good compromise. Just my 2 cents, I found a couple pennies in my couch.

    • Nicks87

      Change left hand to support hand but I agree completely. I prefer using my thumb on my shooting hand to pull the garment away from my pistol while delivering a palm strike with my support hand to help gain some distance then drawing to and firing from the high tuck position. So I will add 47 cents I found in my cup holder to your 2 cents and we can put a stamp on some free concealed carry advice. 😉

      • JumpIf NotZero

        Same, but I have gotten caught up with a draw like that if I’m wearing a baggy hoodie. If the support hand is free, it helps to pull slack out then one hand draw. So I see using both as a good option.

    • BudHall

      Exactly what I was thinking.

  • Nicks87

    If you are going to use this technique make sure you practice with the garments you intend to wear while carrying. It doesn’t work with some styles of jacket or coat and it’s better to realize that at the range and not during a life or death situation.

    • BrandonAKsALot

      So, heavy cloak and gilded cane?

      • Martin Buck

        Silver cane, in case of werewolves…

  • Southpaw89

    The Count Dracula draw is the original best, while the Nosferatu draw is uglier but still very effective, but I would strongly recommend that you avoid the clumsy and poorly executed Twilight draw.

    • Marc

      I prefer The Lost Boys Draw myself.

      • Wynter

        Near Dark draw ftw! “Caleb, those people back there, they wasn’t normal. Normal folks, they don’t spit out bullets when you shoot ’em, no sir.”.

      • Hans Gruber

        That was silly funny! Thank you!

    • ostiariusalpha

      The Count Dracula can sometimes be a bit more critical of the related draw strokes for not encouraging skill set development.

    • Michael Rice

      Another good thing about the Nosferatu Draw is that it’s completely silent. The bad (unlikely good) thing about the Edward Draw is that it telegraphs that you are carrying a concealed weapon because of the glittery glow.

    • BrandonAKsALot

      You can get truly effective by going to the Bramstokers Dracula draw and add to the distraction with a wig.

  • david

    Timing is too critical to use under stress. If your gun hand reaches the gun before the jacket is moved, it won’t work. It also is highly dependent on the particular cover. No thanks, I prefer to use a technique that is less dependent on coordinating timing and works with all garments.

  • Joe

    Nothing new, Instructor Zero Back choke method.

    • JumpIf NotZero

      Yeti’s a beast, you go call him Instructor Zero to his face. I’ll film.

  • Talkeetna

    I don’t know why they call it the Vampire draw, like it’s something they came up with. I’ve personally renamed it the you suck because you went to grab your jacket and it got caught on the butt of your gun and it looks like you’re now wiping your ass while you get shot draw. Who thinks up this crap?

  • Didn’t know what it was called. I have used that method in training to clear a loose open cover garment like that in the video, and it worked pretty well for me.

  • jerry the geek

    This falls into the category of: “Y’know ..,. this is so crazy, it just might work!”

    It does make a lot of sense, except that whole ‘catch the tail of the coat on the gun grip’ thingie; for example, it probably wouldn’t work quite so well with a sheepskin coat, so it’s dependent on some situations which aren’t universal.

    Still … credit where due, and it’s do-able.

  • Hans Gruber

    We like to call it the DINDU DRop – dark cloak draw

  • BrandonAKsALot

    Needs more fangs, bats, and bluh!

  • Dario B.

    i think it’s an useless move, it’s logic that if someone is moving his and on his body is pulling out something. So there is no necessity do do a ballerina move.

  • Joseph Smith

    He doesn’t need any high-speed draws with that NYPD cap on. That cap says “I will shoot everyone in range until I run out of ammo even women, children, and dogs.”

    I would never mess with a guy wearing anything “NYPD.”

  • John

    I have a few issues with this, first, it won’t work on heavy coats. So you have to practice two draws, one for heavy coats and another for light jackets…causing possible confusion in a crises. Second, if you are too zealous, you could draw the jacket all the way around and block the gun from the front, that would be bad. Lastly, my jacket has a million inside pockets and zippers and crap in those pockets and zippers, making the light swinging motion impossible and increasing the possibility of snagging the weapon. This is JMHO.

  • Car54

    Thanks for showing that. I remember it from back in the day but had forgotten it. Going to have to try it out.

  • SineNomine

    I tried practicing this in the mirror, but I couldn’t see myself. Damnedest thing.

  • Captain obvious

    I prefer the Count Chocula draw myself, I.e throwing a box of chocolate cereal at your assailant while drawing your weapon.

    • Cottersay

      Yes, I agree. I even tried the classic Count Chocula draw back in the Day, and it worked perfectly. (The older style “Franken Berry draw”, at least for me, was not nearly as successful though.)

  • Martin M

    If you feel you need to add some distraction to your self defense, just use your off hand to gesticulate and draw attention away from the reaching for your wallet[firearm].

    I feel that the flourish alone would be enough for someone to flinch and panic shoot you! This is like yelling BOO just before you draw your gun.

  • WFDT

    Count the steps. One, two, three. Ah, ah, ah!

    • BobinMI

      Thank you for this, it made my day.

  • Sickshooter0

    If you practiced this draw in a mirror, could you see yourself?

  • valorius

    if it’s stupid but it works, it’s not stupid.

  • Marcus D.

    Personally, I just toss the front of my poncho over my shoulder….

    • Full Name

      Then spit. “You boys gonna pull them pistols, or whistle ‘Dixie’?”

  • russeh

    Count Draw-cula?

  • Glock Guy

    Great video! I will incorporate this into my training.

  • Archie Montgomery

    Ignoring the silly appellation, this article is another example of older ideas being dusted off and re-cycled.

    This technique has been largely replaced by the ‘sweep’ method where the cover garment is merely pushed or pulled out of the way. One would think there might be a reason for the displacement. No doubt the popularity of the two-handed shooting stance has had something to do with the matter, as well as changes in men’s clothing.

    The ‘coat-tail’ technique works best with loose outer garments; it does not work as well with ‘tighter’ garments like modern men’s suit or sport’s coat jackets. Of course these terms of ‘loose’ and ‘tight’ are relative; possibly best determined by the user.

  • MichaelBolton

    Easily one of the more retarded ideas to come out of the firearms training boon.

  • CommonCents

    i prefer the count chocula draw. throw some cereal at the bad guy while drawing.

  • Righty-tighy

    I live in MI and plenty cold here (usually) I am not claiming invention of this but I’ve been doing it this way for years when wearing my carhartt. I figured this out on my own, and yes it is fast and effective, unless your zipped up.

  • Navy Davy

    Wood bullets that splinter like a hollowpoint! Silver bullets too. Every other round. Be prepared for Vampires vamps and Werewolves. Can’t be too careful. A vampire can be killed by a wood toothpick thru the heart, right? And a werewolf by a silver plated bullet or a Winchester Silvertip, right?

  • Core

    Reanimate.. Sweet jeebus what kind of bad guys are you dealing with? I find this method startles my honey badger prior to the draw, and you know..honey badger don’t care.. blah blah blah!

    • Nicholas C

      It is a well documented fact that when a target goes down from blood loss, the brain can get more blood pumped in when they are laying on the ground. Thus having enough blood to operate and shoot back.

  • paul

    She tried it on the vampire down the street, she didn’t need her firearm, she just kept him busy all night until the sun came up. That might work for some of you guys that wear flasher gear(not like there is anything wrong with that).

  • Bart

    They totally missed calling it the Count Drawcula.

  • Wayno

    Great technique , but this search and assess
    habit is getting way out of hand . Why develop a habit that you will surely do under stress when there is nothing to look for . The immediate threat is the # 1 priority if he is not neutralized then looking for someone else is not good tactics. I would think quartering off to the side check the original threat then look for other threats.

  • Bill

    Everything seems good until he is in his final position which is facing his target (opponent) showing his entire torso. He’s not standing to the side which only means stepping back with your right foot if you are right handed and left foot if you’re left handed all the while doing what he’s doing.

    I really do not want my entire torso exposed to a bullet, knife, club or a fist etc. I want to give the man who’s trying to kill me the least exposure possible while maintaining control.

  • Jason Bourne

    I think this may be an effective way of presenting your firearm with this one caveat, PRACTICE! If you try this one time and think you are done, you may end up with a support hand in the wrong place. Overall though, I like the idea. Especially if one is wearing a sports coat or suit everyday.

  • Christopher Jordan Roberts

    Except most people carry their wallets in their right side rear pocket. For the left handed ccw’er like myself I could see it being more effective