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Pistol Drills: Counterattacks from Compromised Positions

by Andy Rutledge 0 Comments

These pistol drills are what I’d call compulsory for everyday carriers. You don’t want your attempt to save your life to be the first time you try shooting from your stomach or side or back. Train first with a competent instructor and then practice on your own so that you know what you’re doing should the need arise.

Training works! Not training works, too, but rather in a bad way.

Pistol Drill: Speed Drill No.1: Controlled Pairs

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This is a drill that I practice on a regular basis in order to develop and maintain the ability to hit the “GO” button and be proficient and accurate if I ever need to.

I’m performing this drill here at 5 yards.
There are two ways I practice this drill. One way is for cadence. I’ll fire the first 3 or 4 or 5 shots with a specific, fast cadence in mind, then follow up with the reload and face shot. The other way is what I’m demonstrating here: two controlled pairs followed by a reload and shot to the face.

The practical logic here is that I’m shooting to stop a threat with controlled pairs to the vital area of the chest. The gun runs dry and so I reload and, since the threat was not stopped by the previous shots, I follow up with one more to the occulonasal area of the face.

I run this drill at 5, 7 and 10 yards. It’s important to to get comfortable with the fast cadence and to work for accuracy in all of the shots. You have to learn to trust to your grip and fundamentals for speed shooting–and correct them when and if they fail you in a drill like this.

Pistol Drill: Shooting While Moving to Cover

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This is a demonstration, not instruction. Be sure to seek professional instruction for any firearm drills you plan to run in your own practice.

This is a very contextually specific drill, as it is not always safe and appropriate to take lower-percentage shots like this in public; bystanders may make it wholly inappropriate. However, I think it is important to develop a high skill level for shooting accurately while moving quickly.

And, yes, it’s galling to watch that first-shot miss over and over, but that’s why they call it training. I still have plenty left to do.

Shooting While Moving to Cover

This is a demonstration, not instruction. Be sure to seek professional instruction for any firearm drills you plan to run in your own practice.

This is a very contextually specific drill, as it is not always safe and appropriate to take lower-percentage shots like this in public; bystanders may make it wholly inappropriate. However, I think it is important to develop a high skill level for shooting accurately while moving quickly.

And, yes, it’s galling to watch that first-shot miss over and over, but that’s why they call it training. I still have plenty left to do.

Frightening the Peaceful Folk

Frightened the peaceful folk at the indoor gun range again today with some practical drills.

They get concerned that someone shouldn’t be doing what I do, so they approach the RSO and ask if it’s okay. If I’m ok.
#pewpew

I fear they’ll die if ever forced to defend themselves.

Concealed Pistol from Back, Kneeling, and Prone

Today’s drill was the same one from this early-winter-2018 video. I’m shooting at 20 yards onto 6″ steel (today’s was on 4″ steel), doing a soft breakfall to my back then drawing from concealment to put one round from both right and left sides around cover from my back, then up to kneeling over the cover, the going prone for 1 shot from both right and left sides.

Marksmanship is a bit more challenging when you’re on your back/side and prone on your sides. This drill challenges my ability to remain accurate while using cover from the ground. The kneeling shot is just to practice rising to a knee from my back, facilitating the transition to prone.

Rifle Bill Drills

Now that the new DDM4 V7 is all setup I took it out to try and make it fail with reloads, mag dumps, and other fast-shooting strings. Part of that was a series of Bill drills. Here are a few runs. I dig how the muzzle stays pretty darn still (Odin Works Atlas 5 FTW!). Hits here at 15 yards were all hand-sized groups or smaller. I’m quite sure I could do fist or smaller if I were trying. Love this rifle!

Muzzle Device is the Odin Works Atlas 5, trigger is the CMC 3.5 straight trigger, all on my Daniel Defense DDM4 V7 lightweight model.

You’ll notice here that my irons are down. That’s an anomaly, as I put them down for when I re-confirmed zero before training. Just didn’t put them back up, but I typically keep front and rear up 100% of the time when using my red-dot optic.

Pistol Drill: Restaurant Defense at 20 Yards

This is a simple drill for exiting a restaurant seat to take a lower profile and put a couple rounds on target at 20 yards (presumably after having told your friends or family members to find floor behind cover away from you) on a half-size torso target (the little red one).

It’s just a drill to practice efficient, safe movement for direct engagement. It’s about technique rather than realism. This is not a scenario drill that accounts for lines of sight or other people. Technical skill first.

Pistol Drill: Two at 20 Yards from “Hostage” Position

This is a simple drill that works from a prone, “hostage” position. Moving quickly to cover, clearing garments, and getting the gun up and putting critical hits on target at 20 yards in just a couple of seconds involves a lot of kinetic skills. Good practice.

I did 50-ish reps of this one today. When I replace the magazine, I just rack the slide and don’t worry about the lost round. It’s best to chamber a round regardless of whether or not there’s one already in the chamber. I just had a gunfight and likely have no idea how many rounds I fired. Gas it up and chamber a round to be certain.