If you’re anything like me, you’re always looking for ways to use the range facilities at your disposal in the most productive ways possible. At my indoor range, for instance, I cannot draw from a holster and the narrow shooting lanes prohibit all but the smallest body dynamics. So there I work on mag-exchange drills, hand drills, and plain ol target practice.
When I get to my local outdoor practical range there is very little I cannot do, but I have a hard time settling on specific drills to work. Despite the fact that I’m a competitive shooter, I only ever use my concealed carry holster and pistols when working on pistol drills there (Since my daily carry setup is concealed, that’s how I train.). Even so, I find my pistol drills lack a bit of structure and I’ve not made of habit of measuring my results against any standard; personal or objective. I’ve decided to change that.
After today’s excellent discussion with the owner and one of his instructors at my local practical range, I’ll be using various military and law enforcement qualification courses of fire as training drills. The first one I’ll be using as a drill is the Federal Air Marshal Pistol Qualification.
The Federal Air Marshal Pistol Qualification
The drill is executed at 7 yards using the FBI UIT-CB target. Each string (except #3) is performed twice, using a competition shot timer to issue start signals and to log the string times (and, if you’re really keeping track of things: the time between multiple shots).
|Drill – each is performed twice||From||Par Time|
|One round||concealed holster||1.65 seconds|
|Double tap||low ready||1.35 seconds|
|Rhythm: fire 6 rounds at one target (1x only)||low ready||3.00 seconds|
|On shot, speed reload, one shot||low ready||3.25 seconds|
|One round each at 2 targets three yards apart||low ready||1.65 seconds|
|Pivot 180°: One round each at 3 targets three yards apart – 1x turn left, 1x turn right||concealed holster||3.50 seconds|
|One round, slide locks back, drop to one knee, reload, fire one round||low ready||4.00 seconds|
By recording my hits/misses and times, I’ll be able to find my trouble spots and track progress against an objective pressure standard.
If you’d like to train with this drill and keep track of your performance, here are a couple things you might like:
- my training log performance record sheet (PDF) (feel free to download and print out)
Here’s someone running the drill: