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Two-Mag Drill for Indoors

by Andy Rutledge 0 Comments

Here are four reps of a drill I do every week at the indoor range, in my narrow lane. It’s a fundamental gun-handling drill that others are built upon. Here I’m shooting at a silhouette at 7 yards. The image (below) shows the results of a few passes at 7 yards and you might just be able to make out the silhouette I’ve drawn on the target.

The drill is:

  • Move off the X while loading a 1-round magazine and rack the slide,
  • Fire 1 round to chest, gun locks back empty,
  • Reload from concealed 2-round magazine while moving off of the X,
  • Fire 1 round to chest, 1 round to face.

Yes, that one shot in the middle-left is off target. In the real world, that’s called “a lawsuit” (we are responsible for every round that leaves our muzzle).

2-mag drill target at 10 yards

A Hands-On Defense

With this morning’s drill I’m drawing from almost three decades of martial arts practice to augment my armed defensive technique with my EDC pistol.

In a hands-on situation it will likely be very hard to draw and bring a concealed pistol into the fight, but there are ways to buy time and gain position. This drill is just one way for a very specific situation. DO NOT TAKE THIS AS INSTRUCTION AND DO NOT TRY THIS DRILL WITHOUT PROFESSIONAL INSTRUCTION FROM A QUALIFIED INSTRUCTOR, as it is very easy to shoot yourself in the arm or hand!

Note also that this technique puts you in a fairly dangerous position, with your underarms, ribs, and several other vital attack points greatly exposed. The mitigation for this exposure is a quick reversal of position, taking away those targets before the assailant can attack them. It ALSO exposes the firearm, placing it in close proximity to the assailant. It is therefore vital that the distraction (elbow strikes) be executed with viciousness and ferocity so that the assailant doesn’t notice the brief exposure.

Engagement Strategy Carbine Drill

Here’s I’m just training to cut the danger in half by seeking cover from one bad guy while engaging the other one. Then I use cover, and switch hands & shoulder, to engage the second bad guy.

To switch shoulders I have to manipulate my sling, pulling on the tail to change it from shortest length to longest length so that I can get it across my body to my left shoulder. Then I’m using left-handed grip and left eye to keep my danger/exposure to a minimum when I engage.

You’ll also see me crouch down on the last couple of reps as I engage the second bad guy from cover. This is because he saw me run to cover and expects me to come out at the same horizontal level. I gain a half second or so by engaging from a different horizontal level than he likely expects

Wounded Wing Drill

This is a drill to work one-handed manipulation after drawing from concealment and “getting shot” in the primary arm. Pistol is dropped and secondary arm takes over and finishes the fight.

Target is 6″ steel plate at 12 yards. Did lots of reps of this one today.

Three at Ten in Less Than Two

Working the Gen 5 G19 out of its new APLc-compatible holster. First time I’ve done holster work with the Gen 5 with its light. The holster rides very low, so while it conceals very well, my draw is a bit slower than I’m used to.

Here I’m just drawing from concealment as I move of the X and putting one round on each of 3 targets: middle, left, then right…in less than 2 seconds.

Yes, that third rep was a 100% miss. Happens when you push boundaries. That’s why it’s called training. 🙂

Compressed-Position Moving & Shooting

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This drill is working a technique used in yesterday’s active-shooter class. It’s for fast moving and shooting in confined spaces, generally with up-close targets. In this position you don’t get a sight picture, so you’re relying on natural aiming with your muzzle tracking with your eyes as you turn from the waist (not the “hips” as I said in the video).

I spent this morning working this technique with various drills just to see how to maintain good accuracy without a sight picture. It worked out quite well. I was getting good A-zone hits to body and even the face.

It’s pretty intuitive and once you learn how to position your pistol and how big movements affect your accuracy tracking, it’s not hard to be effective with this compressed position.

Pistol Drill: Four Shots, Three Ways

I spent a lot of time running this drill this morning; ran it probably 40 or 45 times. The video here shows my 3rd or 4th time through the drill, then my 34th time through the same drill. My shirt was much sweatier that last time. 🙂

The drill (on 6×12 steel at 25 yards)
– Draw from concealment (moving off the X) and put 1 round on target at 25 yards,
– run to 11 yards & change to support hand, 1 round,
– run back to 16 yards & change to strong hand, 1 round,
– run back to 25 yards, 1 round w/both hands
– par time is 16 seconds.

On the Back From Concealment at 22 Yards

Last week I worked from the ground on my stomach. This week it’s from my back. It’s been a long time since I worked this drill and I don’t have proper, automatic technique yet.

You’ll notice that when I’m changing sides, the muzzle of my pistol is safely clearing my legs, but for a second the muzzle is pointed up too much (and over the berm at this range). Not good range technique. But this is the primary reason that I make these videos: so that I can better spot the flaws in my safety and manipulations.

Moar training!

Pistol Drill From the Ground

Working on a 12″ plate at 20 yards here.

Just working to place good hits from the ground and to keep my gun in the fight when it runs empty. The mechanics are somewhat modified from the same things standing.

This video shows about the 48th or 50th rep I did on this drill. It was 97F so I was getting pretty fatigued by this point. Fun times!