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Raw Training: Multi-target Pistol Drills

Warts, misses, and all. Here I’m just working at 10 yards on a couple of 8″ steel plates, doing multi-target drills from concealment with my EDC rig. It’s raw, so plenty of misses and such.

I like working a lot of these kinds of simple drills, drawing from a concealed holster to put accurate hits on target quickly. It doesn’t always go perfectly, which is why we call it training. Aim is to get better over time.

Simple Shoulder-Switch Drill

This is a simple manipulation drill I do every time I train with my rifle, just to reinforce the fundamentals of changing sides with my tools. I make sure to keep things simple, only 2 hand position changes (and not shuffling around on the rifle), and toggle the selector switch before and after each change.

Twenty-Five Yards From Concealment

Today I was targeting a little 6″ circle at 25 yards for time, from concealment. I like doing this drill both as a competence checkup and as a technique-building drill. I do it at least twice a month for 100-200 rounds.

I typically hit at about 1.45 to 1.6 seconds, but that’s on a 10″ target. Today’s 6″ plate was more of a challenge!

Never Holster an Unloaded Pistol

If your pistol is in a holster, make sure that it is ALWAYS loaded and chambered. If it is not loaded and chambered DO NOT put it in a holster. Your failure to follow this simple rule and advisable system will almost certainly get you or someone else killed.

This means at home, at the gun range, in a firearms class, …everywhere: if your pistol is unloaded, DO NOT put it in a holster. Only holster a loaded-and-chambered pistol.

Five Positions at 25 Yards

This is a drill I run at least ever other week. I like to keep up my familiarity with defending from compromised positions.

As you can see, it’s not all rainbows, unicorns, and bacon chocolate. Training is messy business when you’re exploring your limits. Lots of misses means lots more training!

Left-Hand-Only from Concealed

Today’s primary range drills included a series of left-hand-only drills from concealed. I ran them from 12 or 13 yards with an 8″ plate as my target.

The key manipulation element to this drill is the left-hand draw from a right-hand holster and position. It requires that I change the pistol’s orientation in my hand. I use my body as a backstop to effect the proper grip on the pistol. One can do this using the upper torso, as I’m doing here, or using the crease between the thigh and groin. I find the upper body method to be faster, but it is also far less secure and I recommend anyone start with the thigh/groin crease first and then graduate to the upper body (with lots of blue-gun practice before attempting live-fire reps).

You can hear the hits and misses here.

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.