Today I took turns running drill reps at 25 yards with my friend Ashley. It was Ashley’s first time to run any practical drills like this and one of the first times he’s trained at 25 yards. He did a fantastic job of running practical manipulations and use of cover. So fun and so valuable!
This is a drill to practice good hits at medium range from different angles while using cover.
The point here is to properly use cover of an odd configuration to engage a target several times while never emerging from the same place twice. Four shots from four different positions forces you to learn to use your body to provide a stable platform based on what the cover requires of you…all while maintaining good accuracy on a small-ish target (here 8″) at medium range (in this case, 23 yards).
You’ll notice that I finish with covered sul position. This is so that I can scan my area for more threats while not looking like a deadly threat to friendlies in the vicinity. Most folks won’t even notice that there’s a gun in my hand (have a care not to unnecessarily frighten folks when you’re doing good).
This week’s drill works on ground mobility/dexterity and marksmanship from compromised positions. Good to know how to handle shooting from your back and while prone. I had to spend an extra round or two in each of these reps. MOAR TRAINING.
Wearing some knee/elbow pads, as ~35 reps of this drill is a bit punishing on the skin!
Here’s a drill you can do to test and develop your ability to maintain accuracy and concentration as your heart rate and blood pressure rise (simulating stress).
This particular pass was not my best, as I was already pretty fatigued. But that’s kind of the point. Repetition and concentration on fundamentals helps to improve performance as you learn to adapt.
I’m placing 2 shots from each position as a means to train followup-shot ability.
8″ plate at 23 yards. Instead of my standard fatigue drill, with this one I’m focusing on accurate follow-up shots. So I’ll take 2 shots from each position instead of just one.
Not my best effort here. Moar training!
This is something I’m going to do every week so that I can track progress (I hope!) for putting 10 shots on target at 25 yards. I’d like to keep the time under 9 seconds and the shots within an 8″ group.
It’s a process. This particular effort was pretty underwhelming. :-/ Moar training!
After years of acquaintance on Twitter, I finally met and got to train with Kyle Southerland at the Proactive Defense gun range. We did lots of good pistol work and rifle drills. It was a blast and I look forward to the next time. Gig ’em!
While it’s not an obviously useful skill, shooting rapidly and accurately while moving is a good offensive skill. In today’s wartime environment, it could prove useful one day. Sadly.
Here I’m just trying to move obliquely toward the 10″ square target (on the right) while hitting it with 3 rounds as quickly as I can and still be accurate. These are just some of the more successful passes I made in 50 or 60 reps.
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).