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Summer Fatigue Drill at 20 Yards

by Andy Rutledge 0 Comments

Fatigue-Drill season is starting. It was only 91F this morning so I did 11 reps of this drill to start the season.

As always, I’m running from concealment (the only way I train) and this drill requires a full magazine. Keys are proper technique and accuracy maintained throughout, even though fatigue sets in and heart rates skyrockets.

Get Her to Safety!

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In this drill, my buddy John plays the part of my wife, where an active shooter attacks folks in public. As the defender, I have to physically move my panic-striken and fronzen-up wife to safety while returning covering fire and getting a couple of hits on the bad guy.

Once secured behind cover, I ambush the assailant, ending the threat.

Tough to get good hits while running away and encumbered by a frightened loved one, but it’s a good drill to practice.

Raw Pistol Training: Surreptitious Draw

Something different in today’s pistol drills. This is a hidden, slow, deliberate, surreptitious draw from concealment to then engage a criminal who is perpetrating violence or deadly force on someone else.

It’s interesting trying to draw one-handed, slowly, and without telltale body movements that might attract a criminal’s attention.

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!

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!