July

Dot Torture

Purpose: This is a great marksmanship drill.

Range: Start at 3yds

Target: Dot Torture target

Starting Position: High ready or Low ready

Rounds Fired: 50 rounds

Instructions:

Start at 3 yards. Once you can shoot the whole drill without a single miss, either increase the distance or add time pressure. For instance, try to finish the entire drill in under 5 minutes (5 min PAR time) while maintaining 100% accuracy.

 

Variation:

None.

 

Equipment list:

  • Handgun of choice
  • 30-50 rounds of ammunition for handgun of choice
  • Hearing protection and eye protection
  • 6 inch circle
  • Shot Time (*Turning Targets)

 

*RSO on duty can show you how to set-up Turning Targets & Face Time

 


June

Bill Drill 1 & 2

Purpose: Improve speed without sacrificing accuracy

Range: 7yd

Target: Standard IPSC/USPSA Target

Starting Position: gun in holster, hands at surrender position

Rounds Fired: 6 rounds

Instructions:

Six shots are fired as quickly as the shooter can achieve six hits on the target. The drill teaches sight tracking, proper visual reference, recoil management, and trigger manipulation.

One important aspect of the Bill Drill is learning to follow your sights during recoil so that you can fire your next shot as soon as you have an adequate sight picture. Usually, this means pulling the trigger as soon as the front sight comes back down onto the scoring zone without waiting for precise alignment or for the sight to stop movement in the middle of the target. At full speed, the front sight is constantly moving, never coming to rest until the drill is over.

Variation:
This is a new version of the classic Bill Drill developed by Bill Wilson with a goal toward working the draw and different numbers of shots on target. Scoring is standard Vickers with a half second penalty per point down.

There are five strings of fire, each for time:

Starting Position: gun in holster, hands at surrender position

Rounds Fired: 6 rounds

  1. Draw and fire 1 shot.
  2. Draw and fire 2 shots.
  3. Draw and fire 3 shots.
  4. Draw and fire 4 shots.
  5. Draw and fire 5 shots.

Bill Wilson suggests a 10-second total score as a goal

Equipment list:

  • Handgun of choice
  • 30-50 rounds of ammunition for handgun of choice
  • Hearing protection and eye protection
  • 6 inch circle
  • Strong Side Holster
  • Shot Timer (*Turning Targets)

*RSO on duty can show you how to set-up Turning Targets & Face Time

 


MAY

Purpose: This drill is intended to teach shooters the relationship between speed and accuracy, and how time affects marksmanship fundamentals.

Range: 7yd

Target: 6 inch circle (pdf version here)

Starting Position: Varies, see below

Rounds Fired: 20 rounds

Instructions:

The drill is run four times, five rounds each, on a six inch circle or shoot into the center circle of an 8 inch plate, at seven yards. A shot timer/turning targets are used to begin each string of fire. The four strings of fire are:

  1. draw and fire 5 rounds from open carry, two-handed (5 sec start time)
  2. draw and fire 5 rounds from open carry, strong hand only (6 sec start time)
  3. from the ready position fire 5 rounds, weak hand only (7 sec start time)
  4. draw and fire 5 rounds from open carry, two-handed (repeat of string 1) (4 sec start time)

For any shot outside of the 6″ circle, add 1 second to your time. Total the times (and penalties) for all four strings to determine your overall score examples:

  • Basic score total time with penalties is 4+5+6+7 = 22 seconds
  • Intermediate = 18 seconds
  • Advanced = 13 seconds

Variation:

If you are holster qualified at Centennial Gun Club you may draw from concealment.

Equipment list:

  • Handgun of choice
  • 30-50 rounds of ammunition for handgun of choice
  • Hearing protection and eye protection
  • 6 inch circle/8 inch plate
  • Shot Time (Turning Targets)
  • Concealment garment

 


 

April

Circle Drill Purpose: This drill is intended to teach shooters the relationship between speed and accuracy, and how time affects marksmanship fundamentals.

Range: 7yd

Target: 8 inch plate Starting Position:  any

Rounds Fired: 36 rounds

Instructions: Fire six rounds at the plate at a slow pace (1 shot per second/6 sec. PAR time). Repeat. This is fundamental marksmanship with little or no time pressure. Fire six rounds at a moderate pace (2 shots per second). Repeat. This speed is the “comfort zone” for most shooters, they should still get reasonably good hits. Finally, maximize speed by firing six rounds at a pace of about 4 shots per second (or as fast as possible if 4 second is faster than the gun can be kept under control). Repeat. This pace should push a shooter outside of his comfort zone and force him to work harder at recoil management and sight tracking. Accuracy will suffer but the goal is to keep 90%+ hits on the plate.

Variation: For added challenge, also perform the drill one-handed both strong- and weak-hand. Note that the times, especially the “fast” time, may need to be adjusted for one-handed shooting. The goal remains the same. First speed is slow marksmanship, second speed is a steady comfortable cadence, and finally maximum speed without losing control of the gun. Equipment list: Handgun of choice 30-50 rounds of ammunition for handgun of choice Hearing protection and eye protection 8 inch plates Shot time (*Turning Targets) *RSO on duty can show you how to set-up Turning Targets & Face Time


March

Extend Prep and Press/Alternating Target Area Purpose: This is a Changing Gears type drill designed to get you focused on making proper choices in terms of your visual control of the pistol as you alternate between high- and low-percentage targets. Range: 5yd- 10yd Target: 3X5 card and 8 inch plate Starting Position: high ready (where hands meet after draw) Rounds Fired: 40 rounds Instructions:

  1. From High Ready on the sound of the timer (turning targets), extend the gun while managing the sights and trigger (visual shift and verification), and fire two (2) shots on the body.
  2. On the next repetition go through the same process and fire two shots on the head.
  3. Alternate back and forth between target areas for a total of 20 repetitions (10 to the body, 10 to the head).

When assessing hits, each target area should have 20 shots on it. Variation: You would need an additional 40 rounds of ammunition for the variation. Start with gun holstered and hands relaxed at your sides. Equipment list:

  • Handgun of choice
  • 30-50 rounds of ammunition for handgun of choice
  • Hearing protection and eye protection
  • 3X5 index cards and 8 inch plates
  • Shot Timer (*Turning Targets)

*RSO on duty can show you how to set-up Turning Targets & Face Time


February

Frank Garcia’s Dot Drill Purpose: To improve the participants/shooters accuracy. Accuracy is the ability of the shooter to actually place a bullet to the spot at which he aimed. In simple terms — hitting with it. Range: 7yd Target: Six 2” dots (.pdf target downloadable here) Starting Position: Preferred ready position Rounds Fired: 36 Instructions: This drill combines a high degree of marksmanship with enough speed to put pressure on almost any shooter. Set the timer (turning targets) for a 5 second PAR time. Start, when target turns and faces the shooter, the shooter will fire six shots at the first 2” dot on the target. Record the number of hits you achieved within the PAR time. Shots fired after the 5 second PAR count as misses. Repeat the drill with the same 5 second PAR on each of the remaining dots. You will fire a total of 36 rounds with six separate start were the target will face the shooter. Make sure you have at least six rounds loaded in your gun before starting each dot. Variation: If you are holster qualified at Centennial Gun Club you may do the above drill drawing your firearm from the holster. Equipment list:

  • Handgun of choice
  • 36 rounds of ammunition for handgun of choice
  • Hearing protection and eye protection
  • 3X5 index cards
  • Shot Timer (Turning Targets)

 


January

3X5 Card Drill (Handgun Drill) Purpose: To improve the participants/shooters accuracy. Accuracy is the ability of the shooter to actually place a bullet to the spot at which he aimed. In simple terms — hitting with it. Range: 3yd, 5yd, 7yd, 10yd, & 15yd Target: One 3X5 card on a backer board for each distance Starting Position: any Rounds Fired: 6 rounds at each distance shot from the two handed ready position Instructions: Shooter fires six rounds at the target at his own pace for maximum accuracy. For traditional double/single action guns, three shots should be double action and three shots should be single action in alternating sequence (double, single, double, single, double, single). At three yards, the goal is to have all six bullet holes touching. After that, all shots need to hit the card. If all six shots hit the card, increase to the next distance. This is an accuracy drill do not rush any shots. Make them count. Variation: Use two cards on a backer board and perform the drill shooting with the strong-hand only on one card and shooting with the weak-hand only on the other card at each distance. Equipment list:

  • Handgun of choice
  • 30-50 rounds of ammunition for handgun of choice
  • Hearing protection and eye protection
  • 3X5 index cards


December

Reload Drill Purpose: Aiming and exercising proper shooting technique rather than rushing too fast Range: 7 yards Target: 8 inch plate, 8 ½ X 11 sheet of paper, IPSC or IDPA target Starting Position: Holstered or ready position Rounds Fired: 4 rounds Instructions: At the start signal, present the weapon to the target, fire two rounds, reload, and fire two additional rounds. To practice slidelock reloads, it is easiest to load your magazines with four rounds each, except for the first magazine in the gun which should obviously hold only two rounds. This way you can perform the drill and you’ll have two rounds left in the magazine at the end, allowing you to repeat the drill immediately. Variation: None Equipment list: Handgun of choice 30-50 rounds of ammunition for handgun of choice Hearing protection and eye protection Concealed garment Strong side holster-optional 3 magazines Shot Time (*Turning Targets) *RSO on duty can show you how to set-up Turning Targets & Face Time


December Bonus

X-Drill Purpose: Increase Speed and Accuracy Range: 7 yards Target: Two target on single backer board (3X5 and 8 inch plates) Target Example Starting Position: Holstered or ready position Rounds Fired: 32 rounds Instructions: The purpose of this drill is to build realistic multiple target shooting skills, and to further develop a shooter’s ability to regulate the balance between accuracy and speed necessary to get hits against different size and distance targets. You’ll create two targets, A and B. Each target will have a 3×5 card as a head zone, and an 8″ plate as a body zone. It should look like this: Shooter draws and fires two rounds at each target zone in an “X” pattern. Drill is repeated four times, starting with a different zone each time. 1. A-head, B-body, A-body, B-head 2. B-head, A-body, B-body, A-head 3. B-body, A-head, B-head, A-body 4. A-body, B-head, A-head, B-body A key point in teaching and evaluating the X-Drill is that pairs fired at large body zones should be faster than pairs fired at small head zones. Shooters should learn to adjust their cadence to get off shots as fast as they can appropriate to the range and size of the target. If your head shots are just as fast as your body shots and you’re getting all hits, you need to be taking the body shots faster. Shoot at the speed the target allows. Variation: None Equipment list: Handgun of choice 30-50 rounds of ammunition for handgun of choice Hearing protection and eye protection Concealed garment Strong side holster-optional 3 magazines Shot Time (Turning Targets)


November

Press Six Purpose: This is a great speed, marksmanship, accuracy. Range: 3 – 7 yards Target: Downloadable Starting Position: Holstered Rounds Fired: 62 rounds Instructions: Press Six is a multi-string drill that will help you improve both your press-out skills and your ability to hit low probability targets at speed. It utilizes six 2″ circles as depicted in the target here. So what is a press-out? The faster the sights are level in front of the eyes, the faster you will be able to make an aimed hit. So, if the need for a visual index exists, you want to draw your gun straight up to your eye-line with your muzzle a little high. From there, the sights are aligned, the gun is pushed to full extension, and the trigger is pressed, simultaneously. The shortest distance between two points is a straight line, the key is knowing which two points to connect. It doesn’t do much good to throw the gun from holster to full extension if you don’t have the visual reference you need and are waiting on that reference to begin trigger press. Range can be anywhere from three to seven yards depending on shooter skill level. The six strings of fire are:

  1. Top left dot. Draw and fire one shot, focusing on a proper press-out. No time limit. Repeat ten times.
  2. Top center dot. Draw and fire one shot, focusing on a proper press-out. 3 second PAR time. Repeat ten times.
  3. Top right dot. Draw and fire one shot, focusing on a proper press-out. 2 second PAR time. Repeat ten times.
  4. Lower left dot. Draw and fire two shots, focusing on a proper press-out and good sight tracking. No time limit. Repeat five times.
  5. Lower center dot. Draw and fire two shots, focusing on a proper press-out and good sight tracking. 3 second PAR time. Repeat five times.
  6. Lower right dot. Draw and fire three shots, focusing on a proper press-out and good sight tracking. 3 second PAR time. Repeat four times.

Start at a distance where you can reliably get all of your hits on the slow strings (1 and 4), then push yourself to develop the speed necessary to make the PAR times. Once you are getting all of your hits on every dot, add a yard or two to the distance. Variation: None Equipment list:

  • Handgun of choice
  • 30-75 rounds of ammunition for handgun of choice
  • Hearing protection and eye protection
  • Concealed garment
  • Strong side holster
  • Shot Time (Turning Targets)

 


 

October

Purpose: This is a great speed, marksmanship, accuracy and drawing from concealment drill. Range: 5 yards Target: Downloadable Starting Position: Holstered with three rounds in the pistol Rounds Fired: 6 rounds Instructions: Shooter begins the drill with three rounds in the gun. Using a shot timer, give yourself a seven second PAR time. On the buzzer, draw and fire six rounds as follows:

  • one round at the 1″ square
  • two rounds at the 2″ circle
  • perform a reload
  • three rounds at the 3×5 rectangle

Variation: None Equipment list:

  • Handgun of choice
  • 30-50 rounds of ammunition for handgun of choice
  • Hearing protection and eye protection
  • Concealed garment
  • 2 magazines minimum
  • Strong side holster
  • Shot Time (Turning Targets)

 


 

September Half & Half

Purpose: This is a great drill for speed and marksmanship without sacrificing accuracy. Range: 5-20 yards Target: IPSC A-zone or IDPA -0 zone Starting Position: Ready Position (see below) Rounds Fired: 30 rounds Instructions: The Half & Half is an easy to administer assessment of speed and marksmanship. There are three strings of fire. With each subsequent string, you reduce the distance and the par time by half. Pistol drill is shot from the ready position:

  1. 10 rounds at 20 yards, 12 second PAR time
  2. 10 rounds at 10 yards, 6 second PAR time
  3. 10 rounds at 5 yards, 3 second PAR time

All shots must be fired before the end of the PAR time; shots fired after the PAR count as misses. Variation: For a significantly better challenge of the Half & Half is changing the PAR times, and also fired from either concealment or a retention holster:

  1. 10 rounds at 20 yards, 10 second PAR time
  2. 10 rounds at 10 yards, 5 second PAR time
  3. 10 rounds at 5 yards, 2.5 second PAR time

Hits inside the scoring zone are 10 points each. Misses, shots fired after the PAR time, or unfired shots score zero. Maximum possible score is 300. Equipment list:

  • Handgun of choice
  • 30-50 rounds of ammunition for handgun of choice
  • Hearing protection and eye protection
  • Concealed garment
  • Shot Time (Turning Targets)

 


August F.A.S.T.

Purpose: This is a great Fundamental, Accuracy, & Speed Test Drill Range: 7 yards Target: 3X5 card (head) and 8 inch plate (body) Starting Position: Gun Concealed or in duty condition with all holster retention devices active; shooter facing downrange in relaxed stance with arms down at sides. Rounds Fired: 6 rounds Instructions: Shooter loads gun with a total of two rounds. On start signal, shooter draws and fires two rounds at the head target; performs a slidelock reload; and fires four rounds at the body target. Ranking:

  • 10+ seconds: Novice
  • less than 10 seconds: Intermediate
  • less than 7 seconds: Advanced
  • less than 5 seconds: Expert

If shooter is using a retention holster and flap (covered) magazine pouches, subtract 0.5 seconds from the recorded time. If shooter is using an open-top retention holster (e.g., Blackhawk SERPA or Safariland ALS) with no concealment, add 0.50 seconds to the recorded time. Variation: None.   Equipment list:

  • Handgun of choice
  • 30-50 rounds of ammunition for handgun of choice
  • Hearing protection and eye protection
  • Two magazines minimum
  • 3X5 card and 8 inch plate
  • Shot Time (Turning Targets)

 


July Dot Torture Purpose: This is a great marksmanship drill. Range: Start at 3yd Target: Dot Torture target (Download Target) Starting Position: High ready or Low ready Rounds Fired: 50 rounds Instructions: Start at 3 yards. You have to get all 50 hits to pass. Once you can shoot the whole drill without a single miss, either increase the distance or add time pressure. For instance, try to finish the entire drill in under 5 minutes (5 min PAR time) while maintaining 100% accuracy. Variation: None. Equipment list:

  • Handgun of choice
  • 30-50 rounds of ammunition for handgun of choice
  • Hearing protection and eye protection
  • 6 inch circle
  • Shot Time (*Turning Targets)

*RSO on duty can show you how to set-up Turning Targets & Face Time June Bill Drill 1 & 2 Purpose: Improve speed without sacrificing accuracy Range: 7yd Target: Standard IPSC/USPSA Target Starting Position: gun in holster, hands at surrender position Rounds Fired: 6 rounds Instructions: Six shots are fired as quickly as the shooter can achieve six hits on the target. The drill teaches sight tracking, proper visual reference, recoil management, and trigger manipulation. One important aspect of the Bill Drill is learning to follow your sights during recoil so that you can fire your next shot as soon as you have an adequate sight picture. Usually, this means pulling the trigger as soon as the front sight comes back down onto the scoring zone without waiting for precise alignment or for the sight to stop movement in the middle of the target. At full speed, the front sight is constantly moving, never coming to rest until the drill is over.   Variation: This is a new version of the classic Bill Drill developed by Bill Wilson with a goal toward working the draw and different numbers of shots on target. Scoring is standard Vickers with a half second penalty per point down. There are five strings of fire, each for time:   Starting Position: gun in holster, hands at surrender position Rounds Fired: 6 rounds

  1. Draw and fire 1 shot.
  2. Draw and fire 2 shots.
  3. Draw and fire 3 shots.
  4. Draw and fire 4 shots.
  5. Draw and fire 5 shots.

Bill Wilson suggests a 10-second total score as a goal   Equipment list: 1- Handgun of choice 2- 30-50 rounds of ammunition for handgun of choice 3- Hearing protection and eye protection 4- 6 inch circle 5- Strong Side Holster 6- Shot Timer (*Turning Targets) *RSO on duty can show you how to set-up Turning Targets & Face Time April Circle Drill Purpose: This drill is intended to teach shooters the relationship between speed and accuracy, and how time affects marksmanship fundamentals. Range: 7yd Target: 8 inch plate Starting Position: any Rounds Fired: 36 rounds Instructions:

  1. Fire six rounds at the plate at a slow pace (1 shot per second/6 sec. PAR time). Repeat. This is fundamental marksmanship with little or no time pressure.
  2. Fire six rounds at a moderate pace (2 shots per second). Repeat. This speed is the “comfort zone” for most shooters, they should still get reasonably good hits.
  3. Finally, maximize speed by firing six rounds at a pace of about 4 shots per second (or as fast as possible if 4 second is faster than the gun can be kept under control). Repeat. This pace should push a shooter outside of his comfort zone and force him to work harder at recoil management and sight tracking. Accuracy will suffer but the goal is to keep 90%+ hits on the plate.

Variation: For added challenge, also perform the drill one-handed both strong- and weak-hand. Note that the times, especially the “fast” time, may need to be adjusted for one-handed shooting. The goal remains the same. First speed is slow marksmanship, second speed is a steady comfortable cadence, and finally maximum speed without losing control of the gun. Equipment list: 1- Handgun of choice 2- 30-50 rounds of ammunition for handgun of choice 3- Hearing protection and eye protection 4- 8 inch plates5- Shot time (*Turning Targets) *RSO on duty can show you how to set-up Turning Targets & Face Time


March

Extend Prep and Press/Alternating Target Area Purpose: This is a Changing Gears type drill designed to get you focused on making proper choices in terms of your visual control of the pistol as you alternate between high- and low-percentage targets. Range: 5yd- 10yd Target: 3X5 card and 8 inch plate Starting Position: high ready (where hands meet after draw) Rounds Fired: 40 rounds Instructions:

  1. From High Ready on the sound of the timer (turning targets), extend the gun while managing the sights and trigger (visual shift and verification), and fire two (2) shots on the body.
  2. On the next repetition go through the same process and fire two shots on the head.
  3. Alternate back and forth between target areas for a total of 20 repetitions (10 to the body, 10 to the head).

When assessing hits, each target area should have 20 shots on it. Variation: You would need an additional 40 rounds of ammunition for the variation. Start with gun holstered and hands relaxed at your sides. Equipment list: 1- Handgun of choice 2- 30-50 rounds of ammunition for handgun of choice 3- Hearing protection and eye protection 4- 3X5 index cards and 8 inch plates 5- Shot Timer (*Turning Targets) *RSO on duty can show you how to set-up Turning Targets & Face Time


 

February

Frank Garcia’s Dot Drill designed by Frank Garcia Range: 7yd Target: six 2″ dots (.pdf target ) Start position: varies (see below) Rounds fired: 36 This drill combines a high degree of marksmanship with enough speed to put pressure on almost any shooter. Set your shot timer for a 5 second PAR time. On the buzzer, draw and fire six shots at the first 2″ dot on the target. Record the number of hits you achieved within the PAR time. Shots fired after the 5s PAR count as misses. Repeat the drill with the same 5s PAR on each of the remaining dots. You will fire a total of 36 rounds with six separate start signals. Make sure you have at least six rounds loaded in your gun before starting each dot. If your range does not allow you to draw from a holster, begin the drill from your preferred ready position.


 

January

3X5 Card Drill Purpose: To improve the participants/shooters accuracy. Accuracy is the ability of the shooter to actually place a bullet to the spot at which he aimed. In simple terms — hitting with it. Range: 3yd, 5yd, 7yd, 10yd, & 15yd Target: One 3X5 card on a backer board for each distance (pick up at the range) Starting Position: any Rounds Fired: 6 rounds at each distance shot from the two handed ready position Instructions: Shooter fires six rounds at the target at his own pace for maximum accuracy. For traditional double action guns, three shots should be double action and three shots should be single action in alternating sequence (double, single, double, single, double, single). At three yards, the goal is to have all six bullet holes touching. After that, all shots need to hit the card. If all six shots hit the card, increase to the next distance. This is an accuracy drill do not rush any shots. Make them count. Variation: Use two cards on a backer board and perform the drill shooting with the strong-hand only on one card and shooting with the weak-hand only on the other card at each distance. Equipment list: 1-Handgun of choice 2-30-50 rounds of ammunition for handgun of choice 3-Hearing protection and eye protection 4-3X5 index cards