Your Evolution of Training Part 3

Posted: June 12, 2013 in Uncategorized
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Today we are going to finish up with the last installment of our three part series on how to make your time at the range effective and efficient by moving you in a direction from just shooting to actual training. In the first article we covered the difference between just shooting and actual training. Standing in a square position and just punching holes in the paper target is not training. Yesterday we covered how to utilize your range time to maximize results of costly ammo and time by having a before you arrive plan, tracking your times, and proper record keeping. Today we will cover some drills that you can use to push yourself out of that comfort zone and start making yourself a better shooter.

Before I start laying drills out there for you to copy and run off to the range to master you need to keep in mind that there is a difference between training and gaming also. You need to be very honest with yourself in the way that the drills are performed or you will just be hurting yourself. If you are starting with your hand on the gun when you should be starting in a surrender position you are cheating yourself. You don’t walk around with your hand on your gun on a daily basis so why start a drill with it there? Rob Pincus incorporates a flinch into his draws because it is the body’s natural thing to do when startled. If you have ever noticed Rob in a lot of his videos he starts with his hands up near the face and that is the reason. He is training properly and not trying to game his drills to cheat and beat his times.

Another thing you will notice on this list of drills is I did not include par times or any of my times. It is not that I am afraid to put my times out there. I did this because it is up to you to set the par time. Every shooter needs to learn that when it comes to training you are not competing against anyone but yourself. Do each drill 3 times, average your times, and shoot to beat that time every time. Over time you will know how fast you should be able to run each drill. It is fun to shoot with buddies and a shot timer, and a list of drills will make for a LOT of laughs but each time you walk up to the line you need to remember that nobody’s time but yours matters. Shoot to beat your best time not your buddies

These drills are not set in stone either. They are mainly pistol drills but by increasing the distance two to three times they can easily work for close rifle drills. Also if you start mastering a drill add another element to it such as movement. Just by adding a simple stepping off the X on the draw or starting the drill with your back to the targets and incorporating a turn can change the entire drill for you especially if you rarely practice those skills. The distances are another factor that can be adjusted. Keep in mind that distance of targets is a major comfort zone and we are trying to step out and push ourselves to become better shooters. Until I attended my first VSM class I had only shot past 10 yards with a pistol a handful of times. You can always move the targets further, but I would say that all these drills should not be run closer than 7 yards except for the few that specifically say 5 yards

This is just the short list of drills I practice. I have picked up quite a few from classes where the instructors have asked that we do not share the drills outside of the people who have attended the class. Out of respect for them I took all those out. If you would like to have them you can contact me and I will provide you with the contact information of those trainers so you can attend their class and get them yourself. The majority of this list came from talking with friends and reading other online sources to find new ways to push myself. If you really want a par time to compare with yours they are out there or you can message me and I will give you a rough idea of the average time, but again it is your par time you are worried about beating, nobody else’s

Last but not least it goes without saying that all firearm safety rules apply. If you are a new shooter and have never drawn from a holster starting at low ready is not a bad idea until you get some repetitions down with an empty gun. Always keep your finger off the trigger until your sights are on target. One drill requires you to start with a turn do not draw until you are facing down range. You do not want to be drawing and sweeping all your buddies with your bugger hook on the bang button.

Reload Drill
From draw/5 yards
3 Shots – reload – 3 shots – reload – 3 shots
Triple Threat Drill
Start center target/from draw/5 yards
3 shots chest – 1 shot head – 1 shot pelvis (repeat with left and right target)
Bill Drill
From draw/7 yards
6 rounds A-zone
El Presidente
From Draw surrender position/10 yards
3 targets 2 shots each – Reload – Repeat 2 shots into 3 targets
Farnam Drill
From draw hands at side/8 yards
Load 4 rounds+1 dummy round to gun – spare mag on belt with 2 rounds
Fire – Clear malfunction – Fire – Reload – Fire two
(Optional – Move off X on draw and Tap/Rack)
Shoot Move and Reload
From draw targets 10 yards away
Load 3 rounds in 3 mags

On draw move forward towards center target firing three shots – During reload sidestep left or right to next target – Fire three rounds – On reload sidestep in front of final target – Fire last mag into remaining target

Let me know how you do and be certain you share this on all the social media outlets. I would love to start seeing some feedback on everyone’s progress. Is the roadmap I laid out in front of you helping you become a better shooter? Do you have a drill you designed that you would like to see me include onto the list? You can let me know by contacting me through email at or by clicking the contact tab in the header above. There is always Facebook where we are always having some form of discussion. And last but not least there is a community of nearly ten thousand pro-Second Amendment members over at Shooters Legion waiting for you to become a member of.

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