View Full Version : What's Your Favorite Drill?

February 26, 2012, 10:40 PM
Weapon Glock 27

Drill. 10 rounds draw fire two per target. Address five targets effectively in ten seconds. My worst time was 12.9 my best was 8.4. I averaged at 11 seconds. I missed four non scrabble shots out of fifty and they stayed on the silhouette so not too shabby

This is an awesome drill. So let's make this a thread about awesome drills. Post your favorite drill and let's discuss.


February 27, 2012, 09:16 AM
It's a tossup between DeWalt and Ridgid.
I don't do "drills", dance steps, or dive and rolls-I shoot targets or whatever I choose.

February 27, 2012, 09:33 AM
Here's one of my favorites.
It involves just about everything to practice, especially with a mag change or two.
It's kind of hard to set up and run at a regular style range, though.
Your backyard would be just fine, you lucky fellow.

February 27, 2012, 09:47 AM
I like shooting the Texas Star, especially when the top half of the star is behind cover so you have to shoot the bottom plates.

February 27, 2012, 09:53 AM
Ooh, that's sneaky.
For those of use who don't have access to a star, using a simple to make swinger is also challenging.

Deaf Smith
February 27, 2012, 09:53 PM
Favorite drill?

Dead center hits, no matter the range, size of target, or speed, from the leather.


February 27, 2012, 10:40 PM
2 shots to COM, 2 to pelvic region while moving. Forward, backward, left, right. And yes Deaf, you can stand still if you want. Those of you who are so proud of your drills, you can use them to mount your targets;)

Capt. Charlie
February 27, 2012, 11:00 PM
OK guys, the power drill jokes were kinda funny at first...... kinda.

After the first time though, it got old really quick, so you'll notice that a bunch of posts were deleted.

The OP asked a legitimate question. Let's give him some legitimate answers, shall we?

February 27, 2012, 11:03 PM
OK, serious. Shoot, shoot, and shoot. Your "favorite" drill is probably the least important for you to practice.

February 28, 2012, 09:00 AM
I don't mind the jokes but someone deleted my good natured post and I'm the op lol. Anyway I ask because around me there is no IDPA IPSC or the like.

For now The only training I get is very home grown so I am just trying to spice things up.

February 28, 2012, 12:29 PM
Vermonter, try YouTube "Armed Response Training". David Kenlik and others have some very good drills to practice. There are also many other good training videos on YouTube if you do a search for handgun training.

Good luck in your quest.

Old Grump
February 28, 2012, 02:01 PM
Maybe not the most practical but I like to put out 19 water filled 2 liter bottles from 5 yards to 200 yards. Start out with 2 holstered guns on my belt and one in my shoulder holster and start walking forward. No extra ammo on my person.

I use two revolvers ,357 and 44 mag and my 45 pistol. I have to start walking, draw and shoot while walking. If I miss I have to back up 3 steps and shoot again, no advancing till I get that bottle. Object is to get to the last bottle with all of them shot and no ammo in my guns.

Haven't done it yet but came within two bottles a couple of times. Worst day after doing this for some time was 19 shots fired, 3 bottles gone and I was at the starting line because of all the backing up I had to do.

February 28, 2012, 08:45 PM
Grump that is brilliant I am doing it tomorrow.

February 28, 2012, 10:35 PM
I like to line up 1 gal jugs at the 100 yard line, and try to see how many shots from the sub compact 9mms I own to hit them. I also shoot them with the other handguns I own too. Last week I hit one with the first shot with my Mod 67-1 Smith 4 inch. My Ruger Blackhawk in .41 Mag it is like they are not that much of a challenge anymore.

I also like stapling playing cards to the target boad, have another deck. Shuffle and cut the card facing up is the target. At 5 yards I have 5 seconds to identify the card and shoot it. I do this game with friends a lot. The object is to get 5 cards. If you miss or shoot the wrong card you loose your turn, and next time around start over with zero.

February 29, 2012, 05:53 PM
We do this drill alot with rifles, but it works equally well and is just as fun with handguns.

We call it 7-up.
Get 7 medium sized boxes and number them 1 thru 7. Write the numbers large enough to be easily seen at 15-30 yards. Then tape a 10 inch balloon to the top of each box. The balloons can be larger or smaller depending on skill level of the shooters.
The shooter turns his/her back to the range and others place the boxes, scrambling the order and mixing up the range btween targets.

The shooter starts with an empty pistol. When the timer starts, the shooter must turn around, slap in the magazie and shoot the balloons in numbered order as fast as they can.
We will usually limit the magazines to 10 rounds each. This levels the field for those shooting low-capacity guns; and also penalizes the shooter with a reload, should he miss a few targets.
Shooters are disqualified for shooting targets out of order.

It's a really fun little exercise to do, it involves accuracy at different angles and ranges, quick judgement and target aquisition, and introduces a little freindly competition to an outing at the range.

February 29, 2012, 10:10 PM
I like the numbers and balloons idea. Thanks alot.

March 1, 2012, 08:27 PM
Yeah it's alot of fun.
After a few rounds, put the boxes in perfect order from left to right. For some reason it really messes with the shooter to have them aligned correctly. I think people overthink it and constantly feel like they are doing it in the wrong order.:confused:

March 2, 2012, 06:33 PM
For now The only training I get is very home grown so I am just trying to spice things up. You are so fortunate. Probably most of us don't get the chance to do anything like this, as most are stuck with indoor ranges that are full of rules that prevent this type of thing. I always wanted land that permitted me to shoot in my own backyard, but alas, even my new home doesn't provide it. What it does provide is 2 ranges that are within a few miles that are both owned by the same people. When I move, I will be joining post-haste.

March 3, 2012, 10:22 AM
With the risk of sounding like a broken record:
For those who don't have access to a range that allows meaningful practice, the magic word is "AirGuns"
When our local club instituted a new batch of rules and regulations, prompted by some very irresponsible behavior, it became more or less useless for serious shooting practice.
But thanks to the modern and very realistic airguns that have become available recently, I can do even more elaborate routines at home that I used to do at the range.
It's proven very effective.
The blowback models of airguns, both airsoft and pellet versions, are plenty realistic enough to take up the slack, so to speak.

March 4, 2012, 12:19 PM
.357 Blackhawk

Load one chamber with a shell (.38 or downloaded 357 if you have one). Spin it. Without looking load another with a .357. Took me a wile to get the motion down so I could do this without looking.

Spin it, close the gate, dry fire till both are gone.

Focus on keeping that front sight rock steady. (I use the blackhawk because the GP100 still allows you to see the edges of the cartridges in the loaded chambers.)

March 4, 2012, 12:44 PM
orthosophy, I do the same type of thing with my GP100. I just put empty cases in the "off" cylinders.
A also do the same with dummy rounds in my CZ75. I load one or two into a few mags along with live rounds. Then shoot.

It's a really good way to judge just how much movement to point of aim you have when squeezing the trigger. Since I have been doing this, my handgun shooting has improved tremendously. I'm still not a great shot, but I'm a helluvalot better than I was.:o

In autos, it's also a good way to practive clearing malfunctions quickly

March 4, 2012, 01:03 PM
funny thing is that my favorite drill doesnt involve any actual firing!
I like the pencil/wall drill.

Find a wall, put a sheet of paper on said wall, centered at where eye level is when you're in your firing position. (if you have a landlord or a wife who will get upset about you screwing up the walls of their fine abode, then put a piece of cardboard behind the paper)

put a pencil down the barrel of your pistol so that only about 1/2" or so sticks out of the muzzle. You can also use a pen, but for max training value, make sure it doesn't protrude too far from the muzzle.

Holster your newly made training monstrosity as if you were carrying it (in you carry holster, on your armor, etc. I do this alot with my leg rig)

for about 10 min a few times a week, practice drawing and presenting your pistol by drawing it, pushing it out into firing position (close enough that the pencil should make a mark on the paper without hampering your extension of your arms). Repeat, and try to get your dots on the paper as tight and consistent as possible.

The plus side of this drill is that 1. for cheap bastards like myself it takes exactly $0 of ammo or range fees or gas to work on your draw 2. it never rains on me when I'm doing this 3. it allows me to focus on draw and sight acquisition FORM without the added complication of a target. This works fine in the real world where all i have to do it look at the center of mass, and I bring my pistol up to what I'm looking at.

you can addapt it to trigger squeeze too by leaving the pencil in contact with the paper, and squeezing the trigger.

March 4, 2012, 01:07 PM
the other drill I absolutely love is to load a magazine with 3 live & the rest dummy rounds, and practice trigger squeeze. they're randomly mixed, and every time i flinch, push, or pull on a dummy round, practice 5 good DA trigger squeezes. Lots of prep, but simple, and effective.

good to do this with a buddy so he can load the mags, and you can load his. changing up the number of live rounds (should always be a low number), and adding to the surprise

March 4, 2012, 03:47 PM
With live and dummy in the cylinders that jumps out as a good one for my five shot snubby.

I like the idea of a few snap caps in the mag so you have to tap, rack, and bang.

Keep em coming guys this is where I was headed in the first place.

Don P
March 4, 2012, 04:02 PM
deleted by me for a drill reference after reading the Captains post

March 4, 2012, 04:19 PM
There are several variations to this, . . . but the basic goes like this:

Mark off 10, 20, 30, 40, and 50 feet.

Set up a target, . . . I like the 7 inch or so diameter paper plates, . . . big black aiming dot in the center.

Shoot 10 rounds at 10 feet, . . . count only "hits" (anywhere on the plate), . . . add up your score, . . . 1 point per round.

Shoot 10 rounds at 20 feet, . . . 2 points per "hit".

Shoot 10 rounds at 30 feet, . . . 3 points per "hit".

Shoot 10 rounds at 40 feet, . . . 4 points per "hit".

Shoot 10 rounds at 50 feet, . . . 5 points per "hit".

The ringer or kicker to this is that you cannot move to the next level until you have completed a full 10 consecutive hits on the current level.

You also have to shoot in "blocks" of 10 shots.

It can be one frustrating challenge, . . . especially if you drop one early on in the shooting, . . . trying to make up for it later on in the shooting series.

Anyway, . . . I like it, . . . and once you start shooting 150's at the 7 inch plate, . . . drop to a 5 inch plate, . . . that'll make ya do better :D

May God bless,

March 5, 2012, 04:33 AM
.357 Blackhawk

Load one chamber with a shell (.38 or downloaded 357 if you have one). Spin it. Without looking load another with a .357. Took me a wile to get the motion down so I could do this without looking.

Spin it, close the gate, dry fire till both are gone.

Focus on keeping that front sight rock steady. (I use the blackhawk because the GP100 still allows you to see the edges of the cartridges in the loaded chambers.)

I do something similar with DA revolvers. Have a partner load 2-3 rounds into your gun, while you load his. Then draw and fire rapidly into targets at 10 yards. The empty chambers simulate misfires, and you also can see every movement of the sights if you are flinching. I find I get the most education per round fired this way, which is important when ammo costs so much.

Blue Duck
March 9, 2012, 12:11 AM
I have always shot sighted fire a lot, at most any distances off and on from 5yds to 100yds with my service pistols and revolvers, but some of my favorite drills, are some of the most basic for CCW.

Of course I have played all of the games with hostage targets in the mix, etc, but some of my favorite drills go something like this:

set up one or two IDPA cardboard targets at very close range, like 2 to 5 yards and just practice drawing and firing as fast as possible, like it really counted. I want good hits, but speed is everything, and unsighted fire is often the order of the day. I want to practice like I expect it to go down, in a close range, whoever gets there the quickest with the mostests is the winner.

I usually practice this one handed, sometimes from an odd angle in relation to my body, and often start the draw from under a typical ccw position, with my gun covered up to start. I practice this with various weapons from tiny back up guns to full blown 1911's, basically it just bottom line, get some lead in the air, ASAP! because this ain't no target match, I am talking about.

I also practice firing as soon as the gun clears the holster, typical of the old speed rock, or at least with that idea in mind. I believe in practicing like I might have to fight.

Rifleman 173
March 9, 2012, 05:11 AM
I practice a lot of double taps with my ARs and AK type rifles and then do double taps with my handguns. Then I practice 2 to the chest and 1 to the head. Later on I transition back and forth between my different firearms. I also deliberately space out my shots a little bit, about a hand's width or so. This slight spacing is thought in some circles to allow shock to set into the target's body a little quicker than 2 shots right on top of one another.