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Old August 29, 2009, 03:21 AM   #1
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Draw and fire target exercises

One drill which has long since proven to be a very good one is what was at the time called, shooting the numbers, or as an example, 3 std targets, 3m away, 3 feet apart, 3 rounds into each, timed with your basic electronic pocket shot / match timer, starting cocked and locked with your favourite gun in it's holster to whatever time taken to your last shot,

To be serious penalties do apply, so only shots in 10 to 5 rings score, outside that is considered a miss and with + 1sec per miss it can be problematic when it's easy possible to do this drill in well under 5 seconds total with any type of handgun, including revolver.

Why bother, well many look at shooting all kinds of stuff to make it both practice and also fun, this drill with a simple change to the number makes it somewhat harder to downright diabolical, 4 targets, 4m away, 4 feet apart and 4 rounds per, reload and repeat, etc etc making it virtual match competition, but great practice when on your own.

My personal best (at the 3's) was 2.26 seconds with a comp'd 9mm so it ain't really hard, remembering you have to also hit the paper with half decent scores.
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Old November 19, 2009, 10:14 AM   #2
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We do this a lot, it's a great drill.

Two ways to mix it up:

1) Vary the target distances. For example: Target 1 at 2m, Target 2 at 5m, Target 3 at 3m, Target 4 at 5m. Really works your eyes to acquire the front sight against the slightly different backgrounds.

2) Work in an early-reload, or a feeding failure. For example, have your buddy load your first magazine with a unknown number of rounds and/or a dummy round (no powder) somewhere in the stack of either your first or second mag. Work past the problem and finish the drill.

3) If you carry a backup gun, work the "New York Reload" into the programme as well.
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Old November 24, 2009, 11:02 AM   #3
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I will try this exercise and vary he distances aswell. This will be good for reality where in South Africa criminals come in groups of 3 to 8 when entering your house. The surprice are almost always on their side when they operate, so when you go over for self-defence, it has to hapen quick.

So to do this drill on multiple moving targets it is a must to make every shot count.
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