Skip to comments.Pistol Shooting Drills
Posted on 01/17/2019 5:28:40 AM PST by w1n1
Do you want to be good with a pistol? And, we're not talking about just standing in front of a paper target shooting at your leisure. You want to be able to defend yourself and loved ones. What do you do?
There are many shooting drills out there for every skill level, but as with any hobby or skill, the basics are the most important. Without basic proficiency, one cannot become competent, let alone get actually good..
Getting good means you'll need to attend all of these top of the line defensive firearms courses offered at Joe's Tactical School.
Reality is these courses are expensive and if you're like most of us we don't work for an agency that will send us to these courses every week.
Here's a few pistol drills to keep your skills sharp and build a solid base and you can do this without paying big bucks to stroke your ego.
Slap Rack Bang
The object if this drill is to ingrain this into your neuro-muscular system as a primary action to do when malfunction comes up.
Commonly known as Failure to Stop Drill, incorporated by the late Jeff Cooper at GunSite Academy. Which has been taught at every level of law enforcement agencies to Joe Tactical wannabes.
1 to 5 Drill
Space three targets, preferably human silhouette targets, about one target-width apart and place them five yards away from you. Start with the weapon muzzle down, as if you are exiting a vehicle or entering a building.
At the buzzer, shoot one shot on the left target, two shots on the center target, and three shots on the right target. Then shoot four shots back on the center target followed by five shots on the left. This drill was designed for using an AR but can be adapted for handguns as well. See the rest with complete description of pistol shooting drills.
I see these guys on some of the outdoor channels doing stunts or just plain fast shooting. They are obviously highly skilled.
I also remember those old fashioned lawmen and shooters who grew up in rural areas, with guns as part of their lives. Some of them like Bill Jordan became experts at exhibition shooting but also in all areas.
Guys like Elmer Keith, Skeeter Skelton, and Frank Hamer come to mind.
I am a long time fan of Jeff Cooper and wonder how he grew up. Did he learn and develop his skills in the Marines or was he already a shooter when he joined?
I’m a big fan of firearm proficiency. Since we moved out to the farm, my wife complains about things not being “convenient.” However, she brags to all her cohorts that she has a private shooting range and can shoot guns daily if she wants to. And, we go through a lot of ammo. I am a big believer in “if you carry it, be highly proficient with it.” But, that also goes for the long guns too. Learn how to shoot long range, and get good at it.
Any of these drills can be modified for the better by having a shooting partner load your magazine with an unknown number of rounds.
You shoot a Mozambique bang, bang, bang, slide lock - reload - bang, bang, bang...now we're training!
Have an available range near my house that I use......went through a State Police “Shoot/No-shoot” training session w/Glock that had a laser on it.
In 3 scenarios, I nailed the bad guy/girl with my shot - only the bad girl pulled a pistol from under her right thigh as I watched her through the passenger window reach to get her registration from the glove compartment - my focus was on her left hand that was opening the glove compartment - which should have been a red flag to me. She quickly (less than 1 second) pulled the pistol from under her right thigh and we both shot at the same time. Yes - I got her. But she got me at the same time.
3rd scenario was a drunk threatening me with a knife.....passed the test as I did not shoot him - he was a safe distance from me and never moved toward me - 30’ at least.....I know - a guy with a knife can cover 20’ in a second or two. I had his heart in my sights and had he moved a foot, he woulda been dead.....so I did not shoot a man for being drunk....
Training is key........
Ping for later
For the “tap, rack, bang” this writer refers to, my agency had a particularly good drill. We were handed magazines the instructor loaded randomly with live rounds and inert rounds. We were expected to shoot through the whole magazine, using the clearing and reloading drills. About 5 to 10 reps of that and “tap, rack, bang” was automatic. And it works. I’ve seen officers who haven’t qualified in a year experience a malfunction, and automatically execute the drill. Repetition is key.
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