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Postby whitehood » Sat May 08, 2010 10:47 am

I don't know what others do here, but with pistols I always pretty much go through a pattern of drills. I started out using Chuck Taylors standard set and then modified it to suit me.

I start out with single targets and near point of contact with triple taps, the begin extending range to 5, 10 and 15 feet from the ready position. I then do double taps at 20, 40 and 60 feet. Next comes weak handed double taps at contact 5 and 10 feet. After that two targets with single shots from 5, 10 and 15 feet coming from the holster. All reloads are tactical.

What I see a lot of people doing at the range is often if not almost always wrong. They'll cock traditional double actions, take all day to aim and want to shoot the weapon about as far away as they can to see if they can hit the target. I've seen more than one guy blasting away ( forgive me tig ) turning his weapon sideways gangsta style.

I'm just curious about what other people do?
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Postby beltbuckle » Sat May 08, 2010 1:11 pm

I use a variety of methods and switch them around and sometimes add my own twist. Having my own range is very nice!



Some of the drills I simulate include, the farnam drill, Dozier, mozambique, IDPA classifier, ASAA combat master (I'm no Chuck Taylor), shooting from cover, freestyle groups, weak side, Dummy round, sensory deprivation, shooting from low/ready, stress drills, accelerated pairs, bullseye, and malfunction drills to name a few.
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Postby whitehood » Sat May 08, 2010 2:05 pm

The El Presidente pretty much sets the standard. Since I now live in rural America, I can practice shooting on the move, something you can't do at most indoor controlled ranges. The IDPA qual course is not bad, but I think the ranges are a bit much for the standard pistol scenario. More and more I'm into multiple targets and FTS drills.
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Postby beltbuckle » Sat May 08, 2010 4:17 pm

The Presidente drills are very good, I agree. I like the Demi version myslef.



I also like FTS drills. Sometimes when doing a variation of the Mozambique I have another guy who yells a predetermined phrase saying my threat is still active. If he doesn't yell it's assumed the threat has been stopped
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Postby whitehood » Sun May 09, 2010 12:26 pm

The key here is you will do as you train. If you train like you're at the range, that's the way you'll act. There is the story about two CHP's officers when they were using 357 revolvers emptying out their cylinders and then instead doing a tactical reload they stopped to pick up their brass. The bad guy got them with a shotgun.
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Postby GOANRA » Sun May 09, 2010 3:17 pm

WH, I'm trying not to laugh, but in LE, they do beat "policing your brass" so hard, it does become 'muscle memory'.

Fortunately, I have a range that allows for draw & fire... with brass clean-up when done shooting.
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Postby whitehood » Sun May 09, 2010 8:03 pm

One of the biggest mistakes I see is a guy that has a traditional double action pistol and decides to cock the hammer, then starts to blast away as far away as he can get the target. It's not only stupid but dangerous as well. It also reinforces the "tunnel vision" phenomena that one gets under extreme stress.
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Postby JustBen » Wed May 19, 2010 8:39 pm

I just spent three days at the Tactical Defense Institute in Southern Ohio. They had all kinds of examples of officers in a gun fight doing exactly what they did at the range. Dash camera's prove the point. Most all ended up dead. Practice makes permanent. How the phrase "practice makes perfect" came about I will never know.
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Postby whitehood » Tue Jun 22, 2010 9:24 pm

Dammit I love drills.



Scenario. Three targets. Single shots or double taps?
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Postby Blackrifle » Tue Jun 22, 2010 10:51 pm

And you know this because?
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