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CR Williams

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Simple burst-fire development drill
« on: November 01, 2012, 06:13:32 AM »
I'll do the eight-directions concept next time. For now, here is a simple progression to enable you to a) train yourself to fire bursts of rounds accurately, b) gauge your limits and c) maybe enable you to increase the speed, accuracy, and parameters under which you can engage in burst-fire.

This can be an ammunition-heavy drill, so you may want to run it in parts over several range sessions or run some of it with .22s. You will need to run the last parts of each segment with your normal gun and caliber, though.

You'll need four-inch and eight-inch paper plates for this, or you can draw the circles on the target that size.

To begin, put the four-inch circle on a target or backer (If you are using an IDPA target as the backer, place it above the A-ring. I recommend the top of either circle be at the line where the 'head' joins the 'shoulders' of the target. This is more likely to put you in what is sometimes called the Golden Triangle target are, which I prefer to COM.) Put a small dot or marker, don't make it more than an inch square, in the center of that circle. Position yourself in a stable posture not more than three yards away. (Repeat: Start all these sequences close. You're not going to get what you need to get out of this if you run these at ten yards or twenty-five yards or whatever someone that doesn't understand thinks you should. START CLOSE. I have reasons for telling you to do that.) Gun drawn, normal two-handed grip, maybe a bit firmer than usual.

The drill initially is to take a second or two to focus on the smaller dot, raise or extend the gun, and fire three to five shots in a fairly rapid rhythm. You are not trying to go as fast as you can at this point. Do not try and see where anything is going, do not pay much attention to having a firm sight picture. Focus on the dot and keep looking at that, put the shots out in rhythm, lower the gun, evaluate.

If you're just run a nice quick one-hole drill, you've failed to get the point of this. What you're looking for is a grouping that is around the dot but still spread out. You don't want anything outside the circle, though. If you get something outside the circle, do it again with a slower rhythm.

Once you've got some empty space between where your shots group and the edge of the circle, run the drill with a faster shot-to-shot cycle. Focus, extend, three-to-five, relax, evaluate. A little faster as you go. If you still have some trouble, take a step in to two yards and start it again.

Got it? That's the basic drill. Goal is to keep everything inside a four-inch circle while pulling that trigger about as fast as you can. In the circle consistently?

Kewl. Step back to four yards, start again. Slow it down, run it back up the same way.

Somewhere around the five-yard mark, swap to the eight-inch circle. Somewhere around the five-yard mark, you will start paying more attention to the sights and less attention to just getting the gun in line. That's okay and not a bad idea. You'll also be slowing down the shot-to-shot times, and that's okay too. What you want is to know your range limits and your speed limits at a given distance. You won't think about that in the fight, but your subconscious will use these drills to dial it in for you as you go.

Say you've gone out six or seven yards, still running them out pretty fast, still staying inside the eight-inch plate (If you're crying because you're not grouping inside two inches, you do not understand the point of this drill. There is a place for sure and certain placement and accuracy and other drills to develop that. This is for the other times and places and not meant to develop X-ring accuracy that might get you killed if you try to get it as a default.)

Kewl. Go back in to three yards and the four-inch plate. Now, pull the gun in to about the #3 position of the classic 4-count drawstroke, slow it down again, start again.

Run that out as far as you can? Step back to three yards, do it one-handed at full extension.

After that, one-handed from about waist-high, what Fairbairn calls the half-hip position.

After that, begin running it from the holster, under cover, full drawstroke and presentation. Focus, draw, present, fire. Close to as far out as seems interesting and useful to you.

At any point you break out of the four or eight-inch circle, either slow down the shooting, step back in closer, or both. Don't frustrate yourself trying to make yourself stay in at speed. This is not something you can force that way. Relax, let yourself work it out easy.

This drill is done statically, by the way. Moving comes later.

Doing this drill you will know what your limits are and be able to extend and expand the limits you can hit well with bursts at.

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