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Transition drills
« on: June 04, 2013, 05:54:26 AM »
This drill is meant to build facility and ease of handling and promote and train ambidextrous handling of weapons. It can be broken down into sections or performed with only rifle or only pistol. The full drill requires both rifle and pistol. Sling on the rifle will be very useful here. Drill can be performed dry or live. (Obviously, I recommend a time of dry practice first.)

Note: Especially when the rifle is included, this is another drill that requires physicality. Run it at any speed especially for a while, you'll get tired. Initially, stop when you start getting sloppy with technique. Get the technique down, then run it as an endurance drill if you want. Not until you get the technique down, though.

It will likely be a few days to get pictures of this up.

Stage 1 drill with rifle and pistol:

Pistol in holster, rifle in chosen ready position but not mounted (SUL, Cradle, Port Arms, etc.).

Mount the rifle, perform a trigger press (or shot(s) if live-fire).
Transition to pistol. (If you don't know how to do this, you'll need training or a reference.)
Perform a trigger press with the pistol.
Reset pistol if necessary, return to holster.
Set it up to run it again.
Don't forget to run this from the other side too.

Stage 2 drill:

Start position as previous.
Mount rifle, assume good firing position.
Shift rifle to opposite side, assume good firing position.
From there, transition to pistol.
Press out to firing position with pistol, then shift to opposite side.
Don't forget to run this from the other side too.

Stage three:
Rifle starts in slung position of choice.
Rifle will come off sling and directly into firing position.
As Stage one or two after that.

Additional notes: In live fire, either run the rifle dry or make very sure it is on safe before you run the transition. You can run stage three starting from the slung position of the transition also, which is usually different from your normal slung position.

Treat the mount of the rifle from either carry or slung position the same way you do the drawstroke of the pistol to most effectively train it.

Maybe additional variants later. Photos we'll see about. May take a while.

Useful references:
(Don't let the subject matter fool you. The handling parts are the same whether it's an AK or an AR.)
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Re: Transition drills
« Reply #1 on: June 05, 2013, 04:28:56 PM »
Here's one of the reasons for your transition drill.
One of our members had been a sniper in Viet Nam. On one mission, he was engaged in firing at an enemy officer when a small enemy patrol snuck up upon him and his partner.
The partner engaged with his M16, while our guy rolled onto his left side, got one attacker with his bolt-action rifle, and then engaged with his pistol.
They drove the patrol off, and escaped. His partner had been wounded, but he could still walk.

He presented this scenario to us upon several occasions, each time with different criteria.
Some iterations were pretty easy, but the most difficult of all was the scenario that he had actually faced.

He had us fire from prone at a man-sized silhouette at 600 yards, and, as soon as that shot was sent on its way, we had to roll (first left; second time to the right) and engage a close-range silhouette at 90°.
As soon as that shot had been fired, we were to access our pistol while retaining control of our rifle, and engage two more silhouettes while somehow (that is, "freestyle") beginning a move to escape.
To be "in the running," you had to have made all of your hits. Then, your time was assessed and your hits were scored: Hits, time, score to break ties.
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