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Carrying, Weapons, Accessories, and Related => CR Williams - Drill of the Month => Topic started by: CR Williams on December 05, 2017, 05:38:22 AM

Title: 2 x 2 x 2 drill, variations thereof
Post by: CR Williams on December 05, 2017, 05:38:22 AM
This is going to be a variation of the 2x2x2 shooting drill that Roger Phillips runs in his precision-shooting courses, which he in turn got from somebody else I can't remember now. I'm going to invoke a stricter criteria for this one than he does, however, and allow for certain variations in targets, to wit:

You need three target backers, placed three feet (easier) or six feet apart (harder) edge-from-edge. On these backers you will either put a 3x5 inch index card (your choice of horizontal or vertical--I recommend setting it up to show you whatever direction-spread you think you're shooting first so you can see what's happening), or a 4-inch (easier), 3-inch (harder), or two-inch (still harder) circle. If you don't have something to stick or staple up, the bottom of a standard coffee cup can be used for a template for this drill. One of these goes on each backer.

You also need a shot timer. You will run this for time.

For your weapon, three magazines or loads of six rounds each, one ready to go in the gun. Start from the holster, preferably as you carry outside the range. (Easier version is to start uncovered in the holster.)

Set up at three yards (easiest), five yards (harder) or seven yards (somewhat harder still), ready yourself, start the timer.

On the start signal, draw and place two rounds in each target, reload, place two rounds in each target, reload place two rounds in each target. Note your time.

Now here's my stricter variant: Only shots that are complete inside the target count. If you don't run the drill clean, discard the results. (Roger allows for edge hits to count.)

Note the time, record the time, examine your movement and technique, see what you can do to improve. That's pretty much it.

One more thing: PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE DO NOT GET ALL NEGATIVE ON YOURSELF IF YOU DON'T RUN THIS SUCCESSFULLY OR STRICTLY. Just look at what you can do to improve the results, work out a way to do that, and see about improving. No more, no less. You think negative, you'll get negative. That won't make it better.

Also: In the back of your mind, keep the thought that all drills are preparation for a possible gunfight. Don't lose sight of that. You're working to get better at gunfighting even with this.

That's it. Enjoy.
Title: Re: 2 x 2 x 2 drill, variations thereof
Post by: M1911A1 on December 05, 2017, 03:23:17 PM
Suggestion (from personal experience):
Don't always run this drill from the nearest target to the furthest, in order.
Vary the sequence, for instance starting with the three-yard card, then going to the seven-yard card, and finishing with the five-yard card.
Best: Have someone else dictate the sequence, just before you begin shooting.

There is a positive virtue in being able to switch your mind and your technique from any distance to any other distance, as needed.
Truth: We always did this with IPSC silhouettes, counting only the hits in the "A" zone. (It's much easier than with 3x5 file cards.)
Title: Re: 2 x 2 x 2 drill, variations thereof
Post by: CR Williams on December 06, 2017, 05:53:10 AM
Sorry, wasn't clear, Steve. The targets are in line abreast. You go to whatever distance you choose to run it. One variation does indeed put the targets at different distances from your position, but I was not meaning to imply that in this case.