The Fall season brings many wonderful things in life; football, playoff baseball, hunting, and cooler weather just to name a few. But unfortunately it also brings a close to the shooting season for many of us. In order to not lose the skills I increased over the busy Spring and Summer, I have compiled a few shooting drills from various sources to practice when my major and club match schedule ends. Most of these drills can be ran with minimal equipment and can be easily set up by one person.
Drill 1- “2×2” – Keith Garcia
Equipment needed– Three paper targets, one dump barrel, and a timer.
Set Up– Three targets (T1-T3) 25 yards from the dump barrel (DB) and 5 feet apart from each other. Pistol starts loaded in holster and rifle starts loaded, on safe, in the dump barrel.
Procedure– On beep of timer, retrieve rifle from the dump barrel and engage T1-T3 with two hits each. Dump safe rifle in barrel. Draw handgun and engage T1-T3 with two hits each.
I found this drill through the Cobalt Kinetics Team Facebook Page from Keith Garcia. I use this drill to warm up before a practice session and to work on gun and target transitions. I typically run this with a rifle and pistol, but you could incorporate a shotgun as well. You can also vary which gun you start with and how the guns are loaded (empty, cruiser ready, or loaded on safe) to incorporate weapon manipulations.
Drill 2- On The Move- Erich Leipold
Equipment needed– Three paper targets, two dump barrels, and a timer.
Set Up– Three paper targets (T1-T3) 10 yards from the dump barrels and 10 feet apart from each other. Pistol starts loaded in holster and rifle starts loaded, on safe, in dump barrel opposite of where you start.
Procedure– On beep of timer, draw handgun and engage T1-T3 on the move to position B. Still on the move, perform a mandatory reload and re-engage T1-T3. Dump safe handgun at position B. Transition to rifle and engage T3-T1 on the move to position A. Still on the move, perform a mandatory reload and reengage T3-T1. You should end at the same position you started at but with a different gun.
I found this drill in a Facebook group posted by Erich Leipold. I like using this drill to work on shooting and performing reloads on the move. To increase the difficulty, I simply move the dump barrel positions farther apart and speed up the movement between them. Make sure you run this drill from left to right and right to left and mix up the weapon you start with.
Drill 3 – 3GN Three Guns – Jacob Betsworth
This drill is from an article in a 3 Gun Nation magazine that Jacob Betsworth wrote. There are multiple variations of this drill using one, two and all three guns. I like using this drill to practice shooting all three guns on the move, reloading the shotgun, and transitioning from fast/close rifle targets to a longer, steady offhand shot. This is one of the most complex drills I use; in my opinion it best simulates a stage without a bunch of equipment and setup time.
Equipment needed– Five paper targets, three dump barrels, 4 KO steel or static clays, and a timer.
Set Up– Three dump barrels 10 yards apart. Four paper targets (P1- P4) 10 yards in front of the dump barrels at 5 yards apart. Four KO steel (S1-S4) or clays in between P1-P4. Two paper targets (P5-P6) 50 yards from the dump barrels and 5 yards off the center line of barrel B (See diagram below).
Shotgun is staged in barrel A, loaded and on safe with four rounds of birdshot. The rifle is staged on barrel C, loaded and on safe. Pistol will start loaded and holstered at the start position, 10 yards behind barrel A.
Procedure- On beep of timer, draw handgun and engage P1-P3 while moving forward to barrel A. Once there, abandon safe pistol in barrel A or holster it on safe. Pickup shotgun and engage S1-S3 and load two slugs, while on the move to barrel B. Once there engage S4 with the shot in the chamber, and P5-P6 with one slug each. Abandon safe shotgun in barrel B and move to barrel C. Pick up rifle and engage P1-P4 while moving back towards barrel B. Once behind Barrel B, engage P5-P6 with rifle to finish the drill. Remember to run this drill from left to right and right to left!