AR-15 Practice

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Feb 9, 2006
Specifically, what are some of the things that you practice when you fire your AR-15? What techniques, what magazine change techniques, weak hand shooting, etc.? I want to do more than just make loud bangs when I shoot my AR. Thanks.
At home, I practice mag changes, clearing drills, etc... I also use the exercise tubes from a Walmart after the gym when Im all tuckered out. I put one end of the tube on the muzzle (close to it) and the other end on the foot, giving more resistance when practicing bearing drills. Then, after that, practice bearing drills w/o the tubes to get the motion correct and not "overlift" the weapon. Also, works great for pistols too.

I mostly practice moving from low-ready to one target then to another as fast as I can.
Are you wanting to hone your practical shooting skills or competitive shooting skills? Practicing for NRA highpower would have a different training regimen than practicing for a 3-gun match.
If you're looking to utilize your AR-15 as a fighting rifle, I would strongly suggest an intro carbine class. You will be amazed by what you may already know, don't know and have yet to learn. Recognizing the need to go from purchase, to blam,blam phase, to exploring the utility of your weapon is a great step. Check around - my bet is there's a carbine class forming a few miles from you - look into an Appleseed as well...
Are you wanting to hone your practical shooting skills or competitive shooting skills?

I am talking about practical shooting. If you could, please explain how to execute some of your drills and what not. Thanks.
I'm a highpower shooter kennyboy, so most of my practice and drills probably won't do you much good.

It doesn't make much sense to assume a good steady, offhand position when a bad guy is heading your way... but it will sure help you punch an X at 200yds! ;)
I practice with my 22 conversion. Not much, yet, but I've only had it a week and my BDM mags arent here yet and I can only shoot ten rounds at a time. Due to the lack of recoil, I cant really practice follow up shots with it, but its still triggertime behind my go to carbine. Shooting starts with sight alignment and trigger squeeze, and I can do that with a .22 without breaking the bank.

I have a 9mm carbine that I use for shooting clays, bottles, and cans in my back yard. Bottles are my favorite. They tend to fly a little (or a lot) when they get hit so its about like shooting pop-up targets that someone else set up, you never know where its going be. If you do this, domt try to shoot a flying bottle unless your backstop is bigger than mine. I use clays when coming up from low-ready, then I come up from low-ready and try to shoot the pieces (I do this with my .22 as well, just havent done it much yet). A lot harder than you think. Recoil is comparable to the .223, so I can practice double/triple taps as well. The most unreliable magazine I own is a Colt mag, and I havent tried to fix it. Reason being is that I can practice clearing actual malfunctions. Most of the time its a failure to feed or eject, the FTE is fun because a 9mm case can get turned any which way in an upper where the .223 is too long to.

My back yard is actually my driveway, and just past the parking spots is a hill. I cant shoot at a distance (which is one reason I shoot small targets coming up from low ready so much), but I can still use vehicles for cover, and practice firing from cover, both strong and weak hand. None of my neighbors are close, but I'd bet that someone up here jokes about me playing Rambo in the back yard...

I dont shoot my .223 up here very much. I dont think my neighbors would mind, but I dont want to push it.

Look on under their training area. There are links there to various drills that are taught by many of the nationally-recognized trainers.

I have a binder at home that is full of those drills.

Additionally, many drills designed for handguns can also be used for rifles.
actually, in our own strategy forum there's just such a sticky.
Yep, there are some drills there, but they are mainly for handgun.

As I wrote earlier, they can be used for rifle as well. Just substitute, "starting from the low-ready," for "starting with the gun in the holster."


Search for:

El Diablo drill

Harv's drill

Ladder drill

Midsouth Meltdown

Ready up drills

That should keep you busy for awhile.
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