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    This list of practice drills was compiled by Jeff22 on TFL and is stickied on TFL's Tactics and Training Forum. He graciously gave permission for us to use it on THR.

    In COMBAT HANDGUNS Magazine
    August 2000
    Pages 72-75

    Target Used: As available. IDPA or IPSC silhouette targets preferred.
    Time Limits: Time limits based on the skill set of the group being trained. Exercises from concealment require a longer time limit. Accuracy should be emphasized over speed.

    Stage 1 -- 3 yards/Close Combat
    On signal, draw and engage the target with 2 rounds from a weapon retention/close combat position. 5X. total of 10 rounds.

    Stage 2 -- 3 yards/Double Tap
    On signal, draw and engage the target with 2 rounds. 3X total of 6 rounds.

    Stage 3 -- 3 or 5 yards/Failure to Stop Drill
    On signal, draw and engage the target with 2 rounds to the body and 1 round to the head. 2X total of 6 rounds.

    Stage 4 -- 3 or 5 yards/Precision Shooting
    The target to be engaged should be partially screened by a "no shoot" target. 2/3rd to 1/2 of the threat target should be visible. On signal, draw and engage the threat target with 2 rounds. 3X total of 6 rounds. -10 points for each hit on a "no shoot" target.

    Stage 5 -- 5 yards/Strong Hand Only
    On signal, draw engage the target with 2 rounds STRONG HAND ONLY. 3X total of 6 rounds.

    Stage 6 -- 5 yards/Shooting while moving laterally
    6A -- Draw and engage the target with 2 rounds while walking from the left. 3X total of 6 rounds.
    6B -- Draw and engage the target with 2 rounds while walking from the right. 3X total of 6 rounds.

    Stage 7 -- 10 yards/Multiple targets
    Three threat targets are set up 10 yards down range. On signal, draw and engage each target with 2 rounds, perform a mandatory reload, and re-engage each target with 2 rounds. 1X total of 12 rounds. (To modify this drill into the classic "El Presidente" exercise, have the shooter begin with his/her back to the targets. On signal, pivot then draw and perform the drill)

    Stage 8 -- 10 yards/Weak hand only
    The target is engaged with 1 round WEAK HAND ONLY. To begin, the shooter can draw strong hand and then transfer to the weak hand before shooting. Then the shooter can begin with the weapon held in the weak hand at low ready. As shooter proficiency and dexterity increases, the drill can begin with with the shooter performing a WEAK HAND ONLY DRAW of the holstered weapon. 5X total of 5 rounds.

    Stage 9 -- 15 yards/Use of cover
    Three threat targets are set up. High or low cover is set up at the 10 and 15 yard lines. At the signal, the shooter moves laterally to cover at the 10 yard line, draws and engages each target with 2 rounds, reloads behind cover then moves cover at the 15 yard line and re-engages each target with 2 rounds. 2X total of 24 rounds.


    Stage 10 -- 25 yards/Precision shooting
    On signal, draw and engage the target with 6 rounds. 2X total of 12 rounds.

    Stage 12 -- 50 yards/Prone shooting
    On signal, draw and move to the prone position and engage with target with 6 rounds. 1X total of 6 rounds.
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    100 round practice drill (Tom Campbell)
    100 Round Handgun Practice Drill
    Designed by Tom Campbell

    As described in the article "Shooting Skills: Care & Maintenance"
    By Bob Pilgrim GUNS & WEAPONS FOR LAW ENFORCEMENT
    Volume 10 Number 8 (November 1998) Page 58

    Facing 2 targets, 6 feet apart shoulder to shoulder

    Distance Rounds Exercise Description Time Limit

    7 yards 5 rnds One shot on each draw 1.5 sec

    10 yards 5 rnds One shot on each draw 2.0 sec

    15 yards 5 rnds One shot on each draw 2.5 sec

    25 yards 5 rnds One shot on each draw 3.0 sec
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    7 yards 10 rnds Two shots on each draw 2.5 sec

    7 yards 12 rnds From the ready gun position 3.0 sec
    Fire two shots on the body and
    One shot on the head. 4X
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    10 yards 10 rnds Using two targets, fire one 6.0 sec
    Shot on T1, reload, and fire
    One shot on T2. 5X

    10 & 15 yds 20 rnds T1 at 10 yds & T2 at 15 yds 8.0 sec
    Fire two shots on T1, reload,
    Fire two shots on T2. 5X

    10 yards 10 rnds Draw with the strong hand 3.0 sec
    Only and fire two shots. 5X

    10 & 25 yds 8 rnds Both targets are partially 7.0 sec
    Obscured by a "no shoot"
    Target. T1 at 10 yds & T2
    At 25 yds. Draw and fire one
    Shot on T1 and one shot on
    T2. 4X.


     Time limits can be adjusted as needed.
     IPSC or IDPA target scored 5-4-2
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    100 round practice drill (Clint Smith)
    100 round practice drill
    Based on a practice drill described by
    CLINT SMITH of Thunder Ranch
    In American Handgunner Magazine
    January/February 2006
    Pages 32 & 88

    Stage One/5 or 7 yards: Warm up drills/Focus on Accuracy

    Load 3 magazines with 10 rounds each

    From the holster, draw and fire 10 sighted pairs. Focus on accuracy. (20 rnds)

    From the ready position:
     Strong hand only, fire 5 singles. Focus on accuracy. (5 rnds)
     Weak hand only, fire 5 singles. Focus on accuracy. (5 rnds)

    Stage Two/5 or 7 yards: The Mozambique Drill

    Load 3 magazines with 10 rounds each

    From the holster, draw and fire two rounds to the body and one round to the head (aka "The Mozambique Drill"). Be smooth. Focus on accuracy. Perform this drill 10 times. (30 rnds)

    Stage Three/5 or 7 yards: Out of Battery Reloads

    Load each of 3 magazines with 2 rounds each: Out-of-battery reloads:

    From the holster, draw and fire two, reload, fire two, reload, and fire two.
    (2+2+2). Perform this drill 2 times. (12 rnds)

    Stage Four/5 or 7 yards: Clearing failure to fire malfunctions

    Load each of 2 magazines with 4 live rounds and one inert "dummy" round.

    From the holster, draw and engage the target, clearing the malfunction with a "tap-rack-ready" malfunction clearance whenever necessary. (8 rnds)

    Stage Five/10 and 15 yards: Accuracy at distance

    Load each of 2 magazines with 10 rounds each

    At 10 yards from the holster, draw & fire 5 sighted pairs (10 rnds)
    At 15 yards from the holster, draw & fire 5 sighted pairs (10 rnds)
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    Handgun Training Drills (Ken Hackathorn)
    Basic Handgun Training Drills--Modified
    As described by Ken Hackathorn
    In American Handgunner Magazine
    September/October 1998
    Page 42


    Ammunition Required: 50 rounds
    Target: IDPA silhouette scored 5-4-2.
    Time Limits: Basic time limits as noted. As shooter skill increases, either shorten the time limits or increase the distance to the target.

    Stage 1 -- 3 yards/Close Combat
    Shooting is done from a close combat/weapon retention position, with the weapon already drawn. Fire 2 rounds in 2 seconds. 3X total of 6 rounds.

    Stage 2 -- 3 yards/Retreating from the target
    On signal, begin backing away from the target. Draw and engage the target with at least 3 rounds while moving backwards. You should end the movement at the 10 yard line. 2X. Total of 6 rounds.
    Your goal is to rapidly gain distance from the threat while you are drawing and engaging the target. The greater the distance you are from the threat, the greater your chances of survival.

    Stage 3 -- 5 yards/Strong Hand Only
    On signal, draw and engage the target with 2 rounds in 4 seconds STONG HAND ONLY. 3X. Total of 6 rounds.

    Stage 4 -- 7 yards/Double Taps
    On signal, draw and engage the target with 2 rounds in 4 seconds. 4X. Total of 8 rounds.

    Stage 5 -- 7 yards/Lateral Movement
    How to perform this drill depends on the configuration of your range facility. The goal is to draw, begin lateral movement, and engage the target with three rounds. This should be accomplished moving to your strong side, and also to your weak side. 2X. Total of 6 rounds.
    This exercise increases your skills at placing your shots effectively while moving to cover or if your only path of escape is moving laterally. Go slowly at first, and then pick up your speed of movement only as fast as you can get good hits.

    Stage 6--7 or 10 yards/Multiple Targets
    Facing three targets. On signal, draw and engage each target with two rounds, perform a mandatory reload, and re-engage each target with two rounds. Total of 12 rounds fired. Par time is 15 seconds for auto pistols and 18 seconds for revolvers.

    Stage 7 -- 15 yards/Single Target for accuracy
    On signal, draw and engage the target with 1 round in 3 seconds. 6X. Total of 12 rounds.
     
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    Central Texas Standards
    The Central Texas Standards

    www.krtraining.com
    ________________________________________
    This course of fire was originally developed by Chip McCormick and Ronin Coleman (who is the genius behind the PACT timer). It was handed down to me by Texas 3-gun guru Jim Griggs. I've used this drill a lot - it's a good set of exercises to build up your basic stand-and-shoot skills.

    Set up three IPSC targets in an "El Presidente" configuration, side by side, about shoulder width apart. The leftmost target is "A", middle target is "B", right target is "C". The course is divided into 6 parts and is a series of timed-fire, virginia count exercises. Since it's timed fire, misses and shots not fired incur no penalties. Overtime shots are -5 points. The start position for each string is your choice: I typically use hands at sides or 'surrender'. Score and tape targets after each part.
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    PART 1
    50 YARDS
    • 1 shot on A, prone -- 7.5 secs -- 5x (5 rnds)
    • 2 shots on B, standing -- 5.5 secs - 4x (8 rnds)
    35 YARDS
    • 1 shot, reload, 1 shot on C -- 5.5 secs - 6x (12 rnds)
    TOTAL HITS: A=5 B=8 C=12
    TOTAL ROUNDS/POINTS: 25/125
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    PART 2
    25 YARDS
    • 1 shot on A -- 2.3 secs - 3x (3 rnds)
    • 1 shot facing left, right, and back on B - 2.5 secs per shot (3 rnds)
    • 2 shots on C, hands clasped behind back - 3.0 secs - 3x (6 rnds)
    TOTAL HITS: A=3 B=3 C=6
    TOTAL ROUNDS/POINTS: 12/60
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    PART 3
    15 YARDS
    • 1 shot on A,B,C misc hand position and target order - 3.0 secs - 3x (9 rnds)
    • 1 shot, reload, 1 shot, reload, 1 shot on A,B,C -- 5.5 secs - 2x (6 rnds)
    • 1 shot, weak hand on B,C,A - 5.5 secs - then C,A,B (6 rnds)
    TOTAL HITS: A=7 B=7 C=7
    TOTAL ROUNDS/POINTS: 21/105
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    PART 4
    15 YARDS
    • 2 shots - strong hand only on A,B,C - 6.0 secs (6 rnds)
    • 1 shot head on A,B,C - 4.0 secs (3 rnds)
    10 YARDS
    • 2 shots on A,B,C - 3.0 secs - repeat C,B,A (12 rnds)
    TOTAL HITS: A=7 B=7 C=7
    TOTAL ROUNDS/POINTS: 21/105
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    PART 5
    10 YARDS
    • 2 shots on A,B,C,reload,1 shot head on A,B,C - 6.5 secs - (8 rnds)
    • 2 shots body/1 head on A, reload, repeat on B,C - 8.0 secs (9 rnds)
    • 2 shots on C - 1.5 secs - 5x - (10 rounds)
    TOTAL HITS: A=6 B=6 C=16
    TOTAL ROUNDS/POINTS: 28/140
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    PART 6
    7 YARDS
    • 1 shot head on A - 1.5 secs - 6x - (6 rnds)
    • 2 shots on B - 1.3 secs - 3x (6 rnds)
    • 1 shot, RL, 1 shot, reload, 1 shot on C - 4.5 secs -2x (6 rnds)
    TOTAL HITS: A=6 B=6 C=6
    TOTAL ROUNDS/POINTS: 18/90
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    TOTAL ROUNDS: 125
    TOTAL POINTS: 625
    A Grand Master should be able to 'clean' this drill. Calculate your percentage assuming 100% is 625 points.
    Variations
    • Change the start position to drawing from a table or other position.
    • Take one step forward during each reload to practice moving and reloading.
    • Add no-shoots covering the right C/D zone of "A" to the left D zone of "B" and the right D zone of "B" to the left C/D zone of "C". Score penalties.
    • Score the bottom half of all targets as hard cover (from base of A zone down) and score hits in hard cover as misses.
     
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    Defensive Handgun Practice Drills (Chuck Taylor)
    Chuck Taylor's Defensive Handgun Practice Drills -- Modified
    From the book The Gun Digest Book of Combat Handgunnery 4th edition
    By Chuck Taylor (Iola, Wisconsin, DBI Books, 1997) Page 87

    Set up 3 targets T1-T2-T3 1 yard apart shoulder to shoulder. Score & repair at the end of each stage. Targets used and time limits for each drill at the discretion of the Rangemaster.
    100 total rounds fired

    (1.)STANDARD EXERCISES
    Perform as indicated, single target, from the holster
     1 yard Close Combat position 2 rounds (2x)
     3 yards standing position 2 rounds (2x)
     7 yards standing position 2 rounds (3x)
     10 yards standing position 2 rounds (2x)
     15 yards standing position 2 rounds (2x)
     25 yards standing position 2 rounds (2x)
     50 yards standing position 2 rounds

    28 rounds fired in Stage 1

    (2.)SINGLE SHOTS
    At 7 yards, engage a single target at a time. Par time is 1.5 seconds.
     1 round on T1 (2x)
     1 round on T2 (2X)
     1 round on T3 (2X)

    6 rounds fired in Stage 2

    (3.)MULTIPLE TARGETS
    At 7 yards, three targets, targets 1 yard apart shoulder to shoulder
     2 rounds on T1 (2X)
     2 rounds on T2 (2X)
     2 rounds on T3 (2X)
     1 round on each target T1-T2-T3
     1 round on each target T1-T2-T3
     2 rounds on each target T1-T2-T2
     2 rounds on each target T1-T2-T3

    10 rounds fired on each target; total of 30 rounds fired in Stage 3.

    (4.)HEADSHOTS
    From the holster, one shot drill. Engage a different target on each rep.
     3 yards. (3X)
     5 yards. (3X)

    2 headshots fired on each target; total of 6 rounds fired in Stage 4.

    (5.) THE MOZAMBIQUE DRILL
    from the holster
     2 rounds to the body/1 headshot on T1 (2X)
     2 rounds to the body/1 headshot on T2 (2X)
     2 rounds to the body/1 headshot on T3 (2x)

    6 rounds fired on each target; total of 18 rounds fired in Stage 5

    (6.) RELOADING DRILLS/OUT-OF-BATTERY RELOAD
    Load each of 3 magazines with 2 rounds.
    From the holster at 7 yards:
     2 rnds on T1, reload, 2 rnds on T2, reload, 2 rnds on T3.
     2 rnds on T3, reload, 2 rnds on T2, reload, 2 rnds on T1.

    4 rounds fired on each target; total of 12 rounds fired in Stage 6.
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    Handgun Practice Drills
    HANDGUN PRACTICE DRILLS


    API 250/GUNSITE Standard Exercise

    All exercises start with the gun holstered, facing a single IPSC target.
    Proficient students can begin with the weapon concealed.
    Starting position is hands clasped in front

    3 yards 1 round head shot 1.5 seconds

    3 yards 2 rounds A zone 1.5 seconds

    7 yards 2 rounds A zone 1.5 seconds

    10 yards 2 rounds A zone 2.0 seconds

    10 yards 2 – reload – 2 A zone 5.0 seconds (In battery reload)

    15 yards 2 rounds A zone 3.5 seconds

    25 yards 2 rounds A zone 7.0 seconds

    Time limits can be adjusted as needed. Times shown are graduation standards for the API 250 course.
     
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    Plaxco Academy of Practical Shooting Basic Drill
    Designed by IPSC competitor J. Michael Plaxco

    Set up up three IPSC targets at 10 yards.
    Starting position is weapon holstered & hands clasped in front.

    -On the first target, draw and fire one shot, perform an in battery reload, and fire one shot.
    Repeat 6 times for a total of 12 rounds. Par time is 4.0 seconds.

    -On the second target, draw and fire two shots, perform an in battery reload, and fire two more shots, for a
    total of 4 rounds fired. Repeat 3 times for a total of 12 rounds. Par time is 5.0 seconds.

    -On the third target, draw and fire 6 shots, perform an out of battery reload, and fire another 6 shots,
    for a total of 12 rounds. Par time is 15 seconds.

    The goal is 100% A-zone hits and smooth reloads. FOCUS ON ACCURACY! .

    Time limits can be adjusted as needed.
     
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    Modified Gunsite 250 Drill

    3 yards Draw & fire one round in 1.5 sec (2x)
    7 yards Draw & fire one round in 2.0 sec (2x)
    10 yards Draw & fire one round in 2.5 sec (2x)
    15 yards Draw, drop to kneeling, fire one round in 3.5 sec. (2x)
    25 yards Draw, drop to prone, fire two rounds in 6.5 sec (1x)

    total of 10 rounds fired
    Practice Drill by Mike Benedict of Talon Tactical (www.talontactical.com -- kydex holsters)

    10 yards single target 10 rnds -- single shots for precision all A Zone hits (10x)

    12 yards single target 10 rnds -- controlled pairs for precision all A Zone hits (5x)

    7 yards single target 12 rnds -- 2 body/1 head for precision (4x)

    7 yards single target 6 rnds -- "Bill Drill" 6 rnds as fast as possible all A zone hits

    7 yards single target 6 rnds -- 6 headshots slowfire for precision

    10 yards single target 6 rnds -- 6 headshots slowfire for precison

    10 yards 3 targets 6 rnds -- two rnds on each target all A zone hits

    10 yards 3 targets 6 rnds -- two rnds on center target, 1 rnd on each on outside target
    two rnds on center target again, total of 6 rounds

    10 yards 3 targets 6 rnds -- one rnd on center target, 2 rnds on each outside target
    one rnd on center target gain, total of 6 rounds

    M drill center target at 5 yards, outside targets at 10 yards
     two rnds on center target, 1 rnd on each outside target, two rnds on center target
     one rnd on center target, 2 rnds on each outside target, one rnd of center target

    12 yards 3 targets barricade drill 2 rnds on each target from each position
    right/left and high/low
     
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    Ken Hackathorn Square Drill
    Make a square 5 to 7 yards on a side. Start at any corner and then fire two rnds on each target while moving to the next corner. Keep going until you are back to the starting point. About 24 rounds expended per run. This is an excellent shooting while moving drill.

    Barrel Drill (2 or 3 targets)
    Set up 3 barrels at 10, 15, and 25 yards in a zigzag pattern. Fire 2 rnds at each target from each barrel while kneeling behind cover.
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    5 yards From the holster, single headshots for precision
    7 yards From the holster, controlled pairs for precision
    7 yards Out of battery reloads. Begin with one round in the chamber and an
    empty magazine. Draw and fire one round, reload, fire one round.
    7 yards Malfunction clearance drill. 2 dummy rnds & 4 to 6 live rounds per
    magazine. Draw and fire double taps, TRF for each malfunction.
    7 yards Malfunction clearance drill. Begin at low ready with a failure to eject
    malfunction created with a piece of empty brass. Come on target,
    attempt to fire, clear the stovepipe, fire two rounds.
    7 yards Tactical reload drill. Draw and fire two rounds, tac reload, fire
    two rounds.

    Remember proper After Action Drills (AAD) -- breath, check the environment, scan for additional threats, find available cover.

    60 rnd modified Ken Hackathorn Practice Drill

    3 yards draw & fire 2 rnds 3x for total of 6 rounds

    5 yards draw & fire 3 rounds strong hand only (total of 6 rnds)

    5 yards begin from low ready. Fire 3 rounds weak hand only (6 rnds)

    3 yards to 10 yards. Load with a three round magazine. Fire 3 rounds
    while retreating. 2x for a total of 6 rounds

    7 yards draw & fire 2 rnds 6x for a total of 12 rounds

    7 yards draw, rapid lateral movement and fire 3 rnds. Repeat from the
    other direction. Total of 6 rounds.

    7 yards facing 3 targets. 2 rnds on each target. 2x (total of 12 rounds)

    10 yards draw & fire 2 rnds. 3x for a total of 6 rounds.
     
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    THE DOUBLE TAP: The "double tap" is a generic term describing engaging a single target with a two round burst. There are three types of double tap:
    The Hammer is two quick shots fired with one sight picture, and is best employed on a target at very close range.
    The Dedicated Pair is two shots fired with flash sight pictures for both shots, best suited on a target at intermediate range.
    The Controlled Pair is two shots fired with a separate conventional sight picture for each shot. The Controlled Pair is most appropriate for any situation requiring a degree of precision accuracy or for targets at greater distance.
     
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    Practicing a Tap-Rack-Bang.

    Semi-automatics can experience jams. Misfires, feeding and ejection problems are most commonly solved by the "Tap-Rack-Bang" drill. For those who have learned this skill, an inexpensive product useful for practicing it are orange dummy rounds. Brownells stocks them:

    SAF-T-TRAINERS

    Insert them at random into your magazines with other live rounds, go to the range, and practice the drill!
     
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