Self-Defense Pistol Drills
Using a handgun to defend your life requires more than just familiarity with the firearm—it demands a concerted effort to practice the skills necessary to use it and its accessories under stress. Follow this former police trainer’s five practical drills beforehand, and you’ll be better prepared when a worst-case scenario occurs.
Failure Drill (24 shots)
Position a silhouette target at between 5 and 7 yards. At the signal, draw your handgun and fire two shots in quick succession to center mass. Then, immediately fire one shot to the center of the head. You’ll have to slow down to make the head shot count. Something between three and four seconds is commonplace. Perform this drill eight times during each practice session to establish your average time. Work toward a goal of completing the drill with no misses in less than three seconds.
New also stresses the importance of practicing head shots from every position you can think of; not just while standing square in front of the target. You can do the same with the failure drill.