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.
The El Prez—Modified (24 shots)
Place a silhouette target at 3 yards, one at 5 yards, and one at 7 yards. Space them 5 feet apart laterally. Start by standing in front of the right or left target, and at the signal engage each target with two shots working from the closest to the farthest. Then, move laterally about 10 feet to cover, reload and repeat the drill from behind cover.
Completing this drill in less than 10 seconds with all kill zone hits demonstrates a high level of proficiency. Times between 12 and 18 seconds with no misses will be average. Run this drill twice at the end of each practice session. Use it as a standard evaluation exercise and over time you’ll see improvement in each skill the drill targets. Take your total time and add five seconds for every miss. Add the times from both runs together and divide by two to get your score.