The inspiration for this drill came from Gila Hayes’ excellent book, Effective Defense.
She described a standard to determine if a particular gun was suitable for a given individual. Gila’s standard is to put 5 shots in 5 inches at 5 yards in 5 seconds. For most people, I think this is a good balance between shooting accurately and shooting quickly. To make sure that the shooter can do it consistently, I add 5 times in a row or 5^5 for short.
Make a target with six circles five inches in diameter. The back of a silhouette target works just fine. You can make a cardboard template or just use a CD, which is 4 . inches in diameter. It’s important to have an aiming spot in the center. Without the aiming spot, it’s much more difficult to pass the drill. You will also need a way to time it. A shot timer is ideal, but there are other ways. If you have a partner with a stopwatch, they can tap your back to start and tap your back to stop. On an indoor range, a Gymboss timer clipped to your belt and set to vibrate for a five second PAR time works really well.
If you go over time or if all the shots don’t land in the circle, then that group didn’t meet the standard.
Set your target at five yards. First, fire a five shot group on the upper left hand circle to confirm your zero. There is no time limit for this string of shots; shoot as good a group as you can, consistently aiming at the spot. Don’t try to adjust your aiming point on this one if your gun doesn’t quite shoot to the point of aim; you need to know where your gun hits in relation to where you aim. Hopefully, the group is small enough that you know where your gun’s point of impact is in relation to its point of aim. If your pistol doesn’t shoot exactly to point of aim, then you will need to use an adjusted aiming point when shooting the rest of the drill.
Once you know your zero, starting from low ready, shoot five shots into each of the other circles. The standard is that each group must fall completely within the circle and can take no longer than the five-second time limit for each group. If you go over time or if all the shots don’t land in the circle, then that group didn’t meet the standard. The overall standard is that all five groups must fall within the circles and all must be shot in five seconds or less.
Even with service pistols, this can be a challenging drill. It’s even more challenging with small handguns such as a snubby revolver.
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