The 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 Drill

This issue’s Drill of the Month comes to us from noted shooting instructor Ken Hackathorn. It’s one string of fire from his suggested 100-round practice routine. The complete routine was a bit too complex to print here, so we chose a single drill that provides some good practice and also includes a suggested standard of achievement as a goal.

 

The Setup

Place three standard IPSC targets on the firing line. The targets should be evenly spaced with approximately one yard of clear space on either side of each target. Shooter stands 10 yards from the targets.

 

The Drill

Start the timer. On the signal, shooter draws from concealment and fires 15 rounds, as follows:

All shots should hit the A Zone.

All shots should hit the A Zone.

1. one shot at Target 1

2. two shots at Target 2

3. three shots at Target 3

4. four shots at Target 2

5. five shots at Target 1

 

Reload as needed during the string, but do not stop the timer while reloading.

 

The Results

All shots should hit the A Zone. Your goal is to fire all 15 shots, including your reload(s), in 20 seconds or less with good hits every time. If you can’t, it means you need more practice!

An Addition

After you have mastered the basic 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 drill, and if your range allows, you may choose to extend your learning by moving forward smoothly from the 10 yard line to approximately 5 yards, then smoothly back to 10 yards, while you are shooting. This does not simulate any tactical scenario; it simply allows you to practice shooting while moving both forward and backward. The time constraint remains the same.

 

After you have mastered the basic 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 drill, and if your range allows, you may choose to extend your learning by moving forward smoothly from the 10 yard line to approximately 5 yards, then smoothly back to 10 yards, while you are shooting. This does not simulate any tactical scenario; it simply allows you to practice shooting while moving both forward and backward.

After you have mastered the basic 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 drill, and if your range allows, you may choose to extend your learning by moving forward smoothly from the 10 yard line to approximately 5 yards, then smoothly back to 10 yards, while you are shooting. This does not simulate any tactical scenario; it simply allows you to practice shooting while moving both forward and backward.

 

 

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