Written by: Greg Ellifritz
My friend Claude Werner recently wrote an article where he postulated most shooters don’t do any real structured practice with their firearms. They plink or play, but they generally don’t perform drills designed with realistic standards in order to improve performance. In the article, Claude talked about sharing details and photos of his practice routines to give novice shooters an idea about how they might better spend their practice time.
I think that is a wonderful idea. I plan on sharing the drills I shoot in my weekly practice sessions. Hopefully, you will get a little value out of my posts and come up with some new drills to make your own practice sessions more effective.
My stated practice plan this year was to begin each session with the Guerilla Approach Consistency Drill. I had planned on starting today’s practice session with this drill, but I screwed up. I printed out the Guerrilla Approach Carbine Consistency target by mistake. I went with what I had and shot the carbine target with my Glock 17.
Run #1- 24.08 seconds- 2 misses
Run #2- 22.11 seconds- 1 miss
That drill is a lot tougher with a pistol than it is with a rifle!
After the consistency target, I tried the AGC Training Drill for the first time. That wasn’t an easy drill either.
The first stage I shot without a timer and had one miss.
I shot the second stage clean in 8.43.
I shot the third stage clean at 9.32.
I shot the final stage at 8.89 with one miss.
The drill was expressly designed to create accuracy and then push the limits of accuracy with an ever decreasing par time. The par times are as follows:
Stage 1- None
Stage 2- 10 seconds
Stage 3- 8 seconds
Stage 4- 6 seconds
Six seconds is going to be tough to achieve. I’ll work on this drill some more and report back if my performance improves.
I finished the practice session with some slow fire bullseye work with my police backup gun (Smith and Wesson Model 12 .38 spl) from 10 out to 30 feet. It’s a lot easier to shoot if you don’t have any time limits!
Total Rounds Fired:
102 rounds 9mm Glock 17
50 rounds .38 spl S&W 12
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