Written by Greg Ellifritz
My friend Dave Spaulding recently wrote an article about the standard drills he uses to evaluate his students at the beginning of a training class. The drills themselves serve as a great practice session if you work them for multiple repetitions. Check out the article at the link below:
From the article:
I begin many of my courses with several “time in” drills in order to evaluate each student’s skill sets. My “time in” drills are fired at 20 feet into an 8-inch square as follows:
• One shot from the ready position of their choice in one second
• One shot from the holster in two seconds
• One shot, slide closed reload, one shot in four seconds
• Six shots from their ready position in three seconds.
Dave then goes on to describe the version of “El Presidente” that he uses in his class as well.
“This drill is still used in classes at Gunsite (www.Gunsite.com) and I like it because it tests a number of essential skills in a short exercise. From a distance of 10 yards, 12 rounds are fired at three targets one yard apart. The targets should represent the high chest region.
Col. Cooper used 10-inch circles while Gunsite currently uses an 8-inch circle. I use 8-inch squares, but 8-x-11 sheets of paper work fine too. With your back to the targets, turn and draw from your holster and shoot two rounds at each target. Perform an in-battery reload and then fire two more rounds at each target. Try to get all hits in at 10 seconds or less.”
I took those drills and organized a practice session. I started out with my duty gun (Glock 21) and duty holster and ran one magazine (13 rounds) each for the first two drills. I ran the third drill for two magazines worth of ammunition. I did the fourth drill using all three mags (mostly because it was fun). I finished off with three magazines worth of ammo on El Presidente. It ended up being a nice 130 round practice session. I used a blank 8.5″ x 11″ piece of paper for a target.
After I was done shooting my Glock, I fired the same drills with my Kahr PM-9 from a concealed appendix IWB holster. I finished up by running the drills (slightly modified) with my .22 S&W 317 snub out of an Alessi ankle holster. I normally carry a S&W .38 snub in that holster as a backup gun. I use the .22 for a cheaper shooting weapon with the same characteristics.
I found the time restrictions somewhat challenging, but certainly possible. Give the drills a try. If you have less time or a smaller quanity of ammunition, I would suggest that you run all of the drills through once. After that, look at which drills caused you the most difficulty (either by accuracy or time). Spend most of your remaining practice ammo dialing in those skills. We all like to work on what we are already good at, but the true practitioner will spend time improving the areas where he is deficient. These drills will certainly identify your deficiencies. Get to work on fixing them!