Written by Greg Ellifritz
I regularly get questions about how to improve pistol shooting abilities and what kind of “drill” works best. I like mixing up my dryfire and live fire practice regularly, so I end up using a lot of drills. I often write articles about individual shooting drills that I work on. All of those articles can be found HERE. If you want some more advice read on….
For dryfire drills, I pull almost all of mine from the book: Champion Shooting: Guaranteed Results in 15 Minutes a Day, Vol. 2 by Ben Stoeger and Jay Hirshberg. This book provides a logical drill progression and is designed to dramatically enhance your shooting abilities with a short amount of daily practice.
Michael Seeklander’s Your Defensive Handgun Training Program book is another must have reference. It’s a large book (over 350 pages) that is full of drills for both live and dry practice. I regularly find myself using some of Mike’s drills in my practice routine.
Both of the previously-listed books are excellent, but the one I use the most for live fire drills is Ben Stoeger’s Skills and Drills For the Practical Pistol Shooter. Not only does the book contain dozens of shooting drills, Ben also lists suggested par times to evaluate your performance on the most popular drills. He has par times for a Master Class USPSA shooter as well as a list of par times for the average defensive shooter who wants to be “good.” Ben also has a very informative competitive shooting tips podcast that I listen to regularly.
The next time you go to the range, don’t mindlessly plink at a bullseye target. Identify some aspect of your shooting that you would like to improve and find a drill that will help you get better!
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