Defensive Shooting Practice Drills at the Range
That's the last thing anybody ever wants to have to
do, but that's probably the main reason why you own a gun. So why not
include some defensive shooting drills during your target practice
session at the shooting range? Here are some self defense shooting
drills that will help hone your defensive
SHOOTING IN SELF DEFENSE
The indoor range that I go to uses thick rubber
backstops (2 1/2' wide x by 4' tall) that you pin paper targets on using
roofing nails. Adjustable target distance is 50 feet. You are not
allowed to practice drawing your gun at the range.
Distance from shooter to target should be 15-20 feet. Adjust
accordingly with shooter's skill level. You will need a training partner
or shooting companion to call out commands for this shooting exercise.
Defensive Shooting Drill Preparations
Purchase various sizes of paper plates at the grocery store
(ranging from full plate size to saucer plate size).
Randomly number the plates with a thick
black magic marker so they are easily visible at distances.
Tack four paper plates (various sizes) to
each of the four corners of the target backstop (as far apart from
each other as possible).
Have the shooter load two magazines with 4
rounds each of ammunition (for pistol shooting).
Following all applicable safety and range rules
and the Caller standing by the shooter, the shooter positions himself
facing the target with the gun held in the ready position.
Caller shouts out the following commands
"Load and Ready"
Shooter quickly loads a magazine into his
pistol and brings the weapon into the ready position (for this
exercise the ready position will mean a two handed grip with weapon
close to the chest and pointed towards the target).
Caller shouts the following commands "2, 4,
3, 1" (pausing in between each number allowing the shooter to fire
his weapon at each respective target).
Shooter shoots at targets in that order
(shooting immediately upon hearing the target number as fast as
possible. The goal is to get the hit each target as fast as you can.
Repeat this procedure using the
Changing the target shooting order
Changing positions and orientations of
Shoot one handed.
Shoot two or three rounds at each target
before moving on to the next one.
Shoot from the defensive (close to chest)
Shoot while holding a flashlight
Instead of calling out target numbers, the
caller calls out the position of the targets (for example, top-left
or bottom-right) to confuse the shooter and make him think more
before each shot.
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Benefits of Defensive Shooting Drill Practice
Loading only a few rounds in your magazine
each time you shoot gives you "repetitive reloading practice". It
also provides you with the lightest possible gun weight which means
the greatest amount of recoil for a "worst case condition" during
Having a Caller announce the target numbers
in real time doesn't give the shooter time to think or plan and puts
him under pressure making it more similar to a real life scenario.
Promotes muscle memory, point shooting
skills and good mental practice for the shooter.
Having a shooting partner scrutinize your
shooting practice increases the pressure you are under as well as
providing a critique of your shooting style and skills. The more
pressure that you are under while practice shooting, the better the
In place of paper plates as targets you can
also make your own target. Simply draw circles on blank paper. Size
of targets is up to you and your skill level.
Variations of the above drill increase the
benefits to the shooter.
The above shooting drill is specifically
designed as handgun practice to improve defensive shooting skills.
They say the way you shoot is the way you practice. So if you shoot
a certain way during handgun target practice you will shoot the same
way when it comes time to defend yourself.
Gun Practice; Handgun Shooting Practice for Self Defense
Practice shooting guns of all types and
calibers. The more you are familiar with guns the more comfortable you
will be when it comes time to use one in self defense. Practice
defensive shooting at least once a month. Practice your defensive
shooting techniques with targets placed at distance ranging in increment
from five to 20 feet.
Comments & Questions
Defensive Shooting Practice Ideas
March 4, 2012
Yes this page was very helpful. I will be using your ideas next Saturday at
Gun Target Practice
Gun target practice refers to any training exercise
in which guns are fired at a specific target to improve the aim and the
skill of the person firing the gun.
Handgun Target Practice
Handgun target practice refers to any training
exercise in which hand guns are fired at a specific target to improve the
aim and the skill of the person firing the hand gun.
Defensive Handgun Target Practice
Defensive handgun target practice refers to any
training exercise in which handguns are fired at a specific target to
improve the aim and the skill of the person firing the handgun in self
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