BACK AT IT AGAIN WITH THE ACCURACY DRILLS!  The Secrets of Highly Successful Gunfighters, and the Tactical Professor’s Baseline Establishment

An excellent drill from Claude Werner, by way of Dr. Sherman House.

This isn’t about how badass you can be. It’s about how good you can be. The beauty of this drill is there is no time-pressure, and thus really no pressure overall. Can you do this? It’s not necessarily hard, but it will show you where you need work. I haven’t shot this yet, but I am pretty sure my work will come at 25 yards (and perhaps 15).

I also like the approach of using different guns for this. You might just see where X gun really isn’t that good, or perhaps it means you need more practice with that specific gun. While this drill wasn’t involved, it was in shooting the same drills with my M&P9 vs. my S&W 442 vs. my M&P Shield that basically told me it was time to give up the snub as my BUG and take the Shield a little more closely. When I get my NAA Guardian back from the factory, it’ll be curious to try all of this out with it.

Really, this is a good diagnostic drill to help you understand where you are, and where you need more work. It helps you vet your gear too. Challenge yourself — it’s how you get better.


img_2379Mark Luell of, “Growing Up Guns,” (left) Darryl Bolke (middle) and myself (right), at the 2016 RANGEMASTER Polite Society Tactical Conference.

As I’ve already written about in the past few posts, I recently attended the RANGEMASTER Polite Society Tactical Conference.  One class I attended there was presented by Darryl Bolke of Hardwired Tactical Shooting, from Dallas TX.  The lecture was entitled, “The Secrets of Highly Successful Gunfighters.”

Darryl talked about the legendary lawmen, of both the distant and recent past.  Some of these men had been his mentors, and he made careful notes  of the skills he observed these men to have in common.  A common thread through all of these men was their capability to deliver extremely accurate fire, under the threat and pressure of tense situations AND/OR incoming gunfire!  Having the ability to deliver, on demand, gunshots to either the fist-sized vital zone of the upper chest, or…

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7 thoughts on “BACK AT IT AGAIN WITH THE ACCURACY DRILLS!  The Secrets of Highly Successful Gunfighters, and the Tactical Professor’s Baseline Establishment

  1. Thank you for sharing this! Indeed…drills like this have virtually no pressure imposed, unless you do it yourself. So I thought of it all as a game, and that I was shooting against everyone else at the range at that time. And while 1/5 of all the shooting took place at ranges that others were not attempting, I worked to shoot to a higher accuracy standard than they were. IDPA targets are HUGE, but every shot was on the paper, albeit 16 or so outside of the down zero. So for this session, the benchmarks for the next session are set. I’m going to shoot the MP, the 19 and the j frame next week, same drills, but add the 25 yard in, AND aim for a tighter cluster of shots.

  2. Oooh. Thank you for posting that. I will shoot that drill on my next outdoor range trip. It will be interesting to see how badly I suck at this one…. Or not! 😀

  3. And I shot this over the weekend. I did great until I got back to 15 yards. That is where my poor vision crapped out on me and I dropped 5 out of the 10 rounds outside the -0 circle.

    Need to work on that now.

  4. I shot this again this evening at the indoor range. I fared a bit better in that I only dropped 2 shots at the 15 yard line. I’d say I missed three but one was touching the border on the -0 zone.

    Still more work needed. I’ve got to finger out how to work with my vision issues.

    • OK so question: is it your eyes? Or is it your sight picture (or some other techinque issue)? or something else? or a combination? or…?

      May be hard to diganose with just a couple trips, but my point is that for me, while my eyesight isn’t what it used to be, I know that the main reason I have my issues at 15-25+ yards is more what I’m seeing, not strictly my eyesight. It’s about how every micro-fraction of difference in the sight picture at 25 yards equates to inches of difference down at the target. So for me, I know it’s technique.

      I do know you’ve got different issues than I do, but it may be that yeah like you’re alluding to — you have to find how to work with what you have. Alas, I can’t see as you see, I can’t see what you see…. but who knows. Karl may have some suggestions here.

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