Training 5/17/2018

Commuter Drills | Drill 1

by Jeff Houston

Part 1 of 5

NRA Carry Guard Lead Instructor and veteran Green Beret Jeff Houston offers five drills to practice while at the range. These drills will benefit your fundamentals—speed, accuracy and handling.

Of all the factors that keep gun owners from training as much as they’d like, time and money rank highest. With that in mind, NRA Carry Guard Magazine will present you “Commuter Drills” in each issue: Drills designed for 30 minutes or less, with just 50 rounds of ammo. If there’s a range between home and work, knock out a session once a week with these drills and watch your skills improve.

In each of these drills, you should be focused on the fundamentals—getting your stance and grip correct, aligning your sights and executing a smooth and complete trigger press. For the actual ring, think of taking up slack (finding tension) and breaking the trigger (pressing) as two separate motions.

Drill 1
1 Shot | 1 Dot


From a holster or ready position, fire one shot onto a small target (such as a 3” circle or dot) and follow through to prepare for the next shot (align sights, finger on trigger, ready to shoot the next shot if needed). Take your finger off the trigger, scan for other threats and return to ready or holster position. Do six times, one shot per iteration.


The purpose behind the one-shot/one-dot drill is to practice your presentation multiple times as well as practice moving your finger on and off the trigger. By taking just a single shot, it allows you to focus on the individual steps of stance, grip, trigger tension, sights, press, follow through. Be sure and include the full follow-up sequence—managing recoil, getting back on target, taking the slack out of the trigger and aligning sights.

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