Commuter Drills | Drill 2

by Jeff Houston

Part 2 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 firing, think of taking up slack (finding tension) and breaking the trigger (pressing) as two separate motions.

Drill 2
2 Shots | 1 Dot


From a ready or holster position, fire two shots onto a small target (such as a 3” circle or dot) and follow through (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 five times, two shots per iteration.


All the same principles apply as in the first drill, this just adds a second shot. Concentrate on fundamentals. And don’t forget follow through—handling recoil, getting back on target, finding tension, checking sights and pressing the trigger. After the second shot, prepare for a third even though you won’t be taking one.

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