Training 5/31/2018

Commuter Drills | Drill 3

by Jeff Houston

Part 3 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 3
3 Shots | 2 Dots


From a holster or ready position, fire two shots onto a small target (such as a 3” circle or dot), move immediately to a second small target and fire one shot 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 position or holster. Do three times, three shots per iteration.


The three-shot/two-dot drill adds an element of moving the firearm between two targets. You’ll take the first shot, then the second, and then transfer to a second target. Proper form is more important than speed, so practice the fundamentals first. Down the road, this will prepare you for other drills involving multiple targets.

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