Part 5 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.
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 (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 five times, one shot per iteration.
This drill essentially repeats the first drill, but you’ll be shooting from 5 yards out instead of 3. Concentrate on each step in the sequence and ensure you’re using the proper form for each. Like drill #1, this exercise will help instill the fundamentals from which you can build upon.
Situations like this are the reason NRA Carry Guard exists. As we discuss from day one, your mind is the most important weapon in your arsenal: being aware, having a plan, being prepared.
These drills cover a variety of skills that are important to practice: multiple-shot, rapid-fire engagements; trigger control; firing with primary hand only; and tactical reloads.