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Frequency over duration is preached in the NRA Carry Guard training course and you should apply it to your own training regimen. What this means is that it’s better to get to the range more often, for shorter sessions, than to go less often for really long sessions. This session is more of a wide and shallow training session as opposed to a narrow and deep session.
The drills you see here will cover a variety of skills that are important for you to practice: multiple-shot/rapid-fire engagements, trigger control, firing with your primary hand only, and tactical reloads. Begin each drill from a ready position (low, high, or in the holster) that is safe and suitable for your level of training and your range environment.
If you struggle with any of the individual skills incorporated in these drills, then simply take some time and reps to work on what you are struggling with before moving on to incorporate the entirety of the drill. You can do more reps if you have the time and ammo. Difficulty can be added by increasing the distance or decreasing the size of the target.
Rounds Per Rep | 5
Reps | 1
Total Rounds Fired | 5
Distance | 3 Yards
Shoot 5 rounds on target, cold (without any warmup), at a defensive shooting pace (rapidly but controlled). Practice shooting at a pace in which you would be engaging an attacker, i.e. you want to shoot fast and accurately. Push yourself, but stay within the target area.
Remember, start from a ready position, meaning you don’t just pick up the gun from the bench and shoot. Use a low or high ready position, or a holstered position if you have the ability and training to do so safely.
If you are considering attending an NRA Carry Guard training course, or any firearm class for that matter, it is time to think about how you are going to feed your handgun.
As a proud concealed carrier, I’ve taken my fair share of training courses. NRA Carry Guard’s Level 1 program, which I had the privilege of taking earlier this year, was by far the best.