Tiger McKee

Shootrite Firearms Academy

Skill Set Variations

Accuracy is defined by the shot you are attempting to make. Firing from two yards away at the chest of a target can be done quickly, with a flash sight picture and prompt trigger press.

As the distance increases or the size of the target decreases a more precise sight alignment is required, and you must press the trigger smoother to insure you don’t disrupt the sight picture. Accuracy dictates the speed you can shoot and still place the rounds where they need to hit. If I can’t predict a hit then I don’t press the trigger.

There are several drills will help you discover and improve your abilities. I need to know what I’m capable of to know what I can and can’t do in an actual confrontation. I also need to know what my limits are so I don’t attempt something beyond my skill level. We are responsible for each shot we fire; overstepping the line with firearms can lead to bad consequences.

This first drill shows the effects of distance. Set up a target a couple of yards away. Target two is about six to eight yards away. Work various combinations on the targets, starting with body shots to the closest target then slowing down to hit the back target. (Shots should be within a four to six inch group regardless of distance.) Then you can start with the longest shots first, speeding up when you transition to the close target.

Work some headshots into the drills to really develop a feel for what an acceptable sight picture and trigger press is for surgical shots. Drills with three targets, all varying in size and distance are even better. Just be sure to focus on hits, not speed. Only accuracy counts, and the speed will develop as a result of applying proper technique.

If it’s not possible for you to set up targets at various distances then you can use large and small targets on one backer. For example a six-inch circle works well, and then below that have six small two-inch circles in two columns or rows. Work various combinations, engaging the larger target as quickly as possible and getting black, and then slowing down for the small targets.

When working these type drills always vary distances, size and shape of your targets. Short load your magazines so you have to reload at unexpected times. Dummy ammo will create malfunctions at various points. Basically mix it up so you don’t ingrain any dangerous “range” habits. The key is to develop your skills, not learn how to fire one drill really fast, which is more like a trick than a skill and may not have application when it comes to actually fighting.

In a fight your accuracy will be dictated by distance and size of the target. Your job is to learn what is necessary to insure that when the trigger is pressed the bullet goes where you need it. To perform at the level required practice is mandatory.

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June 21, 2011 - Posted by | General Training

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