Pistol Recoil Management
September 10, 2019
Pistol Load / Re-Load Drill With Movement
April 5, 2019

Course of Fire

Start Position: Hands relaxed at sides.

Condition: Pistol loaded with extra ammo on belt.

Target: (2) USPSA paper targets side by side 1 yard apart placed 7 yards down range.

Rounds Fired: 6

Procedure: On buzzer draw the pistol, fire 2 rounds into each of the bodies of T1 and T2, perform a mandatory reload, and fire 1 round into each head box of T1 and T2. (A-Zone hits to score).

Goal Time: 5 sec (Buzzer to last shot fired).


This is another drill my good friend @amy.556 shared on Instagram the other day, and boy is it a tough little biscuit! I love the need to have your draw dialed in, and the visual transitions from minimal acceptable sight picture on the body shots to really watching that front sight for the head shots after a reload. Give it a try and post on Instagram. I'd love to see what you can do with it!

Some things to consider when performing this drill:
  • Consider the transition time between targets. When going from body to body, the targets are so close together that if a blind person were listening to your cadence they would likely conclude you are firing 4 rounds into one target rapidly before they thought you were firing two rounds into two targets.
  • Rotate with your lower body to keep your sight picture intact rather than moving your arms and shoulders. This can be very tempting since the target transition is such a minimal distance.
  • Give each shot the respect it deserves. Watch your front sight on those head shots so you can land an A-Zone hit consistently.
  • Make sure your trigger press is even and smooth so you don't disrupt your otherwise perfect sight picture.

Build Safe Range Habits

  • Always keep your gun pointed in a safe direction.
  • Do not point the gun at anything you are not ok destroying.
  • Always keep your finger off the trigger until you are ready to shoot.
  • Always keep the gun unloaded until ready to use.
  • Know your target and what is beyond.
  • Store guns and ammunition so they are not accessible to unauthorized persons.
  • Wear eye and ear protection as appropriate.
  • Define a designated shooting area with a defined firing line.
  • Set up a designated admin surface.
  • Clear your gun each time you pick it up.
  • Keep live ammunition organized and in a safe admin area for reloading magazines.
  • Keep actions open and pointed down range when guns are not in use.