Pistol Load / Re-Load Drill
March 25, 2019
Offhand Rifle Target Transitions
February 10, 2019

Course of Fire

Start Position: Hands relaxed at sides.

Condition: Pistol loaded with extra ammo on belt.

Target: (3) USPSA paper targets placed at 5 yards, 7 yards, and 10 yards down range spread 1 yard apart.

Rounds Fired: 6

Procedure: On buzzer draw a loaded pistol, fire 1 rounds into each body A-Zone, perform a mandatory reload, and fire one round into each head box A-Zone. Shooter must start on the middle 5-yard target each time. (A-Zone hits to score).

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


This is a very challenging static drill that my friend @amy.556 posted on Instagram, and I wanted to give it a try during a recent training session. I set a goal time of 5 seconds, and was able to exceed it even with a crappy reload on the first go.

I like that this drill uses a relatively low round count to accomplish solid repetitions of several important skill sets:

  • Pistol draw time.
  • Target transitions between targets of varying distances.
  • Pistol reloads with the need to get back on target and give each shot the respect and attention it deserves by forcing the shooter to watch the front sight.

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.