With everyone in the “Panic Buying” mode, I keep hearing folks talking about buying and hording as much ammunition as they can. I can’t say I blame anyone. I wouldn’t want to waste any ammunition, but my attitude is that training isn’t wasting ammunition unless you don’t have a plan when you hit the range.
I found a list of handgun drills that can help you use your
precious ammunition more effectively. It’s broken down into three files. Some
of the drills have the same name; there may be only slight differences.
Handgun Drills - Links to parts 2 and 3 are inside the linked PDF.
It’s also best to run drills with a friend that knows what
you want to accomplish. Your friend can watch what you’re doing and critique
you. You can then do the same while your friend runs the drill. An alternative
would be to use a video camera to record your drills. It’s best to review each
drill and make necessary corrections so you don’t create any bad habits.
Remember, only PERFECT practice makes perfect.
Many of the handgun drills can be run with a rifle. You’ll
just have to adapt the ranges and times accordingly. I couldn’t find any
documents like these for rifle drills, but if you Google “rifle drills”, many
listings will come up. I personally like the Viking Tactical videos on YouTube.
I don’t really care for their malfunction drills, because at the time the
videos were made at least, they didn’t advocate visually checking a rifle
malfunction before starting into the “fix”, but that’s another post down the
So grab some targets and ammo and head for the range with a
training plan, then stick to that plan. You'll come away at the end of the day with a great sense of accomplishment.
Conversation starter - What's your favorite drill and why? Share your comments below.