What are the Best Handgun Drills for Improving Tactical Shooting Expertise?

While you might engage in shooting drills to have some fun, you can also acquire tactical shooting skills while at it. One of the best ways to get started is by learning fundamental handgun drills, as they help improve your aiming ability, which is vital for self-defense. What handgun drills do you need? Here are a few worth considering. 

Three-round-fade-back

This drill improves your shooting accuracy and prepares you for quick defense in case of life-threatening events. It only needs a 3×5 card and 25 yards of range room and focuses only on your accuracy. The drill begins at a 3-yard line, and you fire your best three rounds at the 3×5 cards. While reasonably skillful shooters can print a one-hole group at this range, double-action shooters might not achieve the same results. 

Although most students can keep their rounds at 7 and 10 yards, the 3×5 becomes smaller at 12 yards, and standard width sights can cover the card, leaving no target information around the front view. From 15 yards upwards, you’d estimate where the rounds would impact, which might be challenging. However, you can take your time for your estimations, as you don’t have to deliver the rounds quickly. Although this drill requires you to hit the card with each shot, its primary purpose is to improve your sight alignment and trigger press. 

Triple threat

The Triple Threat drill focuses on developing your shooting speed and accuracy. What’s more, you can get creative by building your targets for the training. However, your DIY targets should include head, chest, and pelvis areas. After spacing your targets, a foot apart, you may aim for the chest area of the center target with three rounds from a five-foot distance. The drill requires one round to the head, followed by one to the pelvis and vice-versa. You may also perform the same steps on the other targets. 

The Triple Threat drill requires you to shoot accurately and quickly, as you must transition to secondary targets (the head and pelvis areas) when your three rounds don’t hit your primary target, which is the chest area. This transition should be a quick one, but be sure to be accurate to hit your target. 

Recoil management test

This shooting drill might not be about the quickest speed, but it focuses on performance. Its purpose is to help you shoot quickly and accurately for either competitive or defensive purposes. It comprises a shooter firing their handguns quickly at a five-inch target from a 5-yard distance. While the thumbs-forward grip is ideal for semi-auto shooters, there are other details it’s best to note. 

First, you may position your firing hand as high as your pistol backdrop from an isosceles-type stand. You may then roll your support-hand thumb forward to keep your wrist steady and reduce recoil. Both hands should place pressure like a firm handshake. Your supporting thumb minimizes the tendency to push rounds to the support side while firing rapidly by putting pressure against the frame towards the firing hand. Your firing hand-thumb also applies downward pressure on the other to limit muzzle flips when firing shots. You may also keep your elbows unlocked to prevent recoil from traveling to your shoulders to prevent your arms from rising after each one. 

Reload drill

This drill aims to help you access two spare magazines quickly and aim with accuracy and speed. While you may not follow this drill precisely as a revolver shooter, you can modify it to suit your gun and reloading method-either speed loads or speed strips. You can start by firing three rounds on your target from a 10-yard distance and then reload. You may fire three more, fill it up, and then complete the drill with three more rounds. 

Strike, detach, draw, and access

You can safely perform this shooting drill using a cardboard target in a stand or dummy designed for shooting. It’s best to avoid alternatives that could cause ricochets or flying debris. You may also perform an inert-gun or dry-fire drill at home or a live fire at a range that permits it. However, it would help if you didn’t shoot too fast when on a live fire, as your safety is paramount, and you can learn without speeding things up. 

For starters, you should place your hands in front of you, palm facing your potential attacker, which is your target. Doing this keeps you in a position ready to strike. Once you judge that your attacker is making a move, you should step forward with your lead leg and hit your target’s face with your rear palm hand. You may step back, draw your gun and evaluate the situation. You don’t need to fire, as you’re learning to blend armed and unarmed protective measures effortlessly. 

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