Shooting Drills to Practice

3x5 Drill

Skill Focus: accuracy, trigger control, sight alignment
Distance: 3 yards and greater
Target: 3×5 card

Instructions: Place a standard 3×5 white index card three yards away. Fire five rounds at the card with no time limit. If all five shots hit the card, move to the seven yard line and fire five more. If those are all hits, keep repeating the drill, moving back an additional yard after each successful 5 shot string. The goal is to go as far as you can without missing a shot. Once you miss, end the drill or start over at three yards.

5x5x5 Drill

Skill Focus: combining speed and accuracy
Distance: 5 yards
Target: 5-inch circles with center aiming dot.

Instructions: Five shots, five inches, five yards, five seconds. Starting from a low ready position, at the beep fire five rounds at the circle. The goal is to land all five shots in the circle within five seconds.
Variations: For an added challenge, draw from the holster instead of low ready. To test consistency, repeat the drill five times. A “pass” is 25 shots with no misses.

The Super Drill

The Super Test Course of Fire

String 1: 15 yards, 15 seconds, 10 rounds

String 2: 10 yards, 10 seconds, 10 rounds

String 3: 5 yards, 5 seconds, 10 rounds

Starting Position: Low ready. Draw from the holster for the “Advanced Super Test”.

Target: B-8 Repair Center

Scoring: Use target scoring rings and add up your total points for all three strings. Hits off the paper or over the time limit are not counted. 300 possible points. Passing score is 270 (90%). A score of 290 and above is considered outstanding.

Single Stack Version: If you’re running a 1911 or other lower capacity single stack pistol, you can use the same distances and time limits, but you’re going to fire 8 shots at each string of fire instead of 10, and you will start from the holster. Just like the standard Super Test, a passing score is 90% which, in this case, is 214 out of 240.

Revolver Super Test Course of Fire

Since they’re both big fans of the wheel gun, Wayne and Darryl also came up with a revolver version of the Super Test. The distances are the same, but the time limits have been adjusted to be more appropriate for 6-round strings of fire.

String 1: 15 yards, 12 seconds, 6 rounds

String 2: 10 yards, 8 seconds, 6 rounds

String 3: 5 yards, 4 seconds, 6 rounds

Starting Position: Low ready. Draw from the holster for the “Advanced Revolver Super Test”.

Target: B-8 Repair Center

Scoring: Use the same scoring method as the standard Super Test. 180 possible points. To receive a 90% passing score, you will need 162 points.