Just like holsters, there’s always a new shooting drill on the market that will test your skills and either make you feel invincible or humble you in depressing new ways. Here are a few of my favorites. They make the list for a variety of reasons including simplicity, a variety of skills tested, and challenge. Also, they all provide structure to your range outings and the ability to measure performance changes over time.

Dot Torture:

There are three things I really like about the Dot Torture drill. It emphasizes precision, and it’s a great way to stretch the practice value of a single box of ammo. It’s also measurable over time so you can see improvement or degradation in your skill level.

This drill comes from, well, I don’t know exactly where. I found it at pistol-training.com. They say it came from David Blinder at personaldefensetraining.com. Anyway, to whoever invented it, thanks!

The gotcha is that it looks so easy. That’s the deceiving part. It appears easy to ace as the starting distance is just three yards. You can do that with your eyes closed, right? It certainly seems so, but you might be surprised at how much you have to focus to get a perfect 50 out of 50 score.

The target is printed on a standard 8.5×11-inch sheet of paper and consists of 10 dots, each just under two inches in diameter. The instructions for each dot are right on the target itself, so we won’t go through them in detail here. To summarize, this drill has you shoot some dots with a standard two-handed grip, others strong hand only, and one using your support hand only. Other dots require a draw and fire sequence and speed reloads. Still others use short transitions where you fire one or more shots at different dots. The drill forces you to exercise many of the basic skills with your single box of ammo investment.

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