A member of TTAG’s Armed Intelligentsia named washlefi writes:
I’m trying to come up with some new (at least new to my audience) training drills for the handgun and rifle. Our range isn’t as swank as the Scottsdale facility above (whose is?), but we have a lot of capabilites at our range. Unfortunately we tend to not use them as much as we should. We have three bays of six steel plates, numerous “pepper popper” steel targets, 24 shooting lanes with turning targets, up to 50 yards on our lower range and up to 100 yards on our upper range. The lower range has the capability of shooting in 270 degrees, which is nice. We have mobile barricades and a patrol car.
Here are a couple that I have come up with so far. Nothing too special, but I want the students to get away from standing on the line and shoot at paper targets. Any suggestions for new exericses would be greatly appreciated; I am ALWAYS looking for new ways and ideas to make my students more confident and accurate for whatever life throws at them.
Handgun – Start facing at 90 degrees to target with strong side towards target. Have another student in front of the shooter, handcuffed. While shooter is holding onto the handcuffs, the shooter will draw, strong hand only, and engage the target. The shooter will ensure that at no time that the muzzle of their gun is pointed at the student that is handcuffed.
Handgun – Shooter will simulate that they have a notebook and pen in their hands. Use a small block of wood and wood dowel pen. When the target turns, the student will drop the notebook and pen and engage the target.
Handgun – Start with shooter handcuffing another student/mannequin on the ground. The shooter will have their knee in the back of the student as they would in a high-risk handcuffing incident. When the target turns, the shooter will draw and engage the target from an abnormal kneeling shooting position, while maintaining control of the subject on the ground.
Handgun / Rifle – Have door and door frame set up. Possibly add in feature at the wall area on the right side of the range. As shooter opens the door, a threat emerges, and the shooter will have to engage the threat.
Handgun / Rifle – “Slicing the pie” Have shooter “pie” the corner until a threat presents itself. This drill should be run slowly, while the shooter is working on proper “pieing” technique.