Over at americanrifleman.org, Richard Mann offers some excellent advice for a self-defense handgun training regimen. He recommends four drills. Specifically, the Dot Drill (two circles at five to seven yards, one shot from concealment 24 times X 4); the Failure Drill (silhouette target at five to seven yards, two shots center mass and one head shot 24 times); the 45 Drill (five shots at a 5-inch circle at 5 yards in five seconds 24 times); and the El-Prez Modified (” . . . silhouette target at 3 yards, one at 5 yards, and one at 7 yards. Space them 5 feet apart laterally. Start by standing in front of the right or left target, and at the signal engage each target with two shots working from the closest to the farthest. Then, move laterally about 10 feet to cover, reload and repeat the drill from behind cover”). Hmmm. There are a few things missing here . . .
For example, moving. Moving and shooting is the key to living and breathing. [Shooting at an indoor range is inherently limiting so . . . shoot outdoors at a range where you can move as often as possible.]
For another, one-handed shooting. The odds of ending-up shooting at a bad guy with one-hand are more than high enough to justify regular practice with BOTH hands single-handed.
A third: shooting at various distances. Five to seven yards is the commonly accepted “combat distance,” but shooting at targets closer in gives you a better idea of your accuracy. As does shooting at targets farther away, which also forces you to slow down and aim.
A fourth: slow fire. I always start my range sessions with exaggerated slow fire, to steady my hand and get comfortable with the trigger: slack, break AND reset.
A fifth: NOT shooting. It’s important to practice draw your weapon and not shooting, so that you don’t train yourself to draw and shoot seamlessly and instinctively.
And most importantly, force-on-force training.
IMHO, there are three main aspects to armed self-defense: gun handling (running the gun, not shooting anyone by accident), marksmanship (hitting what you’re aiming at) and strategy (knowing who, what, when, where and why to shoot).
You can and should study shoot/don’t shoot situations, including the legal aspects. But nothing beats RL force-on-force training for getting you prepared for a life-or-death emergency.
Anyway, what do you do down at the range?