RF/JWT Square Range Call-Out Drill

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Most indoor gun ranges ban drawing from concealment. Rapid fire mag dump? Mozambique? Nope. You’re left practicing simple marksmanship. Which is important! But after a while . . . what? This! The COD (Call Out Drill). Draw a combination of letters, numbers or shapes on the back of the target and have a ballistic BFF call out your target, or combination of targets. The drill forces you to ID your target before shooting, and master transitions. It’s not moving and shooting, but it’s not dull either.


  1. avatar Topher in Texas says:

    You mean your swanky gun range mecca, the Range at Austin, doesn’t allow those things?

  2. avatar Lost Down South says:

    “You mean your swanky gun range mecca, the Range at Austin, doesn’t allow those things?”

    Mine does. But then again, all I have to do is step out the back door of my house. My wife frowns on my shooting through the window from the inside.

    1. avatar Mas Cool Arrow says:

      Funny you say that. I have a buddy that wasn’t feeling good on opening day of deer season a few years ago. He saw a nice buck in the back yard so he opened the window and shot him from the kitchen.

  3. avatar A O says:

    Been doing this for a while but with colored and filled water balloons and a rifle.

  4. avatar Joe R. says:

    (D) ! ! !

  5. avatar strych9 says:

    My buddy and I used to use a range that didn’t allow drawing from a holster of any kind. We’d run a drill where you put the gun down the the table/bench in front of you and have to pick it up before firing.

    Perfect? Far from it but it got past the rules and forced you to go from empty hands to handling a gun and it didn’t break the rules.

    After awhile we just said “Fuck it (we’ll do it live)” and quit going to ranges for anything other than sighting in optics.

    1. avatar jwtaylor says:

      I do the same drill, but left handed. I’m trying to simulate dropping the gun from my firing hand and then having to pick it up and fire it with my non-dominant hand. It’s humbling for me.

  6. avatar CCDWGUY says:

    I can do rapid fire, Mozambique drills just not from holster but low ready. Also, for head shots the target has to be at least 25 feet so people don’t shoot out the lights. My range does not bother me if I am doing mag dumps or tactical or slide lock mag changes. Also, if you take an Intermediate class at the range, two Tuesdays a month you can practice drawing shooting. I’m signed up for the Intermediate class but some personal stuff has got in the way the last two times I was scheduled.

  7. avatar Marach says:

    The local indoor range here has no problem with rapid fire. Of course, they also do Class 3 rentals & just added a new beltfed to the rental lineup.

  8. avatar Mikey says:

    I’m seeing more ranges that will allow holster draw, AFTER undergoing certification from a RSO on site, which is really a good thing – safety first! Saddle River near Houston, Triangle in Raleigh. Let’s hope others will pick up on the idea.

  9. avatar Specialist38 says:

    Kudos….Damned fine idea…..I will steal this.

    Theft is the sincerest form of flattery.

  10. avatar Ing says:

    Could be fun on a free/not-square range, too. I think I’ll try something like that next time I go out.

  11. avatar Hank says:

    It’s a good idea, but I garuntee you ranges will start to ban it. Because the only group of people that ban things more than democrats are range staff.

  12. avatar donfromct says:

    letargets.com has targets specifically designed for this. Each target is a specific color and shape with a number on the inside.

    I use these with my little girls to help keep it interesting when the range we go to doesn’t allow anything other than paper targets.


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