A large percentage of the People of the Gun are relegated to shooting in a “static” or restrictive range, often indoors and sometimes lorded over by a range master calling when to fire and when to stop. I’ve been there, and I know how difficult it can be to meaningfully improve practical shooting skills under those conditions.
Following are the top three drills I found when I was relegated to a static range. I hope they help you as much as they helped me.
A 4 yard example shot with a Ruger 22/45 MKIV
This is probably the most difficult drill of the three, and you can download the PDF here. The directions are printed under each of the two-inch circles.
I recommend starting this drill at three yards, as even some high level shooters have trouble clearing it at five. The drill calls for drawing and firing, but if your range doesn’t allow that the next best thing is to set the pistol on the bench and start each string with your hands on your head. If you can’t do that, then low ready will have to do. If you have a laser trainer of some sort this makes a great dry fire drill at home.
A pair of sloppy reloads kept this from being a Level 2 time
TRex Arms has a number of great free downloadable targets and shooting drills, but my favorite is the Triple Ten. This is a timed drill, so it’s best if you get yourself a shot timer, but I think it’s worth investing in one anyway.
This is a seven yard drill. Draw and fire ten rounds each at a two-inch, a three-inch and a four-inch circle, reloading between each string.
The time constraint and the various sizes work together to make you really think about which target to go for first while also allowing you freedom to experiment. Do you want to shoot for pure speed from the draw and make your way down to pure accuracy? Maybe you start large, transition to small, and finish with medium to control the margin of error. It’s up to you.
50 Round Drill
A fairly typical 10 yard result
This is my favorite drill for a static range, as it works nearly every aspect of practical shooting. In a nutshel the drill is as follows: five sets of double-taps to the body, five rounds slow fire to the body, five rounds slow fire to the head, five sets of double taps to the head, 10 rounds alternating head and body, five rounds strong hand only, five rounds weak hand only, reload as needed. The full version can be found here.
When first starting this drill I recommend shooting from low ready until you get the hang of things, then start incorporating draws as you see fit.
This drill has no time or distance requirements, but you should try to go as fast as you can while keeping all shots inside the A-zone of an IPSC target or the 9-ring on an LE style target. Start at the furthest distance you can consistently sweep the drill and add distance as your skill level improves. If your range lets you shoot multiple targets you can alternate between them for added challenge.
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Shooting drills like these is an excellent way to improve your shooting skills while keeping your range sessions fun. I like to shoot different guns against each other on the 50 Round Drill as a basis of comparison of how I perform with different types of guns, and it also makes a great teaching aid for new shooters. So get out to the range and have some fun!