3 best static range shooting drills
Courtesy DrewR
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By DrewR

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 your practical shooting skills under those conditions.

Here are the three drills I’ve use when I was relegated to a static range that actually improve my shooting. I hope they help you as much as they helped me.

Dot Torture

3 best static range shooting drills
A 4 yard example shot with a Ruger 22/45  Mk IV (courtesy DrewR)

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 starting at low ready will have to do. If you have a laser trainer of some sort this makes a great dry fire drill at home.

Triple Ten

3 best static range shooting drills
A pair of sloppy reloads kept this from being a Level 2 time (courtesy DrewR)

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 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. Varying the pattern makes it interesting and challenging.

50-Round Drill

3 best static range shooting drills
A fairly typical 10 yard result for the 50-Round Drill (courtesy DrewR)

This is my favorite drill for a static range as it works on nearly every aspect of practical shooting. In a nutshell 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 drawing from the holster (if allowed) 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 are 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.

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  1. Jeff Cooper’s “El Presidente” Drill (which can also be performed seven yards instead of ten and with no draw) is still one of the best.

  2. So true possum.

    Either my range is the most restrictive one around (probably true), or the TTAG guys rarely go to a regular range.

    The shooter next to me might be shooting a S&W .50 magnum revolver. Do you think a shot timer will work for me? So I bought a big format stop watch instead.

    • I used to be able to shoot off my porch but had to move, now it’s a two mile drive to a place along a river.
      Maybe find some public land to go to?
      I feel sorry, yet admire, because they’re
      dedicated, for the people that only get to shoot paper, with RO’s and rules, and fees and all. It takes a lot of the fun out of shooting.

  3. There is no reason to practice a double tap to the head. Instead practice hitting the A zone on the head as it will be the only shot you will need if you can make it.


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