Question of the Day: How Fast Do You Shoot When You Practice?

It’s easy enough to shoot well when you shoot slowly. Depending on the distance, a competent shooter should be able to put a few bullets through the same hole, or at least group them tighter than the Persuaders (the singing group, not Tony Curtis and Roger Moore). If we’re talking about self-defense shooting, time is of the essence. Sure, you want to maintain accuracy; missing the target doesn’t do much of anything in terms of conflict resolution. But given the fact that even a shot straight through the perp’s heart leaves them time to kill you, you really want to get on with their bleeding out process ASAP. So . . . when you practice, how fast are your strings? And just for fun, how many bullets at a time? Do you practice your draw?


  1. avatar DonW says:

    Very fast. 3-4-5. Yes.

  2. avatar Patrick Carrube says:

    Actually, when I just shoot at paper, I rarely shoot fast. Perhaps a mag or two full at "competition speed", but that is usually about it. I use "paper time" to focus on my grip, sight acquisition, target transition (if using multiples), malfunction clearing (with the help of snap caps), and to get that perfect sight alignment. I use my weekly steel-matches to practice speed, drawing, reloading (although I practice drawing and reloading "dry" at home too) and moving while shooting. I also practice loading my magazines with my eyes closed, just in case I need to do it in the dark someday.

  3. avatar Ralph says:

    Slow fire, 50 rounds to work on grip, sight etc. Then at least 100 rounds, as fast as possible, multiple targets, in Mozambique drills (two quick center of mass point shooting no sights, one follow-up to the computer sighted in). I do this with each gun (9mm, .40 and .38 snubby) once or twice a week.

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