Defensive Shooting Standards Drill

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Many in the shooting world stress shooting “Standards Drills” in order to rate their abilities. Anytime you choreograph the exact course of fire, you remove a huge element of your practical training. The need to process information and adjust your response specifically to each scenario is vital to surviving a lethal fight. When you run a drill that is exactly the same every time, you inevitably cater your technique to that drill, and not to the ultimate skill set you are trying to develop. Rob Pincus has developed a “Defensive Shooting Standards” Drill that you can run with a training partner to help you develop appropriate skills in the context of defensive shooting.

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25 Responses to “Defensive Shooting Standards Drill”
  1. Ross

    These videos all assume something that is usually very wrong. How many people have access to a place to safely set up and shoot like this? Most of us can only shoot at a range where there are prescribed lanes and no opportunity to do anything but shoot in a controlled manner on our own lane.
    The types of things shown in these videos are only for the rich guys who own a big piece of land. Great for them, I’m happy for them.

    The rest of us are working stiffs.

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    • Doug

      Any range that sponsors IDPA events should provide an opportunity for this type of defensive shooting. There are limitations on indoor ranges but you can develop some great defensive scenarios with a little creativity…

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      • John M Buol Jr.

        >> >> How many people have access to a place to safely set up and shoot like this?

        >> Any range that sponsors IDPA events should provide an opportunity for this type of defensive shooting.

        All the more reason to support and encourage organized shooting activity like IDPA so ranges and clubs agreeable to this type of shooting continue to exist.

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    • Rob Pincus

      Ross, there are PLENTY of ranges that allow this kind of work around the country. You might have to talk to the owner/manager, you might have to drive an extra 30 mins, but it is not as impossible as you might think!

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    • David

      Look around for a range that allows a setup like this. The one I go to does and any time that you have a chance to shoot on anything other than a flat range, it is to your advantage.

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    • Calvin

      You do not have to be rich to perform the training.
      There are methods that allow you to train in your own home without live ammo. I currently practice with a revolver in my garage with a laser site and snap caps. I also set up targets in the back yard and practice with a pellet pistol. I use real ammo at the gun range to keep my accuracy within limits. I like the information he provided in the video as it allows me to alter my target to match realistic distances. I am far from rich.

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    • Robert

      You don’t have to necessarily discharge a firearm to develop handling the firearm effectively and proficiently. Simply holding your hands in the correct position while going through your home, apartment, garage, backyard, or empty lot, can be effective in physical and mental training. Naturally, having something go “bang” brings a sense of reality, however this is about training.

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  2. Stan Sobkowicz

    I’m not rich, far from it, but I do have a place where I can shoot how I want. This video is helpful, even though I have seen Rob do a similar video elsewhere. It is a good refresher for me.

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  3. TShoot

    Thought it was a great video. Very informative and practical if you have the space and a partner.

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  4. Alex DeSurveyor

    I think this video is excellent, it is all too easy to get locked into a tape-recorded scenario which almost never plays out in real life. However, I am one of those who carry a revolver 95% of the time and the PDN videos in my opinion do show a very heavy bias toward semi-autos. Nonetheless, the techniques taught are most valuable.

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  5. story_douglas

    I use IDPA for my live training. I know i’m told what to shoot when, but after a full season of matches, I get alot of different scenerios. I hope that in an actual encounter that I can use these to get an advantage over an aggeessor.
    Love the PDN videos

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  6. John Cole

    Granted most of us do not have access to this type of land/range to practice as in the video. However, I use dry fire training with snap-caps in my home. I have my wife go into a room and place sticky notes in three or four places with the # of shots I am to take per target. Since I’m using snap caps and my EDC is a double action she tells me how many ‘shots’ I have before I need to change mags. Good training at no cost!

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  7. J Coyne

    Thanks Rob, Nice training exercise. As an instructor I enjoy your video’s because they help me get out of the training rut. I do not use a timer during any training session and have found that the students get too involved with the times instead of the hits. I have modified your exercise by using targets that either have weapons or no weapon. So students do not look for “numbers” and I have a “attacking” target (full size manikin) that comes forward. Students respond to biggest threat first.
    Sometimes the moving target is carrying a weapon and sometimes he is just another victim.
    Sometimes I load their magazine with dummy rounds for FTF effects. Thanks for the good ideas on how to spice up our training.

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  8. Robert Smith

    In addition, as you go through the startled pose, should you also suggest any “verbal” responses that need to be said, before the actual shooting begins?

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  9. Ron

    Hello I am somewhat new to defensive shooting, l appreciate all your training tips and technics, Ron

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  10. Jim

    Why would you carry a firearm and not have it full, or at least know how many rounds you had in the magazine?

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  11. Owen

    These training videos offer insight into real life situations; thank you very much!! I find the information very useful; please keep them coming!!

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  12. Erik

    I found your video very helpful and enjoyed it. I am always looking for more interesting ways to train with my firearm. I look forward to becoming a premium member

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  13. Jack blankenship

    I will incorporate each of these skills and outcomes into my indoor SIRT training drills. They will meld nicely into a safer environment & outcome to my training.

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