F.A.S.T. Drill as a Transition Drill

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The F.A.S.T. Drill (Fundamentals, Accuracy, and Speed Test) tests a shooter’s ability to get hits on a small target and then on a bigger target, or vice versa — and with something happening in between, often a reload between the two targets.

This drill, which was developed by the late Todd Louis Green, is a popular one for people to modify either to suit their training goals or just to spice up their tactical shooting drills. Use the same target, use the same concept, but make it a little different.

RIFLE AND PISTOL

And that’s exactly what Rob Pincus does here. But instead of a reload between the two targets, Rob actually transitions between weapon platforms. Rob does four shots with a rifle at the smaller head-size target, which is the opposite of how the F.A.S.T. Drill is normally done, and when the rifle hits bolt lock, he transitions to the pistol. He then takes two shots at the larger target, a chest-size circle.

This is equivalent to four shots to the head, transition, and two shots to the body. Try it out the next time you’re working with both your rifle and pistol during firearms training or practice for defensive skill shooting development.

Rob notes that he is not saying he is the first to think of this modification to the F.A.S.T. Drill. The simplicity and efficacy of the drill have resulted in many trainers and other shooters coming up with their own versions of it.