Worlds Collide: Skill Development Gun Shooting Drills

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Worlds Collide is the video series that brings together the perspectives of defensive shooter Rob Pincus of PDN and competition shooter Rob Leatham of Team Springfield. During this trip to the range, the two Robs demonstrate skill development drills.

Although they do not agree on how to execute drills, they agree on where skill development drills fit in. After learning a skill, every type of shooter must develop their skills in order to become competent, and the way to do that is through drills. How do competition and defensive shooters perform gun shooting drills?

Competition Gun Shooting Drills

Rob Leatham says that the first skill taught in competition shooting is the draw, which is practiced hundreds and hundreds of times. The gun is in the holster, and the budding competitive shooter takes it out of the holster, brings it into firing position, and fires a shot. The next step is to add multiple shots to it, so the gun is drawn and two shots fired. Next is target acquisition: firing shots on two targets. Then it’s multiple shots on multiple targets.

Defensive Gun Shooting Drills

From a defensive standpoint, Rob Pincus skips the draw step. The novice defensive shooter starts with the gun in the ready position, not in the holster, and moves right to driving the gun out, kinesthetically aligning it and taking a shot, without using the sights. In defensive handgun training, the goal is to get hits in the torso of a human-shaped and sized target.

When the novice can get hits in that area, Pincus refines the process: simulating the startle response, drawing from the holster, taking multiple shots, moving while shooting, assessing and reholstering. This approach develops defensive shooting skills in context.

There’s much more in this extended video clip from two masters of their respective types of gun shooting drills.

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