I had the opportunity to get some practice time in this weekend using while testing Fiocchi’s 158 grain 9mm load (review coming on Tuesday), and for fun near the end of my practice session (and also because someone bet me I couldn’t do it) I decided to see if I could fire a 100 round group in less than 10 minutes at 10 yards and keep every single round in the 4 inch x-ring of a Bianchi Cup target.
Sorry for the crappy image quality, all I had on me at the time was my iPhone camera. I actually had a lot of fun doing this drill, and I’ve decided I’m going to make it a regular occurrence here on Gun Nuts. I’ll call it the 100/10/10 Drill for lack of a creative name, and here are the test parameters:
Set up a Bianchi Cup target at 10 yards (or 25 feet depending on your range) start from the holster. On the buzzer, draw and fire 100 rounds with all reloads on the clock at the Bianchi Cup target. All shots must be inside the 4 inch x-ring for the run to count. My time just running it cold was 8 minutes, 15.23 seconds. I had to do 8 magazine changes, and it was all fired with the Ruger SR9c.
What’s the point of this drill? Patience, mostly. There were a couple of times I had to back off from taking a shot I knew I was going to throw outside of the x-ring, but also knowing that I had a limited amount of time to get my shots off was constantly in the back of my mind. Make no mistake, this an accuracy drill first and foremost. Speed isn’t nearly as much a factor here as it is in other drills, but accuracy and endurance are very important here. When I started the drill I was feeling pretty good, but by the time I fired the 100th round, I was glad to be done. Near round 65-75 I really wanted to just start cranking the trigger and getting the rounds downrange, which had I given in to that temptation would have caused me to fail the drill.
Once again, I continue to be impressed with the SR9c. This is an incredibly easy to shoot gun, and being able to hold that kind of accuracy with sub-compact gun really speaks to the shootability of this pistol.
So if you’ve got a timer and some free time, give the 100/10/10 a try. I have no doubt that someone out there in Gun Nuts land can beat my time, and I’d love to see the pictures and the gun when you do.