I mentioned that one of my goals for 2011 was to shoot the Pistol-Training.Com FAST Drill in less than 5 seconds with a revolver. At SHOT, I had the chance to sit down with Todd (and others) to talk about the FAST and where to pick up speed to make it possible. So for each practice session, I’m going to shoot FAST three times (the max allowed in a day) and then break it down into chunks to practice. Here are my three runs from yesterday:
8.25 (total) – 1.71/.52/3.20/.28/.25/.29 1 head miss (which adds 2 seconds to the raw time of 6.25)
6.81 – 1.58/.40/4.08/.26/.25/.24 – I totally barfed the reload here. A 4 second reload is just terrible.
5.61 – 1.46/.40/2.99/.25/.26/.26 – the last run was my best run of the day. I really focused on my press out and keeping the trigger in constant motion.
What I learned from practice is that the reload is where this thing is going to be won and lost. I can get both 3×5 card shots pretty consistently in around 2.00 seconds, and I can keep my splits pretty consistently around 0.25, which is where they need to be. To practice for this, I’m going to split the FAST drill in two parts; the first is the draw from concealment to two hits on a 3×5 card. I have to be able to do this on command in 2 seconds or less every time. The hard part is going to be the reload. I actually emailed Craig Buckland of Team S&W to ask if he thought it was even possible to trim a speedloader reload down to 2 seconds. I know have some wasted motion in my reload, which is why part two of my practice will be the reload to a bill drill. With the gun indexed on target and full of empty rounds, on the buzzer I’ll reload the gun and fire six shots at an 8 inch target at 7 or 10 yards. The total time for the drill should be right around 3.25 IF I’m getting a 2 second reload, which is the obvious goal.
The last run made me feel pretty good though; 5.61 clean is actually very close to my goal. It is worth noting that just like the IDPA classifier, my goal here isn’t to be able to do it once, but rather to do it on command. I want to be able to pick up my 686, gas it up and go. I do think that it’s theoretically possible to shoot a sub 5 second FAST with a revo, but since I’m not Jerry Miculek, it’s going to take a lot of practice to get there.