What are your Labor Day plans? This week I have an opportunity to shoot on some private land in the North Georgia mountains. I am too excited about it! Rather than using this gift of space as just another trip to an outdoor range, I feel I must use this opportunity to the fullest. Therefore, I’d like to create a number of drills that I will be able to run solo, but will use the space to the fullest. I’d like to practice a number of skills with which I currently have limited experience, and then I’d like to try moving and shooting for the first time.
The techniques I am going to spend some time on are, quick magazines swaps for both pistol and rifle and shaving time off my follow up shots. I will start by loading multiple magazines with just a few rounds each, five in one, two in another and so on. I will then mix them up and with a shot timer, begin shooting. As I empty magazines I will practice swapping out for another, with a focus on speed and paying attention to accuracy. Once I’ve run a bunch of groups of magazines a number of times, I will go back and take a look at both video and the clock. I hope to see improvement but also be able to notice places in my sequence of movements where I can shave off time.
I’ve never had the opportunity to run a moving and shooting drill but by doing some research I am attempting to compile a simple course as well as a slightly more complicated concept that I will run at my “build-a-range.” I’ve found the simple setup and with a few modifications I think it will be an effective place to begin. I will move in a square around four cones starting at a distance and then moving closer to a row of targets. As I move forward, right, back and then left I will have a sequence of targets I plan to hit with two rounds. This seems nice and simple, but I’m sure it will be a challenge for a beginner like myself. In case I have time for a more complicated setup, I’d love to hear some of your suggestions.