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This Drill Is Designed To Help Work On Your Target Transitions

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The Essentials Target

This drill is meant to be conducted on our Essentials Target.  The drill is designed to help work on your target transitions and will push you to learn to not overshoot your target which is common when moving back and forth between targets.

To help keep from overshooting your target try to avoid traveling between targets while looking at your sites.  Instead, first look at your target then transition your weapon to the target.  If you find yourself quickly and accurately engaging the target with few misses attempt the drill at the 5 yard line.

 

How to Improve Your Skills Between Range Days

Let’s face it, learning to become a good shooter is expensive, time consuming and cumbersome.  Many ranges impose tight restrictions on allowing individuals to draw from the holster, rapid fire, or shoot and move.  In addition, it may be weeks to months before you can hit the range again.  So how do you improve yourself in between range days?  Here are a few ideas.

  1. Buy a training pistol-  There are several training pistols on the market, although we partial to the SIRT Training Pistol by Next Level Training.  The pistol will run you about $240 but you will quickly get that back in savings on ammo.  The Pistol works by emitting a red laser anytime you squeeze the trigger.  The pistol feels very similar to a Glock or M&P in weight and trigger pull and it even comes with a removable weighted magazine. This is a great tool for practicing a wide variety of drills from magazine reloads to target engagement.  Not to mention it’s safe to use in the house.
  2. Dry fire- Dry Fires are the single best method of increasing your skills in between range days.  Of course, always ensure the pistol is unloaded before conducting any dry fire.  The dry firing will allow you to train a wide variety of skill sets and is as close as you can get to shooting the pistol without actually shooting the pistol.  Most competition shooters will dry fire every day as well as prior to going to a match.
  3. Use a shot timer- You can either download a shot timer app or purchase a professional one for range use.  The biggest thing is having something that can give you a time delay and a par time.  The time delay allows you to hit the shot timer’s start button and then gives you a 2-4 second delay to prepare for the timer to go off.  The par time is a second beep after the first “go” beep that can be set in increments of a tenth of a second.  For home use set your shot timer to say a two second par time and practice drawing from the holster, acquiring your target and accurately squeezing the trigger before the par time goes off.  This allows you to get used to drawing in a certain amount of time and this is a great way to speed up varying skills.
  4. Focus on one thing and do it over and over and over and over and….  When you’re at home try honing in on one skill by conducing a high amount of repetitions.  This will help build your muscle memory without having to focus on whether or not you hit your target.  Typically between range days I will focus on either magazine reloads or draws.  Both of these can easily be conducted at home and have huge payoffs come range day.  Typically I will set a par time that challenges me and once I can conduct whatever skill I am trying to practice under the par time I will lower it.
  5. Train with your combat/range gear-  When you train, train as you fight.  If you don’t “fight” with your gun then train with your gear on as it would be worn at the range or at a match.  You want to get your muscles used to going to the same place every time.
  6. Shoot the TV- Watching TV is a great way to get your skills up.  Stand in front of the TV and when something comes up on the screen attempt to draw and engage it before it disappears.
  7. Put up a target- Find a clean wall to put a target on.  Keep your kit by the target and make it easy to put on and take off.  When you walk by the target, put your kit on, do a few reps, then move on with your day.  It makes getting a few reps in a lot easier than getting it all set up and taking all back down every time.
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The RE Factor Tactical Essentials Target allows for a variety of drills that can be conducted at home or on the range.

Do Not Conduct This Shooting Test If You Are A Beginner

WARNING: DO NOT CONDUCT THIS TEST IF YOU ARE A BEGINNER.   THIS TEST SHOULD NOT BE CONDUCTED AT A RANGE WHERE DRAWING, RAPID FIRE OR ADVANCED SHOOTING TECHNIQUES ARE NOT ALLOWED.  DO NOT CONDUCT THIS TEST WITHOUT THE PERMISSION OF THE RANGE SAFETY OFFICER.  ALWAYS FOLLOW GUN SAFETY RULES.  CONDUCT THIS TEST AT YOUR OWN RISK! 

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The RE Factor Tactical Shooter Standard is tested using the Essentials Target.  This standard was created with the help of different types of shooters to include professional shooters, operators and shooting enthusiasts.  This standard covers a large majority of pistol shooting principles and is designed to test your overall pistol shooting capabilities.   The Shooter Standard covers 10 courses of fire and takes 47 rounds to complete.

The Test

Course of fire Yard Line Drill
1 15 Fire 10 well aimed shots to the bulls-eye. There is no time standard for this drill.  Your score is the aggregate of your 10 shots.  If your shot breaks a ring it counts as the higher ring.
2 3 Draw and fire 2 rounds to target #7
3 3 Draw and fire 1 round to targets #1,3,5,6,4,2 in that order
4 5 Draw and fire 1 round to targets # 8, 11, 10, 9 in that order
5 5 Draw and fire 5 rounds to target #13
6 5 Draw and fire 1 round to target #15, 2 rounds to target #14, 3 rounds to target #12, 4 rounds to target #13
7 7 Draw and fire 1 round to target #7, reload and fire 2 rounds to target #7
8 10 Draw and fire 2 rounds to target #7
9 15 Draw and fire 1 round to target #13
10 25  Draw and fire 2 rounds to target #7
CoF 1 CoF 2 CoF 3 CoF 4 CoF 5 CoF 6 CoF 7 CoF 8 CoF 9 CoF 10
Basic 20 2.75 6.0 5.0 5.0 14.0 6.0 4 3 6.5
Intermediate 50 1.5 4.5 4.0 3.5 11.0 4.75 2.5 2.0 4.0
Advanced 75 1.15 3.5 3.30 2.0 6.0 3.50 1.50 1.30 2.25
Expert 95 1.0 2.75 2.5 1.75 5.0 2.25 1.25 1.0 1.75

Courses of Fire (CoF) explanation

 

***ONLY CLEAN RUNS COUNT***  If you miss, you fail the course of fire.

CoF 1-  We included a bullseye test at the 15 yard line for a number of reasons.  The 15 yard line is hard enough that it can challenge even advanced shooters, yet is close enough that basic shooters can theoretically group on the paper.  This is a test of your basic pistol shooting skills and marksmanship.

CoF 2- This closely represents a quick reaction to a close target.  These times are meant to be fast and are aimed at hitting an object the size of an “A” zone of an IPSC target.  This sizes tends to correlate with the vital internal organs of a human being.

CoF 3- This course of fire tests small target transitions and forces the shooter to obtain a good shooting cadence.  You will find that your best times will most likely be obtained with an equal shot time between the targets.

CoF 4- This course of fire represents a larger target transition and forces you to make a large movement between targets.  This tests your ability to quickly find and engage a new target.

CoF 5- This course of fire tests your ability to quickly run the gun and keep the rounds within a kill zone.  Shooting at the #13 target at the 5 yard line is a distance and size that is close/large enough to let  you run the gun quickly but far/small enough to require you to keep positive control of your weapon.

CoF 6- This course of fire tests your trigger manipulation.  The first target is arguably the most difficult shot you will take the entire test.  Even advanced shooters will have trouble hitting the #15 target.  As you progress to the larger targets your trigger speed should speed up.

CoF 7- This course of fire tests your reload speed.  We implement two shots at the end to force you to not attempt to simply throw the shot after the reload into the #7.  The two shots ensure you have good, positive control of your weapon and shot placement after the reload.

CoF 8- This course of fire tests your ability to engage a kill zone sized target at a slightly further distance than CoF #2.

CoF 9- This course of fire represents a more precision shot at a head sized target.  This is a good mix of distance, speed and accuracy.

CoF 10- This course of fire will throw off a large majority of shooters.  This tests your ability to actively engage and stop a target at a distance that tests the maximum capabilities of most pistols and pistol shooters.

Shooting Levels

Basic- Basic shooters are not beginner shooters.  We see beginner shooters as shooters that must be monitored and constantly trained by a professional trainer.  BEGINNERS SHOULD NOT TRY THIS DRILL.  For this standard, basic shooters are shooters who are comfortable with draws, reloads and basic pistol manipulation.  They should be able to perform all of the drills to standard but with much slower times than intermediate, advanced or expert shooters.

Intermediate- The intermediate shooter will fall in place with a majority of police officers and military personnel trained in basic combat pistol techniques.  If you carry a gun for a living you should be able to pass the intermediate standard.

Advanced-  The advanced shooter is most likely a shooting enthusiast and may engage in low level competitions.  We consider the advanced shooter as a good standard to work towards.

Expert- This is your sponsored shooter or tier 1 operator that engages in regular competitions, training courses and has an unlimited amount of time and ammunition to train with.

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RE Factor Tactical Shooting Standard FAQs:

Is the test conducted with or without a cover shirt?

This test  can be conducted either with a cover shirt or without a cover shirt.  The times/standards we gathered were taken without a cover shirt.

How did you set your scoring times?

We tested a large pool of shooters from basic to sponsored and took the aggregate score of each level.

Why is everything from the draw?

Because most real life situations start with your pistol in a holster or some other location than just your hand.  If you can draw from your holster you can do all of the other movements within that draw such as a press.

Is this the end all be all of shooting standards?

No, not at all.  This test is not dynamic and does not test any aspects of shooting while moving, turning and shooting, alternate shooting positions, shooting from cover or other advanced shooting skills.  We want this to be something that most people can test themselves on at most ranges.

Where can I purchase the Essentials Target?

It is available at https://www.refactortactical.com/category/shooting/.

 

Here’s A Few Drills That Can Be Done On The RE Factor IQ Target

Photo Apr 23, 10 02 01Here’s a few rifle/pistol drills that can be done on the RE Factor IQ target. Some of these drills have par times, others are a “beat yourself” drill – establish a par time at your shooting level, then push yourself to constantly decrease your par time while maintaining accuracy.  Also keep in mind that even though the square, circle, and triangle all technically measure 3″, the square offers the most “shootable area,” followed by the circle, then the triangle.

Rifle Dot Torture (adapted from Dot Torture by Dave Blinder):

Drill: Shooter will begin with a holstered pistol and rifle in the low ready or high port at the 5 yard line. You will use 10-20 dots.  There is no time limit, this is a marksmanship fundamentals drill.  The strings are shot as follows:

Dot 1 – Hinge and fire one string of 5 rounds for best group. One hole if possible, total 5 rounds.
Dot 2 – Hinge and fire 1 shot, resume ready position and repeat X4, total 5 rounds.
Dots 3 & 4 – Hinge and fire 1 shot on #3, then 1 shot on #4, resume ready position and repeat X3, total 8 rounds.
Dots 5 & 6 – Hinge and fire 2 shots on #5, then 2 on #6, resume ready position, repeat X4, total 20 rounds.
Dot 7 & 8 –  Hinge and fire 1 shot on #7, reload, fire 1 shot on #8, resume ready position and repeat X3, total 8 rounds.
Dots 9 & 10 – Hinge and fire 2 shots on #9, transition to pistol, fire 2 shots on #10, resume ready position and repeat X4, total 20 rounds.
Dots 11-20 – Repeat drills on other shoulder.

Grading criteria: Begin slow enough that all rounds remain inside the circles/squares/triangles.  Once you can shoot the entire course clean, add distance and repeat.

Skills:
Optic offset
Draw stroke
Sight picture acquisition
Trigger manipulation
Target transitions
Cross shoulder marksmanship
Reloads

The Dot Drill 2, iHack, and Command drills can be shot with the rifle as well.  Work target acquisition from both the low ready and high port, as both are valid ready positions, and familiarity with both is going to be an asset.  You can also vary those drills by introducing rifle to pistol transitions.  For example:

Dot Drill 2 Variation:

Drill: Shooter will begin with a holstered pistol and rifle in the low ready or high port at the 7 yard line. You will use 6 dots.  Set your timer par time to 7 seconds. On the buzzer, shooter will engage the target with 4 rifle rounds, transition, and engage the target with 2 pistol rounds.  Conduct the drill 6 times total.IMG_8635

Grading criteria: Track the number of hits achieved within the 7 second par time.  Once you can shoot 6×6 in the par time, decrease par time and push yourself.

iHack Variation:

Drill: Shooter will begin in the high ready position at the 5 yard line.  You will utilize 3 dots.  Set your par time to 7 seconds.
String 1: On the buzzer, engage 3 dots with 1 rifle shot each from left to right, then 1 pistol shot each from right to left.
String 2: On the buzzer, engage 3 dots with 1 rifle shot each from right to left, then 1 pistol shot each from left to right.
String 3: On the buzzer, engage 3 dots with 1 rifle shot each, engaging the middle dot first, then the outside dots in any order, then engage with dots in any order with 1 pistol shot each.
Grading criteria: 16 out of 18 shots on is “passing.”  Once you can shoot it clean, try from the low ready/high port.

Give these a try and post up your times to the comments!

About the author

Joel is an 11 year veteran of the US Coast Guard, where he has served at various units including the International Training Division and Maritime Security Response Team. He has held qualifications including Deployable Team Leader/Instructor, Direct Action Section Team Leader, and Precision Marksman – Observer. He has deployed/instructed on five continents and served in quick reaction force roles for multiple National Special Security Events in the US. He is the owner of Hybrid Defensive Strategies, LLC in Chesapeake, VA, and can be contacted on Facebook and Instagram. Any opinions expressed here are solely those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of the US Coast Guard or the US Government.

Check Out These Bad Ass Shooting Drills For The Typical Bad Ass

 

 

 

Here’s a few rifle/pistol drills that can be done on the RE Factor Kill Zone target.  Each drill includes description, times, and skills worked.  These are derived from drills I used to have to qualify on quarterly.

Rifle multi-target engagement:
Drill: Shooter will begin at the low ready or high port at the 10 yard line.  There will be 1 target 7 yards away and 1 target 10 yards away.  On the buzzer, shooter will engage the 7 yard target with 2 rounds, then engage the 10 yard target with 2 rounds.
Grading criteria: All shots must remain within the “A” zone.
Novice: 3.5 seconds
Intermediate: 2.75 seconds
Advanced: 2 seconds
Skills:
⦁    Sight picture acquisition
⦁    Trigger manipulation
⦁    Target transitions

Rifle reload:
Drill: Shooter will begin at the low ready or high port at the 7 yard line.  There will be 1 target 7 yards away.  On the buzzer, shooter will engage the target with 1 round, conduct a bolt-lock reload, then engage the target with 1 round.
Grading criteria: Shots must remain within the “A” zone.
Novice: 5 seconds
Intermediate: 4.5 seconds
Advanced: 4 seconds
Skills:
⦁    Sight picture acquisition
⦁    Trigger manipulation
⦁    Bolt-lock reloads

Rifle to pistol transition:
Drill: Shooter will begin at the low ready or high port at the 7 yard line.  On the buzzer, shooter will engage the target with 2 rifle rounds, transition to pistol, then engage the target with 2 pistol rounds.
Grading criteria: Shots must remain within the “A” zone.
Novice: 4.5 seconds
Intermediate: 4 seconds
Advanced: 3.5 seconds
Skills:
⦁    Sight picture acquisition (rifle and pistol)
⦁    Trigger manipulation (rifle and pistol)
⦁    Weapon transition

President Pro-Tem:
Drill: Shooter will begin at the low ready or high port at the 10 yard line with 3 targets approximately 24-36” apart (adjust for target array restrictions).  On the buzzer, shooter will engage each target with 2 rifle rounds, conduct a bolt-lock reload, then engage each target with 2 more rifle rounds.
Grading criteria: Shots must remain within the “A” zone.
Novice: 10 seconds
Intermediate: 9.5 seconds
Advanced: 9 seconds
Skills:
⦁    Sight picture acquisition
⦁    Trigger manipulation
⦁    Target transition
⦁    Bolt-lock reload

President Pro-Tem 2:
Drill: Shooter will begin at the low ready or high port at the 10 yard line with 3 targets approximately 24-36” apart (adjust for target array restrictions).  On the buzzer, shooter will engage each target with 2 rifle rounds, transition to their pistol, then engage each target with 2 pistol rounds.
Grading criteria: Shots must remain within the “A” zone.
Novice: 11 seconds
Intermediate: 10.5 seconds
Advanced: 10 seconds
Skills:
⦁    Sight picture acquisition
⦁    Trigger manipulation
⦁    Target transition
⦁    Weapons transition

Give these a try and post up your times to the comments!

About the author

Joel is an 11 year veteran of the US Coast Guard, where he has served at various units including the International Training Division and Maritime Security Response Team. He has held qualifications including Deployable Team Leader/Instructor, Direct Action Section Team Leader, and Precision Marksman – Observer. He has deployed/instructed on five continents and served in quick reaction force roles for multiple National Special Security Events in the US. He is the owner of Hybrid Defensive Strategies, LLC in Chesapeake, VA, and can be contacted on Facebook and Instagram. Any opinions expressed here are solely those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of the US Coast Guard or the US Government.

This Is Called The Burner

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The Burner:

The burner is designed to test your ability to quickly place rifle rounds on target both before and after physical activity.

Range: 5 yards

Target: #13 on the Essentials Target

Starting Position: Weapon on safe at the low ready

Drill: At the sound of the buzzer fire 5 rounds to the #7 target.  Turn and run to the 15  yard line then run back to the 5 yard line and fire 5 more rounds to the #7 target. Any round outside of the #7 adds 2 seconds to your overall time.

Times: We ran this drill and had 13.84 seconds as our best time.

Tip: When you run the first five rounds go as fast as you can accurately engage the target.  You should be able to get off the first 5 rounds in about 1.50 seconds in order to obtain a decent time.

Did you complete this drill?  Let us know how you did!

The Essentials Target is available at https://www.refactortactical.com/category/shooting/