Build Up Drill: Eliminate Shot Anticipation

Build Up Drill

Shooters having problems with shot anticipation will often miss the target by a significant margin even if they apply all other shooting fundamentals. Anticipation is precisely what it sounds like; a shooter is anticipating the recoil of the shot and attempting to brace for it instead of allowing their arms and body to absorb it. Bracing just before a shot will throw off your sight alignment and sight picture and cause your barrel to dip in most cases. Luckily, it is relatively easy to break the bad habit of anticipating shots if the shooter is willing to put in the time and effort.


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Shot anticipation is identifiable in several ways. If you find that your rounds are grouping low and left of the target if you are a right-handed shooter, or low and right if you are a left-handed shooter, you are likely anticipating the shot. This is because predicting will cause the barrel to move just before firing and cause the muzzle to dip. Anticipation is flinching right before a round is fired. The severity of the flinch can vary from drill to drill, but if a shooter anticipates shots, it is likely that a flinch will be present to some degree in almost every round fired by the shooter in most cases. If you have identified a shot group consistent with anticipatory shot groupings you should conduct a ball and dummy drill to ensure the problem is anticipation. A ball and dummy drill is conducted by having someone else load a dummy round randomly into your magazine before a shooter performs a multiple round shooting drill. Once the magazine reaches the dummy round the pistol will fail to fire. It will be extremely apparent if the shooter is anticipating the shot or not because there will be no recoil to brace for. If the muzzle of the pistol moves forward at all when attempting to fire the dummy round, the shooter is anticipating the shot. The severity of anticipation can vary in degree, but shooters should strive to have no anticipatory movement when firing at all.


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The Build Up drill is purposefully designed to start slow in order to master the basics, then progress to rapid-fire until anticipation is no longer present. This pistol drill is conducted from the five-yard line. This is because we are currently focusing on correcting anticipation and want to make all of the other fundamentals as easy to apply as possible. Accuracy from this distance shouldn’t be a problem so the shooter can solely focus on anticipation during this drill. A random dummy round should be added at least once during each stage of the drill to ensure the shooter is progressing through the drill correctly. Try and be as precise as possible throughout the drill so the benefit of the drill can be accurately assessed. It’s a good idea to start follow-on range sessions off with this drill as well if you have identified that anticipation is a problem for you.


Step One:

The Build Up Drill starts with an exaggerated 10 round slow-fire iteration. This means fire one round at a time and reset after each shot. The pistol should be holstered after each round if possible. If not, lower the pistol and take a second or two of rest after each round is fired. Take more time than is necessary to fire each round. Take the slack out of the trigger much slower than you would typically, find the exact breaking point of the trigger, and allow your sites to come back on target after the round is fired. This is done for two reasons; one, it lets shooters become intimately familiar with their trigger. The slack, break, and reset, of the trigger should be focused on to ensure proper trigger manipulation becomes muscle memory. Confidence in the trigger can do wonders for shooters in many regards aside from managing anticipation as well. Two, it forces shooters to take their time and realize that recoil is manageable and there is no reason to anticipate. Ideally, shooters will also find a more comfortable and practical shooting stance during this portion of the drill as well.

Tip: If the recoil is unmanageable and your stance is altered if you do not anticipate the shot, consider taking a more aggressive stance with your lower body.  Also, try allowing your arms and shoulders to absorb the recoil more efficiently by keeping a slight bend in the elbows and not locking the elbows out. Beginning shooters tend to think that by keeping the elbows totally locked out it will help them control the pistol. This is often not the case, if a shooter allows the upper and lower body to work in conjunction to absorb the recoil rather than fight against it, the shooter will find that they can manage the recoil with much more success.  If the elbows are completely locked out, and the upper body is tense, the recoil will affect the weakest point in the recoil path which is the hands and wrists. When shooters do not adequately absorb recoil and fight against it, the lack of recoil absorption typically leads to lousy recoil management which will cause the barrel rise because the wrists cannot manage the recoil without any assistance from the rest of the upper and lower body.

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Step Two:

Once the shooter can fire all ten rounds without flinching, it is time to move on. Reload and begin the drill again, this time focusing on taking only 1.5-2  seconds to fire each round from the moment you start to take the slack out of the trigger to when it breaks and the round fires. Still, reset or holster the pistol after each shot. Reload and conduct the drill again taking 1 second or less to fire each round once you have begun to take the slack out of the trigger. Still, take as much time as you need to accurately acquire your target, and continue to holster the pistol after each round is fired.

Tip: Gradually increasing speed while decreasing the time it takes to fire each round ensures that the fundamentals are being applied, positive muscle memory is being created, and the shooter isn’t progressing through the drill too quickly.

Step Three:

The final step in this drill is firing multiple rounds in succession. The setup is similar to steps one and two, except multiple rounds will be fired between resets. Acquire the target and fire one round, release the trigger until it resets then fire the second round. ( Do not take your finger completely off the trigger, only release enough pressure to allow the trigger to reset and fire the second round). Holster the weapon after the second round and repeat the drill four more times totaling ten rounds. Once you are confidently able to make it through five iterations without flinching or anticipating before a shot, slowly progress one round at a time until you can fire an entire magazine in succession without anticipating. Ensure that rounds are being fired in a rhythm and not sporadically. Firing in a cadence will help to create positive muscle memory and helps to develop positive shooting habits. The goal is to be able to fire an entire magazine with half a second or less between rounds with no flinching or anticipation.


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By going through the progression of this drill and taking the time to slow down and focus on the fundamentals of this drill, shooters should be able to improve upon their anticipatory deficiency relatively quickly. This drill not only emphasizes the fundamentals of marksmanship but increases confidence in a shooters ability to properly manage recoil. To gain the full benefit of this drill do not go through the motions. Focus on applying the fundamentals and do not move on to the next portion of the drill if you have not entirely mastered previous steps. To maximize efficiency and ensure improvement is being made throughout the progression of this exercise, a random dummy round should be added into a magazine by someone else multiple times in this drill to ensure shots are not being anticipated.

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Pistol Drill: The Turret Drill

The Turret Drill


This pistol drill focuses on multiple aspects of shooting to include; draw speed/efficiency, trigger speed, proper trigger manipulation, recoil management, target identification, accuracy, and places a significant emphasis on target transitions. This pistol drill is for intermediate to advanced shooters and includes multiple target transitions. We have added alternate variations to increase difficulty, emphasize accuracy, and challenge advanced shooters.

The Iceman Target

The Iceman Target allows shooters of all levels to improve their shooting skills, focusing on accuracy and target transitions. Capable of being used with rifle or pistol training, this target allows shooters to understand the importance of their shot placement, becoming more proficient in their shooting fundamentals and abilities. It works exceptionally well for this drill because it features the traditional silhouette design with the colored bulls-eye/ kill zone located center mass. The color differentiation makes transitioning between targets much more manageable than single-colored targets because it provides easily distinguishable visual references for aiming.

The Iceman Target


To conduct this drill, you will need to set up two Ice Man Targets on-line horizontally with approximately one yard between them. The shooter should begin this exercise at the ten yard-line facing down-range (facing the targets). The shooter’s pistol should be holstered with a full magazine (at least nine rounds) and a round in the chamber, totaling ten rounds. The standard variation for this drill requires a total of ten rounds. This drill requires a shot timer to be scored appropriately. The time begins with the sound of the buzzer and concludes when the tenth and final round has been fired.


At the sound of the buzzer, the shooter will draw their pistol fire one round into the left target’s blue x-ring, immediately transition and fire one round into the right target’s blue x-ring, directly transition and fire one round into the left target’s blue x-ring. Continue transitioning back and forth in this pattern until you have fired a total of ten rounds. If the drill is completed successfully, both of the  Ice Man Targets will have five shots in them.

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This drill simulates transitioning between two enemies at a close distance in a repetitive and exaggerated manner. The repetition in this drill tests the shooters ability to quickly and accurately transition between multiple targets repeatedly. Transition speed and proper target identification and acquisition are critical in this drill, but smoothness, efficiency, and rhythm are also equally crucial if the shooter intends to get a competitive time. The best scores for this drill are achieved by shooters who maintain consistent shooting rhythms and split-times between shots throughout the entirety of the drill and lead with their eyes while transitioning.


***There are multiple variations of this drill that change the desired training emphasis.

1. The standard scoring variation for the Turret Drill emphasizes accuracy over speed. The score for the drill is the time it takes to complete the drill with zero rounds impacting outside of the Blue bulls-eye area. This area includes both the blue x-ring and the additional blue ring just outside of the x-ring. If a single round lands outside of the blue bulls-eye area then the iteration is a failure regardless of time. Speed is critical in this pistol drill, but one misplaced round will result in a failure.

2. This scoring variation emphasizes accuracy and the shooter’s solution. When the shot timer sounds, the shooter has ten seconds to complete the drill. Each round is scored based on where it lands on the target, i.e., the five-ring is worth 5 points, etc. The inner blue x-ring is worth 10 points, and the blue ring just outside of that is worth 8 points making the perfect score 100 points. Any round fired after the ten-second mark will count as 0 points. Any round fired outside of the outer 3 rings will also count as 0 points. Total the score for all shots fired within the ten second time limit to find the total score.  You have a whole ten seconds to complete the drill so take as much time as you need to shoot accurately without going over the time limit. Having a time limit can cause shooters to rush shots. Try and maintain a consistent rhythm that allows you to shoot both quickly and accurately. If you achieve a perfect score, try again with an eight or six-second time limit.

3. This variation includes both the rifle and pistol, so there will be a transition involved. The shooter will need to load their rifle and pistol with four rounds in the magazine and one in the chamber each. Totaling five rounds in the rifle and five rounds in the pistol. The shooter will start at the ten-yard line with the rifle in the “hunt” or “ready” position and the pistol holstered. At the sound of the buzzer, the shooter will follow the same pattern as before by firing one round into the left target and transitioning to the right, etc., with the rifle. The rifle will go dry after five rounds forcing the shooter to transition to the pistol to finish the final five rounds, still transitioning between each shot.  The drill can be scored by using either of the two methods used above depending on what the desired training emphasis is.

Tips For Improving Your Ruck Marching

Disclosure: Rucking SUCKS!

First off, there is absolutely no way to make rucking or ruck marching not suck. It hurts your shoulders, knees, and lower back and your pack will chafe you like crazy. But fear not, there are a few simple tips and tricks that you can use to shave minutes off of your rucking time and minimize fatigue, pain, and discomfort. If you are trying out for a selection in the future, take notes. Here are a few things that can help you to pump out a substantial ruck time if you ever need it.  Keep in mind that these are things that work for us.  What works for us might not work for you, and in the end, you need to find what method will help you out the best.

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Why is rucking so important?

Ruck runs or marches are found in almost every SOF school and selection in the U.S. Military. These events can make or break your chances of succeeding if you find yourself in a course that requires students to pass timed rucking events. Courses like Ranger School, BUD/S, and the U.S.M.C. Basic Reconnaissance Course can break the will of would-be candidates with their rigorous rucking standards.

But why is there still such a considerable emphasis on ruck runs and marches with all of the available technology and vehicles available to transport troops? The answer is two-fold and very simple. Firstly, rucking is not only a test of one’s physical abilities, but of their overall mental fortitude, determination, and drive. It can show instructors and evaluators how far you are willing to go to succeed, especially if some rigorous PT or team events are implemented after the ruck is finished. Rucking breaks the body and mind down and can reveal the true character of a student and show the instructor cadre whether or not the student has the self-motivation and grit necessary to succeed in a team. Instructors want to see that no matter the level of discomfort you may be facing, you are always willing to push a little further, and can maintain a cool head and work as a member of a team. Rucking is a great way to see what a student is really made of.

Secondly, you never know what type of situation you might find yourself in. Patrols are still conducted on foot regularly and can cover extremely long distances. Especially if you find yourself in a reconnaissance or sniper team. All of the gear you use for the mission has to be humped in on foot even if you came off of an insertion platform i.e. jumping, diving, ATVs, horses, etc… If you jump a big gun like a Barrett into a reconnaissance patrol, chances are you are going to have to ruck that bad-boy a considerable distance to the objective. Throw in food, ammo, explosives, water, optics, and any other mission essential gear on top of that, and now you can see why it might be important to be decent at rucking.

Pack Your Ruck Correctly

Packing your ruck correctly is ridiculously crucial, but unfortunately, a lot of people fail to do so. When packing your ruck, the heaviest items should go as close to the top as possible. Items such as the team radio or ammunition are good examples of this. The closer the heavy items are to your shoulders the less strain there will be on your lower back. Soft items such as sleeping bags, warming layers, camo netting, and woobie should go on the bottom. This not only lessens the strain on your lower back, but it can cushion the heavy, mission-essential items you have packed on the top of your ruck from being battered while on the go, or when you take that ruck-sack flop you will inevitably do to sit down after the movement is over. Extra water should be easily accessible with at least a couple liters available to drink without stopping via a camelback hose.

Also, ensure you pack your ruck as tightly as possible to minimize bouncing.  After a few hours of rucking, you will find that your canteen that has been swinging back and forth the past few hours is starting to wear on you.  Also if the pack isn’t packed tightly, it will sit out further from your center of gravity and increase the pressure on your lower back and shoulders. Make the ruck sit high on your shoulders, with the bulk of the weight as close to your body as possible. If you think this isn’t a big deal, try holding a 45-pound plate with your arms extended away from your body and see how long you can hold it. Then hold the same weight close to your chest and compare the times. The closer weight is to your center of gravity the lighter it will feel and the longer you will be able to carry it. It’s science…


If you are simply training for a course and don’t have the gear you will be using on a mission at your disposal, try putting weighted plates into the radio pouch in your ruck. You can also create your very own “Pig-egg” which is essentially a homemade heavy sand-bag wrapped in duct tape that fits in the radio pouch inside your ruck. If you find yourself in a selection SOF selection course, chances are you will get very familiar with Pig-eggs.

Find Your Pace

When training for a ruck run, try and find a good pace that you are comfortable with and keep it for a mile. Time yourself and see what the outcome is. If you find that this pace is adequate to pass the standards of the course you are preparing for, try keeping that same pace for as long as possible. Keep in mind that some selections have ruck events that are 10-plus miles.  If the pace is not fast enough, then speed up a bit and try again. Once you have found your minimum comfortable pace that allows you to pass the time standard, use this as a last resort on the graded events and know in the back of your mind that you cannot go slower than this speed on a timed event for any reason.

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This is a perfect time to find your ideal stride as well. Try to maintain a longer than average stride when marching and use your arms more than normal to create positive momentum. This is especially helpful while going uphill. Try and generate as much momentum as physically possible with your arms and stride. Finding your pace and the ideal stride is very important because many courses do not allow you to wear a watch or have a timer of any kind during graded events. Knowing your stride is crucial if you find yourself in this type of situation. Knowing your pace and ideal stride will ensure that you are moving at an adequate pace, even if you cannot keep track of your time.

Run when you can, Stride it out when you can’t

If you are participating in a timed ruck run or march, it’s do or die. Failing to see the time standard can get you dropped from many military schools and selections immediately. Run, jog, or at least shuffle on flat ground or hard-packed roads or paths. Walk up hills that are too steep to run while still keeping a sense of urgency. Open up your strides and try to get through hills as quickly and efficiently as possible without smoking your legs. If you can still jog up the hill, do so. If you cannot, make sure to take advantage of the downhill and make-up for lost time. You should try and go down hills as quickly as you are comfortable with. Downhills are virtually the only break you will get during a ruck run so don’t waste an opportunity to create free momentum and shave time off the event.


This cannot be overstated, if you are conducting a timed ruck run for a score, do not stop. This kills momentum and adds time to your score that is almost impossible to make up. If you need to, you can slow down to catch your breath or walk a cramp out on the go, but try not to stop, and NEVER SIT DOWN in the middle of a ruck run unless absolutely necessary. Not only will it waste time, but it takes a lot of energy to stand up with a heavy ruck on your back. You are better off saving that energy for later.


Your rucking posture will be slightly different than your regular walking or jogging posture. You will most likely want to lean slightly forward, so the weight is more evenly distributed near your center of gravity. Do not get into the bad habit of staring at the ground while rucking. It happens to everyone who rucks now and then. Your back is tired, your shoulders and knees hurt and you are chafing, so you zone out and have your head straight down with your eyes on the ground and run in “zombie” mode. Do not do this! Fight past the laziness and your neck will thank you for it later.

Try and keep your head in an upright position so that you are aware of your surroundings at all times. This is also important to do because instructors will be looking for this. Students who are not observant will likely be singled out. It’s called “going internal” and instructors freaking hate it. Do not let this be a bad habit that you fall victim to. You will be no use to a team later on down the line if you zone out and can’t pull security just because you are tired. Stay alert at all times and be aware of your surroundings, it may save you or your buddies life one day.

When jogging with a ruck on your back, your stride will probably resemble more of a shuffle than anything else. You don’t need to high knee run like you are in a track meet, but don’t drag your feet on the ground either. If you drag your feet and trip and fall, your ruck frame will most likely slam against the back of your head while you simultaneously face-plant. Unless you like smashing your head and face you should probably pick your feet up a little when you are jogging.

Hip Pad/ Waist Belt

Buckling the waist belt on your hip pad is a pretty debated topic. You will see guys swear that it helps and others will say they hate it because it chafes their hips, waist, and lower back. The fact is if done properly, buckling the waist belt can help to minimize the amount your pack bounces back and forth while running and can ease the stress on your shoulders. If not adjusted properly, it can cause chafing and discomfort. It’s up to the individual to decide if they want the belt fastened or not.

If you choose to use the waist belt, there are additional benefits that you can take advantage of that most people do not know about. If you want to give your shoulders a rest mid-run, fasten the weight belt tightly around your waist and loosen the shoulder straps slightly to relieve pressure on your shoulders. The weight will then be primarily on your hips if the waist belt is tight enough. This should not be done for an extended period as it is hard on your hips and lower back but can provide your shoulders a much-needed rest without stopping to take your pack off.


Nothing will ease the suck more than being in good physical rucking condition. You may think that just because you run an 18 minute three mile that you will crush a ruck run no problem. I’m here to tell you first hand that this is often not the case. A veteran runner is not always a good Rucker. When running with no weight, there is much less stress on your back, shoulders, calves, and core. Rucking is much more physically and mentally taxing and requires a specific type of conditioning that really cannot be replicated. Putting a ruck on your back and training is the only way to truly become the best you can be at rucking. Sure there are things that can help like running and weight training, but there is no substitute for the real thing.

The Modified El Presidente Drill

The El Presidente Drill 


Our version of this extremely popular pistol drill is intended to be completed on our Essentials or Kill Zone Targets. This pistol drill focuses on several different aspects of shooting to include; draw speed/efficiency, trigger speed, proper trigger manipulation, recoil management, target identification, accuracy, and target transitions. This pistol drill is for intermediate to advanced shooters and includes multiple target transitions, and a magazine reload. We have also added a couple of alternate scoring variations to increase difficulty, emphasize accuracy, and challenge advanced shooters.

The Kill Zone Target

The Kill Zone Target features the standard IPSC target with an overlaid x-ray of the human body which shows bones cartilage and vital organs. Vital organs, such as the heart, lungs, and intestines are shown to allow shooters to see how their rounds would affect the body.

Kill zone Target


To conduct this drill, you will need to set up three Kill Zone Targets in a horizontal row, approximately one yard apart from each other. The shooter should begin this drill at the ten yard-line facing up-range (facing away from the targets). The shooter’s pistol should be holstered with both hands above the head in the surrender position. The magazine in the shooter’s pistol should have five rounds with an additional round in the chamber totaling six rounds. The shooter should have an additional magazine accessible with at least six rounds which will be used for a speed reload. This pistol drill requires a total of 12 rounds. This drill requires a shot timer to be properly scored. The time begins at the sound of the buzzer and concludes when the twelfth and final round has been fired.


At the sound of the buzzer, the shooter will turn and face the targets while simultaneously drawing his/her pistol from the holster. The shooter will fire two rounds into each of the three Kill Zone Targets from left to right. The shooter will then speed reload and shoot an additional two shots into each target from right to left. If the drill is completed successfully, each of the three Kill Zone Targets will have four rounds in them.

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The drill should be performed by firing two rounds into the left target, two rounds into the middle target, and two rounds into the right target. A speed-reload should be conducted as quickly as possible, and then the shooter will fire two rounds to the right target, two rounds into the middle target, and fire two rounds into the left target. The first half of the drill is done from left to right with the second being done from right to left to ensure the shooter can transition between targets proficiently in both directions.


This drill simulates having your back turned to multiple threats at a very close distance. When conducting the drill, shooters should put themselves in the mindset that they are outnumbered by the enemy at a close range and must get rounds on target as quickly as possible. The speed reload is thrown into the mix to simulate that the shooter has run out of ammunition but the threats are still not down. Speed is critical in this drill, but smoothness and efficiency are also equally important. The best times for this drill are achieved by shooters who maintain consistent shooting rhythms throughout the entirety of the drill.

The speed reload is critical. A shooter must speed reload quickly and efficiently, then get back on target for the follow-on shots without delay. This drill is an excellent way to test a multitude of pistol skills all at once and is a handy tool to point out which area of your shooting needs improvement. Speed, accuracy, consistency, and a quick speed reload are paramount for a shooter to score well on this drill.


***There are multiple scoring variations for this drill. The standard scoring variation for the El Presidente drill should be completed in less than 10 seconds with zero misses by intermediate shooters. Advanced shooters routinely finish this pistol drill in approximately 6 seconds with the world record coming in at just over 3 seconds.***

1. The fastest time achieved with zero misses is the score obtained.  All 12 rounds must impact the IPSC portion of the Kill Zone Target. Rounds impacting the A, B, C, and D zones count as hits and will be scored. If a round lands outside of the D-Zone it will be considered a miss, and the score for the drill is a failure.  Example: if all twelve rounds are within the D-Zone and the drill is completed in 6 seconds then the score for the drill is 6 seconds. If even one round impacts outside the D-Zone, then the run is considered a failure and will not be scored. The fastest time achieved is the best score. This scoring method emphasizes speed. All you have to do is get the rounds within the D-zone as fast as possible, so accuracy is secondary to speed with this scoring method to an extent. (The world record was scored with this scoring standard).

2. The second scoring method requires that all rounds impact within the A-Zone of the target. It is important to note that the A-Zone is located in both the chest cavity and in the head where the T-box is normally located. Rounds that land within either of these areas are scored as hits. Any rounds that land outside of the A-zone will make the run count as an automatic failure. This scoring method puts a much larger emphasis on accuracy. Times will typically be slower with this scoring method because much higher levels of concentration and accuracy are required to earn a good score.

3. This variation is extremely challenging. The first six rounds must land within the chest cavity A-zone. After the speed reload is conducted, the following six rounds must impact the B-zone located in the head of the Killzone Target. When the drill concludes, there should be two rounds in the chest cavity A-zone, and two rounds in the head/ B-Zone of each target. This method requires even more accuracy than the previous two variations and will challenge advanced shooters because the B-zone is roughly half the size of the chest cavity A-zone. Speed is fine, but accuracy is final with this scoring variation.

Learn The Essentials Of Marksmanship

The Essential Shooting Guide is designed to identify a shooter’s weaknesses, and supply specific tips and shooting drills to improve upon them. The 91-page booklet is used in conjunction with our Essential Target and measures in at 4×6″ so that it can easily fit inside of a pocket or range bag. The Essential Shooting Guide begins with our Essential Pistol Drill, which is a 150-round “warm-up.”

The Essential Pistol Drill works on multiple aspects of pistol marksmanship to include: basic marksmanship, drawing from the holster, reloads, target transitions, differing trigger manipulations, and combat-focused shooting. Upon completion of the drill, you will easily be able to diagnose the specific areas of your shooting that need improvement. The guide then offers subsequent chapters that include a multitude of different tips and drills that are specifically designed to improve upon weaknesses and refine skills. On top of the specific drills listed to improve deficiencies, there are also tips that will aid in enhancing these particular deficiencies and can help to point out what specific errors you may be making. The identification of the actual causal factors that lead to a shooter’s deficiencies is key to correcting the problem.

Essential Shooting Guide

For instance, if you find that you are not scoring highly enough on transition drills you will find that chapter six focuses explicitly on drills that improve the speed in which you are able to accurately transition between two or more targets. One such drill is called the Nevis drill, which was named after SFC Liam Nevins, who was killed in Afghanistan while serving as a Special Forces Soldier with B 5/19th SFG(A) in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.

The Nevins Drill begins with your pistol presented, at the sound of the buzzer you fire 1 round into the 10 target, then transition and fire 1 round into the 9 target, then back to the 10 target, etc… Continue doing this as quickly and accurately as possible until you have fired a total of 12 rounds, (six into each target). The purpose of this drill is to simply improve your target transitions through repetition. This drill helps the user to find a specific rhythm to teach shooters to transition smoothly between targets, thus making their transitions faster, and much more accurate.

Essential Target

The tip included in this drill is to look with your eyes before you transition or lead with your eyes. This means that as soon as you fire the first round into the 10 target, you should immediately look at the nine target with your eyes, then bring the sights to your eyes. Do not stare down your sights while transitioning because it will often cause shooters to overshoot their target.

For instance, if you see that you are shooting high and right of the 9 target and low left of the 10 target, it is likely that you are staring through your sights while transitioning between targets. This deficiency is easily fixed by acquiring the target before acquiring your sights. Staring through the sights while transitioning will slow a shooters ability to accurately acquire a target and make the rounds much less accurate.

The score of this specific drill is the fastest time the drill is completed with zero misses.

Some fundamental deficiencies shooters may have might not be apparent. The drills in this booklet help to identify even the most minor flaw so that even advanced shooters can improve their marksmanship by using this book. Deficiencies The Essential Shooting Guide can help improve upon include: general marksmanship, improper trigger manipulation, shot anticipation, improper sight alignment, reload speed, shooting under stress, draw speed/ efficiency, shooting on the move, and more.

Essential Shooting Guide Specs:

Measures 4×6″
Multiple shooting drills
Designed for use in conjunction with the Essentials Target
Provides space for recording results
91 Pages of content
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We strongly recommend using this book in conjunction with our Essentials Targets as the two items will offer a solid iteration of marksmanship.


RE Factor Tactical is proud to announce the release of our all-new Trauma Tape™. Trauma Tape™ is a 10-yard roll of durable 2″ medical tape with an easy to use printed layout for recording patient vital signs and other critical information with a sharpie or marker.  This simple and effective design allows emergency first responders the ability to quickly adhere the tape to the patient, medical documents, or any other transfer paperwork that will follow the patient to the next higher level of care. The vital signs on the tape include:

  • Body Temperature
  • Heart Rate
  • Respiration Rate
  • Blood Pressure
  • Pulse Oximetry
  • Glasgow Coma Scale
  • Drugs Given
  • Additional Notes (Emergency First Responder Version Only)
  • M.I.S.T Report (Military Version Only)

Trauma Tape™ comes in two different variations; one for Emergency First Responders and another for  Military Personnel. The First Responder version is black ink printed on stark white medical tape with an added section for additional notes. Each roll of this variant includes `(60)  6″ strips. The Military variant features black ink printed on a desert sand-colored medical tape that includes an additional section for the commonly used M.I.S.T report for use in combat environments. This variation includes (42) 8.5″ strips.
























The idea for Trauma Tape™ was inspired by feedback from combat medics who would write down vital signs in the field but would often fail to transfer this information to MEDEVAC personnel or the next higher level of care. We wanted to create a product that was both easy to use and would stay with the patient throughout the MEDEVAC process in any scenario. The Trauma Tape™will not wash off in wet conditions or blow away due to rotor wash which is crucial in a combat/ trauma situation.

Trauma Tape™ is a patent-pending item by RE Factor Tactical, LLC.

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