Can you pass THE TEST?

Can you pass THE TEST?

My best time is 12-seconds using my stock Glock 19.

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YES. :muscle:
One of my favorite drills.
Right now, I can say it is easy… but beginnings were awful.
I followed Mr. Vicker’s advice and started from 5 yards and finally found it not complicated from 10 yards.
Highly recommended drill.

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@Mike270 not a bad drill. I believe I can pass it on the second try because its been a while that I have shot with timed pressure. The first time I may be off 1 or 2 shots but I can pass it.

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@Johnnyq60 , I believe you can brother so my money is on you. :dollar:. But me on the other hand it might take a month or so since I haven’t had time to get to the range in a while because of traveling and work.

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@Lu-Can you can do it.

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It’s funny but has some cuz words so the moderators may take it down. We shall see. It’s a joke God forgive me.

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I use this similar drill every time I practice. I can do it under 10 seconds. Highly recommended

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I practice a similar test but I use a silhouette instead of a bullseye, then I put 7 (that’s what my compact carries) inside of the mid mass zone. I’ll have to try this one next time.

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I’ll do this and put my video up on the 'Tube.

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Please keep us posted. Thanks.

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This is what I think of as a “lead hose” exercise. Especially with ammo in short supply, I would need a good reason to practice this way — and I can’t think of one. It doesn’t sit anywhere close to the top of my tactical options.

I don’t carry a reload, and I don’t expect backup to arrive in the next few seconds. Eighteen rounds needs to last me a lifetime, so I feel I should be reevaluating effect on target after much shorter strings.

I know I can maintain a one-second cadence for a while, and I know I tend to tighten grouping the more I fire on a single point of aim. So, If I thought keeping on was the best plan I suppose I probably could. But if I’ve put 10 rounds from the same stance on the same point of aim without effect, I really should have changed something about halfway back — my location, my point of aim, my primary target, my overall tactical plan, something — while I still had time and ammo to try Plan B.

So I work with strings of 5 shots or less — strung together sometimes with movement, target transitions, and/or range changes into a longer and more complicated choreography on a single timing run. But just pouring the lead downrange doesn’t strike me as a good payoff. YMMV. Have fun with it if you like it!

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@techs Maybe you could do the 5/5/10 one then. :grinning:

In my experience, this drill really helps me from trying to shoot too fast. The timer, getting 10 shots on target add a bit of stress. Of course, any drill can be modified to conserve ammo. Pretty sure Mr. Vickers does not quite suffer from the ammo shortages like we do!

One of my favorite drills is to have one round in the gun, draw, shoot, then reload and get one or two shots off as fast as I can while staying on target. Not that I plan on doing ‘tactical reloads’ but mags can fail.

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If you want save 4 bullets… use Vicker’s 6-6-6 drill then :slightly_smiling_face:
If you want to be proficient with your handgun, try Vicker’s 5-5-5 drill :grimacing:

Anyway… all 3 drills are great and can make any student a better shooter.

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Right. I didn’t want to hijack the thread, but to add my perception of the suggested drill. I would say that the Gila Hayes 5x5x5 is about as close as I get on a regular basis to a “lay down suppressive fire” handgun exercise.

My style is more KR Training 3 Second or Less (20 rounds in 9 strings), or my adaptation of Josh Froelich’s Target Transitions (6 round string at 3 targets & 3 ranges), or one I just saw but haven’t tried from Paul Spitale (10 rounds in 4 strings). But that’s a philosophy for a different thread — back to the lead hose proposed by @Mike270. :zipper_mouth_face:

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That is also a good drill.

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As promised, I did my own video for this and posted it, link is here: Pistol Drill - The Test - YouTube

I’m wondering if anyone else has done this drill recently and if so, post your times.

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This from my “Bad Day at The Range” thread.
This is 7-10-10 (my compact only carries 7).

I don’t think I passed.

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