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Target Transitions: Build Your Skills With These 3 Drills 5.00/5 (100.00%) 1 vote

One of the biggest tests of any marksman is being able to effectively acquire a target, then switch to a new one after the first threat is neutralized. This is a skill that, while necessary, can be tough to practice without the right shooting set up. These 3 drills are a great way to get the experience you need in order to quickly put a bead on your target and switch between multiple targets without losing accuracy.

1-5 Drill

The 1-5 drill is one of the more popular drills to run at the range. Typically you’d fire 15 rounds at 3 silhouettes, each spaced a yard and a half apart, from a distance of 5 yards. This drill helps to stop the reflexive double-tap shooting that many marksmen get used to, since in a live situation two shots isn’t always enough.

In order to carry out the drill, begin by firing at the left target once, then the center target twice, the right target three times, back to the center target for four shots, and finish on the left target with five shots. In addition to putting an end to double-tapping, the VTAC 1-5 drill helps to train fast target acquisition and seamless transitions between targets.

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Low-Ready Drill

One of the simplest and most helpful drills that you can do involves snapping up to target from the low-ready position. The weapon is held low enough to be able to easily see over it, safety is engaged, and finger off of the trigger. Unlike on television, low-ready doesn’t mean that the barrel is suppressed far enough that it’s pointed at the ground, just held low enough that you would be able to see the hands of someone a few yards in front of you.

To begin the drill, sight a target downrange and take a deep breath. In one fluid motion snap your weapon to the target, disengage safety, and calmly fire once. Return your weapon to low-ready and repeat on a different target. One of the benefits of this drill is that no special target placement is necessary, and in fact random targets downrange like rocks and old silhouettes work just as well as anything else. Try to vary the distance as you change targets, and focus on swiftly bringing your weapon to bear on the target as you disengage the safety and before your finger touches the trigger.

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V-Drill

This multi-target drill is one of the harder ones to set up and explain, but there’s no substitute for running a V-Drill if you want to decrease the amount of time it takes you to sight in, fire, and accurately transition between multiple targets. The video below offers an excellent and quick look at how to set up and run through a V-Drill.

Five targets are laid out in a V, with the center target nearest to the shooter and the others each set a yard over and back. You stand 5 yards from the center target and fire twice at the center, then twice each at the inner right and left targets, firing at the center each time you pass it. You continue to work out to the far right and left, finishing with two rounds at the center target for a total of 18 shots on target.

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