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#1 SlivGod

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Posted 06 February 2018 - 10:42 AM

If you use a certain drill to consistently track your practice / progress, which one do you use? More importantly, why? 

 

For example, Stubb shot Distance Changeup at [nearly] every practice session last year. 

 

I'm planning on using the same drill this year in the same manner. I want to emphasize good grip and the ability to change gears effectively, cold and on demand. It's also very simple to set up, and doesn't require much ammo. I can set it up, run it, and get on with the rest of my training in very little time. 


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Posted 06 February 2018 - 11:15 AM

I don't really focus on any one drill but I really like ones that use few targets (if it takes more than like 4 target stands I'm not dragging all that shit out of the truck).

 

Usually I pull from the simpler classifiers since they already come with good scoring data behind them. El Pres is fun to run cold since it's an "easy" one and doesn't crush your soul like other classifiers do.



#3 Sweet T

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Posted 06 February 2018 - 01:10 PM

I like the 25y Bill Drill for testing sight tracking, grip consistency, and trigger control.

I like 4 Aces for testing high-speed gun handling and visual processing.

Between those two, you have a pretty comprehensive skills diagnostic.
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Posted 07 February 2018 - 11:09 AM

I like 4 Aces for . . . visual processing.

I think that's a grossly overlooked value of that drill. 


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Posted 07 February 2018 - 03:07 PM

Accelerator is another good test.  Exceptionally practical (in that it is a mini-stage all by itself).


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Posted 07 February 2018 - 07:33 PM

Accelerator is another good test. Exceptionally practical (in that it is a mini-stage all by itself).

My favorite....especially with no-shoots stapled on randomly

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Posted 07 February 2018 - 08:40 PM

My favorite....especially with no-shoots stapled on randomly

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Add fault lines or shooting boxes and move during the reload. Super versatile
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#8 SlivGod

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Posted 08 February 2018 - 08:55 AM

Accelerator and Criss-Cross are probably my two favorite drills, in general, to shoot. That said, I like the idea of a 6 round drill for tracking progress thanks to the minute ammo committed to it. 


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#9 dravz

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Posted 08 February 2018 - 01:18 PM

25 yard bill drill is my jam


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Posted 09 February 2018 - 04:55 PM

May be a silly question but what results are you looking for with the 25 yard bill??  A zone hits with same time, would think accuracy would be first pri then work down the time to progress??



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Posted 09 February 2018 - 05:34 PM

May be a silly question but what results are you looking for with the 25 yard bill?? A zone hits with same time, would think accuracy would be first pri then work down the time to progress??

You can run it with several different objectives.

Skills and drills calls for all As in 4 seconds.

When I shot like a bitch at class, Ben told me to run it in 3 seconds, best hits possible.

These days, I am continually trying to lower the par with all As.

Sometimes I will run it to my physical limit and just try to hang them all on brown.

Tweak it according to your needs.


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Posted 07 March 2018 - 08:02 PM

typically the bill drill, and 1-5 drill, and 22422

 

I know the last two are technically tactical rifle drills...but try them at different distance with smaller targets...they help me a lot to judge progress



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Posted 08 March 2018 - 06:29 AM

Race Taco came up with a drill that helped me a lot. It's kind of a Steel Challenge Bill Drill

12" steel plate @ 50yards.

5 string, 5 shots each string, keep your best 4 strings for score.

Simple to set up. Great drill to run cold and even better to run at the end of practice when wanting to make sure you can still settle down and make the hard shots.

I spent a lot of time trying to drive down the time on this drill. 12 second range is doable most days. Now it is all about managing tension and making the hits. 13 seconds with a relaxed match mode attitude is something that leaves me feeling positive about where I'm at.

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Posted 03 April 2018 - 02:58 PM

I've basically made a printable spreadsheet for most of the drills in ben's books, at least the ones that are easily repeatable, and have begun tracking 5 run average "match mode" hit factors.  Printed, punched holes in it, stuck in the 3 ring binder that I log practices in.  


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#15 SlivGod

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Posted 24 September 2018 - 09:38 AM

It's funny how I started this year thinking the best approach would be a short drill to repeat nearly every practice session.

 

7+ months later, I've found the exact opposite approach has worked best. Comparatively high round count drills, shot only occasionally, seem to provide the best snap shots in time of where my performance is. The best data I've gathered has come from shooting Doubles and the Accelerator roughly every 4-6 weeks. I'm really able to dig through the timer and analyze the hits (in aggregate) to see what is working well, what isn't, and where to dedicate more or less time in training, respectively. 


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Posted 26 September 2018 - 06:15 PM

25 yard bill is still my go to. I also like 4 aces.
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Posted 27 September 2018 - 10:05 AM

I never have time or been interested in practicing so I just compare my scores to good or consistent guys that have been out there forever. I take a lot of video of those guys, get video of myself and compare that to. I never really saw the need to track my progress because obviously the more I shoot the better I'll get.






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