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    The El Presidente...

    This drill was developed by Jeff Cooper back in the 1970s. This was used as a benchmark to gauge a shooter's skills, as it tests the draw and reload, and requires good transitions and follow-through. The El Presidente drill is set up as follows:

    • Three silhouette targets are placed 1 meter apart in a line 10 meters from the shooter.

    • The shooter starts with six rounds in a holstered handgun, and a spare magazine or speed loader with another six rounds.

    • The shooter begins facing directly away from the targets, often with hands clasped in front or over the head.

    • Upon the starting signal, the shooter turns and draws, fires two shots at each target, reloads, and then fires two more shots at each target.

    Originally, a time of 10 seconds with a stock handgun was considered good.
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    The El Diablo...

    This is a shooting test that I designed and can be set up easily, even on an indoor range. It really tests a lot of things such as:

    Turning and drawing from concealment.

    Engaging multiple targets near to far.

    A bit of tactical movement.

    Emergency (Slide Lock) Reloading and some use of cover while taking a knee.

    This video was shot at our Street Gun Nationals back in 2007. Dave Sevigny set the National Record for the drill. Take a look:

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    El Harry likes both of these drills.....
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    El GM likes them too!
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    How many ranges let you draw? Are any of them flexible if you talk to the RSO?
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    I've been to a few ranges where you could draw from a holster and shoot (one tested you first), but none would let you set-up multiple targets. I was lucky enough to find a group that meets every two weeks and shoots at a private gun club. The RO who leads (as well as participates) sets-up various multi-target drills. It's great because you draw, move, shoot from different positions, etc. I don't know how easy it is to find groups like this in general (I feel very lucky), but that is a great way to go if you can find it.
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    I have done this for the last 25 years. I prefer to do it cold. I can do it in 6-7 seconds with no misses and mostly A's. Of course for the purists all A's is required for passing, but as I have moved into the senior set, I can forgive a C now and then.
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    Nice drill DRM, thanks for sharing
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    Quote Originally Posted by CommonCents View Post
    How many ranges let you draw? Are any of them flexible if you talk to the RSO?
    It really depends.

    Some ranges will allow holster-work or dynamic movement after you've taken their own skills pre-requisites. Others don't care.

    It just depends on the range's own rules - and each one is different.
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    Any shooting drills, when done safely and correctly will increase skills.
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    Nice drill DRM!
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    A useful variation of the El Presidente is to run the drill without turning around. Allow your feet to pivot enough to take strain off of or avoid injuring the knees, but otherwise run the drill from start to finish basically shooting over your shoulder(s). Be sure if you switch sides that you move the gun in such a way that you don't point it uprange during that direction switch. Or you can just sit in a chair facing away from the targets.
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    Quote Originally Posted by CR Williams View Post
    A useful variation of the El Presidente is to run the drill without turning around. Allow your feet to pivot enough to take strain off of or avoid injuring the knees, but otherwise run the drill from start to finish basically shooting over your shoulder(s). Be sure if you switch sides that you move the gun in such a way that you don't point it uprange during that direction switch. Or you can just sit in a chair facing away from the targets.
    I love it!! What shall we call it? The El Prez C.R.# 1 & 2 or what?

    Also, both would work as a variation of the El Diablo as well.

    Thanks guys for the comments and input. Making practice less boring is always a good thing.
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    Here's another drill we use in training (with endless variations) and we used it at our monthly matches and at our SGN match. Lot's of IDPA clubs are adopting it as well.

    Plate Rack Standards...

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    Quote Originally Posted by DRM View Post
    I love it!! What shall we call it? The El Prez C.R.# 1 & 2 or what?

    Also, both would work as a variation of the El Diablo as well.

    Thanks guys for the comments and input. Making practice less boring is always a good thing.
    Thank you.

    For those of you who are interested in such things, I have a Drill of the Month sub-forum on guntoters.com. I don't always put up specific drills; sometimes I offer a concept to mold into other drills you may already be doing. I don't know if you can access it without signing up, but I'm sure they wouldn't mind if you signed on either.
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