Ken Hackathorn and Clint Smith Skill Drills

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    Ken Hackathorn and Clint Smith Skill Drills

    SHOOTING DRILLS

    Ken Hackathorn’s Basic Training CCW Skills Drills

    3 yards
    On the signal draw keeping the gun in the retention position (Gun close to body) and fire 2 rounds center mass. Repeat twice for a total of 6 rounds.

    5 yards
    On signal draw and fire either 1 round or dedicated pairs firing strong hand only. It is advisable to make some shots eye level point shots with hard focus on the target, not the sights. Fire a total of 6 rounds.

    3 yards
    On signal back away from the target, draw and fire 3 rounds center mass while moving. Try to get to the 7 yard line by the time you fire your last round. Repeat once for a total of 6 rounds.

    7 yards
    On signal draw and fire a dedicated pair center mass, slowly go to ready and scan the area and reholster. Repeat twice for a total of 6 rounds.

    7 yards
    Move from center of target a few steps. On signal draw and fire 3 rounds center of mass moving laterally across the range. Repeat going in the opposite direction. Move only as fast as you can hit the target.

    6 and 10 yards
    Draw and fire 1 round on each of 3 targets placed at varied distances on the range. Targets are placed between 6 and 10 yards, also vary heights of targets. Repeat using dedicated pairs on each target.

    7 yards
    Place firearm on the ground, on the signal with your strong hand tucked into your belt pick up the firearm with your support hand and fire 1 round center of mass. Repeat once for a total of two rounds.


    15 yards
    Draw and fire 1 round in 2.5 seconds. Repeat twice for a total of 3 rounds. These should be very precise hits. (Hack considers this long range for self-defense, however should be practiced.)

    With additional ammunition repeat course utilizing your favorite flashlight technique, or add movement away from targets on all 10 yard or less stages.



    The Drill by Clint Smith

    100 rounds

    Clint has come up with a simple drill to maintain skill needed for self-defense.

    Targets
    Standard white paper plates and a 3” X 5” index card at 15 yards for all exercises will be used. Stack dinner plates one above the other with the index card placed above the top dinner plate.

    Marksmanship
    “Shoot well not fast”
    From the ready position fire 10 singles on chosen target.
    From the ready position fire 5 sighted doubles.
    (Practice your trigger reset.)

    Loading
    Put one round in your handgun, fire, when the gun goes empty keep the muzzle on the target and reload.
    “An empty gun is not bad luck; it’s simply a reality of being in a fight.”
    Keep the gun between you and the target and reload. Do this drill 10 times.

    Non-Compliant Threats
    From the ready position fire 2 shots on the center plate and 1 shot on the card. Do this 2 times.
    Fire 3 shots on the center plate and 1 on the card. Do this 2 times.
    Fire 2 shots on the center plate, 2 shots on the lower plate and 1 shot on the card. Do this 1 time.
    Slow down for your head shots. “Remember the head is not a smaller target, it’s just different.”

    Drawing
    Practice our drawing stroke smoothly, speed comes with practice. Fast is spelled SMOOOOTH.
    With an UNLOADED firearm draw 10 to 15 times correctly, and smoothly, following through to include a sight picture and hammer fall. (Remember your dry fire practice rules.)
    Load, draw and fire 10 singles, holstering between shots. Remember safety on and finger straight while holstering.
    While drawing take one step back and fire 1 shot. Do this 10 times.
    Remember: M & M. “Maximize the distance, minimize the threat.”

    Malfunctions
    “Fights and family vacations have something in common, they rarely come out the way they were planned.”
    Leave the magazine unseated with one in the chamber and fire when ready.
    Stick a piece of brass in the top of the ejection port.
    Set up a double feed.
    The response is always the same, when the gun does not fire. Tap the magazine. Rack the slide harder and attempt to fire. If it still doesn’t work, remove the magazine and place under your strong hand little finger. Rack the slide 3 times and reload the gun and fire if you have a valid target.
    Run variations 5 times and after clearing, fire 1 shot to complete the cycle of operation in your head. Go slow and do it correctly. You have 21 rounds for this portion.

    Strong and Support Hand
    Fire 5 shots strong hand only from the ready position, carefully transfer the gun to your support hand and fire 5 shots.

    Go slowly and carefully, speed and skill will come with time – and practice.

    Depending on your skill level lessen the distance if you’re not hitting the target. Only hits count!! Beginners should start at 5 yards and move back as skill increases.
    Heroes are people who do what has to be done, when it has to be done, regardless of the consequences

    "I like when the enemy shoots at me; then I know where the ******** are and can kill them."
    ~George Patton

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    Excellent! I'm gonna snag these for safe keeping right now. :)

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    I'm glad that you like them oregon.
    I think they are an outstanding pair of training drills.
    Heroes are people who do what has to be done, when it has to be done, regardless of the consequences

    "I like when the enemy shoots at me; then I know where the ******** are and can kill them."
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    Outstanding Bob - it is not IMO possible to ever have too many drills - variety makes for versatility - and seeing as we cannot know in advance what might come along, all are useful.

    Thx for posting those Bob - I shall be attempting at next range visit to expedite them.

    Now - need more ammo ..........
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    Here is a set of standard drills I am partial to. They are a variation of Mid-south's Standards.

    The target is the A-zone of an IPSC target. Two targets are spaced 2 meters apart. Range is 10 yards unless otherwise specified.

    All rounds must hit the target within the time standard to get a "Go" for the drill. Each drill is repeated twice for a possible of 20 "Go's".

    Drill #1: 1 round on one target, from the ready; 1 second.

    Drill #2: 2 rounds on 1 target, from the ready; 1.25 seconds.

    Drill #3: 1 round on 2 targets, from the ready; 1.5 seconds. (Go left to right for one iteration and right to left for the other)

    Drill #4: 1 round on one target, strong-hand only, from the ready; 1 second.

    Drill #5: 1 round on one target, weak-hand only, from the ready; 1 second.

    Drill #6: 1 round on one target, from the holster; 1.5 seconds.

    Drill #7: 1 round on one target, from the holster, strong-hand only; 1.5 seconds.

    Drill #8: 1 round on one target, reload, one round on the same target; 3.0 seconds.

    Drill #9: 6 rounds on one target, from the ready; 3.0 seconds with no greater than .10 difference in splits (ie. a high split of .32 and a low split of .19 is a "No Go" as .32-.19=.13>.10)

    Drill #10: 1 round on 1 target, from the holster at 25 yards; 2.0 seconds.

    Total # of rounds required: 36

    Use the remaining 14 rounds in your box of 50 to practice the drills you double "No Go'd" beginning with drill #1 and working in order. If you had no double "No Go's" practice the drills you received a "No Go" on beginning with drill #1.

    When you can regularly go 20 for 20 reduce the target size, decrease the time standard or increase the distance to the targets.

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