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Firearms Training: Shooting Drills – Push Your Limits Defensive Drills

Rob: Here’s another important video from the
Personal Defense Network. We’re back with the SEB target because again
it’s just incredibly versatile and we can run most of
the drills I like to do for balance and speed and procession using
it or a target like it.
What we’re going to do this time is we’re going to run a drill
we call Push Your Limits. This drill was actually brought to me
by one of the Valhalla staff instructors, Brad Schuppan, and
I’ve actually seen it used in different ways by different
instructors for different things now that I’m aware of exactly
what the concepts are behind it. The way I like to use it is to challenge people
to find out just how fast they can actually shoot their gun
in a combat accurate way under certain circumstances. Right now
the circumstances are going to be about 10 to 11 feet away from
the target. We’re going to use the small target areas again,
and what we’re going to do, what’s going to change is the amount
of time that the shooter takes between each shot, so that when
we shoot at the first small target, we’re actually going to
count in full seconds. We’re going to count out loud, one,
one thousand, two one thousand, three one thousand. On each
number we will fire a shot.
On the second small target we’re going to use the same technique
but we’re going to count a little faster, one and two and three
and four and five. On this last target what we’re actually going
to do is to count as fast as we can, one, two, three, four, five
and shoot as fast as we can. Now if we find out that we can’t get the hits
at that distance on that target with this firearm, then we’ll
move closer, we’ll make the target bigger, we’ll use a different
firearm, we will change some variable until we can perform
at that level consistently, and then we’ll change the variables
again so that we can continually push our limits.
So if we find out that we cannot make maintain what we’ve
designated as combat accuracy, at any level, we immediately need
to change one of the variables and get back within our limits,
find out where they are, constantly trying to become competent
at some given level with a certain set of variables and then
pushing the envelope to go harder. So this is one of the few drills where we’re
going to control the speed of our rounds arbitrarily and count
our rounds arbitrarily, as well as using a relatively
small target area while shooting relatively quickly, especially
in the second and third phases of this Push Your Limits drill.
When you’re ready, one one thousand, two one thousand, up to
five. Peter: [gunshot] One one thousand, [gunshot]
two one thousand, [gunshot] three one thousand, [gunshot] four
one thousand, [gunshot] five one thousand.
Rob: Excellent, and now one and two and three and four, up to five. This
is one time on the range when we are going to be doing tactical
defensive training and also top the firearm off here in the
middle of a drill. It would defeat the purpose of the Push Your
Limits Drill to not have at least five rounds in the gun. When
you’re ready. Peter: [gunshot], and two [gunshot], and three
[gunshot], and four [gunshot], and five [gunshot].
Rob: Okay. And now do you have five rounds in the gun?
Peter: No, four. Rob: Okay. Let’s switch out. And now one, two, three, four, five as fast
as you can count, pull the trigger on each number, proceed.
Peter: One [gunshot], two [gunshot], three [gunshot], four [gunshot],
five [gunshot]. Rob: And holster.
We run this drill a lot, and this is not uncommon to see someone
who may throw a round somewhere earlier in the drill and then
get all five rounds at the fastest level of shooting actually
inside of their designated combat accurate area.
Behaviorally, we tend to sometimes over think the problem if
we’re shooting very slowly, and some people call it choking. So
we’re here, we’re performance anxiety and we’re doing that and
we’ve done really well the first time, and then we over think
the problem on that second iteration, when obviously it’s well
within Peter’s skill level to have gotten all the shots in.
The problem is just that kind of distraction that you’re going
to be dealing with and potentially much worse when you’re in a
dynamic critical incident. Pushing Your Limits here will at
least simulate some of that stress and some of that anxiety,
some of that distraction that you may experience during a real
dynamic critical incident. Check out more videos just like this one at
the Personal Defense Network.

5 thoughts on “Firearms Training: Shooting Drills – Push Your Limits Defensive Drills

  1. Why such a delay on the first shots. That is the one I want fast. I used to hear a lot of sayings like: "Draw fast, shoot slow" and "you can't miss fast enough and win". Those are important when we first start training to be fast, BUT… once you are getting hits you must force yourself faster. The man who gets good hits fastest is most likely to win and getting the first hit is VERY important.

  2. @Gary1911A1 No, that's not the point of this drill. Instead, he should try to shoot faster, especially the 1st shot. Then, simultaneously move & draw & still get the 1st & follow up shots just as quickly as when standing still. Now u are working on gunfighting skills instead of playing darts with a gun.

    Start off under the supervision of a qualified instructor, or be super safe with airsoft, at least until u are very experienced (don't be like me & don't watch my vid "shot in the head").

  3. Rob, you are a born teacher! Your language skills and ability to get your points across are better than all but a few instructors I have had in my life, and I have a doctorate. Keep up the good work. I really enjoy watching what you have to offer.

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