designed by Scott Warren Range: 10yd Target: four steel chest plates (or similar) Start position: holstered Rounds fired: 20
This drill is best run with four steel plates, but you can also use paper plates, sheets of paper, etc. Targets are placed at least two feet apart edge to edge at a range of ten yards. You will need a shot timer.
On the buzzer, draw and engage one shot per target back and forth for 20 rounds. Note that you do not “double” the targets on the end, you shoot them once and then reverse direction. So the sequence is: T1-T2-T3-T4-T3-T2-T1-T2, etc. There are no makeup shots. If you miss a shot, it’s a miss … move on to the next target.
The goal is to get all twenty hits in under 10 seconds.
My favorite is the "deep V", which you might also see as a stage at some major matches, with varying requirements for order of target engagement.
Basically, setup one IDPA, IPSC, B27 or other target that you prefer at about 25 yards out. Now place four targets down each side of the V about four yards apart, either directly across from each other or at varying relationships to each other but definitely vary the heights of the targets on the stands. The V should be about 10 to 12 yds wide at the end nearer to the shooter, closing to a point at the far end. On the start signal, fire one round on a target on either side of the V then transition to the corresponding target on the other side of the V, walking down to the point of the target array at the speed you can get all 0's or A's, depending on the targets you use. Vary the sequence to mix it up, start from the point sometimes, skip around, have fun with it. The point is to bring your eye to the next 0 zone as soon as you've called your shot and then bring the sight picture into line with your eyes and keep practicing until the sights are always where you expect them to be. Best done with a timer to record progress but it's a useful drill for beginners who don't have a lot of equipment yet too.
With thanks to Gary Byerly who introduced me to this one several years ago.