Saturday, November 13, 2010

"It's three yards! How hard could it be?"

Harder than it looks, actually.

Fred at Guns & Coffee talks about "Dot Torture", which is rapidly becoming one of my favorite handgun shooting drills...

12 comments:

Anonymous said...

I tried to read the article but it was torture trying to read with that red background and I had to bail out.I am glad your site has a plain white background with black letters.

hootie11bravo

pdb said...

Oh God. Fuckin' dots.

*twitch*

Linoge said...

*sigh* Yet another reason it sucks to have no local ranges that allow drawing from the leather. Still, not a bad accuracy test...

Fred said...

I think firing from high retention if you're stuck at a range that doesn't allow for holster use (which still boggles my mind) will still get most of the benefits of the drill.

Tango Juliet said...

Another great drill.

RobertM said...

I am a fan.

Laughingdog said...

If you think that's bad, try doing it at a range that doesn't allow targets closer than 7 yards.

I've been doing the DOT test with the 3" circle targets at targetz.com to try to compensate for the extra distance at least a little bit.

Using Mr. Completely's target from an earlier e-postal match is similarly humbling.

Brad K. said...

Fred,

I think the issue of not allowing holsters has to do with keeping the muzzle pointed downrange the entire time handling the weapon.

If you can assure that all shooters manage safety handling, safeties on the weapon, and muzzle pointing safety, reliably, then holster work should be acceptable. Getting everyone qualified to that point, and assuring that there are no "Bang! Oops!" incidents, requires more trust of the fellow shooter than some places are comfortable with.

Of course, I am thinking of Frank Gallops' "Ballad of Irving" here.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U077BiDMmPE

Ancient Woodsman said...

I was introduced to and became a fan of the ten dots two years ago.

Introduced same to the staff this year. It is a valuable drill for reinforcing basics and skill building. The challenge can be adjusted in several ways for the particular shooter.

Play with it and it will humble you. Keep playing until it no longer does; re-adjust parameters and it will humble you again. I'll keep the dot drill in the toolbox.

Anonymous said...

Very interesting. I printed the target and shot the drill this afternoon. What a fun filled pain in the ass! Figured I'd shoot it at 5 yards as 3 would be cheating...... Yeah, uh, no...

I do note that the target rewards good triggers and punishes poor ones. Those of us with Glocks will have to work a bit harder.

Al T.

Anonymous said...

Geez, what's the problem?

I made a perfect score, first time out. Of course, I also printed it on a 48" x 72" piece of paper...

Tango Juliet said...

I continue to work with the Dot Torture target and it continues to humble me.