Random Thoughts: A Mindful Miscellany

from Marcus Wynne

A Kinder, Gentler, More Politically Correct Technique for Shoot/No-Shoot

with 4 comments

(See previous post on Shoot, No-Shoot)

Seems some liability conscious individuals are concerned about trying a training exercise that involves deliberately shooting targets you’re NOT supposed to shoot as a method to refine the cognitive/neurological process involved in high speed target acquisition and threat discrimination.

Sigh. Liability and bureaucrats = training drag.

Here’s a solution to train how to discriminate faster; said solution is kinder, gentler, more politically correct and will make even the fussiest attorney happy (okay, maybe not) —

GOAL: Train the brain to discriminate between shoot/no-shoot targets faster, up to the limit-of-human function while engaging in three-dimensional combat.

HOW: Take a 3×5 index card. Put a bright red dot approximately one inch round in the middle. Or use a felt pen and draw it in. Back the target off about 5-7 yards depending on your skill baseline; if you can put all your rounds in one ragged hole at 7 yards, start there; if not, move the target to the place where you can do that. If you can’t do that at 3 yards, go back to basics and work that till you can.

*Start with eyes closed. Weapon in hand in preferred/mandated ready position.
*Open eyes. Acquire red dot on target. Shift point of aim to the EDGE of the 3×5 card and place one round directly BESIDE the 3×5 card, not touching but kissing the edge. Close eyes. Repeat, placing a series of shots around the EDGE (perimeter) of the 3×5 card till you’ve cut out the target AROUND the 3×5 card.
*When you can cut the card out at whatever range, then start running human representation targets at speed. Clock it.

BASELINE: Cold, run through a random target discrimination drill, preferably a close range hostage shot. One run. Measure time and accuracy.
DRILL: Run as above.
MEASURE PERFORMANCE INCREASE (OR NOT): Run through the same target discrimination drill for time and accuracy.

Rinse and repeat.

Then sneak off and do the original drill and tell me you don’t get faster.

You’ll be faster and better.

Good luck, and you can keep letting me know offline if you like or post here.


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June 24, 2014 at 6:31 pm

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  1. Back in the mid 80’s, friends of mine and I made badges of cardboard and aluminum foil.
    We’d set up 5 Dillinger targets at 7-10 yards.
    Shooter would load and holster and stand with back to the targets. One of us would randomly install badges on the targets so the shooter wouldn’t know. At the “shoot” command the shooter would turn and fire as quickly as possible…scored 1 point for every shot on a “shoot” target, -2 for every shot on a “no shoot” target. Tie broken by time. Lower bought the others dinner…and we were big eaters so nobody wanted to lose!

    Joe Ormerod

    June 25, 2014 at 12:35 am

    • Well, this is a refinement of that drill, Joe. If you read the previous post on this, the goal is to TRAIN THE BRAIN to work faster…and in this instance, a by product of improving that neurological efficiency is better target discrimination in shooting. For a different end-user we’d craft a different drill, but it’s still the same process. Hope you’ve tried it out!


      June 26, 2014 at 2:13 am

  2. I LOVE drills. This is one I have not seen before. I am a firm believer in training hard & practical. I will run this drill this weekend as I plan on having a bit of “me time” with a couple of close shooting friends.

    It takes me than just dumping lead into the dirt. Drills give a sense of purpose to going BANG!


    June 25, 2014 at 12:40 am

    • Glad you like it, Ron. Enjoy and if you feel like it, drop by and add a comment about how it worked (or didn’t) for you. I generally don’t post drills etc. because it takes longer to write it up than to do it in real time, but enough people find it useful, so I take the time to do so.


      June 26, 2014 at 2:12 am

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