The TruStandard is simply a standard for Fundamental pistol skills that translate into being a fast, accurate, and consistent shooter. The following live fire and dry drills have been designed to help develop the shooter who is looking to develop their fundamentals or who are looking for more dynamic/stress oriented drills that test the foundation of their fundamentals.
We strongly recommend you pursue professional training before you attempt any of the following. Please keep in mind that firearms training is dangerous and could potentially be fatal if you mishandle or do not respect their potential lethality.
Keep in mind the 5 Firearm Rules of Safety:
- Always treat all firearms as though they are loaded, even when they are not.
- Never point your muzzle at anything you don’t intend to destroy, kill, or buy.
- Always keep your finger off the trigger until you are ready to make a conscious decision to fire.
- Always be sure of your target, its foreground and background.
- Unless you are firing your weapon, keep it out of your hands and in your holster (pistol) or slung (rifle) or placed in a safe position, unloaded.
The following are drills that I have added to help increase my shooting personally. They are from various instructors and schools of training and they deserve all the credit (even though the probably got them from someone else). I will try to provide a YouTube video for each drill so that you may see it explained and performed.
TruStandard Sub-Second Challenge Coin:
I wanted to spur on the CCW Community with trophy based incentives. A Challenge coin, I thought, was pretty cool. So I had 100 of them made for people to earn and remind them of to always remain consistent. 70 Bronze (1 Round), 25 Silver (2 Rounds), 5 Gold (3 Rounds), 2 Black (4 Rounds).
Bronze: 1 shot from concealment on a 5×5 inch box at 6 feet in under a second. Must be done consecutively, twice, with two hands on the pistol demonstrating proper fundamental control.
Silver: 2 Shots from concealment on a 6×6 inch box at 8 feet in under a second. Must be done consecutively, twice, with two hands on the pistol demonstrating proper fundamental control.
Gold: 3 Shots from concealment on a 6×6 inch box at 8 feet in under a second. Must be done consecutively, twice, with two hands on the pistol demonstrating proper fundamental control.
Black: 4 Shots from concealment. Details are not available to the public.
Please remember to always strive to practice perfectly with intentionality. Build your shooting upon the foundations of the fundamentals. Watch the following video:
For those interested in a Fundamental Workout Drill, try my Fundamental Focus Workout (done at 3 yards). The Key to this is Fundamental and Focus. I sincerely believe that the more focus (look that word up) we can add to the process of what we are doing (whether that be isolating the fundamentals or applying the fundamentals under stress), the quicker we will learn and the more impressed that knowledge will be ingrained into us. Not only this, but focus also allows us to self-diagnosis problems in our shooting as well. If we just go out to the range and aren’t focus with that we are doing, then when we pull a shot we are left with diddly in our brains because our minds weren’t present when the action occurred. Fundamental Focus Drill Downloaded PDF File.
The Bill Drill
Developed (from what I know) by Bill Wilson. The original drill is done at 7 yards from the holster firing 6 shots in the A zone. The goal is to drive the gun back on target and to perform followup shots as quickly and as accurately as possible. A good par time for experience shooters, shooting at 7 yards would be 3.00 seconds. But when I was new to shooting, this drill was very difficult, so I decreased the distance. After becoming confident with the distance, I increased it all the way to 7 yards.
The drill as shown above in the youtube video is at 3 yards, same target size as it would be if it were at 7 yards yards (or it can be reduced, and we strongly recommend it), and the goal is to master this distance, with a healthy group (not something thats all over the A-zone) and then increase one yard every time the shooter reaches a under 2.00 second par time.
For good “defensive” type drills where speed, accuracy, and consistency is the key, I have established par times to shoot for (pun intended)!
3 Yards: 4.00 seconds // 3.50 seconds // 3.00 seconds // 2.50 seconds // 2.10 seconds // 2.00 seconds // 1.90 seconds // 1.70 seconds // 1.60 seconds.
Once you feel confident in placing 6 rounds in the 3×5 card at 3 yards in 2.00 seconds, begin increasing your distance one yard and master that distance. The goal is to be able to know what we are capable of as we increase out to the distance. We are not to stay at 3 yards! 3 yards is a beginning point from which we increase our confidence as we begin familiarizing ourselves with our follow up shots.
So start at 4.00 seconds, regardless of your shooting background, and focus yourself upon all the fundamentals necessary in order to masterfully apply the fundamentals at that these tiers of time at this distance.
We can always go faster. But don’t sacrifice your accuracy in order to miss quickly. Being fast is confidence in your accuracy. How on earth can you be confident with something you’ve not worked your way up to?
The Index Card
An index card set up at 5 yards. The shooter stands at 5 yards and from concealment, the shooter shoots 5 shots on the index card in under 2.00 seconds. Not as easy as it sounds. The emphasis is to demonstrate and acceptable form of speed and accuracy. I started this drill at 4 seconds. After I mastered 4 seconds, I went to 3.00. Then to 2.50. Then to 2.25. And then to 2.05. Build upon your accuracy and become more and more confident in your ability to see your sights and land your hits. After this comes to speed.