What Is A Drill?

Drills are a method of repeating something over and over until you can’t screw it up. Courses of fire are timed scenarios that are designed to test our skills and diagnose what we need to work on. If there is one thing that I have learned from my time using guns, professionally or otherwise, its that drills are important. Drills are a great way of perfecting your skills to the point of becoming second nature. As shooters, it is important to always advance in our skills and become faster, and more efficient. But these skills do us no good if we are not able to implement them universally and adapt to any scenario. It is always good to test your speed and proficiency under stress periodically and some courses of fire are a great way of doing this. However, a lot of courses of fire used today are modified, turned into drills, and used without question. This is the case with most trends in the tactical/self-defense community. People will follow whatever looks sexy and may make them look like they’re part of the tack-tickle club.

These DRILLS are supposedly used to teach skills. But its as if the purpose of these DRILLS has been lost in translation from instructor to student through the generations. You will see people doing these courses of fire over and over until they break some time record like some kind of drill, hence why they are now called DRILLS. I intend to discuss why I think you shouldn’t use these courses of fire as drills, and how they should instead be implemented and why.

I just want to start by saying that I prefer to keep things simple and stay versatile and adaptable. My method of training and practicing are based off of perfecting things that are good with all platforms and situations. This means drilling properly on the basics only and learning speed through smooth repetition. Click here to watch my video on the few drills I do train on, how I do them, and why.