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Dot Torture

Dot torture

50 rounds at 5 yards, no complaints with this one!

The Dot Torture drill is a quick assessment/practice drill that will really tell you where you are at with your shooting.  What I really like about this drill is that you practice a variety of skills and all you need is a box of ammo and the target.

Your first experience with Dot Torture should be at 3 yards.  When you can shoot the drill perfectly then move back to 5 yards and once shot perfect there, go to 7 and so on.  Since this is an accuracy drill you use distance, not time to increase the difficulty with this one.

So how will you benefit from the Dot Torture drill?  Glad you asked!  If there is any problem with your fundamentals, it will be found here.  Trigger press and sight alignment have to be on point to shoot this one clean…oh yeah…and you have to be able to do it with both hands, one hand and your weak hand.  Throw in multiple draws, target transitions and reloads and you have something that is, well… torture.

But enough chit chat, lets look at this thing:

Dot #1- Draw and fire one string of 5 rounds for best group, total 5 rounds. Dot #2- Draw and fire 1 shot, holster and repeat X4, total 5 rounds. Dot #3 and 4- Draw and fire 1 shot on #3, then 1 shot on 4, holster and repeat X4, total 8 rounds. Dot #5- Draw and fire string of 5 rounds, strong hand only, total 5 rounds. Dot #6 and 7- Draw and fire 2 shots on #6, then 2 on #7, holster, repeat X4, total 16 rounds. Dot #8- From ready or retention, fire five shots, weak hand only, total 5 rounds. Dot #9 and 10- Draw and fire 1 shots on #9, speed reload, fire 1 shots on #10, holster and repeat X3, total 6 rounds.

The real challenge here is that all of the shots have to fall within the dot.  Breaking the circle on the outside doesn’t count.  As you can see on the target above (#4) touching the inside of the circle is OK, just keep them from going over the outer edge.

Give this a try, it looks easier than it is, but you will get some good practice in a short time with a low round count.

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