With a single magazine loaded with 10 rounds, the student acquires and holds a sight picture. The student is instructed to fire the gun immediately when I tap them on the shoulder.
The shoulder taps are at varying intervals so the student can’t anticipate the next tap. Between shots, the student is expected to analyze their shooting stance, sight alignment and grip, while remaining ready for the next tap.
The benefits of this drill include: Improved accuracy at speed, reduced flinching (can’t anticipate the shot) and less concern for a perfect sight picture. My students enjoy the “Ever Ready Drill” because it feels like a game, even though they’re working hard on the fundamentals.
About the Author:
Tracy Hughes (League City, TX) began shooting in 2008. Since then, she has obtained a concealed handgun permit, earned certification as an NRA instructor and RSO and teaches others to shoot. When not teaching others, Hughes competes in handgun matches. She recently won the Top Shooter Award at her Citizen’s Police Academy and now competes regularly in IDPA (International Defensive Pistol Association) events. Apparently, Hughes has been bitten hard by the shooting bug, having become a Chapter Facilitator for the Greater Houston area A Girl and A Gun Club. To add some bling to your gun, go to her website at: www.brilliantbackstraps.com.