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ADRENALIN DUMP - THE 45 DRILL

The 45 Drill (25 shots)

5 INCH CIRCLE

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ven a disciplined shooter's reaction to a stressful situation can be chaotic. The first few times police officers
and good competitive shooters are subjected to closequarters, force-on-force training, a common reaction is to
point their handgun at the threat and to pull the trigger until
they run it dry. The same response has been observed in gunfights. Adrenalin surges prompt the shooter to thrust the gun
forward and pull the trigger fast and repetitively.
We cannot simulate the stress levels you'll experience in a
life-and-death encounter, but we can simulate your reaction.
This is why I believe the adrenalin dump drill is important. If
your reaction is going to be to shove the handgun toward the
target and start yanking on the trigger, then learn how to do it
effectively. I call my version of the adrenalin dump drill "The
45 Drill," because the drill has four elements of five-five
shots at a 5" circle at 5 yds. in five seconds.
This is a difficult task for many shooters, especially when
drawing the handgun from concealment. If you can successfully perform this drill on demand, under time, with no
misses, you should be able to pass any shooting requirement
necessary to obtaining a concealed carry license. Practice it
five times each training session. At first you'll probably have
several shots land outside the 5" circle, and your time will be
slow. Slow down your shot cadence even more and strive to
get all five shots in the circle. Once you can do this consistently, gradually speed up with the ultimate goal of completing
the drill in less than five seconds.

5 SECONDS

5 SHOTS

5 YARDS

Take every advantage of cover (below). As the author
points out, there's no advantage to standing in the
open and letting a bad guy shoot at you.

The El Prez-Modified (24 shots)

T

he likelihood of your being attacked is slim, and the likelihood that it will be by multiple attackers is even slimmer.
But the threat of multiple attackers is not the only reason
we practice multiple-target drills. Learning to transition from
one target to the next, especially when they are set at different ranges, teaches you to obtain a sight picture quickly and
to control your shot cadence based on range to the target.
One of the most famous multiple target drills was made so
by Gunsite founder Col. Jeff Cooper. It's called the El Presidente.
I've modified it through the years as a means to help me evaluate shooters and track skill development. My modifications
come from my experience as a police firearm instructor and
what I've learned from other shooters I respect and trust.
For instance, Sheriff Jim Wilson believes you should learn
to shoot from cover. This makes perfect sense; there's no use
standing in the open while the bad guy shoots at you. "Top
Shot" winner and former British Army Capt. Iain Harrison likes
to incorporate movement, and this makes sense too-a moving
target is harder to hit. And, if you stand in one place when you
practice, you'll likely do the same in a fight. Caleb Giddings,
"Top Shot" competitor, revolver aficionado and active competition shooter, believes the ability to reload your handgun in a
hurry is important. While it's unlikely a defensive encounter
will reach the point at which a reload is necessary, the steps to
reloading are similar to those required to clear a malfunction.
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