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FEATURE // COACHING TIP

CoAChing Tip
THE “EvER READy DRILL”

STORy ANd PHOTO by TRACy HUGHeS

A

s a firearm instructor,
I’ve started working
with new shooters
who want to transition
into the competitive
shooting sports. While at the
range with a student one evening,
I developed a drill with two goals.
I wanted to illustrate to the student
the importance of developing and
strengthening the muscles needed
to hold the firearm for long periods
of time (such as during an extended
practice session) so that fatigue
would not set in so quickly. I also
wanted the student to get used
to the idea of firing on command
and not waiting for a perfect sight
picture, particularly when the target
was close. I nicknamed the drill
“Ever Ready.”
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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 action
pistol events (International Defensive
Pistol Association). 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.


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