Drill of the Week – 4 Aces

 

This week we will continue to work on improving the El Presidente (CM 99-11) with the 4 Aces drill. If you don’t already have a score for this drill I highly recommend running it a few times to get a baseline of where you’re starting. Score the drill using USPSA hit factor scoring. If math isn’t your strong point you can use a hit factor calculator. Last week’s drill focused on the draw, recoil management and accuracy. Our focus for this drill is the magazine change, but don’t let that get in the way of keeping your hits during the drill.

What you will needphoto

  • Target stands
  • USPSA Metric Targets (B-29 or similar targets can be used as substitutions)
  • Target Pasters
  • Shot Timer (phone applications are available if you don’t already have a timer)
  • tape measure (for setting up the drills)
  • Holster, Magazine Pouches etc.

4 Aces (overview)

Targets: 1 Metric or B29 target 7 yards away
Start Position: Facing down range, wrists above shoulders
On start signal draw and engage the target with 2 rounds, reload and engage with 2 more rounds

Warm Up

This week we will warmup mostly with dry fire. Take a few practice draws from wrists above shoulders. Start at 7 yards, then work to 15 yards with a par timer. The first few draws should be at a casual pace. So if your average draw at 7 yards is around 1.2 seconds start at 1.4 seconds on the par time. Continue to increase the par timer after 5 to 10 draws by .1 seconds until you feel fluent at your normal speed.

The final part of the warmup will be live fire. Fire a few groups at 7, 15 and 25 yards. Fire just quickly enough to accurately call your shot in the A zone at each distance. This means you will break the shot just as soon as the sights settle. Do not use a timer, you be relaxed and not feel rushed.

4 Aces Part 1 (Burkett Reloads)

Target: 7 yard metric target (or B29)
Start Position: Standing, pistol pointed at target
On start signal conduct a magazine change, but don’t fully insert the magazine fully into the pistol. You will stop just as you reach the opening of the magazine well.

This dry fire drill. Use your par timer to control your pace. Start at a comfortable pace andĀ  increase the par time every 5 or 10 runsĀ  by .1 seconds until you start to lose consistency. You do not have to start with a magazine in the pistol, but you should press the magazine release as if you do. Be sure to press it consistently. I also recommend loading 10 clearly marked dummy rounds for the magazine on your belt. An empty magazine just feels different.

4 Aces Part 2 (Dry Fire Reload)

Target: 7 yard metric target (or B29)
Start Position: Standing, pistol pointed at target
On start signal conduct a magazine change and return to the target.

This time you will insert the magazine fully into the pistol and return to the target. Try to work on snapping your focus from the front sight, to the mag well and then back to the front sight. Pay close attention to what the front sight is doing. You want it to go straight back to target and shouldn’t be fighting to get the sights aligned. Just like before start a comfortable pace and push yourself until you become inconsistent.

4 Aces Part 3 (4 Aces)

Targets: 1 Metric or B29 target 7 yards away
Start Position: Facing down range, wrists above shoulders
On start signal draw and engage 1 metric target with 2 rounds, conduct a mandatory reload and engage the target with 2 more rounds

This is a great drill to practice in your daily dry fire before going to the range. Be sure to record your time and hits.

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