Drill of the Week – El Presidente


We’ve been practicing various drills building up to the El Presidente (CM 99-11) over the past three weeks. We covered the draw, recoil management, calling shots, reloads and transitions. This week we’ll see if there is any improvement.Inagural Steel Challenge17

What you will need

  • 3 Target stands
  • 3 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 drill)
  • Holster, Magazine Pouches etc.

Warm Up

Warm up with a few practice turn and draws in dry fire. Most people prefer to turn strong side, be careful to not break the 180. Lead with your eyes and get your head around as quickly as you can. It’s important to find the targets quickly. The rest of your body will follow. Start slow and increase your part time by .1 or .2 seconds until you are really pushing yourself. Spending time in dry fire prior to going to the range will help as well.

You might want to spend a few minutes warming up with one of the previous drills also. Pick something you feel is still a weakness. Drills from previous weeks:

El Presidente

Targets: 3 metric targets in a row, 3 feet apart. Shooters box A is 10 yards away.

Start Position: Standing in Box A, back to targets, toes of both feet against rear of fault line of Box A, both wrists above respective shoulders. Handgun is loaded and holstered as per ready condition in rule 8.1.1 and 8.1.2. On start signal draw and engage each target with 2 rounds.

Stage Procedure: Upon start signal, turn then draw and from Box A engage T1-T3 with only two rounds per target, then perform a mandatory reload and from Box A engage T1-T3 with only two rounds per target.
The stage is Virginia Count which means no extra shots can be made. Score best 4 per paper. Failure to make the mandatory reload or extra shots will result in a procedural. Score the drill using USPSA hit factor scoring. If math isn’t your strong point you can use a hit factor calculator.
Download the stage design with diagram and details here: 99-11

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