Having a firearm is not enough because there are so many things you still need to master with it. You need to develop accuracy, speed, and ability to shoot under pressure. Training is where you learn skills, and practice is how you retain those skills. Here are three efficient tests of your shooting skills!
FAST stands for Fundamental, Accuracy, and Speed Test which is a shooting exercise that can push you toward a higher skill level. This six-round drill requires the shooter to draw to a low probability 3”x5” target, accomplish a slide lock reload under time pressure, then finish up with four rounds to an 8” circle. Misses add penalty time to the total time.
There are almost a half-dozen skills being tested in the FAST. The first two shots of the holster are forcing a draw to a smaller target than what we typically see used. Learning how to manage the sights and stay within your shooting ability is an important part of this drill.
Next comes the slide lock reload that follows the first two shots, which is a big chunk of the FAST compared to the actual shooting that takes place. Then, it’s time to gas it. An 8” circle is kind of the standard size target zone for the high center chest of a threat target. What counts here is how you transition from the reload to shooting. Have a great grip on the gun, get back on the sights, and work the trigger well.
Stewart Edward White’s Rapid Fire Rifle Practice
To try it, you’ll need to set up an ordinary military 200-yard rifle target A at 100 yards. To try it, you’ll need to set up an ordinary military 200-yard rifle target A at 100 yards. After this, we add up the individual times for each shot. Below is a table on how you can score your target.
The key to getting high scores is the balance of speed and accuracy. You can also use a common cardboard IDPA or IPSC target if you cannot keep your shots within a 26-inch circle at 100 yards.
This drill also makes a good qualification course. You should be able to score about 20 points in 18 or more seconds in order to pass.
One Hole Drill
The “One Hole Drill” started as a means of testing the understanding of a shooter regarding precision marksmanship. The goal here was to be able to fire all shots without expanding the hole of the first shot fired.
You’re supposed to stand ten feet or more from a blank target and shoot a cylinder of ammunition into a single, ragged hole in that target. It’s a good shot if the shooter could keep all the shots touching.
This drill could be used to diagnose any problem that a shooter could make when it comes to marksmanship. For instance, some shooters get into a habit that they hardly realize they have, of looking at the sights and then at the target and back at the sights again, shifting from one to the other until discharge takes place. You can see this during the drill when it is usually a bullet-width wide but is vertically strung with a number of hits below the first shot fired.
Another common occurrence when shooting the One Hole Drill is to have a stray shot or two impacts low and to the left of the original hole that is our intended target. This applies to right-handed shooters. For left-handed shooters, the impact would be low and to the right.