Rapid shot drill is advantageous for any shooter because the ability to control recoil and maintain that muzzle to snap back down into its original orientation is critical to drive a target down. However, a rapid shot drill does not only tax your grip and stance, but further trigger control can be an issue. This drill shows using a SIRT pistol initially where a trigger control issues can be identified by the shooter. In this particular drill Mike Hughes uses a very heavy 11 to 12–pound trigger break to diagnose any trigger mechanic deficiencies. For a right-handed shooter the most common trigger mechanic deficiency is a 9:00 sweep (the gun sweeping to the left). A certain gun model such as an MP, that have a trigger break a little bit further rearward with respect to the grip, there may be a 3:00 sweep. At any rate, we want to strive to push the trigger straight back. Secondly, grip and stance. You can see the grip and stance video on the NLT shooting youtube channel. But basically a grip and getting low enough where you’re not getting rocked back is critical with live fire. Whenever you shoot live fire it is not a bad idea to sneak in a rapid shot drill if the range you shoot at permits it. Be aware of what the front site looks like as it snaps back down into the notch. Try to keep your trigger mechanics fluidly where you do not have any hiccups and you can keep a smooth rhythm.


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Running forward presents a few challenges when decelerating to shoot. Because our base is inherently narrow forward and aft, it is difficult to decelerate the body prep and press the trigger and get quality hits. Particularly for a difficult type shot but still there are challenges as you are at a closer target (with a larger acceptable accuracy zone). Furthermore, doing this right off the rip really gets the heart going. Generally it is good to keep your feet while decelerating and do not start prepping that trigger until you take your final steps. Be careful not to slip and keep your footing. And again always get your finger off that trigger and be aware of your muzzle when you are moving.


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Mike Hughes' Vacation SIRT Dry Fire:

AM 20 min training. Ok it was raining, but it was about 70 degrees so not that rigorous. I was working on moving laterally without the crab walk. I find a lateral crab walk to be too bouncy and slow. I am working on gaining flexibility to turn the hips and walk and keep the upper triangle on target.

Train Hard. Train Smart.

- Mike Hughes

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Left Right Drill With Visual Obstruction

The left right drill is one of favorite drills. It works exploding out of position and decelerating into position ready to shoot. When decelerating near the ferns, they provide limited visibility so after getting into general position we have to do small movements to get the body into position to see the target.

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