Have you ever practiced shooting from your back? How about falling onto your back and then shooting? If you haven’t, it’s understandable, but it’s worth practicing because there is a definite chance that someone could get the drop on you. We highly recommend practicing this drill with a SIRT for safety purposes. If you don’t have a SIRT you can dry fire but make sure all ammunition has been removed from the practice space.

It’s important to know how to fall correctly. Watch how Gary Drake explains it. He keeps his hands engaged, lowers his center of gravity by bending his knees, and then rolls back onto his back, raising his legs to engage. Falling backwards won’t feel natural at first but with enough reps it becomes second nature.

Now try it with your weapon. Your gun should remain on target throughout the entire fall. Instead of flailing, you will be composed and under control.
When standing up, make sure to cover your head and keep your arms tight. Additionally, you want to slide your legs under your body, not move your body above your legs. Finally, as you step up, be ready to move off line to either direction.


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  • John Griffith

    Excellent video. Looks like good fodder for a modified Unit 15 at the CJTC. Drake does a great job of moving his body efficiently to move from one position to the next.

  • Kevin Hughes

    Back in the ’80s, Before SIRT, I practiced this. Two hints… Know where your feet are as you roll/land on the ground in relation to the barrel of your firearm and before you fire (SIRT and dry fire practice as first steps to building requisite muscle memory). Start using mats and elbow pads at first of possible and work your way up to the harder, real-life SHTF terrain without padding….

  • Jeremy Barker

    I was impressed but would like to see a wider angle

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