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Learn the Half & Half Drill To Shoot Better

Want to shoot better? Learn the Half and Half drill, a military-inspired drill Tom Beckstrand walks us through the "Half and Half" Drill on the range.

The drill involves shooting 10 rounds in 10 seconds at 15 yards, 10 rounds in five seconds at the 7-yard line then 10 rounds in 2.5 seconds at the 5-yard line.

The goal is to learn to shoot quickly and to learn a solid rhythmic cadence at each yard line. Good sight picture and sight alignment will seem pretty easy in 10 seconds but each sight picture and time of fire makes things a bit more difficult.

Recoil management is key when trying to discharge 10 rounds in less than three seconds, even at a close distance.


An interesting aspect of the sample drill shown in this video segment is that of time management. Remember, this is a timed drill. The shooter has only the allotted time to fire the designated number of shots from each distance. That aspect of time makes the challenge a bit more difficult as the shooter rushed his shots and actually finished shooting at the longer distances before time was up, meaning additional time for aiming and mechanics of the shot could have been taken.


The half & half drill is a staple of military training but can easily be employed in your own training system as well.

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