Rifle/Pistol: Left Right – Right Left Transition Drill

Range/Equipment Requirements:

– 6 Targets           – 30meters x 25meters    – 2 mags w/9 rounds each            – shot timer

Drill: Shooter starts in a depressed ready, relaxed stance. The hips and natural point of aim (NPA) are oriented towards the center of the range, not favoring any target or side. Upon initiator, shooter orients NPA to left side nearest target and engages 3 targets on left side in a near to far order with 3 rounds on each target. Once bolt is locked to rear on empty magazine, shooter conducts a rapid reload while reorienting onto the nearest target on the right side of range, and engages each target starting near to far with three rounds.

Objective: Complete the drill as fast as possible while maintaining an acceptable level of accuracy – this drill is designed to have the shooter focus on the precise movement of the sights from one point of aim to the next. This is accomplished through smooth and deliberate bodily movement, bringing the weapon and sights to the desired point of aim with minimal corrections on target.

Purpose: Develop smooth and precise transitions between multiple targets at varying distances.

  • With a neutral starting position, upon initiator the shooter sets his natural point of aim and hips to the nearest target, this sets up a knee and hip pivot for the follow-on targets.
  • Movement is led with the eyes: Upon completion of last round on each target, shooter picks a precise and refined point of aim on the next target, then “floats” the rifle onto this point by driving through the knees and hips. The rifle’s shooting platform remains the same throughout.
  • Precise timing with acceleration and deceleration of the rifle. Accomplished through the hip directional change, creating a new natural point of aim for each target. This is key to the sights arriving at the specific spot that the shooter has chosen as his precise point of aim.

This particular drill is designed with each target being the same distance and angle apart from the previous target. Intent of this is to serve as a foundation for proper hip-drive movement. Follow on drills incorporate targets with varied distances and angles.

Having a range with targets directly opposite each other in a mirror-image allows the shooter to work transitions both left to right and right to left while maintaining the same changes in distance for both directions.

Overhead View of Range Setup

By Steven Wollermann

Steve Wollermann has spent the last twelve years serving as an Infantryman in the Army National Guard. After some time in a line company, he successfully completed his battalion’s Sniper Assessment and Selection program, going on to spend most of his career in the sniper section. Following the sniper section, he went on to a position as a member of his state’s marksmanship competition/training team. Currently, he is an instructor at a Regimental Training Institute (RTI). As a civilian, Steve has worked as a Department of Defense (DoD) contractor for six years in the role of Fieldcraft Instructor. With this position, he has primarily covered the employment of rifles, pistols, and tactics to deploying DoD personnel. Additionally, he is the owner of Combatant Training Group, a company with the purpose of educating responsible Americans in the use of firearms and self-sufficiency. When Steve is not buried in a book, he is most likely in his garage gym, throwing sandbags around, flipping a tire in the driveway, and using kettlebells in all sorts of ways.

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