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My name is Lucas Botkin. I’m the founder and CEO of T.REX ARMS and the primary shooter for the company. I shoot anywhere from 2-4 days a week testing product, producing videos, working on my own skills, or shooting with other folks. To give you an idea of how much I shoot, for the year of 2016 I have consistently shot 1000 rounds a week and some weeks as much as 2000.
I’m constantly striving to better my proficiency to hit the next level. All of my shooting is done with purpose and motivation. Never to just plink. To assist me in my training, I have produced a number of targets and drills that I work on throughout my range days. Many people have asked if I would be willing to share those, so here are a few.
It’s important to understand that these ARE NOT scenario-driven style drills, but merely fundamental drills. To work firearm proficiency. Both scenario-driven and fundamentals drills should be utilized in training.
I highly recommend you pickup a shot timer for your training. Either the Pro Timer or the Club timer by Pact. We sell the Pacts as it is my favorite timer.
WARM UP TARGET
This is my warm up target. I isolate trigger, sights, and grip on the small black dots. Each dot also has a number and I shoot one shot per dot in sequence. With the most consistent rhythm I can execute. I do this if I’m not doing my regular warm up on the black dots. The larger circles I use for one handed work, cadence, or any number of things. The large circle can be used for all kinds of stuff. Ideas are posted around the circumference.
HEAD SHOT STANDARD
This is a pistol standard that my friend JJ Racaza shared with me a while ago. Goal: execute two USPSA target headshots at 7 yards within 1 second from compressed ready (Also known as position three). The hit box is 5″x5″ if you don’t have a USPSA style target. This drill is working three things in particular: your speed driving the gun to extension, fast sight alignment, and your timing of the pistol through recoil/recovery. Most people can’t complete this drill under a second. If you can consistently… excellent. My average times are around 0.85 and that’s with iron sights.
I also use the large circle on the warm up target for this drill.
I do a lot of cadence drills. Very simple four, five, or six round volleys. Starting out going 50% speed, going to 60%, 70%, etc… Until I take it to 110% and find my failure point. I can do 6 volleys or so on this one piece of paper which is really nice. Sometimes I’ll start off aiming at a circle and will fire one volley with my eyes closed to see how well my recoil management is bringing the gun back on target. I do that test to familiarize myself better with new pistols.
I also produced these targets recently to assist in cadence and rhythm. Both work different skills.
One is to work balance of speed and accuracy. Rather then doing counts in my head when I’m shooting the target shown in the picture above, I shoot as fast as I can keep my rounds inside the circles. On the smaller circles, my cadence is slower. But I’m trying to maintain consistency. I want my splits to be something like… .30, .31, .30, .32, etc. Not: .32, .37, .34, .43. I use a shot timer to record my splits. I typically hit the timer and then wait a second or two and begin the string of fire.
The second target is to work smooth transitioning. One shot per circle, working left to right or right to left. Again, I want consistent splits like I mentioned above. On the smaller row of circles, my splits will be longer. On the bottom row… it should be nice and brisk. That’s the idea though. I switch between these three targets to increase and test my proficiency.
THROTTLE CONTROL X
This is a fun little drill I put together. 10 rounds total. The goal is to put 4 rounds in the center circle, 2 rounds in the medium circles, and a single round in the small ones. In any order you want. From the draw. At 5 yards. Good drill to work basic target transitions and throttle control. All on one piece of paper.
You can watch a video demo of this drill here.
CONCEALMENT VARIETY PACK
Many people train their concealment draw with their arms/hands in one or maybe two positions. In reality, our hands aren’t always in those positions. So I came up with this course of fire to work all the common positions I find my arms/hands in.
Rifle Quad Drill
This is similar to a FAST drill. From a low/high ready, 5-10-15 yards from target, you engage 4 rounds into one circle, slide-lock reload and then fire 4 into the other circle. This drill can also be shot with pistol.
RIFLE UP STANDARDS
Ready up speed is very important to me. Getting that first shot on target with a carbine. So I work on that often and came up with this target for me to work this skill consistently, and to force me to work each ready position. 5 yards from this target. Only hits count. I also shoot this standard at 10 and 15 yards, but the times listed on the target are from 5 with me using a red dot on a 14.5. I’ll sometimes shoot this target a bunch of times in one session.