The pistol standards I work towards are as follows:
IDPA or IPSC Target w/ Index Card taped to the head box. The Bonus string is shot at 25 yards, no time constraints, no draw. All other strings are shot at 7 yards, from concealment with a timer. SHO/WHO are executed entirely with that hand. Head shots are 1 point for an index card hit. Body shots are 1 point for A-zone hits. Record Time, Points and note any variables.
- FAST Drill
- Bonus – 10 shots @ 25 yards.*
- 3x Draw and fire one head shot, Freestyle
- 3x Draw and fire one head shot, SHO (Strong Hand Only)
- 2x Draw and fire one head shot, WHO (Weak Hand Only)
- 2x 1 shot, reload, 1 shot, Freestyle
- 2x 1 shot, reload, 1 shot, SHO
- 1x 1 shot, reload, 1 shot, WHO
- 1x Bill Drill, Freestyle
- 1x Bill Drill, SHO
- 1x Bill Drill, WHO
I’ll get a PDF tracking sheet put together and linked here.
How did these standards develop?
The goal is to isolate the mechanical skills necessary to run a gun efficiently and allow you to track your progress. There’s also some overlap with drills that have a large body of data associated with them (FAST/Bill Drill) and drills serve as a benchmark to actual applicable skills. The quicker and easier the standards are to administer, the more likely they will be done correctly. The bare minimum you need is a timer, one target, one index card, a box of ammo +2 rounds and two magazines.
Why all the emphasis on Head shots/SHO/WHO stuff?
Head shots are there to enforce consistency on the draw stroke and accuracy. If you can make a head shot on the draw, quickly, you can make a body shot even faster. The SHO/WHO is there because I personally feel it’s not practiced enough.
Here’s where I’m at:
My best time was also my best score. There’s still some consistency issues for me work out, but there you go. About once a week when I’m doing pistol dry fire I’ll run through this routine twice.