Dave Spaulding, writer for Handguns Magazine, recently shared his take on the Mad Half Minute Drill, a drill created by Special Forces veteran Mike Pannone. The drill was designed to test a shooter’s ability to move, take an accurate shot and then move quickly again. It works in the following way:
All the shooter needs is a spare magazine, timer and target. The drill is set-up with three firing points, two outer positions five yards from the center and target 10 yards from the center position.
The shooter has 30 seconds to fire the first round from the holster, move to one of the outer positions, plant and fire one round. Keeping the gun pointed downrange, the shooter then moves back to the center position, plants and fires one round before moving on to the other outer position.
A clean run on the Mad Half Minute is all 11 rounds in the black. A nine-ring hit is minus one point, an eight-ring hit minus two and so on.
As Pannone says, you can’t fling rounds in order to get an accurate hit. You have to plant, assume a proper body position, align the sights and control the trigger. Hitting a black bullseye at 10 yards is a challenge just standing still, moving rapidly makes it much more difficult.