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5 Pistol Drills for the Indoor Range

Many of us would like to shoot more often than we do, but going to the range can be tough. You might live far away, or you might not even have an outdoor facility near you. If you’re looking to boost your trigger time, take a look and see if any indoor ranges are available in your area for you to practice drills.

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Indoor ranges are a growing segment of the range market, expanding and building new locations in many cities. If you’re trying to train for competition or just want to keep your training up for concealed carry or self defense, the indoor range can offer some great opportunities.

Assuming you’ve found your indoor range, you might be wondering—what drills can I do there to help my shooting?

First, check with the range staff to see what their policies are. Many ranges do not allow rapid fire or working from a holster. Some ranges require you take a holster class. It’s always good to make sure you know what is allowed before you start shooting.

Randi rogers indoor shooting drills

If you have checked and are not sure what to do, here are a few ideas.

Randi’s 5 drills for the indoor range

1. Shoot Groups

I have been shooting for 18 years and I spend from 20 to 50 rounds every practice shooting groups. This is a slow-fire drill that helps me to work on my sight alignment and trigger control. My goal is to keep all 10 rounds in a fist-size area. If you want to challenge yourself, try for a group the size of a half dollar.

Randi rogers indoor range drills

2. Go for Distance

Most ranges I know of have at least a 20-yard shooting area. When is the last time you shot at 20 yards? It can be a challenge, but it is a useful skill to have.

Randi Rogers One hand drill

3. Onehanded Shooting

If you are training for competition, practicing shooting with only one hand is a must. Most competitions require a few one-handed shots. If you are keeping your skills sharp for concealed carry, shooting one-handed is helpful. Your support hand may be needed to push a family member out of the way, or it might otherwise be tied up. It’s good to know you can fire one-handed if you need to.

Indoor pistol drill target

4. Use the Right Target

Practice helps to develop habits so that when you are under stress your body will know what to do while your mind is thinking about everything else. It’s good to shoot groups on bull’s-eye targets, but if you are training for competition, practice on the actual targets you will shoot. If it is a sport like IDPA or USPSA, get some of the brown targets with a scoring zone. If you’re shooting steel challenge or Bianchi, you can use white paper plates to simulate steel. If you’re practicing for self defense, get some zombie or bad-guy targets.

5. Practice Safely Picking the Gun Up

Most shooters I know—both competition and concealed-carry—go to bed with a firearm in their nightstands. Have you ever actually practiced picking it up? Getting your master grip, keeping your finger safely out of the trigger guard, and safely meeting up with your support hand are three small steps that seem natural but may not feel that way when you wake up at 3 a.m. (or when the buzzer on stage 1 just goes off). Spending a few rounds practicing the movement then finding the sight and hitting the target is a good drill for any shooter.

There are lots of ways to practice both indoors and out. Keep your basic skills sharp and challenge yourself to do new things—it’s a great way to stay focused on your shooting hobby.

  • About Randi Rogers

    Randi Rogers is a shooter from the top of her head down to the tips of her toes. Working as the Sales and Marketing Manager for the holster manufacturing company Comp-Tac, Randi dabbles in hunting, fishing and the great outdoors but at the end of the day she wants to have a gun in her hand. For the last 18 years as a Smith & Wesson and Compt-Tac pro competition shooter, Randi has won over 50 world and national titles in action shooting sports such as Cowboy Action Shooting, IDPA, IPSC, USPSA and 3Gun. Randi fills her days concealed carrying in a Comp-Tac Holster, spending time practicing at the range, writing for different outdoor publications and finding new ways to help other women enjoy the recreation and entertainment of target shooting.

     

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3 Comments
  • Randi Rogers says: June 20, 2016 at 8:12 am

    TJ, Glad that you found some helpful ideas. Being cross dominate (left handed, right eye) can be overcome very easily with just a handgun. I would recommend a combination of turning your head and adjusting your arm a little bit to get the sights in front of your left eye. Finding the sights is a little trickier. There are lots of different things you can do to help you see your sights better. 1- You can use sight paint to paint the front sight a brighter color like orange. Paint can be purchased from most firearms accessories retailers. 2- You can change out the sights to an aftermarket kind. There are several brands of sights that allow you to install a wider rear notch and a slimmer front giving you more light between which can make it easier to see. 3- There are aftermarket sights with additional add on like fibers, or night sights that glow in low light. Truglo makes and excellent kind that is large and easy to see. 4- It never hurts to see the eye doctor and check to see if your prescription is up to date. Hope these help! Thanks- Randi

  • Tom Bassett says: June 16, 2016 at 7:10 pm

    Dear Randi:
    I found the tips about various shooting drills at the range quite helpful. Would you help me one more time? I would like to practice using the one hand method, but I am right-handed with a left dominant eye. What to do? And the older I get, I am finding the standard sights on many side-arms very narrow for my vision – I am nearsighted, where the front gun post seems to blend with the rear posts. Suggestions would be welcomed.
    Thank you,
    TJ

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