We’re back with another episode of Start Shooting Better. In this series, I’m joined by John Johnston of Ballistic Radio to help explain some drills and tests you can try at the range to help improve your shooting ability.
The drill we’re looking at this time is the 5×5 Drill. I’ve actually covered this one before in a blog post a couple of years ago, but I think it’s worth revisiting because it’s really useful for assessing your basic skill level with a handgun. As Greg Ellifritz put it, if you can pass this drill, “consider it like you’ve achieved a high school diploma in gunfighting. Realize that there is a whole world of higher education beyond high school.”
The video embedded below has the details of the drill, or you can scroll down for the full video transcript as well as a link to download a printable version of the 5×5 target.
One quick side note: There is another pistol drill known as the “5×5 Skills Test” developed by Bill Wilson. That one is also a great drill to try, but it’s completely different from the 5×5 Drill we’re doing here. Details on the Wilson 5×5 Skills Test can be found here.
by Chris Baker