The box drill is a little different then the box step.
Have you ever heard of the dance step called the box step? Well, the box drill is nothing like the box step. While both involve moving in a box-shaped pattern, one involves guns, the other involves dancing. Since I can’t dance, obviously we are going to be looking at the box drill. This is a simple drill to test you in movement and shooting, but it can be difficult if you have never shot on the move before.
There are many variations of the box drill being taught out there, but we are going to look at one of the easiest. They are all designed to test one thing: your ability to separate what your feet are doing from shooting with your upper body. Some have taken the box drill to heart as a tactic to use for movement in a gun fight. Personally, I will be moving in any direction but a box in a gun fight. All this drill does is focus on your ability to move while shooting and being able to concentrate so you don’t fall and yet still make accurate shots while moving.
Since this drill involves moving in a large area, this is not a drill that can be run on an indoor range. This is a perfect drill to run at the outdoor range.
To set up the drill, you need to place four markers in a square with five yards distance separating the markers on a side. These can be anything you can pick up easily in your peripheral vision, so cones work well for this. Then you need to place three targets about 10 – 15 yards out from the uprange side (back) of the box. These can be any targets you prefer to use; IDPA, IPSC, USPSA, or steel. Set them equidistant from each other so they stretch from one end of the box to the other.
You may start on either side of the box in a back corner, but for clarification, assume we are starting in the back left corner. On your go signal, while moving forward from the back left corner to the front left corner, engage each target with two rounds each. When you reach the front left corner start moving to the right towards the front right corner and re-engage each target with two rounds apiece. After reaching the front right corner, begin moving backward to the back right corner, again engaging each target with two rounds apiece. All shots must be made while moving.
If you have ever seen the box drill, you know it is a difficult drill to do because of having to move and concentrate on where your feet are at the same time as concentrating on where your sights are. This drill is frequently used as a stage in competitions. If you have the area and are able, this is a great drill to introduce to yourself and others to the concept of shooting while moving.
Remember, a gunfight is not a static event. You will be moving for various reasons, mainly for cover. This drill will help you get used to the idea of being able to shoot while heading towards cover.