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Shooting Drill: The Humbler


This drill can bring any shooter to his knees.

Every so often, even the best shooters need to be brought down a notch or two. Everyone needs to be defeated in some way to learn from their mistakes. Unfortunately, sometimes finding a drill or target that can do that can be hard, but this may be the one that does it for most people. The Humbler lives up to its name.

Designed by instructor Kyle Defoor, it is a 70-shot, 700-point monster of a drill. Rumor has it that no one has ever shot this with a perfect score. That’s an impressive record if that is the case and I can see why this one is almost impossible to do. At 25 yards, an 8.5 in x 11 in piece of paper is SMALL!

This may be a daunting drill for most shooters, but it at least lets you reach out a bit and have some fun shooting at long distances with a pistol. Shooting at distance is something that not all people practice on a regular basis, but it can be a skill that will help improve your shooting. If you can hit a target at 25 yards, you can hit the same size target at a closer range with no problem.</a.

The Drill

This drill requires you to be able to draw, kneel and go prone on the range, so you will need to check with your local range to see if you are able to do those things. This may be a drill better left to an outdoor range because of that.

For this drill you will need:

  • A B-8 or an NRA 25-yard Rapid Fire Target
  • 70 rounds of appropriate ammunition for your gun
  • A shot timer of some sort

Concealment is not required for this drill, but you will be drawing so pay attention to that.

All stages are shot at 25 yards.

  • Stage 1 – 10 rounds, slow fire, in 10 minutes
  • Stage 2 – 5 rounds, from the draw, in 20 seconds (repeat)
  • Stage 3 – 5 rounds, from the draw, in 10 seconds (repeat)
  • Stage 4 – 5 rounds, slow fire, strong hand only, in 5 minutes
  • Stage 5 – 5 rounds, strong hand only from the draw, in 20 seconds 
  • Stage 6 – 5 rounds, strong hand only from the draw, in 10 seconds 
  • Stage 7 – 5 rounds, slow fire, weak hand only, in 5 minutes
  • Stage 8 – 5 rounds, kneeling, with both hands, in 5 minutes
  • Stage 9 – 5 rounds, going from standing to kneeling with the draw, in 20 seconds
  • Stage 10 -5 rounds, prone, in 5 minutes
  • Stage 11 -5 rounds, going from standing to prone with the draw, in 20 seconds

As you can see, this is a monster of a drill that lives up to its name. Don’t be surprised if you get a very low score when you first try it. This is a drill that will take time and patience and work to master, if it can ever be tamed. Remember, a perfect score is 700 so don’t worry. Not everyone can get a 700 even after a lot of practice.

If you are a bullseye shooter, you might find this drill a little easier than the average defensive shooter. Typically this is out around your range and timing. With some of the other elements thrown in for defensive shooters, you may find it keeps you enough off-balance to make it challenging.

If you want, start working with this drill and over time, your score will improve as well as your overall shooting skill. Remember, if you can hit a target at 25 yards, you can hit it in closer.

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Shooting Drill: The Humbler