This is part 1 of a 2 part 50-round J-frame revolver workout from Mike Boyle. Next week we’ll look at part 2, 50-round revolver workout for D- and K-frame revolvers. On an aside. Mike Boyle’s 101 Range Dills monograph in in the hopper and should be ready by mid-year.

Phase One @ 4 yards- Two Hands, Draw & Fire- a) 2 shots b) 2 shots c) 1 shot

Phase Two @ 4 yards- Strong Hand Only, Draw & Fire- a) 1 shot b) 2 shots c) 2 shots

Phase Three @ 4 yards- Weak Hand Only, From Ready Position- a) 2 shots b) 1 shot c) 2 shots

Phase Four @ 4 yards- Bill Drill, Draw & Fire- 5 shots, 1X

Phase Five @ 4 yards- Failure Drill, Draw & Fire- a) 2 body, 1 head b) 1 body, 1 head

Phase Six @ 5 yards- Tri-Five, Draw & Fire- 1 shot with 2 hands, 2 shots strong hand only and 2 shots weak hand only (one command) 1X

Phase Seven @ 7 yards- Tactical Reload, Draw & Fire- 2 shots, tactical reload and SCAN for other threats (no additional firing)-2X

Phase Eight @ 7 yards- Emergency Reload, Draw & Fire- a) 3 shots b) 2 shots, reload with 5 rounds and fire 2 additional shots c) 3 shots

Phase Nine @ 15 yards- Long Distance, Draw & Fire- 2 shots, 3X from standing or kneeling


  • Fire as fast as you can make solid hits. It’s okay to miss in training! If you don’t push the envelope, you will not know your own limitations. This will help you set your mental clock.
  • If possible, reload from behind cover.
  • Use a target with a realistic size, high value scoring area.


Mike Boyle is a retired law enforcement officer and has been active in use of force instruction for over 40 years. He has been a police academy assistant director, instructor, Rangemaster and is the author of 2 books, 3 training videos and hundreds of magazine articles on firearms, training and tactics. Mike served 21 years on the Board of Directors of the International Association of Law Enforcement Firearms Instructors. Mr. Boyle can provide instruction on various firearms disciplines including handgun, shotgun and low light threat management. He can be reached at