Objective: This drill is designed to give the shooter perspective on their ability to make surgical hits at different shot cadences. It is a great self-assessment tool one can use to chart progress when shooting at speed. 

Ammunition Needed: 15 rounds 

Target: The original target for this drill consisted of three vertical bars printed on a sheet of looseleaf paper. Other target options include 4- 6 inch circles or the A-zone of an IPSC target. Small dessert size paper plates may also be used. 

Distance: 5-7 yards, depending on skill level and target size. 

Begin Exercise: All start with the handgun in a ready position with the muzzle depressed. Splits in the first cadence are roughly 1.5 to seconds, 1 second for the second and ½ second for the third. 

Phase One- 5 shots counting One Mississippi, Two Mississippi, Three Mississippi etc. 

Phase Two- 5 shots counting One and ,Two and 3 and etc. 

Phase Three- 5 shots counting, One, Two, three etc. 

Scoring: How did we do? Are all hits on the target or breaking the line? Did are hits spread out when we picked up the cadence? If you are making all hits pick up the speed or take a step back.

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 mboyle308@gmail.com.