(This is an older article that I am republishing, because it came to mind, at our weekly training this weekend, when we returned to practicing this drill. We’re going to do it again this coming weekend too.)
As I watched the “tactical shooting” training industry take off in the middle of the last decade, one of the things I found bemusing was the trend to get away from simple “Snap Shot” drills, often derided as “UP!” drills, after the shooter command of “Shooter, ready? And….UP!” I watched as guys coming out of different units, both SOF and Big Green, did anything they could to move away from this very basic, almost mind-numbingly monotonous drill. I understand—and understood—that the basic snap shot drill was all too often overused, while simultaneously, and at first glance, paradoxically, underutilized.
How is THAT possible? Trainers had/have a tendency to rely on the drill—especially in the…
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