• Randy England

Drill: Diminishing Dots




This drill has been created by Ron Avery of Tactical Performance Center. The target for this drill can be found at https://tacticalperformancecenter.com/printable-targets/.


Time constraint: 30 minutes

Round count: 100 live, 100 dry

Target: Diminishing Dot

Start Position: Compressed Imminent Threat, anywhere from 3 to 7 yards depending on skill

Dry-Fire: Will be performed same as live-fire portion


The picture above assigns the numbers to the dots. When completing this drill, use the link above that provides the target in the correct size for a 8.5" x 11" sheet of paper. It will also print without the numbers on it. The numbers above are just to familiarize in which dots are being referred to. Avery's steps are as follows.


1. Commit to doing this exercise at the pace of doing it right. It is ok to have a few flyers, but try not to make a habit of missing more than a few. Do not go faster than you can consistently hit. Look at each target and decide what you need to see on each in order to get a hit. While moving to the smaller dots, a smaller sight picture will be needed and on the last 1" circle the tip of the front sight post will probably be needed. Otherwise, if putting the post over the target, the sight will most likely cover the entire circle. The smaller dots should take longer to acquire a good sight picture along with a more precise trigger press. This means the cadence from shot to shot for the four shots of each rep should not be evenly spaced. The smaller dots should take longer to shoot.


2. For at least the first 10 reps, step away, and step in and rebuild your stance and grip before each rep.


3. Do this dry first, then live-fire.


4. Present to circle 1, then shot 2, 3, 4. -4 times (16 rounds)


5. Present to circle 2, then 3, 4, 1, 2 -4 times (16 rounds)


6. Present to circle 3, then 4, 1, 2, 3 -4 times (16 rounds)


7. Present to circle 4, then 1, 2, 3 -4 times (16 rounds)


8. You now have 46 rounds left. Do 10 rounds of any sequence you want. Play with it. Have fun.


9. You now have 6 rounds left. Present to the TPC logo and eliminate it with the last 6 rounds.


10. Write down what worked in your journal. Write down ideas on improving.


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