September 24, 2021

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What is the most important drill to practice?

You might own one or more firearms and have had some training in how to use them. You may even use your guns at a highly proficient level. But, how often do you practice drills with your firearms?

Shooting drills are a core part of firearm practice, and they help highlight any problems with your technique so you can address them. What’s more, shooting drills help you learn all kinds of tactical maneuvers and skills, ensuring you have complete mental preparation.

The trouble is, some folks don’t carry out firearm practice using the correct shooting drills. You’re likely reading this because you want to make sure that doesn’t happen to you, but you don’t know what is the most important drill to practice.

One fact you need to keep in mind is that some practice drills don’t work best across all types of firearms. For example, a drill that works well for a shotgun might not be suitable if you’re using a pistol or a rifle.

The following are a selection of top shooting drills to consider that work well across one or more different types of firearms:

Malfunction Drill

If you have a handgun, shotgun, or rifle, the malfunction drill applies to you. In a nutshell, the malfunction drill teaches you how to react to a situation where your firearm malfunctions when you need it most.

To set up the malfunction drill, you need to stage a problem, such as using an empty brass case. Make sure you’ve got rounds in your firearm of choice to ensure a realistic simulation. You should then start the drill in the ready position, just as if you had fired.

You could use a timer to help you and do a few malfunction drills to see if you can beat your best times. The drill ends, of course, once you’ve managed to get your gun back in action as quickly as possible.

Mozambique Drill

You’ve probably heard of the Mozambique Drill, but if you haven’t, it’s also known as the “two to the body, one to the head” drill. In a nutshell, the Mozambique Drill is a technique you’d use in close quarters to stop an assailant near to you quickly.

The Mozambique Drill is supposedly named after a mercenary fighting in the Mozambique War of Independence between the 1960s and 1970s. He came across an assailant around the corner from him armed with an AK47 around seven yards from him.

The mercenary, armed with just a pistol, shot the assailant twice in the chest and the third time in the head. Each shot was fired in succession quickly. The Mozambique Drill is essentially a simulation of that firing sequence.

It’s a drill that stresses shot placement at critical locations on an assailant. You start by setting up a silhouette target with prominent chest and head areas around seven to ten yards away from you.

Keeping your handgun holstered or shotgun low, the drill begins with a signal, at which time you would shoot two rounds at the chest and one to the head of your silhouette target. It’s an essential drill that teaches you how to make accurate shots quickly while under pressure.

You can use the Mozambique Drill for any type of firearm, although it’s probably a bit pointless with a machine gun for obvious reasons.

Alternating Targets Drill

Lastly, here’s a drill for rifle owners. The alternating targets drill is one designed to test your speed and reaction time, and uses a combination of fundamental skills you’ll have learned when you first started using a rifle.

The alternating targets drill is a simple one that you can do from ten yards with your rifle. As the name suggests, the alternating targets drill tests how quickly you can shoot separate targets with your rifle.

The drill begins by starting from the high ready position, and on the “go” signal, you fire two shots at your first target’s body. You would then quickly assess your shots and then repeat your actions with the second target.

Next, you repeat those actions but aiming for the head rather than the body. The idea is to make accurate shots at each time without missing the targets.


You’ve undoubtedly realized there is no single “best” drill that applies to all types of firearms. That’s because each gun, whether it be a pistol or a shotgun, gets used for specific purposes and has differing advantages.

The above are some of the top drills you can consider for firearm practice, with some covering more than one weapon type.