DOT TORTURE DRILL COURSE OF FIRE
The drill consists of shooting 50 rounds at ten two-inch dots from a distance of 3 yards.
First Dot – Draw and fire one string of 5 rounds as accurately as possible. Ideally it should be one hole. Rounds required: 5
Second Dot – Draw and fire 1 shot, holster, and repeat four times. Rounds required: 5
Third & Fourth Dots – Draw and fire 1 shot on Dot 3, then 1 shot on Dot 4. Holster and repeat three times. Rounds required: 8.
Fifth Dot – Draw and fire a string of 5 shots using only your strong hand. Rounds required: 5.
Sixth & Seventh Dots – Draw and fire 2 shots on Dot 6, then 2 on Dot 7. Holster and repeat four times. Rounds Required: 16.
Eighth Dot – From ready or retention position, fire five shots using only your support hand. Rounds required: 5.
Ninth and Tenth Dots – Draw and fire 1 shot on Dot 9, perform a speed reload and then fire 1 shot on Dot 10. Holster and repeat three times. Rounds required: 6.
TIPS FOR EACH DOT
- 1st Dot: Consider this as a warmup dot. Your eyes should be focused on the front sight, and you should be looking for a surprise trigger break with each shot. Pay close attention with each shot here, because this is as easy as this drill gets.
- 2nd Dot: This is a great opportunity to work on your press-out and a smooth draw from concealment. Accuracy is still the goal here, but start to work on other techniques as well.
- 3rd and 4th Dots: These dots build on what you’ve learned in the first two dots and add in transitioning to another target. Don’t over-run the dot when moving back and forth. Rather, get a good sight picture and a trigger press with each shot on each dot.
- 5th Dot: Getting a good grip on your pistol and understanding how your sights move are the key to success on this stage. Chances are, this dot is going to be a rude wake up call for you. It’s very hard to shoot this dot clean unless you’ve made strong-hand only work a priority during your dry-fire and live-fire practice.
- 6th and 7th Dots: Mental concentration is the key to success on these dots. Because the shoot two then two rhythm is quite familiar to anyone who’s done some training or competition, it’s tempting to fall into bad habits on these two dots. Resist that temptation, and pay attention to each shot on these dots.
- 8th Dot: Long distance runners have “the wall,” and people who shoot the Dot Torture Drill have the eighth dot. Any flaws with your trigger press, sight picture, or grip come into sharp focus when you’re using only your support hand. If you can shoot this dot clean on a regular basis, you should be able to handle the other nine dots in this drill.
- 9th & 10th Dot: The key to these dots is maintaining your concentration as you manipulate your gun. The reload forces you to briefly shift your attention from the front sight and trigger in order to slide a new magazine into your gun. This, in turn, can cause your mind to wander when it comes time to make the shot on the last dot.
50 Rounds per session usually a minimum of 3 Sessions place pre-practice shoots = 200 rounds for the day