Exercise: Earlier Efficiency for Fast Transitions

Exercise: Early Efficiency In Transitions

Summary:  Build efficient transitions with direct gun travel and earlier vision. 
Level: Intermediate – requires good fire control and an understanding of natural point of aim
Rounds:  185,  140 dry
Target: 4×6 rectangle  (print a few), 3 target backers/stands, set at yardage, about 1 to 3 yards apart (vary as you like). One target on each stand, put at same height or vary for challenge.
Distance: 3 to 7 yards with skill


Can we agree that a straight line is shortest path between two points?   So the first concept is move the gun in a straight line between the targets.  Common errors… dropping the gun down (looks tactical in the movies), letting the gun settle and then bringing it over.  Just imagine the muzzle traveling the LEAST possible distance and do that.   It will be better than what you do now, and if you keep thinking that way it will continue to improve.  Minimizing the distance the muzzle travels is step 1 for efficiency in transitions. 

Now… look at the target and imagine what sight picture you need to see (or feel).  Not the PERFECT sight picture…think of the broadest definition that will always yield a hit.     At 5 yards, let’s say it is the front sight surround by gray.   You can vary that – you decide. 

Just look at the target and visualize the straight paths and seeing that sight picture.   Got it??  Let’s begin.

Terms; LMT = Left Most Target, CT = Center Target, RMT = Right Most Target

Dry:  20 reps of transition from each target to every other target.   LMT to CT  (20 times), LMT to RMT (20 times), CT -> LMT, CT-RMT, RMT-CT, RMT-LMT.    Total 120 reps.   

Start on each target, move your eye to the next target, move the gun to the next target, see what you need to see, touch the trigger.  No need to cock gun. Just see it, touch.  DO IT AT THE PACE YOU CAN DO IT RIGHT.   And don’t forget to move the eye first. 

You are looking for 20 in a row of good reps.  If you mess up, go back to 1.   If you keep messing up, go for 5 in a row, then 10 in a row, so forth.

With dry fire YOU are the accountable one, do not cheat yourself. 

Live:  10 reps as with Dry. Start on target, move to other, see what you need to see, deliver the shot, find sights again while prepping trigger = good rep.
Do it a the PACE you can DO the STEPS RIGHT.   (60 rounds)

For the first live fire we start on target so as not to waste ammo, we are directly building the move skill. Now we will work on the move from recoil skill.

Live:  10 reps, start on target, deliver shot, move directly to the next target, see what you need to see, shoot, rep ends with your trigger reset and your sight picture re-acquired.   (60 rounds)

Live:  10 reps, left to right all three targets, and right to left all three targets (60 rounds)

Live:  Use 5 shots and get rid of the TPC logo on the center target.  (5 rounds)

Dry:  20 reps of perfect dry fire to the TPC log on the right most target

Journal time:  What worked?  What are you going to try?  What do you need to ask a better shooter or an instructor?  What tools do you need?


This uses a LOT of ammo.  We recommend doing this dry a few times before going live. 

Always do the steps right.  Squeeze time between steps to be quicker. Never shortcut a needed step.

Stick to the pace of doing it right. It will get faster naturally.  When you have the steps right, feel free to mix up the target distances, locations, and to find out how early you can see what you need to see (that’s where the speed lies).

Make SURE that when you practice dry that your SPINE aligns to the target each time. You are rotating it, not pulling or pushing your arms.  This will involve muscles OUTSIDE your arms. Move the gun this way is quicker and more accurate when it stops and you shoot.

Keep the transitions WITHIN your peripheral vision.  Transitioning farther than that uses another technique.

Have fun. You are on the range. Not at work (unless it is your work in which case congratulations).