The Higginbotham controlability drill – maybe the best test of shooting street readiness

Some posts earlier I said that the most fundamental drill was to draw and hit and 8-inch plate from 7 yards in 1.5 seconds.  The second drill that I consider vital is the Higginbotham controlability drill, shown in the video below with commentary.  If you can perform both of these drills it’s time to start working on non-shooting-related stuff, like movement, verbalization, awareness, scenarios, and so on, but keep working on shooting improvement too, because it’s fun!

(The guy in the video is actually 20 pounds lighter in real life: subtract 10 that the camera puts on and another 10 because he had gained 10 pounds prior to his knee replacement — when this was filmed — because he could barely walk.)

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One thought on “The Higginbotham controlability drill – maybe the best test of shooting street readiness

  1. Ralph, you have commented in several posts about using a pace of fire that allows the shooter to evaluate the situation. You seem are the only instructor I have found to bring this up; most others teach to train and choose equipment that allows the fastest possible string of fire. Especially as an armed citizen, I think your approach makes the most sense – I don’t have a department or SOFA to back up my actions. Based on studies of reaction time that I’ve read, I think .3 seconds would be the absolute minimum necessary to evaluate each shot – maybe even closer to half a second. To me, this has a lot of implications, not only in training techniques but also in choosing equipment. Thanks for your insight.

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