HUNT/FISH: Basic “5 and 50″ Drills to Conserve Ammo and Lower Costs

Written by Doug Giles on March 25, 2013

Screen Shot 2013-03-25 at 9.41.39 AMGiven the high cost and low availability of ammo and the increased shipping costs recently, here is a focused practice drill I use to conserve ammo and lower my shooting costs by using only 50 rounds, while improving my shooting skills. Rather than just throw lead down range, I use a specific drill to practice and focus on key fundamentals and techniques, like proper grip, sight alignment, and trigger control.

This simple Basic “5 and 50″ Practice Drill includes a total of 50 rounds fired, in five separate stages with ten rounds per stage, focusing on shooting fundamentals. If your magazine or firearm holds less than ten cartridges, just load it to full capacity. Accuracy, rather than speed, is your primary goal the first time through all five stages. Another goal is to minimize body, arm, hand, and sight movement as you precisely press the trigger. This simple drill will help reinforce your accuracy, trigger control, consistency in grip and trigger control skills from shot to shot and improve the basics of sight picture with sights on target, while safely and properly drawing. The “5 and 50″ Drill is good for any shooter at any level, since you can always improve your shooting of tighter groups or increase your speed of draw and accuracy, after you master the drill fundamentals and want more challenge.

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