The Gamut Resolutions 120 Round Rifle Ready-up Workout
Ever since I released the pistol target and blog, I have been getting asked “when will you release a rifle target/blog”. Well…here it is! The rifle workout is exactly like the pistol workout as far as going to the range with a plan. You MUST go to the range with a plan or you will not get better. This target and blog will absolutely make you a better shooter by working on accuracy and speed. To win a gunfight, you must be more accurate and faster than the other guy…it is as simple as that.
Below is one of the range workouts I use with a total round count of 120 rounds. Shooting distance is 10 yards. Once you can shoot it clean, move back to 12 yards and then 15 yards.
Drill #1 – Immediate Action (30 rounds total)
Description: Load your magazine with 10 dummy rounds. Squeeze the trigger, click, slap the magazine, rack the charging handle to eject the bad round (dummy round), get the red dot back on target, and squeeze the trigger again. Do this 10 times, until your magazine is empty. I suggest doing 3 x 10 round magazines of this drill for a total of 30.
For the rest of the drills start with the rifle from low ready. I recommend loading your magazines with only 10 rounds – this will give you the opportunity to think between magazines and make needed adjustments to your groups.
Drill #2 – Top Left Dot (20 rounds total)
From the low ready position – bring your gun up and drive it to the target as quickly as possible. Take 1 slow aim fire shot. Make sure to re-acquire your target after the shot and be ready to take a second shot if needed. After taking each shot, the safety should be switched on before lowering the rifle. The goal of this drill is accuracy. All 20 rounds should be in the 3-inch circle.
Drill #3 – Top Center Dot (20 rounds total)
This is the exact same drill as Drill #2 – but you will be using your off hand. Trust me, you absolutely must be able to shoot off both shoulders equally to be a well-rounded shooter. More often than you would like to think, it is necessary to take critical shots with your off shoulder, so get good at it!
Drill #4 – Top Right Dot (20 rounds total)
From the low ready – bring your gun up and drive it to the target as quickly as possible. Speed it up, take faster shots than the previous drill. I really want you to GET AFTER the speed. These should all be done sub 1 second with no misses. Start out at 10 yards. When you are consistently making shots from 10 yards, move back to 12 and then 15 yards. Accuracy and speed wins gun fights. Use a shot timer on this, it will make you faster.
Drill #5 – Bottom Right Dot (20 rounds total)
From the low ready – bring your gun up and drive it to the target as quickly as possible. Take a slow aim fire shot, put the rifle on safe and transition to the opposite shoulder then take another slow aim fire shot. Starting on the opposite side this time, lower the rifle and do a ready up from that shoulder, take a shot then transition to the opposite shoulder and take a second shot. My recommended way of doing this shoulder transition is moving your back hand forward to the mag well and bringing your opposite hand to the pistol grip. DO NOT EVER grab the pistol grip with both hands because this is where accidental discharges happen. There will be 10 transitions for a total of 20 rounds. MAKE SURE to put the rifle on safe before transitioning.
Drill #6 – Bottom Center Dot (20 rounds total)
From the low ready – bring your gun up and drive it to the target as quickly as possible. Take a slow aim fire shot and do a magazine reload. You absolutely MUST put your rifle of safe when doing a mag change. You can do either a combat or tactical reload in these drills. If you have the strength, keep the rifle up and do not tuck it under your arm pit. Tucking the rifle takes time. Watch the video below for exact details on how to do a good mag change.
Drill #7 – Bottom Left Dot (20 rounds total)
This is combining drills 2 and 3. From the low ready position, drive the rifle up to target and take a slow aim fire shot. Do 10 rounds from each side. Remember before leaving the range always focus on accuracy with slow aim fire. You MUST hit all 20 rounds in this drill.
Here are a few things you should remember and do at the range while shooting:
Pro tip #1 – Remember hold over during the entire session. You need to be holding your rifle about 2-3 inches above the target for every shot depending on where you are zeroed and the distance you are shooting.
Pro tip #2 – Make sure to flip the safety on and off for every shot. The more you do this, the faster it will become muscle memory and will ‘just happen’.
Pro Tip #3 – Make sure to reacquire your target after every shot – for 1 shot = 2 sight pictures, 2 shots = 3 sight pictures.
Let me know what you think about the rifle workout!
Download the target – here