The exercise itself is pretty straightforward. Draw and engage a target from around the outside of a barricade, engage three more targets on the move, and then engage a final target around the outside of a second barricade. The main “lesson” is the importance of moving with a purpose when shooting on the move.
Six and a half seconds of video at 120 frames per second shows a lot more than a simple drill, though. And the number of things I was able to see — positive and negative — in those 780 frames proves just how valuable video can be in analyzing your shooting technique.
The most glaring fault is the horrendous press-out at the beginning. Somewhere during my weird on-again, off-again shooting schedule this year I developed a ridiculously bad habit of “fly casting” my pistol instead of doing a straight, level press-out. While I knew (and saw) that my press-outs were getting aligned late, this video really hammered home just how bad things are. It gave me a solid, simple technique fix to work on.
There was also the weird glance at the ground as I came to the second barricade. In multiple iterations of the drill (all on video) it never happened again so I’m at a loss as to why I did it.
Things I was happy with: speed of engagement on the move (though not so happy about the slow movement); finger discipline when maneuvering past the barricades; decent use of cover (and no crowding); good target assessment (“scan”) after shooting.
And here it is at full speed from the target’s point of view:
If you’re not using videotape in your practice, start. I’ve found the combination of a tripod-mounted point & shoot camera and a head-mounted POV camera works great. For the regular camera I use a Nikon AW110 which is both waterproof and shock resistant for rough handling on the range; the camera attached to my earpro is a Contour ROAM which is also water- and shock-proof enough for any normal shooting activity.
Train hard & stay safe! ToddG