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  1. General Topics on Material Delivery
    8 Topics
  2. IMPORTANT: Safety Set Up and Weapons Check
    3 Topics
  3. Day 01 - First Class
    9 Topics
  4. Day 02 Stance-Platform-Sight Alignment-Grip
    9 Topics
  5. Day 03 C-Clamp-Intro to Draw
    10 Topics
  6. Day 04 Intro to Reloads and Movement -Get Off The X-
    2 Topics
  7. Day 05 Decelerating and Shooting
    4 Topics
  8. Day 06 Compromised Shooting Positions
    5 Topics
  9. Day 07 Target Transitions
    6 Topics
  10. Day 08 Testing and Congratulations
    1 Topic
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Trigger Control Drill

Handing Out SIRTS

Starting First Drill

It is time for a first drill.  We will start with trigger control, which is defined as the ability to press the trigger without moving the muzzle.  A very simple yet very difficult skill to master.


            The first drill is essentially a trigger control isolation drill where we go strong hand only and shoot targets.  This is a great drill because we don't have to go into all the vast idiosyncrasies of grip and grip establishment, but give the students a "quick win" to actually start to shoot and do something physical and with a SIRT in reasonably short order.  Don't skimp on the safety protocol whatsoever, but move through itl with the notion that safety will be reiterated in future courses. You mainly want to ensure that they feel safe and comfortable within the environment. Ensure that your students understand that you take safety very seriously.  However, giving them a quick win by actually getting to a meaningful drill where they get some immediate feedback is extremely beneficial to increase the motivation of the course, get them involved, and keep the tempo of the course.

After the baseline test, cover the four safety rules one more time. Then we will direct the students to the SIRT Table to pick and SIRT Training Pistol.

At this time about 20 minutes to 30 minutes into the course, you should commence handing out the SIRTs by directing them to the SIRT table where they grab a SIRT.  Observe their pistol handling skills: is there trigger finger off the trigger, is the muzzle in safe direction?  Note that even though you clearly communicated these safety rules, many regular people will not initially adopt them.  That is why you are putting on this course!

Strongly communicate that egos are checked at the door.  If you see anyone muzzling anyone else or finger on the trigger, politely but firmly communicate that violation of the safety rules.  Tell them that if you are the recipient of such feedback, accept it graciously, remedy the issue without making any meaningless or pathetic excuses.  Communication on safety is intended to get each other better.  But also be aware of a “gotcha person” in your class.  That is a student that relishes in pointing out mistakes in others in order to satisfy their position in a hierarchy.  

At this time, direct individuals to a safe firing line which can be a string of painter tape away from the wall, and line up on the target.  Watch their pistol handling at this time, ensure they are indeed being aware of the muzzle and fingers off the trigger.  Reiterate that the SIRT pistols cannot go “boom”; they are completely inert devices, but of course handle them as a live fire tool.

This would be a good time to ask if there are any questions, if anyone feels uncomfortable, and of course commence with the first strong-hand-only trigger control isolation drill.

Video of Sample Class Related to This Block

The sample videos below are to help you see how this instruction is actually taught. Now, this is not the only way to instruct, but it is shown to give you an example.