Ace of Diamonds Drill
The Ace of Diamonds drill can be done with a partner or solo. This drill will require the ability to shoot in all 4 directions. It can be performed live or dry fire. As always RDG Reviews recommends all drills be first practiced using your preferred dry fire method, until you have the steps down. It is unlikely you will be able to perform this drill at your local range. So, make sure you ask permission first to avoid any misunderstandings or rule violations.
Distance: 15 feet
Rounds: 8 – 2 shots per target.
Targets: shooters choice
Hand: shooters choice
Draw: from holster or ready position
- Start the drill in the center of the targets. Each target should be approximately 15 feet from the center.
- Upon the command to draw- face the target and shoot 2 shots at the target.
- Bring the firearm into a compressed high ready position.
- Turn 180 degrees- you should be facing the target directly directly across from your starting target.
- 2 shots on target. Compressed high ready and turn left or right (shooters choice.
- 2 shots on target. Compressed high ready.
- Turn 180 degrees and take your last 2 shots.
You can also do this with a partner. Your partner would be facing the target directly behind you and directly across from your starting target. Each turn would be the same as the above directions. Allowing each shooter to be shooting at the opposite target throughout the drill. The Ace of Diamonds is a complex drill with simple steps that helps train you to identify the target prior to engaging. It is crucial that you practice all the safety steps when performing this drill.
Things to Watch for
It is very important to practice this drill prior to using live rounds. You must make sure that your firearm is pointed down and not flagging any part of yourself or your partner as you turn.
This drill is meant to help you train for multiple attackers. As we know over 50% of the time violent encounters involve more than one attacker. This is why it is so important to practice it without flagging anyone. It is completely possible that during a dynamic critical incident there will be people running around and possibly little ones that will be crossing your path.
During DRY FIRE PRACTICE ONLY you can have someone walking around to practice having to move and avoid innocent people.
You also want to try and get the shots off quickly but not faster than you can shoot accurately. Another variation of the Ace of Diamonds would be to have someone call out the starting target causing you to change directions at the start. For example, they could call out North, where you would then identify and face the target prior to your draw.
Credit for the drill
As always we like to give credit to person or site we found the drill. Keeping in mind we only post drills we actually practice.
This drill was originally posted by PFC Training’s. They utilized both an AR and Pistol during the drill.
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