Extend Touch Press Drill
Distance: 9-15 feet
Rounds: 1 per round
Hands: two-handed grip
Draw: Concealment or High Compressed ready (shooters choice based on skill level)
If you are comfortable drawing from the holster that is the way the extent touch press drill should be done.
- Draw (or from ready position) extend your firearm toward the targets. In the isosceles triangle
- Touch the trigger but do not prep trigger or squeeze at this point.
- Press the trigger once.
The purpose of this drill is to get you used to the movements needed in a self-defense situation and for more advanced drills. There are multiple things to watch for.
Things to watch for
Rather dry-fire practicing or live fire. You must have a firm grip through the entire drill. Next, you want to make sure you are focusing on the target and not the front sights. Instead, you will make sure your sights are balanced by pushing your firearm out and into your field of vision.
It is not wrong to prep a trigger while getting ready to fire. This allows you to have a controlled trigger pull while avoiding slapping the trigger. That said this drill is not used for competitions or to practice marksmanship. Instead, it is meant to simulate a self-defense situation. Meaning it is more likely that when you do squeeze the trigger it will likely be immediately after your trigger is in the trigger guard.
The trigger pull should still be steady and consistent. This is a great drill for practicing your trigger pull by only shooting one shot at a time. This is also a great drill for working on any negative habits that have formed.
The extend touch press drill can be used as a warm-up and a corrective drill. Once you have moved to more advanced drills this drill should only be used as needed. It is important not to develop the habit of choreographed or consistent shooting.
Credit for the Drill
As always RGD Reviews credits the place where we found this drill. The extend touch press drill was posted by Rob Pincus as a starter for the Speed and Accuracy Drill.
His intuitive defensive shooting (IDS) system has been taught across the nation including some military personnel. I highly recommend that you learn more about this system if you are training for self-defense.