The 5X5 Drill
The 5X5 Drill is done in the IDPA concealed carry competitions. They typically use the Glock 19 size or smaller handguns for this drill. The Drill goes as follows:
Distance: 10 yards(30ft)
- At the buzzer draw and shoot 5 shots freestyle. Freestyle simply means while following all the basic rules, you can choose how you fire. It could be either hand or both.
- At the buzzer draw and shoot 5 shots with your strong hand only. One of the better stances when shooting one handed is to have your strong side leg forward in a reverse boxing stance(weak side if firing with your off hand).
- At buzzer draw shoot 5 rounds. Emergency reload(gun in slide lock) reload shoot 5 more times(Freestyle).
- At buzzer 4 body shots then 1 headshots.
The 5X5 drill adds a sense of urgency by use of the timer. It also has the element of one handed shooting. It is important that you know and understand this prior to practicing it with live fire. With any live fire drill you need to break it down and learn it one step at a time. It is easy to make a mistake and end up shooting a part of your body. While this drill is meant for competitions it does have some self-defense applications. For example being able to draw and get accurate hits on center target. The one handed aspect, and the moving from the body to the the head while shooting. The timer and mimic stress in some situations as well.