The classic draw and burn it down drill.
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What is the Bill Drill?
The Bill Drill is an absolute classic drill – simple but works some important skills for any practical pistol shooter or conceal carrier.
Both defensive pistol shooters and competition shooters need to have the ability to get a handgun out of the holster and putting rounds down range quickly. The Bill Drill tests and pushes a shooter’s ability to do just that.
The Bill Drill’s sustained rate of fire requires impeccable recoil control in order to maintain accuracy at speed.
Skilled shooters can run this drill in under two seconds while maintaining accuracy.
- 1 Target at 7 yards
- Start position: hands at sides, wrists below belt
- 6 rounds required
- At the beep, draw and fire six shots
- A strict Bill Drill uses a USPSA target and requires all hits to be in the A Zone.
- To improve speed, run the drill at 3 yards. (It’s actually extremely fun to run at such a close distance! Sometimes “giggle factor” is a perfectly valid reason to run a drill and a 3 yard Bill Drill has some serious giggle factor.)
- To improve control, run the bill drill at 20 yards.
Double Bill Drill
- A Double Bill Drill is two bill drills joined by a reload. Draw, six shots, reload, six shots.
Triple Bill Drill
- A Triple Bill Drill is (you guessed it) three bill drills joined by reloads. Draw, six shots, reload, six shots, reload, six shots.
The Bill Drill is all about speed. Speed often creates tension and sloppy gun handling – both of which will kill a Bill Drill. Build a consistent and firm grip on the draw or else each shot will get sloppier and sloppier.
Ben Stoeger is an IPSC World Champion and multiple time USPSA National Champion. He travels all over the United States and the world shooting matches and teaching classes
Since the Bill Drill is such an incredibly fast drill, every bit of extraneous movement has a greater proportional impact than other drills. Any excess movement can be the difference between a sub two second or over two second run. Pay attention to your body and watch out for movement that feels fast, but actually is just excess movement that doesn’t help get the gun from the holster to full extension. Try filming yourself and watching in slow motion. Look for any extra movement.
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More Drill Modifications
Modifications to focus on: Conceal Carry
Modifications to focus on: General Modifications
- Add extra shots to each target - More info »
- Add low ports so you have to crouch or kneel to engage the target - More info »
- Add vision barriers - More info »
- Change the body orientation relative to the targets - More info »
- Last Three Targets One Handed - More info »
- Only run the drill once - More info »
- Perform Reps at 50-80% Speed - More info »
- Put targets at varying heights - More info »
Modifications to focus on: Movement
Modifications to focus on: Push Speed
Modifications to focus on: Tighten Accuracy