Drop the Phone
Practice clearing your hands while drawing your pistol.
What is the Drop the Phone Drill?
When we enter a stressful situation, such as a defensive gun use, our brain almost short circuits. It gets an extremely intense focus on the threat and engaging the fight or flight response. This can result in someone drawing their gun and shooting at the threat one handed while still holding the object in their hand.
It is very much a thing where people will get through a gunfight while shooting with only one hand – which is a disadvantaged situation. This drill is simply practicing dropping something before you drop the gun.
You may laugh at the simplicity of the drill, but I have seen people set up this exact drill in class, where the purpose is to drop the thing in your hand, but still fail to drop the thing in your hand.
An old cellphone case is a great prop to use for this. An empty ammo box or any other similar shaped item works. This drill can easily be adapted for other objects as well, such as a coffee. In fact, using a variety of objects and object holding positions is encouraged.
Unless you’re holding a child, nothing you’re holding is worth your life. Drop it like a hot potato and get both hands on the gun.
- 1 Target at 7 yards
- Start position: A phone shaped object in hand and held up to the ear. Other hand, wrist below belt. Gun loaded and holstered.
- 6 shots required
- At the beep, drop the thing in your hand
- Draw and engage the target with six shots
- Alternate the hand that is holding the object.
- Change the size/type of object in your hand and how you’re holding it.
- Walk around naturally with a long random start time to the shot timer. After the beep, shoot on the move as if the target were shooting back.
- At the beep, drop the gun and start moving in any direction
The priority in this drill is dropping whatever you’re holding and getting both hands on the gun. It sounds obvious, but imprinting a sense of urgency in getting the thing out of your hand will help push your speed and get both hands on the gun sooner rather than later.
Do your hands go to the same spots as if you were standing in your perfect stance? Do you still get a good consistent grip on the gun? If you’re clearing a cover garment, do you grab your shirt on the same consistent spot? Your draw stroke should remain the same no matter where your hands start.
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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