El Presidente / El Prez
Turn and draw, clear array, reload, clear array.
What is the El Presidente / El Prez Drill?
El Presidente (El Prez) is a classic practical pistol drill, great for live fire or dry fire. If you’re active in the firearms training community, you’ve certainly heard of this drill and have likely shot it. The established standards act as a nice guide to determine how you stack up against the rest of the community.
El Prez works a nice range of handgun skills including the turn and draw, vision speed, recoil control, transitions, and the reload. All of which are fairly foundational skills for any practical pistol shooter – be it competition or self defense.
There are many variations of this drill that have popped up over the years, but they all involve a turn and draw, three targets with two shots, reload, and same three targets with two shots. The variations generally revolve around distances and accuracy standards.
Tim Herron is a multi division USPSA Grandmaster with many titles and top level placements in the world of USPSA. He travels the US teaching practical pistol classes.
- 3 Targets at 10 yards with 1 yard between targets
- Start position: Facing directly away from the targets with wrists above shoulders
- 12 shots required
- At the beep, turn around and draw
- Engage all three targets with two rounds each
- Engage all three targets again with two rounds each
- Simplify the drill by removing the turn and draw – simply face the targets and draw.
- To push speed, redefine the area of acceptable accuracy to anywhere on target.
The turn and draw often slows people down. However, it is very possible for the turn and draw to be just a few tenths of a second behind a normal draw. The key to a fast turn and draw is to turn the head as fast as possible ahead of the body looking for the target. The sooner the eyes lock onto the target, the sooner the gun will follow.
Want to improve your transitions for El Prez? Try running the Blake Drill.
Strive to see the first target quickly. Do you have to hunt around to find the target? Or do your eyes lock on quickly to the center aiming point? Strive to get those eyes locked on target quickly – and not only locked on target, but locked on a small specific point on target.
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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