Split Bill Drill
Improve transitions by engaging multiple targets as if it were a single target.
What is the Split Bill Drill?
The Bill Drill is a very popular drill, for good reason. It requires excellent accuracy at speed and punishes sloppy gun handling. The Blake Drill is an excellent drill building on the Bill Drill, pushing six shots across three targets with the goal of maintaining a similar time.
The Split Bill Drill enters the picture between those two drills.
The goal of the Split Bill Drill is to maintain even splits across all six shots as if it were a Bill Drill – ideally at the exact same speed of a true Bill Drill. (just like with the Blake Drill)
But the Split Bill Drill simplifies things a smidge by only using one transition. This makes it good for warming up transitions, while pushing harder and harder.
- 2 targets at 7 yards, with the shoulders of the targets touching
- Start position: gun loaded and holstered, wrists below belt
- 6 rounds required
- At the beep, draw and engage each target with three shots
- To push speed, either move closer to the targets or open up the area of acceptable accuracy to anywhere on target
- To push for all alphas, turn the targets into “tuxedo targets” where the right and left of the A Zones are blacked out
- To push transition speed on distance change-ups, move one of the targets farther and/or one of the targets closer
- Save ammo by only taking one shot on the second target and reducing this drill to a four shot drill
Fast transitions require leading the gun with the eyes – doesn’t matter if it is a narrow transition or a wide transition. When the third shot breaks on the first target, don’t let the eye hang out and take a fourth sight picture on the same target. Staring at the already engaged target doesn’t speed things up. Move the eyes onto the next target and the gun will follow.
Beware under travel and over travel. Watch the sights as they enter onto the target. Does the shot break too early and hit on the inside of the target? What about transitioning too aggressively and carrying the sights past the target onto the outside? Move the gun fast, but only just far enough.
Brian Purkiss is a USPSA Carry Optics Grandmaster and the founder of Locked Back Training.
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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