Pistol training series: Wilson combat 5×5 drill (VIDEO)
By Chase Welch
Responsible armed citizens must hold themselves to a high standard of proficiency with firearms. Testing skills and pushing for improvement should be a top priority when training. So an essential part of each practice session should include a drill that pushes abilities to the limit and help identify areas that need improvement.
One such drill is the Wilson Combat 5×5 Skills Test. Designed by Bill Wilson, founder of gun maker Wilson Combat, the drill tests the fundamentals of pistol shooting: trigger control, speed, accuracy, recoil management, strong hand shooting and reloads.
Using an IDPA target and a “service caliber” (9mm or larger) pistol, the drill involves three strings of five rounds each, one string of 10 rounds and is shot at a distance of 10 yards. All hits must be in the “-0” or center of the target and each miss incurs a 0.5 second penalty. The drill is shot as follows:
String 1: Draw and engage target with five rounds using two hands
String 2: Draw and engage target with five rounds, using only your strong hand
String 3: Draw and engage target with five rounds, reload from slide lock and re-engage target with five more rounds using two hands
String 4: Draw and engage