Do You Dot Torture?

By Michael Mills
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Do You Dot Torture?

May 22nd, 2020

5:28 runtime

What’s the purpose of your range time? Is it to have some fun? Is it to enhance your skills? Is it both?

Do you get the most out of your time at the range? Are you there for fun, skill building, or both?

The first question I have for you is, do you have a plan for your days at the range? Most of us plan endlessly in our daily lives from our route to work to our daily tasks on the weekends. Often, we want to go to the range and have fun and just decompress. But is this the best course of action? I would say the best course of action is to have a solid plan for your range day that will not only let you have some fun, but also streamline your range day and make sure you get the most benefit out of it.

If you’ve invested in quality gear like this Springfield Armory Operator 1911, why not train to get the most out of it?

Plan of Action

One of my favorite range day drills is Dot Torture. I know, it sounds like a bit much. But, this can be a fun drill that can be competitive and help you work on all of your firearm skills. This target is readily available online for free and helps shooters at all skill levels work on everything from presentation to trigger control. On top of this, it only requires 50 rounds to run. So, you can maximize your training and range time without breaking the bank.

The “Dot Torture” target is free to download online and is a great way to wring out your skills on the range.

If you are a beginner, you will learn to self-diagnose with this target. On the other hand, a more advanced shooter may want to push the distance and speed. This target can be used at indoor ranges as well as outdoor ranges with a pistol or a rifle.

Getting It Done

So what is this “Dot Torture” target, exactly? Each circle on the target works a different drill from either the holster or the low ready if need be. There are a total of 10 circles on the target. The drills start with five rounds of slow fire and progress through transitions, reloads, draw and presentation, strong hand only and off-hand only. You can see me running through these drills in the video at top.

Mike likes to run the Dot Torture drill to refine his shooting skills with his 1911 pistol.

This drill can be run at your own pace and should be used for accuracy accomplishment initially. You can then start to push the limits of speed, while ensuring you maintain a high safety standard. 

Do You Want To Improve?

Take back your range day with a solid plan of action. This simple and effective target and drill will provide you with a streamlined range session, save money on ammo and range fees, and work those perishable skills you have.

So, get out there, have some fun, and refine those shooting skills!

Editor’s Note: The Springfield Armory 1911 that Mike Mills used in this piece is no longer offered, but we have listed a comparable model from the current line below.

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Michael Mills

Michael Mills

Michael Mills created as a way to help spread good information, shed positive light on the gun community and to have fun. He has always loved teaching and helping others, especially when it comes to gun rights. This passion was further ingrained during his service in U.S. Army Special Operations, and he is a Use of Force Instructor, Defensive Tactics instructor, DEA Firearms Instructor and Police Academy instructor. He also has 15 years of law enforcement experience from patrol to supervision.

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