1 Hole Challenge

What kind of performance is possible with dry fire only training?

A few years ago, I took the winter off of live fire practice and only did our Dry Fire Training Cards drills for 10-15 minutes per day for 6 months.

I shot a few monthly competitions (4?), a few (4?) timed fun shoots, and 2 qualifications, but did no live fire training for the entire 6 months.

Then I shot these videos to see how I was able to perform after doing JUST our dry fire training.

The first video is a 17 shot, one hole group from 11 feet in 10.5 seconds.  It’s shot with a Go Pro, which has a fish-eye lens.  Some people say it looks like I’m only a couple of feet away, but that’s a 23″ wide target and when they realize that, it’s easy to see that it’s 11 feet.

This 17 shot, 1 hole group can be almost completely covered by a quarter.

A lot of people make the mistake of thinking this is easy…

But this drill/diagnostic test is a little more than what it appears on the surface.

I’ve lost count, but somewhere north of 2,500 shooters have made comments about it being so easy everyone should be able to do it or “if you can’t do that, you shouldn’t own a gun.”

I’ve challenged every single one of them to try an easier version of the drill and, if they wanted, put me in my place with their results.

To date, not a single person who said the drill was easy has been able to do it.

In fact, what I’ve found is that only about 1/10 “serious” shooters can shoot a 5 round, 1″ group at 6 feet with no time constraints.

Anyone who I have talked to or shot with who can do the drill calls it one of the most deceptively difficult drills in shooting–simply brutal.

If you want to try it…start at 6 feet and shoot a 10 round 1″ group with 1 second splits measured with a shot timer or video. Any flyers=fail. When you get that, increase the difficulty however you want and let me know where you max out.

But let’s get back to the post-winter performance test…

I REALLY wanted to be under 10 seconds, so I sped up a little bit for the 2nd mag, got the time down to 8.5 seconds, and still kept the rounds in one (slightly bigger) ragged hole.

Again, this is 17 shots, 8.5 seconds, 1 ragged hole from 11 feet with a stock Glock 17 after 6 months of (almost) daily 10-15 minute dry fire only training sessions using Dry Fire Training Cards.

Notice the acceleration of the cadence as I got in tune with the gun and stopped looking at the target to verify the shots.

Each shot was aimed with individual sight pictures. There were no double taps, point shooting, or controlled pairs. I admittedly mashed the trigger and threw the third shot slightly.

This isn’t a claim of being the best, fastest, or most accurate, but it does show what kind of performance in terms of speed and accuracy is possible by using Dry Fire Training Cards in your living room for a few minutes per day–something that ANYONE can do.

Will it take 6 months to get these results? Probably not–3-6 weeks is a lot more reasonable.

The whole reason we chose 6 months was to highlight the potential of using ONLY dry fire.

If I would have added in 1 box of live ammo every month or so, the speed and accuracy would have been even better.

Do you have similar high speed one hole videos? If so, send me the link by commenting below telling me what platform you’re running and how you did it. If I post your video, I’ll send you a free gift 🙂

In the meantime, if you don’t have Dry Fire Training Cards, do yourself a favor and get them now by going >HERE<. If you do have them, take a minute and commit to daily 10-15 minute training times for the next 21 days.

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