Event/Media Driven Training & Modified Dicken’s Drill (8″target 60yards)

I’ve got a couple of cool things for you today.

First is a “drill” was created this week to commemorate Eli Dicken’s life-saving actions on Sunday at the Greenwood Park Mall in Greenwood IN.

Latest reports from video analysis evidently show that Dickens fired from a braced position, behind a column, 43 yards away from the shooter, hitting with 8/10 shots fired.

So, I’m going to attempt to do a modified Dicken’s drill at 60 yards on an 8″ popper with a Glock 26 subcompact…

There’s been a fair amount of criticism about people jumping on the bandwagon and trying different versions of this drill…

“Your training should be serious and if your training was serious, you’d already be doing this.”


“It’s just going to discourage people when they realize they can’t make the shot.”


“It’s a stupid drill.  Shooting the drill on paper is nothing close to doing it in real life when your life is at risk”

I think that’s a bunch of phooey.

  1. Using events from real life and even TV & Movies can make dull training fun, exciting, and engaging.  This can lead to the creation of an additional 1.8 million neural connections per second over boring practice.
  2. Adding context to training and visualizing yourself in different situations as you train gives training meaning AND it can improve real-world reaction times by as much as 4X.
  3. Hard drills can be discouraging, but they can also be inspiring.
  4. Just because shooting a drill on paper or steel is easier than real life doesn’t mean you shouldn’t shoot the drill on paper or steel.  Trying a course of fire that may have real-world application on paper or steel is a GREAT intermediate step.

All of that to say, get out there and have fun training!

Now, just because training is fun doesn’t necessarily mean it’s effective.  Most “training” is minimally effective at building skill and almost none of the “fun” options are effective at building real-world skill.

That’s why I want you to make sure to check out tonight’s replay of my Dynamic Gunfight Training presentation tonight that will tell you how to build real world gunfighting skills as quickly as humanly possible using FUN, exciting, at-home drills specifically designed for real world performance.  Check it out now by clicking >HERE<

Questions?  Comments?  Fire away by commenting below…

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  • Jerry

    Reply Reply September 18, 2023

    The correct abbreviation for Indiana, where this took place, is IN, not Id.

    • Ox

      Reply Reply September 24, 2023

      Yes. That’s very odd. I live in ID. And I never use a lower case letter for the 2nd letter in a state abbreviation. Thank you. I’ve made the correction.

  • rod vanzeller

    Reply Reply September 11, 2023

    According to the info I read from that shooting the sights were broken, also he never had official training his grandfather taught him how to shoot.
    Did you read the same info?

    • Ox

      Reply Reply September 14, 2023

      Yes…same info. He did a great job.

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