Shooting the 5 Yard Roundup With A Sub-Compact

I’m getting back into live fire practice after a long winter’s break where I’ve been doing almost 100% dry fire practice and ran across a great drill/test/standard I want to share with you…

It’s called the “5 Yard Roundup.”  I learned about it from Claude Werner and it originally came from Justin Dyal.  

It’s 4 strings of fire, all shot at 5 yards on an NRA B-8 target with a 2.5 second par time for each string:

String 1: 1 round from the holster
String 2: 4 rounds from a ready position
String 3: 3 rounds, strong hand only, from ready
String 4: 2 rounds, support hand only, from ready

Late hits are -5

Misses are -10 (on a true B-8 target, there’s a 10″ “7” ring…the versions that print on 8.5×11 paper only have an 8″ “8” ring)

Here’s a video of how it played out when I shot it cold (both because it was my first shots of the day and because the temperature was in the 30s) with a Glock 26 subcompact:

You’ll probably notice that I wasn’t in much of a hurry for the strings.  I can get a first hit off from concealment at this distance in about a second.  My goal on these strings was to shoot them in 2-2.5 seconds.

You can max this drill…I’ve done it once so far and it was a fluke.  Once I shoot it a few more times and have “trained for the test,” I should be able to max it fairly regularly.

When you’re maxing it predictably, there are 2 variations you can do:

First, lower your par time from 2.5 seconds to 2 seconds.  When I run the drill with 2 second par time, I have been scoring between 85-90.

Second, instead of having a set number of shots, see how many hits you can make in the black in the par time for each string.

If you’re on a range that severely limits your shooting speed, get rid of the time component and shoot the drill for pure accuracy.

Alternatively, you can shoot the drill one shot at a time, but lower your par time down to 1 or 1.5 seconds for each shot.

Why did I do this?

The biggest reason is that I wanted to show what kind of live fire performance you can get when you do the majority of your practice with dry fire…specifically recoil management and multi-shot strings.

What’s even more important is the fact that I purposely limit my dry fire practice time to 5-10 minutes per day.


Because I know that most people don’t have 30-60 minutes per day to do dry fire practice.  You’re probably lucky to have 5-10 most days.  On the days when you do have a big chunk of time, that’s awesome and our training works for those situations too.  But the training has to mesh with the fact that most people don’t have an hour of extra time every day to do firearms training.

Our training is specifically designed to squeeze the most possible benefit out of packed schedules and tight budgets.

That’s why so many current and former military and law enforcement shooters use our training and why responsibly armed Americans who own a handguns for self defense, home defense, and concealed carry trust our training.

And today, I want to encourage you to take the next step…and help law enforcement in the process.  As I said earlier this week, for everyone who signs up for the Dry Fire Training Cards, 21 Day Alpha Shooter training this week, we’ll donate a set of Dry Fire Training Cards to one of 3 law enforcement agencies.  It’s a great way to help yourself AND back the blue.  Take advantage of this offer right now by clicking >HERE<

Have you shot the drill yet?  Share your target pics!  And if you haven’t shot the drill yet, I want to strongly encourage you to do so and share your results when you do.

Questions?  Comments?  Fire away below!





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