Service Pistol Rapid Fire Demo

MSG Rob Mango, USAR Service Pistol Team Coach, orders you to watch this video.



This video, taken with a Hosercam, shows the focus from a shooter’s point of view during a service pistol rapid fire string.

Shooter is SFC Jacobson, US Army Marksmanship Unit, circa 2001.

This is what you should be “seeing” during the string.  Notice how the target is not in a good degree of clarity, ever.

What you can’t see is the shooters trigger control which should be uninterrupted and quickly resetting during recoil. You also can’t see the shooter’s mental focus concentrating on a positive fundamental, such as the followthrough each shot.

A major leap in rapid fire scores came for me, when I realized you should never waste time analyzing the previous shot, during the rapid fire string.( i.e. calling the shot, glancing downrange to confirm “yep, that was out @ 5:00, cursing, etc.)  Analyze the shots individually after the ENTIRE string is complete.  Rifle shooters (me) have a tendency to take a fraction of a sec during the string, to analyze each shot.  It is a good part of a rifle shot process however, it can be detrimental to a rapid fire pistol string.


IOT win, “you gotta want it”.


Stay thirsty my friends,

MSG Rob Mango

USAR Service Pistol Team Coach
stayed at a Holiday Inn express once

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