Pistol Training Techniques – 700 Point Aggregate   Recently updated !


Pistol Training Techniques is a series we provide to our readers to share the pistol training live and dry fire drills we utilize and feel can improve their shooting. In this article we present the “700 Point Aggregate”.

During some recent coaching, I was taught this training regimen that has become a core, weekly element of my training. The 700 Point Aggregate is a course of fire, fired from the 25 yard line which involves both accuracy and (some) speed elements. It, also, exercises single hand firing, as well as firing from multiple positions.

I have found from my experience with the 700 Point Aggregate is it:

  • Forces you to develop quick acquisition of the proper front sight and sight alignment.
  • Is unforgiving to improper grip or trigger control, thus making you refine those.
  • Identifies weak shot-to-shot mechanics and recoil control.

Without further adieu here is the 700 Point Aggregate:

700 Point Pistol Aggregate Training Exercise

The drill is shot on a NRA B-8 Official 25 Yard Timed and Rapid Fire Pistol target. You can find these targets in various places including, MidwayUSA.com, NationalTarget.com and other target sources. We recommend you get the main and center replacement targets.

The drill is fired entirely at the 25 yard line.

Stage 1: Slow Fire

  • 10 rounds slow fire, 10 minute time limit

Stage 2: Free Style Timed Fire

  • 5 rounds, 20 seconds from the draw
  • 5 rounds, 20 seconds from the draw

Stage 3: Free Style Rapid Fire

  • 5 rounds, 10 seconds from the draw
  • 5 rounds, 10 seconds from the draw

Stage 4: Strong Hand/Weak Hand

  • 5 rounds slow fire with strong hand only, time limit 5 minutes
  • 5 rounds in 20 seconds from the draw with strong hand only
  • 5 rounds in 10 seconds from the draw with strong hand only
  • 5 rounds slow fire with weak hand only, time limit 5 minutes

Stage 5: Kneeling

  • 5 rounds slow fire from kneeling position, time limit 5 minutes
  • 5 rounds in 20 seconds from draw, kneeling (start standing and drop to knee on timer start)

Stage 6: Prone

  • 5 rounds slow fire from prone position, time limit 5 minutes
  • 5 rounds in 20 seconds from the draw, prone (start standing and drop to prone on timer start)

A decent score is 600 – 649, a good score is 650+. A variation of this is a 350 point version shot on an IPSC target (A zone = 5, B zone = 4, C zone = 3, D zone = 2).

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