- 8 of Clubs - box mis-labelling
Mistakes in a project of this size are inevitable. We missed this one, unfortunately. Its intended that you shoot at the target directly in front of each box. So, by the way the drill is laid out, the bottom box should be B and the right box should be C.
- What is the Practice Deck?
That's a good question. See here: Practice Deck 1.0
- If this is 1.0, are you planning more decks?
The answer is a qualified maybe - it depends upon how well the first deck does. I have plenty of material to release a second deck - it will be a deck of more advanced, probably more difficult drills that could be folded into the first deck to make a mondo 104 drill deck. Content for 3-gun/multi-gun, etc, are also possible. One step at a time!
- What's with the little guys and the fingers?
These little guys? These icons show the start position. The dude on the left means "hands relaxed at sides" (NOT IPSC Monkey!), and the one on the right means "wrists above shoulders". The fingers show you which way to face - the finger pointed toward the targets means "start facing downrange", and the finger pointed away from the targets means "start facing uprange".
- Creative ways to use the deck
Aside from the obvious "shuffle, draw, shoot, repeat", there are a number of other ways to use the deck. Here's some thoughts:
- Draw work: pull out the 2 through Jack of Hearts, and shuffle through that subset
- Reload work: pull out the 2 through 6 of Diamonds, and shuffle through those cards
- Movement work: pull out all the Clubs, plus the 10 and Jack of Diamonds
Getting the idea? If you come up with an interesting way to use the deck, let me know!
- What equipment do I need to use the deck?
Ideally, you would have the following gear:
- 3 target stands, plus sticks/uprights
- 4 3' boxes
- 2 Bianchi barricades
There are ways to get around missing stuff, though. You can reposition boxes mid-drill on drills that don't use every prescribed box on every repetition. You can use no-shoots on an additional target stand placed immediately in front of a box to simulate a barricade. An article will be coming soon describing some ways to make quick and easy gear for use at home or on the range.
- A word on gaming....
I'm all about playing the game to the fullest, within the boundaries of the rules. However, practice is not a time to try to "cut corners". You're only hurting yourself by circumventing the purposes of the drills. So, I'd encourage you to shoot all of these drills straight up without getting into "gaming". Start facing fully uprange, when specified, etc. That work will pay off when you need to do it for real in a match!
- Some thoughts about start positions
The drill cards specify almost all of the start positions as either facing uprange or downrange, and hands relaxed at sides, or wrists above respective shoulders. These are "prescribed" start positions, but are not absolutes. By all means, play with different start positions - start off a table, start with your arms straight out at shoulder height, or with your fingers interlaced on the top of your head. Experiment. Go nuts! But, keep in mind that the majority of the start positions you'll see are these four prescribed positions - spend the bulk of your practice here. If you do experiment, be sure to keep notes so that you can compare your results to the next time you run the drill in that fashion!
- What does "alternate start boxes" mean?
A number of drills start that you should alternate start boxes. This means that, for the beginning of each repetition of the drill, you should use a different start box. Alternate between the boxes specified on the drill in cases where there are more than two boxes in the drill description.
- 2 and 3 of Clubs - do what?
In both drills, the description says to start in one of the boxes, shoot one round from the start box, one round from the opposite box, and you repeat for a total of 10 rounds. Say you start in Box A. This means you draw and fire one round at the target from A, then you move to B and fire one round at the target. Then, you move back to A, and fire another round at the target. Back to B, fire another round. You should fire one round from each box a total of 5 times, equaling 10 rounds per repetition.
Yes, this means you're going to be out of breath by the end of the drill, if you do it right! Both of these drills reward efficiency of entry and exit from the alternating positions. Make 'em smooth and sharp for the best possible times.
- 10 of Spades: can you use the off hand for support?
It kind of depends upon how sturdy your barricade is! But... I wouldn't recommend it. Its probably going to be slower, in the end. The engagement around each side is relatively easy, so... The drill doesn't care if you do it, though... Just keep notes so that you can compare to other ways you've shot it!
- How do you score drils that specify "score each"?
The final score at the end of each drill (except for a couple of notables) is one number - a total time. So, on a "score each" drill, you note the time and add in the time penalty for points. Paste the targets, and shoot the next repetition. At the end of the drill, you add up the individual repetition times to get a final score.