Skip to main content

Frank Garcia Dot Drill — Skills Drill

For many shooters, the hardest thing to master with a handgun is combining speed with accuracy. The Frank Garcia Dot Drill works on combining the two.

Frank Garcia Dot Drill — Skills Drill

For many shooters, myself included, the hardest thing to master with a handgun is combining speed with accuracy. That’s what this drill works on.

Gear

Gun capable of holding at least six rounds, two-inch circles or dots, shot timer.

Drill

The target consists of six two-inch circles or dots, engaged at seven yards. You can print out circles on a piece of paper and make a bunch of copies, or you can buy two-inch inventory control stickers and stick them on sheets of paper. Staple to a cardboard backer.

Set the shot timer par time to five seconds. With arms at sides, or from Low Ready if necessary, draw and fire six shots at each dot. Count up your hits. If the bullet hole touches the dot or circle, it’s a hit. Rounds fired after the time limit are misses.


Goals

This is not an easy drill. Starting out I found it best to begin with a warm-up. Shoot the first dot untimed. If nothing else this will tell you where your gun is shooting with that ammo at seven yards, which is crucial for success. Shoot the next two dots at progressively faster par times. I used nine and seven seconds. Then put up the full six dots and go for the five-second par time. This is a great drill for tracking your progress, so don’t neglect to record your first full run as a baseline.


GET THE NEWSLETTER Join the List and Never Miss a Thing.

Recommended Articles

See More Recommendations

Popular Videos

Dan Wesson Kodiak 1911 10mm

Dan Wesson Kodiak 1911 10mm

The Kodiak is a long slide 1911-style semi-auto complete with 6-inch bull barrels and chambered in 10mm.

Pistol Skills Drills - Hardball

Pistol Skills Drills - Hardball's Headache

The Hardball's Headache pistol drill is very similar to the El Presidente drill with a higher level of difficulty due to two added twists.

Dealing with Subcompacts

Dealing with Subcompacts

Jim and Rich cover the benefits and the challenges presented by very small pistols.

KelTec CMR30 22WMR Review - Compact, Versatile & Fun to Shoot

KelTec CMR30 22WMR Review - Compact, Versatile & Fun to Shoot

Designed for lightweight, low recoil accuracy, the CMR30 .22 WMR features a nice, single-action trigger, ambidextrous dual non-reciprocating operating handles, ambidextrous safety and heel catch magazine release. The KelTec CMR30 is a .22 Magnum carbine that holds 30 rounds in each of its two flush-fit magazines. That's a lot of firepower for a 3.8-pound, semi-auto, collapsible truck gun. It comes out of the box as you see it, including Magpul sights and ambidextrous, non-reciprocating dual operating handles. She's a straight blow-back tack driver that delivers a ton of fun.

See More Popular Videos

Trending Articles

Guns are fun, and cheap guns are even more fun. Spend less on the firearm and more on ammo with these 10 low-priced pistols.10 Cheap Guns Under $250 Compact

10 Cheap Guns Under $250

Evan Brune - September 24, 2015

Guns are fun, and cheap guns are even more fun. Spend less on the firearm and more on ammo...

The SIG SAUER P365 (model # 365-9-BXR3) may just be the subcompact 9mm against which all others will be judged.SIG P365 Review Compact

SIG P365 Review

James Tarr - October 31, 2018

The SIG SAUER P365 (model # 365-9-BXR3) may just be the subcompact 9mm against which all...

The new Ruger-57 looks to put a charge into the 5.7x28mm pistol market—and you know you want one.Ruger 57 Pistol Review Reviews

Ruger 57 Pistol Review

James Tarr - June 05, 2020

The new Ruger-57 looks to put a charge into the 5.7x28mm pistol market—and you know you want...

The Smith & Wesson Model 13 revolver was a combat classic back in the day.Smith & Wesson Model 13 Revolver Revolvers

Smith & Wesson Model 13 Revolver

Payton Miller - July 31, 2020

The Smith & Wesson Model 13 revolver was a combat classic back in the day.

See More Trending Articles

More Training

While there's no absolute correct way to manipulate a pistol, your technique of choice should be based on careful consideration and practice.Discovering What Pistol Manipulation Techniques Work for You Training

Discovering What Pistol Manipulation Techniques Work for You

Richard Nance - May 15, 2019

While there's no absolute correct way to manipulate a pistol, your technique of choice should...

Learn the keys to a successful one-handed draw.Perfecting the One-Handed Draw Training

Perfecting the One-Handed Draw

Richard Nance - July 02, 2019

Learn the keys to a successful one-handed draw.

With today's threat of active shooters ever present, being able to shoot at distance can be an important skill. Similarly, the ability to hit a target when you're physically challenged could make a big difference in such a situation.Skills Drill: Closing the Gap Training

Skills Drill: Closing the Gap

J. Scott Rupp - July 03, 2020

With today's threat of active shooters ever present, being able to shoot at distance can be an...

From arm position to thumb location, there are plenty of methods out there.There's More Than One Way To Shoot A Gun Training

There's More Than One Way To Shoot A Gun

Richard Nance - December 27, 2018

From arm position to thumb location, there are plenty of methods out there.

See More Training

Magazine Cover

GET THE MAGAZINE Subscribe & Save

Digital Now Included!

SUBSCRIBE NOW

Give a Gift   |   Subscriber Services

PREVIEW THIS MONTH'S ISSUE Arrow

Buy Digital Single Issues

Don't miss an issue.
Buy single digital issue for your phone or tablet.

Buy Single Digital Issue on the Handguns App

Other Magazines

Special Interest Magazines

See All Special Interest Magazines

GET THE NEWSLETTER Join the List and Never Miss a Thing.

Phone Icon

Get Digital Access.

All Handguns subscribers now have digital access to their magazine content. This means you have the option to read your magazine on most popular phones and tablets.

To get started, click the link below to visit mymagnow.com and learn how to access your digital magazine.

Get Digital Access

Not a Subscriber?
Subscribe Now