Skip to main content

Skill Drills: Mad Half Minute

Skill Drills: Mad Half Minute

The Mad Half Minute drill is the creation of Special Forces veteran Mike Pannone of CTT Solutions and is designed to test a shooter's ability to move, take an accurate shot and then move quickly again.


In addition to the usual, one spare magazine and a good pair of shoes with support. NRA bullseye target.


There are three firing points with the two outer positions being five yards from the center; target is 10 yards from the center position. On a start signal, the shooter has 30 seconds to fire the first round from the holster, move to one of the outer positions, plant and fire one round. Keeping the gun pointed downrange, the shooter then moves back to the center position, plants and fires one round before moving on to the other outer position. All that before time runs out.


A clean run on the Mad Half Minute is all 11 rounds in the black. A nine-ring hit is minus one point, an eight-ring hit minus two and so on.


As Pannone says, you can't fling rounds in order to get an accurate hit. You have to plant, assume a proper body position, align the sights and control the trigger. Hitting a black bullseye at 10 yards is a challenge just standing still, moving rapidly makes it much more difficult.


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

Recommended Articles

Popular Videos

Taurus G3c

Taurus G3c

Taurus introduces the compact version of their wildly successful 9mm pistol; the G3.

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.

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.

See All Videos

Magazine Cover

GET THE MAGAZINE Subscribe & Save

Digital Now Included!


Give a Gift   |   Subscriber Services


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.

Get the top Handguns stories delivered right to your inbox.

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 and learn how to access your digital magazine.

Get Digital Access

Not a Subscriber?
Subscribe Now