How to Practice the Zipper Drill | Non Standard Response | Shooting Techniques | Tactical Rifleman
Remember our video on “Controlled Pairs or Double Taps”? Anyone worth shooting once, is worth shooting twice. Ammo is cheap. Sid, at T1G, covered the difference between a “Controlled Pair” (used at longer distances) and a “Hammered Pair” (used at closer distances). Well, in this video Sid is back and he is going to take us to the next step: The Zipper Drill.
Why shoot someone more than once? Sometimes it takes more than one bullet. So, what makes you think that you should stop at twice? Reality dictates that you need to keep shooting until the threat is neutralized. If that means two bullets, fine; but if it takes seven bullets, that’s fine too. Keep shooting until the threat is no longer a threat.
We teach to start “center mass” of the target and then walk you rounds up into the brain housing box. Why don’t we just start with a well-placed round to the head? It is a lot faster to start with the chest, as it is a much larger target. Remember, at 3 meters (inside a room) the bad guy with the AK-47 is not going to miss you. So, you have to be faster to get that first bullet off. That’s why speed is so important. Shoot him fast in the chest to knock him off balance (before he can shoot you), then walk your rounds up into his melon. If he needs more love, give him more love.
You’ll notice in the video that Sid is running the drill on a remotely turning target. If you have access, this greatly improves the training aspect of this drill. Instead of just shooting the chest and walking your rounds up to the head; this teaches the subconscious mind to continue shooting until the target goes away (representing it being neutralized).
The Zipper Drill is a great combat shooting drill. Next, keep your eyes out for the “Box Drill” and many other great shooting drills, coming soon to a Tactical Rifleman website near you.
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