Friendly and Certified Firearms Training for Women Since 2011

DRILL OF THE MONTH: Rapid Ready Positions 

Ready positions are methods for safely holding an unholstered firearm before beginning a drill, movement, or other shooting activity. The three most common and widely accepted range safe ready positions are low ready, compressed ready, and modified high compressed ready. This activity thoroughly explores each ready position to perfect pistol presentation and sight acquisition for the first shot.

READY POSITIONS DEFINED

Low Ready: With a two-handed grip on the firearm, fully extend arms downward at a 45-degree angle. 

Compressed Ready: With a two-handed grip on the firearm, allow elbows to bend and rest by your sides, keeping the muzzle pointed downrange. 

Modified High Compressed Ready: With a two-handed grip on the firearm, allow elbows to bend and rest by your sides; the muzzle angled upwards no greater than 45 degrees or at a range-safe upward angle. *Modified means that the upward angle is contingent on the parameters of the range itself and is to be adjusted accordingly for safety reasons. 

When presenting the pistol on target from various ready positions, different conditions are created for acquiring the sights. Some shooters may find that they prefer one ready position over the others due to how quickly or consistently they can acquire and align their sights to take their first shots. It’s important to consider whether you are shooting with a pistol-mounted optic or iron sights, as this can lead to different results.


FIREARM SAFETY RULES

  1. Treat ALL guns as if they are loaded.
  2. Keep fingers off the trigger until ready to shoot.
  3. Keep guns pointed in a safe direction at ALL times. (Do not point your gun at anything  you are not willing to destroy)
  4. Keep all guns UNLOADED until ready to shoot.
  5. Always keep your firearms stored inaccessible to unauthorized persons.

Target: AG & AG Shilouette Target

Distance: Target set to 7 yards

Scoring: Purple/Amber/Blues = Center Purple Circle, Greens/Orange = Top Purple Circle

Par Time: Record personal bests over multiple training/practice sessions and watch the progress!

Round Count: 50 rounds minimum

Magazines: Minimum of three magazines 

Gear: Shot timers are strongly recommended to validate personal growth.


PHASE 1 – Slow and Steady

  • Prepare a magazine with five rounds.
  • Load and make ready. 
  • Beginning with Low Ready, slowly present the pistol on target and fire 1 round as soon as sights are on target and aligned. 
  • *Observe the travel distance from the starting position to being on target. 
  • *Observe when the sights are on target and how long it takes to settle, align, and commit to the shot. 
  • Repeat for four more reps.
  • Repeat and explore with Compressed Ready and Modified High Compressed Ready.
  • *Pro Tip – Take notes on what you notice! 

PHASE 2 – Cruising Speed

  • Prepare a magazine with five rounds.
  • Load and make ready. 
  • Beginning with Low Ready, at a rapid pace that you can control, present the pistol on target and fire 1 round as soon as sights are on target and aligned. 
  • *Observe – how fast is too fast? What rate of movement makes it harder to settle and align the sights?
  • *Observe – slow down the rate of movement just before the gun is at full extension to prevent overtravel of the sights. How much more control does that provide? 
  • Repeat for four more reps.
  • Repeat and explore with Compressed Ready and Modified High Compressed Ready.
  • *Pro Tip – Take notes on what you notice! 

PHASE 3 – On the Clock

  • Prepare a magazine with five rounds.
  • Load and make ready. 
  • Beginning with Low Ready, wait for the BEEP of the shot timer, present the pistol on target, and fire 1 round as soon as sights are on target and aligned. 
  • Have a buddy or AG&AG leadership log your time and score.
  • Repeat for four more reps.
  • Repeat and explore with Compressed Ready and Modified High Compressed Ready.
  • *Observe – which ready position yielded the best results in time and score? What nuances in presentation, sight acquisition, and trigger control could positively influence your scores? 

Two fun ways to practice Rapid Ready Positions:

1) Race against yourself – Utilize a shot timer to record and track your progress. To do this safely, load one round to shoot one round, clear, and bench to ensure you can safely take notes with a range-safe firearm between reps. You may be surprised how rapidly your overall time lowers with just a few practice sessions!

2) Race against a friend – With the same start command or beep of the shot timer, you and a friend perform the same drill to see who can complete the task first. Get ready for laughter!