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Confirmation Drill

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Confirmation Drill


Build an understanding of how different methods of confirmation/aiming scheme affect the outcome on the target.


Setup notes:

Set up targets for comparison at 5 yards distance.


This drill will consist of many repetitions for each aiming scheme you are testing.

The start position for the drill is a two-handed grip on the gun, aimed at the bottom of the target stand of the target you are shooting.

At the tone, engage the very center of the A zone using the aiming scheme you are testing on that target. Fire one round only. Note the time.

Do the correct number of repetitions on each target. For example:  Engage target 1 using confirmation 1 for 10 repetitions. Engage target two with confirmation 2 for 10 reps. Engage target 3 with confirmation 3 for 10 reps.

At the end of this test you should have a good sample of data that gives you an idea of the time and accuracy difference between different levels of confirmation. Check out the “tips” section of this drill if this is unclear to you.


Make sure you use the confirmation you intend to.


This drill does not have any objective to build or correct technique. Your only job is to ensure that you actually execute each shot using the desired confirmation. This means that you need to create good data for yourself, not necessarily a good result on the target. Make sure you rigidly enforce your desired confirmation level.

Make sure you use the confirmation you intend to.


Feel free to attempt any confirmation/aiming scheme on any target type. This will give you more data and a good sense for what outcome you can expect given the particular aiming strategy.

This drill was developed using the following scheme:

Confirmation 1: 

Kinesthetic alignment only. You “feel” your arms are pointed in the correct place and then you shoot. NO VISUAL CONFIRMATION

Confirmation 2:

You react to the color of your sight crossing your intended aiming area. With an optic you shoot as soon as you see the optical color. With a fiber optic iron sight setup, you shoot when you see the color of your front sight.

Confirmation 3:

Your dot is stopped and stable in your intended aiming area. Your dot should appear as a dot and not as a streak. With iron sights you see the front sight stopped through the rear notch.

This is a near perfect sight picture sort of setup.

As you move up in confirmation it will take more time, but the result on the targets will be much cleaner.

Shooting iron sights you might find it useful to distinguish between a perfectly aligned sight picture and seeing the front sight through the rear notch, but perhaps a bit misaligned. You might think of the sights slightly misaligned as confirmation 2.5.

There is no limit to what you can experiment with on this drill. Just remember, your goal with the drill is to put in a specific aiming scheme and then assess your outcome. You are not trying to get a “good” or “bad” outcome. You just want to see how it all works. Once you get a sense of this, it should be easy to apply these concepts to your other training.


This drill was developed by Hwansik Kim in order to isolate the effect of the aiming strategy, confirmation level and aiming scheme on the target.

The component of target acquisition and engagement where you have a lot of control over speed is how you aim the gun at the target. More specifically, it is the reference you are using to confirm the gun is aimed. Traditionally, the expectation is that every sight picture looks the same on every target. People are generally trained in non-practical shooting context to get a “perfect” sight picture for each and every shot. As soon as you move beyond level 1 in this text that is no longer the advice or expectation.

Learning how much “perfect” sight picture you can trade away in order to go faster is one of the most important things that a practical shooter can do. As soon as you understand what sort of sight picture will produce what sort of outcome all you need to do is train yourself to address each target with the optimal strategy and your results will be excellent.

This exercise exists to strip away every other layer and show you the effect of the aiming strategy on the target outcome.


Related links:

Confirmation Drill

Transition Training #3 – Confirmation

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