Defender Training Drills: Holster and Hoist

The Defender Training Academy at the Defender Outdoors Shooting Center is great place to learn, improve, and train your firearm technique and your defensive firearm use. But, for those outside of North Texas, the DTA Director of Training has a series of quick drills you can use to increase your skills at your local range. Ranging from basics to advanced skills, these short drills are a great way to prepare for using your firearm defensively. This training drill is the Holster and Hoist drill, aimed at improving the transition between physical exertion and accurate shooting. Watch here:

Hey Defenders,
It’s Matt with the Defender Outdoors Shooting Center and the Defender Training Academy.
Today’s drill is “Holster and Hoist.” What we’re going to do is we’re going to start off with a 60 pound bag and a barricade at about chest level. We’re going take that bag and we’re going to throw it the top of the barricade and then duck underneath. Once we’ve completed that motion, we’re going to engage our target with two rounds, reholster, grab the bag, throw it back over the barricade, duck again, and reengage the target with another two rounds.
We’ll do this for about six cycles. Hope this is one you can enjoy.

Alright Defenders, So that was our drill “Holster and Hoist.” Key things to remember: About a 60 pound bag, do what feels good for you. We’ve got the barricade at about 10 yards and again, remember, always aim for that high center chest area. This is a good one to work that physical exertion, breath control, heart rate control; one that really gets your blood pumping and hopefully you enjoy it on the range. I’ll see you out there.

What do you think of this training drill? Let us know your thoughts in the comment section!

6 Comments On This Article

  1. Yes, those of us with private ranges will get right on that drill. Sadly, I think my local indoor range and even my outdoor sportsman’s club would frown on this.

    In today’s litigious society, many if not most organized ranges are going to limit you to punching paper from a shooting station, not doing move/shoot drills, except in certain well controlled competitions.

  2. It would be useful to explain up front what the point of the drill is. Getting the blood pumping and controlling the trigger while breathing hard makes sense. Doing push-ups and burpees would also get the heart pumping. If throwing a 60 pound bag and ducking under a saw horse is intended to simulate some real-world situation I’m likely to encounter, that wasn’t made clear.