Dialed In Training's Five Yard Roundup | Skills and Drills

Five Yard Roundup

Some drills require a lot of rounds and frequently moving the target. While a variety of distances can be useful, keeping your target relatively small can help make up for "closer" shots. We can also get a lot of work out of just a few rounds. Efficiency is the name of the game here, and this drill does it better than most. Five Yard Roundup is something every shooter should try. Check out the details below.

Setting up the Drill

Setting up the 5 Yard Roundup is pretty simple. You'll need your pistol, a holster, 10 rounds of ammunition, a B-8 bullseye, and a shot timer. The drill is solely shot at 5 yards, so changing distances isn't an issue here.

Scoring Five Yard Roundup

Scoring is straightforward thanks to the B-8 Repair Center. Each round is worth 10 points, and the scoring rings correlate to the round's value in said ring. The 7-ring is worth 7 points, the 9-ring worth 9 points, etc. Any rounds landing outside of the 7-ring are a miss and reduction of 10 points each. Rounds fired after the par time are a reduction of 10 points each.

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An attempt at the Five Yard Roundup using a S&W 632UC

With 10 rounds required, a total score of 100 is possible. Shooters will need to make 95/100, and come in under each par in order to pass this drill.

Firing the Drill

Your ready position on this drill will vary depending on the stage. The par time is a consistent 2.5 seconds per stage. Only one 10 round magazine is required.

  • From the holster, draw and fire 1x round, freestyle. Par time is 2.5 seconds.
  • From low ready, fire 4x rounds, freestyle. Par time is 2.5 seconds.
  • Low ready, fire 3x rounds, strong hand only. Par time is 2.5 seconds.
  • Low ready, fire 2x rounds, weak hand only. Par time is 2.5 seconds

My Scores on Five Yard Roundup

I've had a lot of opportunities to shoot the Five Yard Roundup over the years. It's a staple in Rangemaster courses, which is where most of my experience came from until the Fall of 2023. Eventually I decided to throw it into my rotation of regular drills for my own practice. As someone who shoots at a public range where changing distances isn't easily done, this makes the Five Yard Roundup a great fit.

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Two attempts at the 5 Yard Roundup using a Smith & Wesson Model 15 in a Galco Combat Special

Typically I shoot Five Yard Roundup using a Glock or other semiautomatic pistol. Recently I decided to give things ago with a wheelgun to see how I'd fare. My strong and weak hand game unfortunately came up a bit short, and cost me some serious points. On my first run I made an 82/100, followed by an 84/100. Both of these included dropped shots, one WHO and SHO in total. Even without those, victory still evaded my grasp just barely.

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Two recent attempts at the Five Yard Roundup using the Beretta 80X Cheetah

In early April I gave the Five Yard Roundup a try using the Beretta 80X Cheetah. These were done cold as my first shots of the range trip, and few first rounds in a few weeks. My first run came up short, dropping 8 points, for a 92/100. Immediately afterwards I cleaned an exact 95/100 for a narrow pass. Even with a relatively low recoiling gun, focus is necessary to maintain the strict par.

Despite the relatively short distance, this drill is no slouch. I definitely had a lack of practice show its face on the range.

Final Thoughts on Dialed In Training's Five Yard Roundup

The Five Yard Roundup was a drill that I avoided for a few years due to my weak SHO/WHO game. After finally pulling my head out and starting to those skills, I've gotten a new appreciation for the drill. While I don't get to it on every range trip, it is something that I shoot fairly often. Try it for yourself and tell us the results!

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Daniel holds instructor certifications from Rangemaster, Agile Training & Consulting, and the NRA. He has received training from Craig Douglas, Tom Givens, and Steve Fisher among others. He also has experience competing in USPSA, CAS, 3 Gun, and Steel Challenge. In his free time Daniel enjoys petting puppies and reading the Constitution. His work is also published by AmmoLand, Recoil Concealment, and Air Force Times. Daniel has also written and edited for The Kommando Blog.

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