The Vickers 300 | Skills and Drills

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The Vickers 300 is a drill that I only learned about with the past year or so. With a heavy emphasis on accuracy, it's a little different than what we commonly see online. Taking us back to our bullseye roots, this drill is deceptively simple. Let's check out the Vickers 300.

Setting up the Drill

Setting up the Vickers 300 is very simple. You'll need a single B-8 bullseye or Repair Center for your target. Next you need 30 rounds of ammunition, your pistol, and 20 yards of distance. No shot timer will be necessary here, as this drill is not shot for time. Additionally, you will not need a holster, with all shooting taking place from low ready.

Scoring the Vickers 300

Scoring is even more simple here than the setup. Simply score your hits how you see them. Each round is worth up to ten points, with each scoring ring corresponding to points given per shot. If you miss the target, subtract ten points for each instance. There is no par time here, so take your time as necessary. The goal is to get a perfect 300, all rounds inside the 10-ring. Outside of that, you should be working towards progress each time you shoot the Vickers 300.

Firing the Drill

Once again, each stage is shot from low ready. There are no par times here, so work at the speed of control. Your goal should be a perfect run. I typically start up close and move further with each stage. However, some shooters begin at distance and move closer as they progress.
  • 5 Yards, fire 10 rounds, weak hand only
  • 10 Yards, fire 10 rounds, strong hand only
  • 20 Yards, 10 rounds, freestyle.

My Scores on the Vickers 300

The Vickers 300 isn't a drill that I shoot often, but it's certainly a good one to keep in your roster. In the past I've put up surprisingly good performances with my Taurus 856 TORO. During my review process I brought in a handful of 168, 169, and 170 scores out of a total of 180 points possible. Overall score there is reduced due to the 6-round cylinder versus a 10-round magazine. The heavier double-action trigger really forces me to focus, which gives positive results on target.

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A less than stellar run at the Vickers 300 using my 30SC Shield Plus

More recently I tried the Vickers 300 with my S&W Shield Plus in 30 Super Carry. Unfortunately my results here were less than impressive. My single hand shooting had fallen by the wayside around that time, resulting in multiple rounds off target. This brought in a 261/300, one of my worse scores on the drill. Even with no timer, the target doesn't lie. This was a good reality check for me, though one I wasn't happy to see.

Final Thoughts on the Vickers 300

Overall I really like the Vickers 300. We often get caught up with par times, draws to first shot, and more, that we often lose sight of the fundamentals. Drills like this work a slightly different set of skills, and can be a nice reset when you're getting burnt out chasing coins and trinkets. It definitely reinforced that I have some work to do regarding my one-hand game.

Have you tried the Vickers 300? Let us know in the comments!

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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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