Establishing Realistic Personal Performance Standards

Developing realistic personal performance standards is an important (and recurring) part of growing as a shooter. You goals should be just barely out of reach… and you should revise the goals you are chasing as you consistently perform at new levels.

But… where to start?

Well, here is a sample standard that I developed for the Security Team where I work. It was adapted from a variety of sources and can serve as a good starting point for your own adaptation. Remember: this is about personal standards so you need to tweak these so they can serve as an accurate guide for setting your own goals!

Standards Example (PDF)

Second, here is a target you can print out for use with the F.A.S.T. drill. The target is courtesy of – an excellent place for serious students of the gun to lurk and learn.

F.A.S.T. Target (PDF)

More information is available on the F.A.S.T. drill, if you are not already familiar with it. I think it is a great all-around benchmark for concealed carriers.

Finally, you can’t gauge progress unless you measure your performances. That requires a shot timer! Here is an Amazon link to the particular shot timer I have had the best luck with:

Pocket Pro II Shot Timer


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