May 09 2015 QSI Advanced Handgun Passthrough Drills

Last month The She-Shepherd and I attended the advanced handgun class from QSI Training. We got a chance to take the class again this month, and I had some very specific things to work on:

  • Keeping my body behind concealment as much as possible. I intended to use “urban prone” when feasible to minimize my profile. I also wanted to keep low, and avoid popping up and down while I did my one-handed reloads.
  • Make my first shot more quickly.
  • Acquire my red dot sight before I left cover in order to minimize exposure.
  • Be more accurate and still retain speed.

The Drill

Engage targets at varying distances, from ~45 feet to 10 feet. We get pretty close for the hostage drill. Most targets were steel 12″x20″, but one was 5″x8.25″. Paper targets were no-shoot targets, except for the hostage drill.

The drills were slightly different due to course setup, commands from the instructor, and/or forced malfunctions, but in general I did the following:

  • Address a threat from ~45 feet with available cover
  • Engage a threat from behind a barricade, shooting from a specific opening
  • Shoot from a lower, oddly-shaped barricade (an over turned shooting bench)
  • Hostage drill
  • Another barricade shoot
  • Shoot with a bystander in close proximity
  • One handed shooting, reloading, and malfunction clearing
  • Dealt with non-threatening distractions meant to emulate bystanders


  • I feel like I did much better at staying behind concealment and keeping low.
  • I am also getting better at acquiring my sights before leaving concealment.
  • It’s hard to tell if my first shot is faster, at some point I may need a shot timer just to keep track of how I’m doing.
  • QSI recommends an 80% accuracy rate during stressful drills (this being one of them). The reason being if students shoot 100% they are probably shooting too slowly and being too careful. If they are hitting with 50% accuracy they are going too fast and are shooting recklessly or with bad form. I want 100% with speed and dynamism, so I am unhappy with my performance. I can do better.
  • As you can see in the video, the sling bag can be annoying during rapid movement. It shifts around. I didn’t find this to be detrimental to my shooting as much as my mental state. Even though I didn’t deploy my AR15 pistol this class, I chose to wear the bag all day and train with it. I recommend that you train with your bag carried weapon, too.
  • I feel like I was better at accessing my second spare magazine in my bag sling pocket than last class.
  • I did a good job looking around me, especially before reloading.

In general, I feel like I need to work on my accuracy more. Too many misses for my liking. Next time.

I hope you find these videos and write-ups interesting. I think it’s very valuable to re-take classes and to also film your performance. Looking at my class from April helped me focus on what to work on in May, which in turn will help me work on something next class.

About the Author:

Short Barrel Shepherd Short Barrel Shepherd is a regular guy and works to make Web sites and mobile apps easier for people to use. He spends his free time attending fight-focused firearm, knife, and combatives training, motorcycling, writing, and playing games. His daily carry is a Glock 19 pistol and an AR15 .300 Blackout pistol in a backpack.

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