Diagnostic Targets that Work

If you have been around pistols for a while, you have likely seen diagnostic targets. Based on where you are grouping your shots, they offer suggestions as to why you might not hit the center. According to Mike Ochsner (Ox) author of the book Real World Gunfight Training and popularly called Mad Scientist of Firearms Training:

“Normal diagnostic targets don’t work.  These do!  These print-at-home targets will tell you how to troubleshoot your groups so you can be shooting 1 hole groups in minutes! This guide will identify the 6 most common symptoms, describe the problem, then provide solutions for you to practice.”

Mike has given me permission to share these targets with you. Download them here and print them on regular 8 ½ x 11 paper or card stock.


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