You need to be familiar with the weapon you carry and know it inside out, you can practice that doing almost any shooting, and to some extent drills at home. But when it comes to shooting 500 to 1000 rounds the 22 is an excellent training weapon as pointed out by Keads, it is still fun to shoot and inexpensive (to me there is a direct correlation between cheap and fun) this is in fact the round I shoot most now-days.
I shoot the Ruger 10-22 also the Ruger Mk II pistol and I have a 22 adapter for my AR15
Some simple drills you could try. Have 2 shooters line up 10 tin cans each in a line, use a distance which offers a challenge, load your magazines with 5 rounds each. Have both shooters wait for the command upon which they will draw and shoot all their cans as quickly as possible, reloading as needed, compete for time.
Do the same drill with rifles except put the cans out at about 100 yards. Upon command drop to the prone position and fire. Bench rest shooting is excellent to sight in a rifle but does little to give you real life training.
Another target I like to shoot is a 20# propane cylinder (make sure it's empty Stephen, another story for a different day) It is about the right size for 'center body mass' It can be hung from a tree limb at 100 yards, I like to shoot it using my AR15 with 22 adapter. You can clearly hear the hits at that distance. You can try these drills using variations like running between trees or posts and firing 2 or 3 shots at each station till you finish.
|This is wrong, don't shoot up a good Jerry Can.|
You can buy all kinds of commercial targets but I am into low budget (translate fun) training. I know this is old hat to lots of you but bear with me because there are newer shooters who are looking for ideas.
If all else fails you could practice similar drills in your yard using a BB pistol or Air Soft gun.
I should learn not to give people bad ideas like I did yesterday, talking about shooting from vehicles. I knew someone would want to try it (I won't mention any names but his initials are 45er ) This is really a combat tactic and not a self defense drill, if someone shoots at you on the highway concentrate on getting away, not shooting back......BUT having said that I will give give some words of caution strictly in the interest of freedom of information.
We were taught this in Kuwait by ex-special forces guys, contracted by the military to teach troops going to Iraq. It lasted 3 days. The weapons we used (apart from roof mounted) were the M16
Practice from a stationary vehicle before moving, be careful of outside mirrors, they tend to get shot. The driver has to shoot his rifle with the barrel resting on the window sill, he can't use the sights so you shoot low watching the dust where the round hits the ground. You then 'walk the rounds' on target, the 20# cylinder is a good target here. Passenger has to shoot in an awkward position unless they are left handed (BTW driver needs to shoot right handed) Passenger does all the reloading, when the driver shouts reload the passenger loads HIS weapon and chambers the round and hands it to the driver, sweeping the barrel first and toward the windshield careful not to ever point it at the driver, at the same time the driver passes the empty weapon, (butt first) to the passenger. In this manor driver and passenger keep trading weapons. Another word of caution, spent brass bounces around violently inside the vehicle when ejected. It will bounce off the windshield, the roof etc. Some of it will go down your shirt....and it burns, you can't get it out so beware it will undoubtedly hit you in the face so safety goggles are a good insurance as well A rider in the back of a truck can have targets called out to him from driver or passenger because they see them first, you can map out a course and drive it, changing it up all the time. The rider in the back is best to be in a seated position.
The Law probably takes a dim view of this kind of training so beware, needless to say it is not easy, not like gangstas make it look on TV.
Here again I am not recommending this, it is written for entertainment purposes only. If anyone tries this and gets hurt I will delete this post and no one will ever remember where they saw it.