I was thinking of several different titles because a drill like this can cover numerous teaching points. Knowing one's backstop has always been a component of defensive shooting, whether an imaginary ability or not. To my thinking, knowing what is on the sides of the target/adversary and what may end up in front is probably more important. I am in the most densely populated county in Florida. There is always something or someone beyond the bad guy. We pay lip service to concerns about what may be in close proximity to our adversary but rarely have a chance to train while actively addressing that concern. We can add No-Shoot targets around Shoot targets on a live fire range but we still face the limits that make force on force training so important. A drill like this goes far in educating us about our trigger finger. We know that it takes time send a signal to press the trigger. It also takes time to "call the shot back" and times it may be impossible to stop the act of pressing the trigger. This drill, affectionately named "Flesh Walker" goes far in providing valuable perspective on the subject.
Some observations about the videos below. This is a drill. There are limitations to drills. These limits allow us to focus on certain topics without being overwhelmed with minutia. This was the first time that our personnel have been exposed to this type of training. They had good lighting and were not forced to reload or use other force options. I restrict the shooters ability to move to a certain degree, forcing them to focus on what is going on around the adversary and relying on their shooting ability. They are not limited to "2 to 3 rounds". They decide when to stop shooting. I don't burden them or stifle their training with legal or policy what if's. That is their responsibility, although I'm happy to guide them if I can. Questionable shots are OK too as long as the shooter uses them to learn from.
The instructions are simple. When the shooter is confident they have a relatively clear shot and they can hit the target they should shoot. The bag holder takes a knee when they hear the shots impact the bag. We start with one shooter and then add an additional one as the reps continue. The second shooter prompts them to pay attention to their respective field of fire. The possibilities for a drill like this are only limited by the imagination. In the future I'll add long guns, transitions, reloads, more obstructions, darkness, loud noises, etc. I may add a shooter in an opposing corner so they have to deal with a crossfire situation. An added benefit to this type of drill that can't be understated is using the other shooters as role players. No one wants to be "That Guy" that shot their training partners with an AirSoft pellet or marking cartridge when they were trying to hit the bad guy. Exchange training partner for wife/husband/child/friend and Flesh Walker takes on a different urgency. We had approximately 800 deputies shoot three repetitions of this drill this year with ZERO role players being hit. Again, no one wants to be "That Guy". This is a way to train for accountability.
Tailor this to your threats. For law enforcement it could be an active killer at a nite club or for the martial civilian this could easily be a violent take-over robbery you find yourself in.
Train with Shawn Pappas
CRG-1, Pistol Gunfighting
CRG-4, Force on Force Gunfighting