Travis Haley Venti 100 Shot Wake Up Drill Video

Okay guys it’s drill time.

Now, I want to talk about the purpose and the reason why we do drills.

Remember, drills are different than scenarios. There are lots of good write-ups out there. I know Mike Beliveau just did one.

You can check out him and read his theory on that. I agree a thousand percent.

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When we’re working scenarios we’re building subconscious actions of tactical repetition, okay.

When we’re working a drill, we’re working on the processes that are needed to achieve a goal.

The goal is being able to fight. But, we have to work on the simple things – the little things first.

The law of just a little bit.

What are those little things that we need to know to be able to have a higher hit probability and to be able to go into a tactical environment and be able to do these things subconsciously?

So, every time you see us doing a drill it’s not just to run it fast. It’s not just to shoot at 3 yards. There’s a purpose behind it.

So, I’ll explain a little bit about this one today.

This drill’s called a venti 100 shot, okay.

So, a little stronger than your coffee.

[Gunshots throughout] I typically do about a 4 shot in the morning but when I go to the range I want to get the best workout that I possibly can and be able to hit all those processes in my training.

This is a hundred rounds. It’s what I call the venti 100.

So, a hundred rounds is pretty accessible for most people to go to the range. But, instead of setting up a paper target down at the range and blowing holes in it we can actually have a process here to improve ourselves and help us climb the ladder of excellence.

So, when we get in a training rut, maybe it’s because we’re focused on the goal too much. We are not focusing on the processes that are needed to achieve the goals.

That’s what I’ll show you here.

This is my personal workout that I do when I come to the range by myself. This is what I start with.

The venti 100 shot and then I can move into all the other stuff that I would typically practice.

Here’s a quick snapshot on it.

I’ve got two targets up right now.

I’ve got my 4-dot drill we typically use for carbine zeroingto 50 m.

I’ve got our 25 one inch circle field’s eye finger target.

Now, what I did is I took the 7 fundamentals and combined them into 3 core groups because human brain likes to learn in 3s.

So, stance and grip right.

Well, what the hell does that mean?

Let’s talk about the feel, kinesthetic awareness, proprioception, and all the science stuff that we put into it in our D5 classes, we’re breaking it down and we’re trying to make it as simple to understand as possible without turning into some neuroscience discussion.

I will isolate a lot of different things in this drill.

Now, we’re shooting at 3 yards and a lot of people say, well, it’s easy to shoot at 3 yards.

So, if you think it’s easy I challenge you to come out here, print these targets off our website, on the blog page, put them up, and see how difficult it can be.

But, what’s great about being able to just shoot right here at 3 – and of course I can add difficulty by moving back to 4 or even 5 yards.

On a one inch circle, you can diagnose a lot of your problems.

You can see path of least resistance.

You can see issues with the grip.

You can see issues with your eyes.

You can see issues with your trigger control, instead of trying to do it at 25 and going – I think that’s what it was.

So, we just start up here.

We start up here in the morning and then we move back to 25 later in the afternoon, or later in your training segment.

So, what I’ll do is I’m going to start with step one – simple acclamation of recoil, because how many times we come out to range, we draw that first round and we’re jittery, maybe we had too much espresso, we want to feel that spatial line in our mind.

So, if I extend this gun out pointing at the target and it fires, can I put it back down to the same line that it started and feel that?

So, in order to feel it I’m going to ask you to do something. You can try it if you want.

This is a safe environment.

You should setup a safe environment in your training.

I’m going to tell you to close your eyes.

We’re going to take out our eyes out of the equation here.

So, I’m going to fire 5 shots right in the center on the dragonfly on the 4 dot drill.

5 shots only.

I’m going to aim in, get a good sight on my sight pitcher, and then what I’m going to do is fire those 5 in a nice, slow cadence.


Watch what happens to the group with my eyes closed.


So, that’s telling me that I’m feeling the line in my head. I’m closing my eyes and really feeling that line come back to center under recoil.

I’m not thinking about what my eyes are seeing, so it’s allowing me to really process the feel of the body.


Do I have a good forward lean?

Do I have leverage?

Do I have all those things happening in a good grip?

Okay, again, a good grip – we can talk about it for hours.

It’s not as simple as just holding a gun.

We use simple principles that I’ll share with you here in a second.

The next thing I’m going to do is work the big black dots with rhythm.

Now, the human brain – the human body loves rhythm. If I ask everybody out there, does anybody hate music?

I bet nobody said no.


Everybody loves rhythm.

Everybody loves music.

If you’re the guy that says you hate music, you’re probably the dude in your car jamming out, right.

So, what we’re going to do is a one through five slow cadence.

This is the key.

This is where in our brain mapping studies, our neuro and bio feedback studies that we do with our sports performance doctors and psychologists, we find that in shooting it’s all about rhythm.


Whether you’re getting into a position with your drawing, whether you’re trying to time that finger in your brain and hit the target, it’s all about rhythm.

So, I’m going to start with a one thousand one, one thousand two, one thousand three, one thousand four, one thousand five, and that’s how I’m going to shoot it.

Then, I’ll speed up ever so slightly on next circles.

Eyes are open.

And I’ll count out loud.






So, I start slow and I can even feel there’s a rhythm off there. You can kind of see that there’s a glitch, I think, between 3 and 4 because I’m not connecting my frontal lobe and focusing on what I need to focus on.

So, I’m going to go to the second circle and I’m going to increase it.

One and two and three and four and five.

You got to say this to yourself.

You’ve got to get these like incantations going, if you will.

You’ve got to say it out loud.

Don’t be afraid to communicate, especially if you carry a gun on daily basis because communication’s important, right.

One and two and three and four and five.

One and two and three and four and five.


So, there is a little bit faster pace.

Now, I’ll do number three and I’ll say one, two, three, four, five.

1, 2, 3, 4, 5.

1, 2, 3, 4, 5.

My goal is to keep it inside the black at the 3 yard line.

That’s my restraint.

If I start coming out, what kind of problems are happening?

That’s where we would self-diagnose at that point in time.

Now, I’m going from round 20 to 25.

Okay, I’m already at 25 rounds now.

I’m going to go 1, 2, 3, 4, 5.

1, 2, 3, 4, 5.

1, 2, 3, 4, 5.

1, 2, 3, 4, 5.

1, 2, 3, 4, 5.

1, 2, 3, 4, 5.


That’s what I’m looking for.

Staying in the black, good rhythm, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, finger never came off the trigger.

I’m self-diagnosing.

There’s my acclamation in rhythm drill.

In one sheet of paper.

That’s 25 rounds.

Now, let’s move to the field’s eye finger target.

Line one.

You’ll fire 15 rounds. If you want you can fire 2. You can only fire 1 if you want. It’s not about the drill, it’s about what you can do with it.


So, I’m just sharing my workout.

On line 1 I’m going to focus on two very important principles in the grip.


The hands, the body, I’m going to get into a good stance and kind of lean into it. I’m not going to get into this funky bending over stuff.

Just going to lean forward.

I’m looking at – number one is friction.

Do I have good hundred percent contact all around the gun?

Am I feeling that gun?

Do I have good pliability?


Like, we are mashing clay or dough or something.

Is it sticky?

That’s good friction, okay.

The second thing is leverage.

Do I have leverage on the gun?

If I was to put my hands together and press here in these two points on the back of the gun, as I extend out you’ll see you get that leverage as you go out to the target.

That leverage is important to maintain the gun in your hand under recoil, because how many times we’ve seen somebody or yourself who have shot, boom, you fire and your hand comes off the gun.

Or even just so slightly, boom, you fire and you re-milk your grip as we call it.




You milk.

Just add a little bit more leverage.

Not a death grip, just leverage.

Those are the two things that I’m focusing on right now on a fire of 15 rounds.

I’m not worried about sights.

I’m not worried about trigger control.

I’m isolating the processes to achieve the goal.

Now, I’ll take my time.

This is a marksmanship drill.

Good friction.

Good leverage as I come out.

I need to take a mental break, relax, no tension.

Come back out, do the next circle.


I’m really feeling for my hands.

I’m really putting my eyes and my brain into my hands here to make sure everything’s working out right.

I can speed it up a little bit just to maintain good control, to make sure I’m maintaining good control as long as I don’t come outside the circle.


So, that’s line one. I’m going to top off my magazine now and we’ll get on line two.

Alright, line two I’m going to focus on my eye.

I’ve established a good friction and leverage grip.

Now, it feels good. It looks good.

If I need to work on that more, I might spend the whole sheet just doing that if you have the ammo and you have the time.

But, if I don’t I’m going to move into my eyes.

This is where I’m going to do a hard sight pitcher.

Clear front sight.

Clear front sight.

Clear front sight.

Now, I say that to myself every time I pull the trigger.

Grip’s established.

I’m not really worried about trigger control.

I’m putting my brain into my eyes.


Clear front sight.

Clear front sight.

Clear front sight.

Take a mental break if you need to, because tension will start to kick in and we get that mental static electricity.

Break it off and then finish.

Good friction.

Grip is set.

Clear front sight.

Clear front sight.

That’s line two.

Clear front sight only.

Line three, I’m going to switch it up with my eyes because as we know under body alarm response sometimes you may not have a front sight.

Somebody walks around a corner and put a gun up in your face and you have made the decision through the risk formula to pull the gun out and engage, it’s got to be quick.

Because you have that blood flow – an increased blood flow to central field of vision, that internal vision of fact, you’re not going to see.

It’s impossible under that critical stress moment to see your front sight, because this is more important.

This is the threat and your body’s doing that because it’s the natural defense mechanism.

So, I train both ways.

Again, it’s kind of controversial. However, ask people that have been in gunfights if they’ve seen their sights and then tell them to break the story down to you.

If it’s a head threat, I might see my sights because it’s a smaller target and something switches in my brain.

Long path and short path information will tell me I need to do something now.

If I walk into a room and a dude has got a suicide vest on I see that, I might have to go to front sight to get a clear shot or hostage scenario or maybe…

I got into the situation, I took a deep breath.

I focused.

I see the guy.

Clear front sight.

Clear front sight.

That’s a cognitive effort, okay.

But, we shoot like this, because under a subconscious action of engaging a gun and firing somebody – firing somebody up.

I want to train both ways so now I’m going to have a hard circle focus.

So, on my focus plane has shifted down range, right.

My eyes are the camera lens.

My brain is the film.

So at this point I want to see a clear circle.

You’ve got to focus.

You’ve got to really not cheat yourself here.


You don’t need to tape up your sights or any of that shit, because you’re not going to have tape on your sights in a gunfight.

You look through it just like if I took my hand and put it in front of my face, I’m looking at you, the camera right now and camera’s completely clear.

That’s all I’m doing with the gun.

So get on I’ll say to myself.

Clear circle.

Clear circle.

Clear circle.

Clear circle.

Clear circle.

Clear circle.


Now, I’m moving a little fast. If you can’t shoot that fast, slow it down.

Or, if I want to just set a new goal for myself and only have one bullet hole, then I’ll focus on one bullet hole.

I’ll start to do that here in a second.

But, as you can see…

Well, you might actually be surprised when you do this as just having a hard target focus – a hard threat focus. You’ll be shocked at how much better you can actually shoot.


This even works at a distance.

About 13 to 15 meters for me, I’ll start to see my brain switch over and go Travis, don’t take the shot without using your sights because I’ve been doing this for so long I know that point on the range, I know that point in reality because I’m situationally aware.

I’m spatially aware.

By practicing the processes between what the eyes do, you have that target accommodation as we call, which is a visual expert terminology of infinite number of focus shifts all the way out through the threat or back to your gun.


So, think about that.

Line number 4.

Now, we’re thinking about the finger.

How do we pull a trigger straight to the rear?

Well, the answer is that you can’t, especially if you’re running a fulcrum trigger.

Glock trigger, Striker-Fired, M&Ps, you name it. They’re all out there.

It’s on a fulcrum.

So, that pin is at the top and the trigger goes like this as you pull back to the rear.


Goes back to the rear.

Now, if I’ve got a 1911 you don’t have a fulcrum. You’ve got a trigger bow so it slides in a box. So, that trigger can move straight to the rear, but you can’t pull it straight to the rear because guess what now you have?

You’ve got a fulcrum in your finger as well.

So, you got a pin here.

So, now we have our finger going back into the side and we have a trigger coming back and up in a fulcrum situation like this Glock here.

So, you are constantly adjusting as you pull that trigger thinking that you’re pulling it straight to rear.

So, here’s the key.

I will say 90, 10, finish flat.

90, get rid of the pre-travel.

You’re at the predictable wall of pressure now, so when you press that next 10 percent what should happen?

Gun should break, shot should fire, but you should finish flat as you press through that 10 percent.

Finish flat.

So, where the finger typically does this it curls. If you can get your finger to some inchworm like that instead, it won’t move as much.

This is the law of just a little bit.

If you start slapping the trigger, this is what happens.

If you get a good trigger press in inchworm and go fast, this is what happens.

So, when people say how do you shoot so fast and keep your finger on the trigger?

It’s just understanding straight line just drawn.

Finish flat.

Feel the edges of the trigger as you fire.

Feel the left and the right edge as I finish flat.

So, I’ll focus on that now.

Finish flat.

90, 10, finish flat.

[Gunshots throughout]

90, 10, finish flat.

90, 10, finish flat.

90, 10, finish flat.

Focusing on that finger every single shot.

Don’t let your mind get distracted.

If you get distracted, stop, take a mental break, start the process again.


Pretty simple.

Line 5.

Line 5, we’ve got 15 more rounds to go.

So, now I’m going to work the draw in because as you can see I’ve been working from the relaxed ready position.


This is not relaxed, this is tensed.


Relaxed ready.

Now, what I’m going to do – simply go from the draw.

15 independent draws.

One shot fired.

Putting it all together.

See it.

Feel it.


The goal is to get the gun up, not touching the trigger until I need to, which is about in this area here.

I connect the elbow with the trigger finger, so as I press out – bang.


If you need a quick, up-close shot, you want that shot to go off as soon as you’re at extension, connect this.

You shouldn’t be touching your trigger down here because you’re not at mid-extension yet.


You shouldn’t be doing it back here.

You shouldn’t be touching here.

You come up.

Finger starts to curl and you touch and press on full extension.

That’s what I’m trying to shoot for here at the same time putting together my grip, friction right now, because what I got in a gunfight is what I got right here.

So, if you’ve got a little grip you’ve got a little grip.

So, you want to fix that.


Bringing hands together with leverage.


See what I need to see.

Finish flat.

All the draw.

Notice I’m trying to just keep it in the circle. I’m working at about a 1.20 draw to first shot, I would imagine.

I’m focusing on what I need to do.


I’m following up as well.

You’ll notice I’m not dropping the gun.

I’m shooting and I’m following up with the next sight pitcher.

Some of you are probably asking, well this is just a drill and you should be searching and assessing.

Again, stop with the tactics bullshit.

This is a drill.

This is a process just like if you go out to football and you played football or any sport. The coach didn’t make you train like you play the game, he made you work on the processes that are in order to achieve the goals during the game.

You’re working on speed, hand eye coordination…

You got a quarterback, they’re going to make him throw a ball 500 times before he’s allowed to come into the scrimmage as long as he’s biomechanically throwing the ball correctly, ball’s rolling off, his hips are turned, everything in the gait is correct, feet are right, then he can go into the scrimmage.


The scenario at that point through them prepares for reality.

So, that’s what I’m doing here.

I know I can search and assess.

My eyes move at a thousand degrees a second.

We’ll show you that here in a little bit.

You can see I get into a very deliberate practice.

I isolate.

I kind of – only focus on what I need to do.

I’m not moving around.

I’m not jittering.

I am doing consistent repetitions very deliberately.

Every single time I’m not moving until I’m done and need to take a mental break like I am right now talking to you guys.

Now, I’ll finish it up.


So, last couple of rounds I’m self-diagnosing.

I’m going faster and faster until I start to come apart.

That is a good thing.

That’s called a failure point reached.

When you get there, figure out what it is.

Why did I shoot low?

First one, I wasn’t at full extension.

I was gaming it, trying to just shoot with no clear front sight because I’m going faster, right.

Still on a three quarter inch group, I’m okay with that. But, that’s not my intended point impact so I’d want to change that up.


So, there’s the venti 100 shot drill.

You can see acclamation again.

Eyes closed, 5 rounds.

You can do 10 rounds.

You can do 15 rounds if you’ve got the ammo and the time.

Then start moving into your rhythm.

Count to yourself out loud so you can almost distract yourself slightly by counting and you’ll see how much better you shoot when you actually talk to yourself instead of really focusing and missing and wondering why you didn’t.

Just trust yourself.

Let it go.


That’s a very important thing is entrusting mindset.

Then, move into the 25 dot.

Fields, eye, finger.




Hands, eyes, finger, put it together get into the draw.

So, there’s something for you just to give you what I do.

My personal workout before I go out now and start doing the rest of my scenario based training.


Don’t forget.

I work on the processes.

Work on the processes to achieve the goal.

Stay sharp and safe.

I’m Travis Haley.

Thanks for joining me.