How To Use the Handgun Training Log

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Your friends don’t have to know how little time you have to practice.

With proper training and the LFDC training log in your range bag – they never will.


We believe when people see results with something they care about and have invested in, like practicing their shooting skills, they are more likely to keep at it or practice and train even more.

To make the most of your practice at the range, first learn proper technique from a professional firearms instructor. It’s better not to practice than to practice improper technique. Then include the Handgun Training Log to help make your practice time effective and efficient.

The Live Fire Drill Cards system is very simple to use and works in threes. The log has three parts that create a total practice system and record to help you practice with a purpose and practice like you train. Reading drill cards and following instructions are also as easy as 1 – 2 – 3.

No matter if you are a novice or expert shooter, there are drills that will challenge you to improve.

Practice the drills with focus and have fun improving.


Getting Started with the Handgun Training Log

The training log has three main tools; loadout cards, drill cards and log cards that work together to provide the information you need to select and practice drills and keep track of the many possible factors that can affect your performance.

When you first start using the training log follow these 3 steps.

  • Step 1 Loadouts Section– Complete the loadout cards, one per loadout. This is what you shoot and what you wear.
  • Step 2 Active Drills Section– Move drill cards you are actively going to practice from Spare Drills to Active Drills.
  • Step 3 Training Log Section– Use the log cards just as you use your log now. Simple as that.

And of course, for help in the field, refer to the Information section in the back of the log.

The three-ring binder and cards are always configurable to hold the quantity and types of cards that meet the changing needs of your practice and training plan.

You can also use the log to the level of simplicity or detail you want or need, as a simple selection of drill cards for reference to a fully detailed record and tracking system – you decide.

QUESTIONS? Please contact us and we will answer any questions you have. We love to hear from our customers!

Tracking performance and what affects your performance is the key to improvement.

Loadouts are central to this goal.  For concealed carry, loadouts are simply what you carry and how you carry.

All of the information for a loadout card is referenced using a simple Loadout ID.

In the three-part system in the log, information such as loadouts is easily connected to the drill cards and log cards.  This way you always know your specific performance with each loadout and if a change to that loadout has affected your performance.


Drill Cards use a standard format to be easy to read and understand. Once you have read a couple drill cards you can read them all.

There are three basic steps to using a drill card once you’ve chosen the drill.  

  • STEP 1 – ENTER DRILL PARAMETERS   Simply record when, where and how you chose to run the drill.
  • STEP 2 – RUN DRILL    (Back of card)   Learn (or remind yourself) how to shoot the drill and the shooting standard.
  • STEP 3 – RECORD DRILL RESULTS   Record your scores, times and how you did compared to the drill standard.

Tip: Practice a drill for a few minutes then record your results once for that session.  If the drill is meant to be shot cold, then shoot it cold and record your results.


Each drill cards can track results for 7 runs.

Live Fire Drill Cards exclusive Absolute Accuracy Rating (AAR) System for Drills

Absolute Accuracy Rating (AAR) is a unique Live Fire Drill Cards™ rating system for the muzzle angle of accuracy required to hit a target (scoring zone) of a specified size from a specified distance.

This rating gives you a relative level of difficulty based on accuracy only, for drill comparison, without consideration for any other elements of difficulty.  The ratings for the easiest and hardest shot on each drill card is indicated in the top right corner on the front of the card.

Want to know an accuracy required (in degrees) or AAR rating for any drill you shoot? Look it up on our easy to use AAR table.


The log cards are used for the same purpose and in the same way as a bound training log that you may be currently using. 

Use log cards as the central chronological record of every activity and accomplishment relevant to your education and training as highlighted under the Notes area of the card.

When log cards become full, initial them and when they are several months old file them somewhere in your home.

The completed log card example shows how it might be filled out to record typical activities associated with your training.


A loadout is simply how you are equipped and outfitted to shoot or what you carry and what you wear.

A loadout card captures this information for each loadout you regularly use or carry so you can do a couple of things;

  1. Understand the performance of each individual loadout.
  2. Understand if a change to a loadout has an effect on your performance.

Loadouts include your handgun, ammo, holster, carry position and concealment method.

Handgun changes that can affect your performance include trigger, sighting and ammo used to name a few. Track the changes you choose.

You can fill in the loadout card with as much or little detail as you wish, but as a minimum, assign a loadout ID to each loadout you use.

Add these cards to your log and to take your practice to the next level.

Benchmark your splits with Benchmark Cards and break down the drill into the fundamental skills. If you can see it you can fix it.

Set monthly practice and training goals with Goal Cards. You know how goals work.

We all love to make make a personal best. Now you can track all of your personal bests with a set of Personal Best Cards.

Benchmark Cards

Benchmark Cards are available for select drills.

Choose a drill to benchmark your split times based on the skills you want to check, such as draw, transition, repeat shot, reload, moving and shooting, and many others.

Record three runs that meet the drill standard and you know the performance is for real. That means the split times are too.

Goal Cards

Setting goals are just one more way to stay on track.

Monthly Goal Cards help you look ahead at the time you have (or don’t have) to practice and train to use your time in the most efficient way possible.

Plan a week ahead, a month or further if you can. And of course, always see how you are actually doing and make the adjustments needed to meet your goals.

Personal Best Cards

They aren’t just useful, they’re just plain fun. Who doesn’t like to see the best they’ve ever done shooting a drill?

Start a drill by shooting a the distance that you can meet the standard at and go from there.

As you check more boxes, you will appreciate how far you’ve come. And that’s the point.


With Live Fire Drill Cards and help from a Professional Trainer you will...  Never leave the range again wondering if you’ve improved.™ 


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