Carbine Drill: Fight to Your Feet

The fight to your feet drill is a great and quick drill that works on being athletic with a firearm and using your sling to your advantage. This drill will take you from the on your back position all the way to standing in 4 different positions. In other words, you will fight to your feet with your carbine.

During a Green Ops Defensive Carbine Course a drill often drilled and taught by instructor Luke D was the “Fight to Your Feet Drill.” This drill trains the shooter on shooting while supine, sitting, kneeling, and then on their feet. It is a great drill to learn truly how to fight to your feet when in an engagement and there are some tips that will really help in each position.

The Drill

The drill is simple

Distance: As high as the berm will allow. It is best to verify that when in Supine the distance you put the shooters at they aren’t shooting over the berm. 25m and in..

Supine: 5 rounds move to..
Sitting: 5 rounds move to..
Kneeling: 5 rounds move to..
Standing: 5 rounds

In a practical sense, Tom Cruise showing us how to Fight to Your Feet in the Movie Collateral

The Positions and Tips


The big takeaway from this position was that sling work will help you A LOT. The stock won’t be in the shoulder as normal so there won’t be anything to help control that recoil. Keeping your sling on (not necklacing it) and tightening it while in the position will really help keep that gun stable during firing.

Also, watch those feet. If your legs are flat to the ground shooters have a tendency to poke their toes into the air which can be right in the way of the muzzle. Focus on flat feet to the ground while shooting. This goes for both Prone and Supine.


Sitting is really dealers choice. Just get your back all the way up and start to shoulder the gun again. If you lean into the gun you won’t need to put elbow to your leg for support, however if you do just make sure it isn’t bone on bone and that your elbow is on the meaty portion of your propped up leg.


Going from sitting to kneeling should be a simple movement with no hands coming off the gun. To do this simply tuck whichever leg is comfortable for you, most do their strong side leg, under your butt and push up. If you cannot do this without using your hands take your support hand off the gun while being aware of your muzzle and use it to get into that kneeling position.

Sling work will also help in this position a lot. Keep it tight.


Going from kneeling to standing should be one movement without the use of hands as well. Again, if you can’t do this just watch the muzzle and use your support hand to get you up.

Overall, this is a great drill to work on “being athletic with a firearm”.

Anna is a Federal Weapons Gunsmith with 8 years of previous experience within the US Army Ordnance Corps (91F). She has taken multiple armorer and weapons proficiency classes to include FN, Knights Armament, and Small Arms Weapons Expert course. She also writes for American Gunsmith, AR Build Junkie, and is active in Precision Rifle sports around the nation.