The Revolver Super Test

We’re big proponents of people getting better at shooting. In the same vein as the 5 best low round count drills, here’s another drill that doesn’t use a lot of rounds and is easy to set up: The Revolver Super Test.

The Revolver Super Test is a modified version of a drill called The Super Test, which requires the shooter to fire 10 rounds at a B8 target at 15, 10, and 5 yards for a total of 30 rounds. The Super Test was created by Darryl Bolke and Wayne Dobbs of Hardwired Tactical Shooting to be a simple evaluation to see where shooters are at. The Revolver Super Test takes those same ideas and applies it to the limited capacity fighting guns of yesteryear. In Darryl’s own words:

“When asked to do a revolver version we wanted to go back to what was plowed into our heads as cops who depended on Revolvers for dealing with some of the worst crime period since the 20’s and 30’s. Hitting with precision in the first couple rounds was CRITICAL, especially with .38. So, the emphasis was always on high deliberate control. It is why the times are a bit generous compared to the semi’s is that you are trying to develop a sub conscious clock that stresses hits in black (fist size) as so critical as the reality is….you ain’t getting a reload in the fight.”

Darryl Bolke

That’s the critical point of the Revolver Super Test – accuracy matters a lot, especially in a fight where you don’t have the luxury of 17+1 rounds. One might wonder what the practicality of this test is in an era where we do have that luxury, but the truth is that the revolver is still a very relevant defensive tool in certain applications. Being able to get on demand hits on a small target area is absolutely the correct recipe to stop a fight, and that’s what the Revolver Super Test measures.