U.S.A. –-(AmmoLand.com)- The Baer Solutions Standards is a less commonly seen drill than something like The Test or the Bill Drill. That being said, it still maintains a fair level of popularity. This is especially the case in circles like those who follow Lucas Botkin and GarandThumb, who have collaborated with Baer Solutions in the past. What exactly goes into shooting this drill?
Setting Up Baer Solutions Standards
For this drill you’ll need their printed target, your pistol, a holster, two magazines, thirteen rounds, and a shot timer. There are no provisions for pistols with capacities lower than ten rounds, so no snubbies allowed! Set your target up at either three, five, or seven yards. Baer Solutions recommends starting at five yards, but vary this based upon your level of skill. Load ten rounds into one magazine, and place that in the gun. Load the remaining three rounds into your spare magazine, and place it wherever you carry a reload.
Starting position is hands relaxed at sides, not touching the gun. On the “beep”, draw and fire five rounds in one of the grey rectangles, then transition and fire five rounds in the other rectangle. Once your slide locks open, reload using your spare three round magazine. Fire your remaining three rounds into the center circle on the target. This is all done in a single string of fire, no pausing between target areas.
Scoring Baer Solutions Standards
Scoring is very straightforward with this drill. Any rounds landing outside the target areas count as a miss, and a failure of the drill. The par time is 9 seconds or less for everything. No additional points are awarded for tighter groups or faster times, just bragging rights. There are also no provisions for different styles of holsters. I recommend shooting the drill from whatever method you typically use for carry, whether that be concealment or a duty holster.
Firing the Drill
This is a drill I don’t often think of, as it rarely pops up in my social circles. With this in mind, I’ve only fired the drill on two separate occasions. The first time was in early 2019, where my best score was a 10.94 clean, at five yards. All in all, I either busted par times or dropped shots, resulting in failure of the drill. This was done using a Glock 17 with a Trijicon RMR carried in a 3rd generation Tenicor Velo.
The next time I shot this drill was in November of 2021. I stuck with the five yard distance to see how I’d grown since last time. This attempt was a little disappointing, resulting in a short range trip on an “off” day. One of those where you shoot half a box and leave because you’re not being productive. Par times came in between 9.45 and 12 seconds, with shots dropped on the circle during every run. In other words, a failure in every sense for this drill.
As a significantly better marksman in 2021 than I was nearly three years ago, this drill deserved another attempt. Unfortunately, paper and bad guys don’t care how I’m feeling, and the results speak for themselves. In the words of Bruce Nolan, “that’s the way the cookie crumbles.”
One Last Try
In an attempt to redeem myself, I headed to the range one more time to try my hand at the Baer Solution Standards. My scores improved, somewhat, this time around. Unfortunately, I still ended up taking home a big fat “L”. Rounds were dropped with each run in unusual ways. Par times were met on two of three runs however, which is sorta good.
Overall the performance was enough to tell me I am capable of passing this drill when I do everything right. I just need to do everything right next time. I’ll give it another shot in a few months and see if I’ve gotten my act together by then.
Final Thoughts on Baer Solutions Standards
Baer Solutions Standards is a solid, medium round count drill. It incorporates recoil control, target transitions, a reload, and throttle control. Typically I see people throw the first round after the reload, rushing to get back on target, failing to adjust for the smaller size target. The fairly short par times leave little room for error, and the center circle is unforgiving. With a target that fits on standard 8.5×11 paper, this is something that anyone can attempt without having to buy special targets. Give it a couple of tries, then wait a few months and see how much you’ve progressed.
More from Baer Solutions
Drew, the founder of Baer Solutions just wrote a book, titled “Process and Progress Pistol Training: Proven Methods to Structure Your Practice”. In his book, Drew details how shooters new and seasoned can build effective training plans. Here’s a brief summary of Process and Progress Pistol Training:
If you’re like most pistol enthusiasts, you spend a lot of time and money putting in your hours on the range. But that doesn’t mean you’ll see consistent improvement. Why not? Because most instructors don’t teach you how to train and practice on your own to get better and more efficient. In other words, they don’t teach you how to learn. Process and Progress Pistol Training shows you step-by-step how to structure your training plan for faster improvement in both your technique and your results, whether you’re a new hobbyist or a seasoned professional.
You can also check out Baer Solutions on their website for free downloadable targets, training, and more. I know I’ll have to jump into a class with Drew soon after my last few runs on their Standards.
About Dan Reedy
Dan is an Air Force veteran, avid shooter, and dog dad. With a passion for teaching, he holds instructor certifications from Rangemaster, Agile Training & Consulting, and the NRA. He has trained with Darryl Bolke, Mike Pannone, Craig Douglas, among several other instructors, amassing over 400 hours of professional instruction thus far. In his spare time you’ll find him teaching handgun, shotgun, and less lethal classes.