MCRP 8-10.3 Pistol Marksmanship M9 (January 2016)
Warrior Skills Level 1
Hour 8: Dry-fire Practice
Get a set of snap caps, and/or the dummy barrel, and use them religiously.
It'll get you additional practice in disassembling and assembling your weapon.
You can (and should) be doing 100 "shots" (or more) in dry fire for every actual round you ever send downrange. You can do fifteen or twenty minutes a day, covering anything you can imagine, for exactly $0.
Hour 9: Range CoF
Here is the current USMC Pistol Qual Course of Fire(CoF):
USMC M9 Pistol CoF and scoring
40 rounds, from 7, 15, and 25 yards.
Max is 400 points.
Try to find a range where you can do that exact CoF without pissing anyone off or breaking any rules.
See how many times you can do it in a session. Four times through would take you maybe an hour, and burn only 160 rounds. Start slow, go faster as you can.
If you can swing it, set up a camera or two, or a smartphone, to video-record your practice. Do an AAR on yourself, and note what you might be doing wrong, or sloppy. Review it before your next shooting session.
Anybody can shoot Expert. It only takes practice.
Here's proof. A well-trained civilian, shooting the official current CoF:
His takeaways are excellent. It's not that hard (while being more difficult than the other services, and most police agencies). For crying out loud, he nails high Expert in 10 minutes or so, in open-toe sandals. It doesn't make you a JSOC ninja, but if you don't have the fundamentals down, you'll suck at it.
And with a pistol, a timer, and 40 rounds, you can knock it out in under 15 minutes.
That means you could do it 4 times in an hour, with rounds left over from 4 boxes of 9mm.
And you should.
Hour 10: Drills and Training
There are approximately one gajillion pistol drills. Type "pistol drills" into the YouTube search box, and you'll find pages of them.
You can do all of them for free during dry fire at home. Then, you can set goals in live-fire and confirm that you've got it.
One guy a know, a world-champion cowboy shooter, broke in brand new SA Rugers by filling the action with toothpaste, putting snap caps into the cylinder, and doing his shooting drills while watching all his favorite westerns. Like 10,000 times. His actions got butter smooth (obviously, he cleaned the toothpaste out, and properly lubricated the parts, before shooting any live ammo), and he empties a gun in less time that it took you to read this. Like twenty rounds from two SA pistols and a lever gun in single-digit times. With no misses. His routine times for an entire match are lower than some people's times for one or two individual stages in a ten or twelve-stage match.
That's why he's a world champion at a shooting sport with 40-50K participants.
So, how much is your life worth, if you ever need to draw and fire a pistol at someone who means you great bodily harm?
Hour 11: Movement
GET OFF THE X.
Paper targets don't shoot back. Bad guys do. Learn to move while shooting/shoot while moving.
Hour 12: Range CoF
Re-shoot the USMC Pistol course. But do it in motion.
Far to near. Near to far. Side to side at each range stage.
See if you can do all 40 rounds in one constant non-stop, non-fixed spot stage.
I'll let you work out the mags required given the mandatory changes, and you should also practice this dry fire a few dozen(s) of times before trying it live.
Start slow, work to faster.
Use the same score matrix, and see how you compare with doing it standing in concrete.
We want to train for success, and build on earlier skills.
Bear in mind you've already improved on most military pistol training below the JSOC level.