Mozambique Drill

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The Mozambique Drill [1], also known as the "Djibouti Shooty", is a close-quarter shooting technique in which the shooter fires twice into the torso of a target (known as a double tap to the center of mass), momentarily assesses the hits, then follows them up with a carefully aimed shot to the head of the target. The third shot should be aimed to destroy the brain or brain stem, killing the target and preventing the target from retaliating.

An alternative definition of the term refers to a point-blank shot fired directly down into the head of a fallen enemy, as a form of coup de grace.


Rhodesian Mike Rousseau was serving as a mercenary in the Mozambican War of Independence. While engaged in fighting at the airport of Lourenço Marques (modern-day Maputo), Rousseau was armed with only a Browning HP35 pistol. As he turned a corner, he encountered a FRELIMO guerrilla armed with an AK-47. Rousseau immediately performed a "double tap" maneuver, a controlled shooting technique in which the shooter makes two quick shots at the target's torso. Rousseau hit the target on either side of the sternum, usually enough to incapacitate or kill a target outright. Seeing that the guerrilla was still advancing, Rousseau made an attempt at a head shot that hit the guerrilla through the base of his neck, severing the spinal cord.

Rousseau related the story to an acquaintance, Jeff Cooper, who incorporated the "Djibouti Shooty" or "Mozambique Drill" into his practical shooting technique.[2] Rousseau was later killed in action in the Rhodesian War.

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  1. ^ "Handgun Drills, Standards, and Training Page". Retrieved 2013-12-03. 
  2. ^ Boatman, Robert (2004-02-26). "Jeff Cooper’s Mozambique Drill". Retrieved 2013-12-03. 


  • USMC manual CMC-37R of 8 February 2006: Method of Target Engagements

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