A drill for handguns

Objective: The shooter must demonstrate the ability to make decisive hits on multiple threats in a compressed time frame. The ability to make a smooth, efficient reload will also be evaluated.


3 silhouette targets with a realistic size high value scoring area. A high value area can be created with anatomy overlays or paper plates.

Distance: T1 @ 3 yards, T2 @ 5 yards, T3 @ 7yards

Ammunition Requirement: 12 rounds

Begin Exercise: Load with 6 rounds only and holster. On the signal, draw & fire 1 head shot to T1, 2 body shots to T2 and 3 body shots to T3. RELOAD with 6 rounds and fire 3 body shots to T3, 2 body shots to T2 and 1 head shot to T1.

Scoring: Low time wins (Paladin scoring). Pistol shooters must complete the exercise in 14 seconds or less. Revolver shooters must run it in 18 seconds or less. A 1 second penalty will be awarded for every hit outside the high value scoring area. Hits off the target= DQ

Variation: 1) Incorporate the use of cover after the first 6 shots

2) 5 shot revolvers will fire 1, 2, 2 & 2, 2, 1

Layout: T3@ 7 yards

T2 @ 5 yards

T1 @ 3 yards

Shoot Box A

Mike Boyle is a retired law enforcement officer and has been active in use of force instruction for over 40 years. He has been a police academy assistant director, instructor, Rangemaster and is the author of 2 books, 3 training videos and hundreds of magazine articles on firearms, training and tactics. Mike served 21 years on the Board of Directors of the International Association of Law Enforcement Firearms Instructors. Mr. Boyle can provide instruction on various firearms disciplines including handgun, shotgun and low light threat management. He can be reached at mboyle308@gmail.com.