This drill originated from the commonly cited statistic that the average gunfight is three shots, in three seconds, at three yards.
Each string has a par time of three seconds. The skills tested on each string correspond to the tasks a skilled, trained shooter should be able to perform in three seconds or less, at three yards and seven yards. Use of a single par time for all strings makes this drill quick and easy to run.
The complete drill takes 20 rounds. When complete, the target should have three hits in the head, 17 hits in the body.
I recommend using an IPSC target, but the drill can be shot on any humanoid target that has both a body and head region. The IPSC target works well for this drill because its head box has two scoring zones, with the A-Zone in the head corresponding to the ocular window. The complete drill takes 20 rounds. When complete, the target should have three hits in the head, 17 hits in the body. Hits in the A-Zone are worth five points, B- and C-Zones are worth three, D-Zone hits are worth one. Misses are minus 10. Maximum score is 100 points. Passing is 90 points or better.
When the start position is “ready,” you can use either a low ready (gun drawn, gripped in both hands, arms fully extended, gun aimed below target) or a compressed ready (gun drawn, gripped in both hands, arms pulled close to chest with the muzzle level with target).