3-Two-1

designed by Todd Green

Range: 3yd – 7yd

Target: special (see below)

Start position: holstered

Rounds fired: 30

3-Two-1 is a close range drill focusing on speed and precision as well as the ability to change gears seamlessly. It uses a 3×5″ rectangle, a 2″ circle, and 1″ square. For simplicity’s sake, we have created a target specifically for this drill. You can download a full size .pdf version of the target by clicking on this image:

Using a shot timer, give yourself a four second PAR time. On the buzzer, draw and fire six rounds as follows:

  • three rounds at the 3×5 rectangle
  • two rounds at the 2″ circle
  • one round at the 1″ square

Repeat the drill for a total of five runs. This should give you:

  • fifteen hits in the 3×5 rectangle
  • ten hits in the 2″ circle
  • five hits in the 1″ square

For an added challenge, you can begin a string on a different shape. Note that the PAR time becomes more constraining when you have to draw to a smaller target. You can also change the orientation of the target from practice session to practice session so you don’t just build “muscle memory” moving in one direction.

Range can be anywhere from three to seven yards depending on shooter skill level. Start at a distance where you can hit all three of the targets when there is no time limit, and then push yourself to meet the PAR time. Record your results for each target (rectangle, circle, square) and work until you are getting good hits within the PAR time. Then increase the distance.

Training with firearms is an inherently dangerous activity. Be sure to follow all safety protocols when using firearms or practicing these drills. These drills are provided for information purposes only. Use at your own risk.