Langdon 3.5-second Standards

designed by Ernest Langdon

Range: varies (see below)
Target: three IDPA targets
Start position: from concealment
Rounds fired: 80

For this drill, you will need three IDPA targets placed at shoulder height with at least two feet of separation between each target. You will also need a shot timer, set to a 3.5-second PAR time. Each string has a 3.5-second PAR time. You must get all “-0” hits within the PAR time for each run. Dropping any points or going past the PAR time is considered a failure.

T1 is the left target; T2 is the center target, T3 is the right target.

  • Head-Body-Head: 7yd
  1. two body  T1; two head T2; two body T3.
  2. two body T3; two head T2; two body T1.
  3. two head T1; two body T2; two head T3.
  4. two head T3; two body T2; two head T1.
  • Two-Reload-Two: 7yd
  1. two body T1; reload; two body T1.
  2. two body T2; reload; two body T2.
  • Shooting on the Move: 5yd to 10yd
  1. two body on each target left to right while moving from 10yd to 5yd.
  2. two body on each target left to right while moving from 5yd to 10yd.
  3. two body on each target right to left while moving from 10yd to 5yd.
  4. two body on each target left to right while moving from 5yd to 10yd.
  • SHO & WHO: 7dy
  1. 2 body on each target left to right, Strong Hand Only.
  2. 2 body on each target right to left, Strong Hand Only.
  3. 2 body on each target left to right, Weak Hand Only (start from low-ready).
  4. 2 body on each target right to left, Weak Hand Only (start from low-ready).

    At the end, you should have 24 hits to the bodies of each T1 and T2; 20 hits to the body of T3; and four hits to each head. To get a passing score, Ernest requires the entire drill to be run twice with no misses and no shots fired past the PAR Time.

    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.