Warren Advanced 3-Second Standards

designed by Scott Warren
based on the
Ken Hackathorn 3-Second Standards 

Range: varies (see below)
Target: three IPSC or IDPA targets spaced at least two feet apart shoulder to shoulder
Start position: holstered
Rounds fired: 63

A shot timer with PAR time set to three seconds is used for each string. There are three strings of fire for each stage of the drill:

  1. Fire one (and only one) shot at the head of each target, going from left to right in 3 seconds.
  2. Fire one (and only one) shot at the head of each target, going from right to left in 3 seconds.
  3. Fire one (and only one) shot at the head of each target, beginning with the middle target and then finishing with the two outside targets in any order in 3 seconds.

This set of three strings is conducted for each of seven stages:

  1. From the holster, freestyle at 5yd.
  2. From the holster, freestyle at 7yd.
  3. From the hoslter, freestyle at 10yd.
  4. From the holster, freestyle at 15yd.
  5. From the holster, strong hand only at 5yd.
  6. From the ready position, support hand only at 5yd.
  7. From the holster, while moving. (advance from 10yd to 5yd on string 1, retreat from 5yd to 10yd on string 2, and advance again from 10yd to 5yd on string 3)

A round anywhere in the scoring zone for the head (meaning both A and B zones for an IPSC target) counts as a hit. Shots fired after the 3-second PAR time count as misses. You may not take any extra shots. In total, you will fire 63 rounds: three rounds per string, three strings per stage, 7 stages.

A score of 49 or above (averaging at least 7 hits per stage) is a real accomplishment.

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.