Drills to push your training.

Did you get out and train this past weekend? A lot of the guys at Aim shoot at least one day a week. Sometimes it is 1 or 2 of us, sometimes it’s 12 of us. Random days will be rifle and pistols, some just rifles or pistols, no real pattern just kind of whoever feels like doing something does it.

This weekend a couple of us worked on two really fun and challenging standards. I enjoy these drills because they are doable but really push you to use what you have tried so hard to perfect.

The F.A.S.T Challenge and Shoot 2.

The F.A.S.T is a really fun one to run especially when you read it and think “ok that seems very possible to run clean” And then you do it and really have to be dialed in to even come close. Forcing you to rely on what you have learned and apply it properly. Here is the challenge:

This drill was created by the late Todd Green. the F.A.S.T drill is now done with Ernest Langdon. The target is set at 7 yards and consists of a 3×5 box and an 8-inch circle.

The F.A.S.T. (Fundamentals, Accuracy, & Speed Test):
Range: 7 yards
Start position: weapon concealed or in retention duty holster with all retention devices active; shooter facing downrange in a relaxed stance with arms down at sides.
The drill begins from the holster, pistol loaded with exactly two rounds.
• draw
• fire two (and only two) rounds at the 3×5 box
• perform a slide lock reload
• fire four (and only four) rounds at the 8″ circle
Open top retention (ALS, SERPA) without concealment
add 0.50 seconds to the final score.
Flap/retention mag pouch subtract 0.50 seconds.
Misses to 3×5 box add 2.00 seconds per miss.
Misses to 8” circle add 1.00 seconds per miss.
10+ seconds: Novice
less than 10 seconds: Intermediate
less than 7 seconds: Advanced
less than 5 seconds: Expert

The only way to get a coin for passing is an expert run under pressure in a Langdon class.

The other drill I personally try to run every range trip is the Shoot 2 Standards from Shane Cardwell from Impact Shooting Center.

This Drill is tough as well. Most of the time you will run it clean and not for time, or run it for time and miss shots. It will be the death of me I swear.

The Shoot 2 Standards):
Range: 7 yards
Start position: weapon concealed or in OWB holster
The drill begins from the holster
• draw
• fire two (and only two) rounds at the 3×5 box
• Repeat for 5 rounds, 5 total draws, and 10 total shots

Scoring: Par time must not exceed 9 seconds total and must be clean (no misses outside the 3×5 card. Line breaks DO count as hits.

.15 second penalty for OWB but NO penalty for level 3 retention

No Mulligans.

I have seen multi-time world champion shooters fail this, I have seen shooters that are on a different level than normal shooters fail this. I have seen Shane pass it himself numerous times and I have seen him fail it as well. It is tough but like the F.A.S.T drill….it will motivate you to fix your flaws.

If you want to take a run at these here are the targets:




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