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Weekend Workout 2: Five By Three

by Andy Rutledge 0 Comments

This week’s practical-range drill is run from concealment, featuring and aerobic workout and multiple small targets from three different distances: 7 yards, 17 yards, and 25 yards.

The Drill: Five by Three

  • Targets: Three 8-inch steel plates (or paper equivalent), placed 3 yards apart
  • Course of Fire: 25-yard range needed. 3 shots from each position – run from concealment – will include speed reloads between positions
  • Par Time: 26 seconds.

3 x 5 drill by andy rutledge

Important Notes

Use a shot timer and measure your time. The par time is 26 seconds, but aim to improve on each run.

You can see from the drill schematic that you will be moving both away from and toward the targets. Pay particular attention to your muzzle discipline while moving away from the targets—keep your muzzle pointed at the berm (behind you)!

Note also that you will need either a double magazine holder or two magazine pouches or a single mag pouch with the #3 magazine in your pocket (OR both extra mags in your pockets – not recommended).

The Drill

Set up three 8″ steel plates on stands—or three equivalent paper targets—three yards apart at 25 yards downrange. Place a barrel or some other conspicuous marker at 7 yards away from the targets and another at 17 yards away from the targets. Your main/furthest firing line should be at 25 yards away from the targets.

  1. Load 3 magazines: 3 rounds, 6 rounds, and 6 rounds respectively.
  2. Put the 3-round mag in your gun and chamber a round. Re-holster your pistol in your concealed holster. Place the other magazines in your mag pouch(es) and/or in your pocket(s). Your pistol and magazines should all be concealed.
  3. Start at the targets. Queue your shot timer. At the beep, sprint to position 1 (7 yards from the targets), turn, draw from concealment and fire 1 round at each target. Your gun should lock open, empty.
  4. Drop your magazine, turn and sprint to position 2 (17 yards from the targets) while you retrieve your next magazine.
  5. When you reach position 2, turn and reload and fire 1 shot at each target.
  6. Turn and sprint to position 3 (the 25-yard line). Be sure to keep your muzzle pointed at the berm behind you!
  7. At the 25-yard line, turn and fire 1 shot at each of the targets. Your slide will lock back as you run empty.
  8. Drop your mag and sprint back to position 2 as you retrieve your last magazine.
  9. Reload and fire 1 shot at each of the targets from position 2.
  10. Sprint to position 1 and fire 1 shot at each of the targets.

Note and record your time. Retrieve your dropped magazines.

Final Notes

Do at least 10 repeats on this drill. The drill will give you a good aerobic workout and test your ability to engage in precision shooting while your heart rate is up and while you have the pressure of the clock.

This is a precision drill, with the target areas being only 8″ in diameter. This is an effective target area for incapacitation and it is the maximum you should ever train to hit no matter your drill. Smaller targets are a good motivation for you to focus when aiming & shooting. Always opt for the smaller target in training.

The par time I’ve set here is 26 seconds, but aim to get below 20 seconds with 100% hit rate. If you compare this to a real-life situation where you’re required to save your own life from 3 armed assailants, note that you have the rest of your life to make accurate hits. Take all the time you require, but know that your life hangs in the balance.

Keep training hard. Training works. Responsibility is a thing™.

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