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Drill: Hackathorn 3 Second Headshot Standard




Targets: 3 IPSC targets spaced two feet apart, placed shoulder to shoulder

Distance: 5 yards

Par Time: 3 Seconds per string of fire

Rounds: 9


First String of Fire: Fire one shot at the head of each target working from left to right.


Second String of Fire: Fire one shot at the head of each target working from right to left.


Third String of Fire: Fire one shot at the head starting with middle target, then left target and

lastly the right target.


Hits are counted as anywhere in the head, both A and B zone of head. Must get at least seven out of nine hits along with par times all three seconds or faster.


Begin by trying this drill from the ready position. Once you can complete it comfortably, then try it from the holster. Once you can do this comfortably then try increasing the distance.


This Drill was created by Ken Hackathorn. He is the founder of IDPA. He has instructed for over 25 years. He has instructed US Army Special Forces, US Special Operations, FBI SWAT and HRT, as well as teaching civilian classes.


This drill is low round count and works a couple skills at once. It works your draw time and your transitions. With the required fast pace, it will also highlight any deficiencies you may have either in your draw, your shots or your transitions. After you see which area or areas you are slower than you should be in, then you will know which skill to isolate in your dry fire and live fire practice.


Have a great and safe Weekend!



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