To maximize their points in practical shooting, shooters strive to find a nice balance between both accuracy and speed. But you can have both. Elias Frangoulis, the 2015 International Practical Shooting Competition (IPSC) National Champion, says the following drill is a variation from designer Rob Leatham’s progression drill.


Objective: Get as many A-Zone shots in the allotted par time. (An IPSC target “A Zone” area is a vertical rectangle, 15.7 inches high by 5.9 inches wide.) Train to shoot fast and accurately simultaneously.

Shooter Skill Level: This is for all levels, but distances can be changed for different skill levels.


Target & Distance: Set up an open target at seven yards, and a set a timer for a par time of three seconds.


Start Position: Face the target, with your hands at your sides and your gun chambered and holstered.

String 1: At the buzzer, draw and fire one shot in the “A Zone” within the three-second par time. The shot must land in the “A Zone” or the string doesn’t count.

String 2: At the buzzer, draw and complete two shots in the “A Zone,” within the same the three-second par time.


String 3: Continue to add an additional shot to each string at the same par time. Work your way up to five shots or as many as you can handle. When the shots are no longer meeting the requirements of the par time and the “A Zone” location, do not progress in the shot count.


The three-second par time allows plenty of time to take two clean shots with no stress. When the third shot is added, the drill may still seem easy. However, as you progress in the round count, the added shots now demand that you press the trigger faster.

As a result, errors will eventually happen. Trigger control will get compromised. The speed is going to break your grip. Tracking the sights will also become difficult. Practice correcting each shooting fundamental to see which area is the weak link. Focus on the process of what makes fast and accurate shooting, because this will help identify your strengths and weaknesses.


Editor’s Note: A version of this article first appeared in the November 2016 print issue of World of Firepower Magazine.