All good ideas are eventually copied and that’s what I have done here. Todd Greene of www.pistol-training.com has been using his F.A.S.T. Drill to motivate his students for a number of years. Once he opened his training company, he began using the drill in his classes as a way test student performance and for those who could attain the high standard he established, a challenge coin is awarded to mark the achievement. I ran into Todd at the 2012 SHOT Show and told him how much I liked the idea and I intended to copy it in a fashion. Todd was very gracious and gave me nothing but encouragement.
I was first told about the 2 x 2 x 2 Drill while attending a course at John Shaw’s Mid-South Institute of Self Defense Shooting in 1992. I was on the range next to a member of a U.S. Military Special Mission Unit and we talked… something that happens when you stand next to a person for a whole week. He told me about a drill his unit used to keep pistol skills sharp and it could be required at anytime, any moment of any operator in the unit. He related an operator could be on his way to the chow hall and called out to perform this drill, if he failed some type of remedial training was required. I have been using this drill ever since as a way to help keep my own skills sharp. I can do it 75 to 80% of the time.
The drill is quick and easy to perform: 2 rounds are fired in 2 seconds at 20 feet from the holster on a 3 x 5 card. The hands start in front of the body in a fending position as I have never started a fight with my hands hanging at my side. No one I have ever met has done so unless they were caught off guard. The holster can be a uniform duty rig, SWAT-style thigh holster, military chest rig or a concealed belt holster. Open carry speed scabbards DO NOT count! As in a gunfight, the student has one chance to perform the drill…there is no multiple attempts as this is a “skill on demand” exercise.
This drill will be shot by all Handgun Combatives students on the last day of all two and three day courses. Those accomplishing the drill will receive a Handgun Combatives 2 x 2 x 2 coin and listed on the “wall” below. The coins are not mass produced, but custom cut one coin at a time by Bob Meszaros of Templar Custom Arms and then numbered making them truly unique. The drill is demonstrated on my Handgun Combatives Facebook page if you wish to see it performed.
Students that earn an official Handgun Combatives challenge coin will have their photo; and the date and location of the shooting event posted below for as long as this website exists.
1. Congratulations to Wayne Baughman For Winning The First Coin in Dayton, TN.
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NYPD Officer Ashley Ashton earns the second coin in Atlantic City, NJ.
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Coin number three won by Dick Reinheimer In Galeton, PA
Coin #4 was claimed by Steve Worden in Courtland, NY.
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Coin #5 was earned by Tom Revolinsky in Kent, OH.
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Coin # 6 taken by Charles Coble in Richmond, VA.
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