Defender Training Drills – Triple Threat Drill

The Defender Training Academy focuses on training all gun owners from first timers to veteran shooters. The DTA Director of Training, Matt Lillis, also started a new video series of Defender Drills for those outside of North Texas. In this installment of Defender Training Drills, Mr. Lillis shows us his Triple Threat Drill that takes down three hostile targets.

Hey Defenders, today’s drill is gonna be triple threat. We’ve got three hostile targets here. We’re going to engage each of them with center chest shots, head shots and pelvic region shots. We’re going to engage out center target first, then we can either move to the left or to the right target. Hope you enjoy this drill, see you out on the range.

Ok Defenders, again that was out triple threat drill. Again what we’re doing is three rounds to the center chest, one round to the cranial cavity and then one round to the pelvic region. Again, we want to transition from target to target as quickly as possible and engage those hostile targets as quickly as we can. Hope you enjoy it, we’ll see you on the range.

There you have it, the Triple Threat Drill. Are you going to try it?

6 Comments On This Article

  1. Not a firearms instructer, but. Firing multiple shots at two targets while leaving the third with considerable time to fire unabated looks like a great way to be killed. To truly combat this threat, would it not be more prudent to attack each target as soon as possible then follow up with those targets remaining in the fight rather than allowing the third target
    to fire at you unchallenged. With three attackers, the real question is how you got in this fight in the first place. Street savy radar should keep a prudent observer out of this situation. These attackers may be incompetent but if even one has weapons skills, this will end badly.

  2. Yeah, you shoot a person 5 times, including a shot after a “Head Shot”, you will probably go to jail! After 3 rounds Center Mass, the attacker “should” be incapable of continuing the assault. You shoot them more, after that point, it’s jail time, for sure, for YOU! Besides, the time he took to put 5 rounds on the first target gives the second and third targets time to either run, or to jump you about the time round numbers 3 and 4 are going into the target. IMHO, it would be better to fire on all 3 three targets with one round, then go back around, and fire follow-up shots! This is a very effective technique that we taught to Air Force Office of Special Investigations agents. Always engage multiple threats in an orderly fashion, by hitting each targeet once, then following up with additional rounds, as necessary. I may not be explaining it well enough, but, trust me, this technique is very effective…
    Jesse F. Tiede, MSgt, USAF, (Ret)
    DOD Civil Service GS09(Ret)
    USAF Combat Arms Training and Maintenance Instructor

    • Kevin Hagus, MSgt USAF (Ret)

      Completely agree with you. I’ve always been taught in a multiple bad guy situation to engage each target rapidly with one shot first, then follow up with a second shot. I can pretty much guarantee that in this scenario, you’re going to get taken down by one of the three targets. Five rounds each before moving on to the next target is a recipe for getting yourself killed.

  3. Definitely agree with the above comments about engaging each target quickly, then following up as needed.
    Next question: How many shooting ranges do you know of that will allow you to use three lanes at once like this? Or even draw and fire?
    I love the online instructors who do drills that you will never be allowed to do on a range in real life.

  4. Matt Lillis, Director of Training

    Just wanted to thank you all for your comments and suggestions. This drill is just that, a drill where we are working on balancing speed and precision. The idea that you must quickly engage the high center mass of your target then slow down to engage the other vital zones is a true skill set that needs to be practiced. While I agree with many of you that in a true combat situation I would engage each threat in target priority with multiple rounds to center mass then re-engage as necessary with follow up shots one of the challenges with this drill is to go through the aspect of quick shots then slow down for accurate shots then speed back up.

    I can also tell you from several encounters in combat situations, training Ravens, Emergency Services Teams, and much more one shot then moving on to another threat will not always work and as for me I would rather two to four shots to address a threat before engaging another. However, yes your ultimate goal is to render the threat no longer capable of continuing the action.

    There are many ways to run a drill like this and I would encourage you to run it in multiple different ways to test out various aspects of your shooting capablities. Additionally if you are looking at a range where you can conduct drills like these then I encourage you to come and shoot with us a Defender Outdoors Shooting Center. We will see you on the range!