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Just thought I would share the pistol qualification I designed for my department. It’s not that difficult but I feel it’s a fair test for what patrol officers need to be able to do.

Stage 1. Range contact to 5 yards. (Retreating fire) Time 4 seconds. Rounds fired 6

This stage has you start right in front of the target. At the sound of the buzzer, push the target with your support hard while you step back and draw, continue moving back as you shoot 6 rounds into the center mass of the target. Time limit is 4 seconds.

VIDEO
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ejxoB0p4uX4


Stage 2. Range 2 yards. Failure to stop. Time 3 seconds. Repeat drill once. Rounds fired 3

This stage has you start standing 2 yards from the target. At the sound of the buzzer you need to step right or left as you draw your pistol and fire 2 rounds to center mass and one shot to the head. Time limit is 3 seconds. Repeat once. Mark head shots when done.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3ljWOXEVWaI

Stage 3. Range 5 yards. Weapon hand Support hand only firing. Time limit 6 seconds. Rounds fired 5.

This stage has you standing in front of the target at 5 yards. At the sound of the buzzer step off to your right or left while drawing and firing with your weapon hand only. You need to fire 5 rounds to center mass in 6 seconds.

String 2. Place the gun in your left hand with the safety off. At the sound of the buzzer step to the side and fire 5 rounds in 6 seconds with your support hand only. (weak hand)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BavGPtQIu4I

Stage 4. Range 5 yards. Run Dry Reload. Time limit 10 seconds. Rounds fired 5. Repeat once.

This stage has you standing in front of the target at 5 yards. You need to have a partner load your mags with between 0 and 3 rounds. The mag can be empty or loaded with up to 3 rounds. The shooter should not know how many rounds are in his magazine. (difficult to do by yourself)

At the sound of the buzzer the shooter steps to the side while drawing and fires 5 rounds to center mass in 10 seconds or less. He will run out of ammunition and will have to perform a run dry reload. Repeat Once.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XW9mdibORHg

Stage 5. Range 7 yards. Failure to Stop. Time limit 5 seconds. Rounds fired 3.

This stage has you standing at 7 yards from the target. At the buzzer step to the side while drawing and fire 2 rounds to center mass and one round to the head in 5 seconds. Repeat once. Mark head shots when done.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QMhjCmx6PC8

Stage 6. Range 10 yards to 5 yards. Shooting on the move. Time limit 6 seconds. Rounds fired 6.

This stage has you standing at the 10 yard line with your pistol in low ready. At the sound of the buzzer walk towards the target while firing 6 rounds. Stop before you get to the 5 yard line. Time limit is 6 seconds.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Trxq7SzS3R4

Stage 7. Range 25 yards. Shooting behind cover. Time limit 25 seconds, Rounds fired 6

This stage has you standing at the 25 yard line behind simulated cover. The cover can be something that forces the shooter to kneel or it can be a barricade that allows the shooter to stand. The shooter must have all of his lower body behind cover and half of his upper body behind cover while shooting.

At the sound of the buzzer the shooter must draw and shoot 3 rounds on either the right or left side of the barricade and then transition to the other side and shoot 3 more rounds to center mass. Time limit is 25 seconds.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=72g9FsBK21c


Scoring.

Targets. We use a custom target that is basically a USPSA target with a 10 inch circle for an A zone in the body and a home plate shaped A zone in the head. You can use a USPSA target for this qualification if you want. It will increase the difficulty on the head shots.

Overtime shots are -5
Extra shots fired are -5

A zone is worth 5 points.
B zone is worth 4 points on stages 1,3,4,6,7
B zone is worth only one point on stages 2 and 5. (head shot stages)
C zone is worth 4 points.
D zone is worth 1 point.

Head shots landing outside of the head in the body are counted as misses.

Score required to pass is 200. (80%)
Max score is 250

Here is a picture of the target I shot in the above videos. I scored a 245 out of 250.



Here is the pistol I was shooting. Minus the light of course since it was in my off duty holster.



The course can be made more difficult by making the time limits shorter.
 
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