To become a police chaplain in North Carolina (at least in Charlotte) one has to go through the FBI course which includes being acquainted with firearms, including a variety of sidearms, assault and long rifles. That’s a whole different universe for me, so some months ago, on the same day:
- I got a sidearm purchase permit from the sheriff’s office
- purchased a Glock 19 gen 4 and a box of ammo
- shot a few rounds for the first time in my life (from a pistol)
- qualified 40/40 at a gun range first attempt
- signed up for a concealed carry course
- I sat through that very useful concealed carry course
- applied for a concealed carry permit
- after many SBI / FBI background checks, got the concealed carry permit
Since then, I’ve been throwing out a few bullets so as to become more accurate more quickly in incrementally difficult circumstances, for my safety and the safety of others. Upon reflection, I think I’ve been having too much fun. I think I should get down to business and put myself through the FBI qualification course, that is, just for practice, on my own. Since the FBI targets are printed on larger paper than can fit in my printer, I’ve just magnified the most important detail of the target in 1 to 1 proportions, which will print out on legal paper (8 1/2 by 14). See the top of this post.
The FBI course requires 48 hits out of 60 for a pass = 80%. Meanwhile, using the same target, Kansas LEO qualification requires 35 hits out of 50 for a pass = 70%. Both courses are fairly demanding. Kansas has more variety. The FBI is perhaps more realistic.
- 3 yd line – Beginning on the 1 ½ yard line, shooter will draw and fire 3 rounds as they are stepping backward and moving laterally one step. Shooter will re-holster and repeat this procedure again on command. 2 strings of 3 (6 rounds total) 3 sec. per string.
- 5 yd line – Shooter will draw and fire 3 rounds from a two-hand, supported grip. Shooter will reholster and repeat this procedure on command. 2 strings of 3 (6 rounds total) 5 sec. per string
- 7 yd line – Shooter will fire 2 rounds from the threat ready position with weapon in strong hand, supported by the weak hand. The weapon is then transitioned to the weak hand and supported by the strong hand for the final two rounds. 1 string of 4 (4 rounds total) 10 seconds
- 7 yd line – Shooter will fire 3 rounds from threat ready, strong hand only, one-hand shooting grip. 1 string of 3 (3 rounds total) 4 seconds
- 7 yd line – Shooter will fire 3 rounds from threat ready while moving laterally one step, using the two-hand, supported grip. Re-holster and repeat on command. 2 strings of 3 each (6 rounds total) 4 seconds per string
- 10 yd line – Shooter will draw and fire 4 rounds using the two-hand, supported grip. Re-holster and repeat on command. 2 strings of 4 each (8 rounds total) 5 seconds per string
- 15 yd line – Shooter will draw and fire 4 rounds using a two-hand, supported grip. 1 string of 4 (4 rounds total) 6 seconds per string
- 15 yd line – Shooter will draw and fire 3 rounds using a two-hand, supported grip. 1 string of 3 (3 rounds total) 5 seconds
- 25 yd line – Shooter will draw and fire 5 rounds from a two-hand, supported grip around a barricade in a standing position. 1 string of 5 (5 rounds total) 15 seconds
- 25 yd line – Shooter will draw and fire 5 rounds from a two-hand, supported grip around a barricade in a kneeling position. 1 string of 5 (5 rounds total) 15 seconds
From Three Yards (12 rounds fired):
- 3 shots in 3 seconds, strong hand only
- repeat above for 3 more rounds in 3 seconds
- 3 rounds strong hand only, switch hands for 3 rounds weak hand only: 8 seconds
From Five Yards (12 rounds fired) [two hands for rest of course]
- 3 rounds in 3 seconds
- repeat 3 more times for a total of 12 rounds fired
From Seven Yards (16 rounds fired):
- 4 rounds in 4 seconds
- repeat above for 4 more rounds
- 4 rounds, reload, then fire 4 more rounds all completed in 8 seconds
From 15 yards (10 rounds fired):
- 3 rounds in 6 seconds
- repeat above for 3 more rounds
- 4 rounds in 8 seconds
From 25 Yards (10 rounds fired from cover)
- Move up to the cover and fire 2 rounds standing and then 3 rounds kneeling, all under 15 seconds.
- Repeat above
- 86% for Kansas (cold barrel)
- 88% for FBI (hot barrel)
Points off at 75 feet out. So I’ll need to practice that. I haven’t done that since Ricky was out from South Dakota. I totally missed when going down on a knee (no knees). No excuse! More practice needed. Anything less than 100% is no good. Mind you, I have no timer but I think I was well within the limits.
JUST TO BE COMPLETE
- Do the above courses at dusky-dark to simulate conditions 99% of the time.
- Use two targets five feet apart. Any string moves from one to the other whether two, three or four rounds are required.
- Add close quarters shooting (one hand) right up against one of the used targets used for the courses above.
I didn’t get around to doing any of these things yet.
JUST FOR FUN
- Shoot in half a 1″x1″ by however long swinging stick at a marked line:
I did do that again yesterday:
That will take some time to own. All that is just for pistols. One has to be familiar with assault and long rifles, etc. More on that in future.