Measuring your Firearm Proficiency and Progress

Everyone who enjoys shooting firearms at some point or another will want to know how they are doing. Often that simply means going to a range, standing motionless and see how many holes they can punch into a paper target. Their observations as to proficiency are what we call anecdotal, as they have no record of what they did last time and the measurement of how well they did that day is purely a guess.

Practicing what you have trained to be able to do is an important part of learning skills. To measure your progress over time we suggest finding a drill, which you can shoot at some frequency to monitor if you are improving or failing. There is no such thing in shooting proficiency as staying the same, you are always either improving or declining. The definitions I use are skills; actions such as just drawing the gun and firing a shot on target. A drill is a skill or series of skills with measurements of success attached such as time and score.

At the end of my class yesterday I decided to test myself since it was still early and I was not too exhausted from teaching and the heat. Having lately had a few students fail to qualify on their first try of CCW Q-Course I decided to fire that one first just to see if my proficiency in that drill was up to my standards.

Our CCW Q-Course is copied from a state LE Agency, our reasoning for selecting it is that should you ever have to use your gun we will be able to attest that you qualified during training equivalent to what the States LE arm does. Makes perfect sense to me.

It is shot on a silhouette target, we are now using the LFT – PH1 target. The scoring is pretty simple; a shot inside the 9” ring on center of mass is 10 points, a hit on the torso is 5 points.

Liberty Firearms Training PH1 target

Liberty Firearms Training PH1 target

The Course of Fire;

15 yards with cover, 70 seconds is the allotted time.
6 rounds from knee(s) drawing from holster and with shooting hand only in the open to slide lock,
go to cover and reload, 6 rounds standing two hands from the non-shooting side of cover to slide lock,
reload, 6 rounds standing two hands from the shooting side of cover.

7 yards,
Draw and fire one round, two hands, 2 seconds allotted time – repeat for a total of 6 rounds
Draw and fire two rounds, two hands, 3 seconds allotted time – repeat for a total of 6 rounds
Draw and fire six rounds to slide lock, reload and fire six rounds, two hands, 30 seconds allotted time – for a total of 12 rounds.

3 yards,
Draw and fire two rounds, two hands, 3 seconds allotted time – repeat for a total of 6 rounds
Draw and fire six rounds to slide lock, shooting hand only, reload and fire six rounds with non-shooting hand only, 25 seconds allotted time – for a total of 12 rounds.

A passing score would be 450 points or 75%, shots fired after the time has expired do not count. A proficient shooter should be around 540 points consistently.

Give it a try, see how you do.
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