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Shooting Drill: The Federal Air Marshal Pistol Qualification

by Andy Rutledge 0 Comments
Shooting Drill: The Federal Air Marshal Pistol Qualification

If you’re anything like me, you’re always looking for ways to use the range facilities at your disposal in the most productive ways possible. At my indoor range, for instance, I cannot draw from a holster and the narrow shooting lanes prohibit all but the smallest body dynamics. So there I work on mag-exchange drills, hand drills, and plain ol target practice.

When I get to my local outdoor practical range there is very little I cannot do, but I have a hard time settling on specific drills to work. Despite the fact that I’m a competitive shooter, I only ever use my concealed carry holster and pistols when working on pistol drills there (Since my daily carry setup is concealed, that’s how I train.). Even so, I find my pistol drills lack a bit of structure and I’ve not made of habit of measuring my results against any standard; personal or objective. I’ve decided to change that.

After today’s excellent discussion with the owner and one of his instructors at my local practical range, I’ll be using various military and law enforcement qualification courses of fire as training drills. The first one I’ll be using as a drill is the Federal Air Marshal Pistol Qualification.

The Federal Air Marshal Pistol Qualification

The drill is executed at 7 yards using the FBI UIT-CB target. Each string (except #3) is performed twice, using a competition shot timer to issue start signals and to log the string times (and, if you’re really keeping track of things: the time between multiple shots).

Drill – each is performed twice From Par Time
One round concealed holster 1.65 seconds
Double tap low ready 1.35 seconds
Rhythm: fire 6 rounds at one target (1x only) low ready 3.00 seconds
On shot, speed reload, one shot low ready 3.25 seconds
One round each at 2 targets three yards apart low ready 1.65 seconds
Pivot 180°: One round each at 3 targets three yards apart – 1x turn left, 1x turn right concealed holster 3.50 seconds
One round, slide locks back, drop to one knee, reload, fire one round low ready 4.00 seconds

By recording my hits/misses and times, I’ll be able to find my trouble spots and track progress against an objective pressure standard.

Resources

If you’d like to train with this drill and keep track of your performance, here are a couple things you might like:

Here’s someone running the drill:

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