FIREARMS INSTRUCTOR
Recertification
TY 2011 / 2012
Massachusetts
Municipal Police Training Committee
SGT William Leanos, Firearms Training Coordinator
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Author: Sgt. William Leanos
&
MPTC Firearms Training Advisory Committee
Date Written: January 10, 2011
Revised: March 2, 2011
Power Point Design: Todd Bailey & Bill Leanos
INSTRUCTOR INFORMATION &
CONTACT SHEET
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Complete all sections and pass in to Lead
Instructor
Helps Firearms Coordinator maintain an up to
date data base
Available on line at www.mlefiaa.org
- Select MPTC News
- Click on the Data Form link
Certificate will be issued by E-mail
Only
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INSTRUCTOR CD
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Contains new MPTC Recruit Firearms
Manual
- Full time
- Reserve Officer Firearms
New Shotgun Qualification & Manual
New Less Lethal Course & Qualification
Will be updated as required
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HOT TOPICS FOR TY 2011/2012
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Instructor requirements
New Instructor Levels
New Shotgun Program & Qualification
New MPTC Less Lethal Munitions
New MPTC Full Auto / Select Fire
Minimum Qualification Standards
Where is my certificate?
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FIREARMS SAFETY RULES
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All weapons are treated as if they were
loaded.
Never point a weapon at anything you are
not willing to destroy.
Keep your finger off the trigger until you are
on target and have made the decision to fire.
Know your target and what is beyond it.
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RANGE RULES
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Distribute RANGE RULES
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Read the form
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Sign the form
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Turn the form in
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Instructors will read and review with students the range safety rules. After
completion students will sign and hand in to instructors the first range
day.
Range Rules
Safety rules, Procedures and Regulations
Are expected to be followed by all shooters
SAFETY IS EVERYONE’S RESPONSIBILITY!
1. Keep weapon pointed in a safe direction at all times.
2. Do not handle any weapons while anyone is downrange.
3. Never draw the weapon with your finger on the trigger.
4. Never bend over on the firing line until the line has been declared “safe”.
5. Obey all commands from Range Master
6. Never holster any weapon with the hammer in the single-action mode or with
your finger on the trigger. This applies to double action weapon only
7. Dry fire is only performed under the guidance of the firearms instructors. DO
NOT dry fire unless instructed to do so.
8. “The finger remains off of the trigger and outside the trigger guard until
the weapon is on target and that the officer has determined the use of deadly
force is imminent” ( i.e. Trigger Finger Management ).
9. Unsafe acts or unsafe behavior on the range will not be tolerated.
Do not take live ammunition into the cleaning area.
I have and reviewed and understand all of the above Range rules. I will comply with
these rules and conduct myself as a professional and responsible police officer.
Signature:______________________________Date:________________
Instructor Certification Update
Certification is valid for two (2) years
 94% is minimum passing score
MPTC / MSA Certification
 MSA Certification Optional
 MSA Adopted Patrol Rifle & Shotgun
Qualifications
 100% required at 3, 5 & 7 yard stages
 100% Round Accountability
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INSTRUCTOR REQUIREMENT
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100% round accountability
Each scored hit = 2 points
Hits within the “milk
bottle” score points.
This includes the
pelvic scoring area.
(Instructors may need
to add this in to their
manuals)
Hits in the grey
silhouette area do
not score points
however they are
considered a “hit”.
Hits outside the
silhouette area are
considered a miss
and disqualifies the
stage.
Must re-shoot the
stage.
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INSTRUCTOR REQUIREMENT
100% Round Accountability
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Instructors will
- Lead from the front by setting the example of
marksmanship
- Encourage practice
- Stress the importance of making each round
count.
Future Instructor Qualifications will be all on
target with score rings
- No Misses
Rounds not fired due to misfire or malfunction are
“accounted for” via an alibi fire or by virtue of not
being fired.
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INSTRUCTOR REQUIREMENTS
During Recertification
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No more than 3 attempts to attain a passing
score on qualification. If not;
- Repeat Basic Firearms Course
Your instructor certification may not be
expired for more than 4 years. If so;
- Repeat Basic Firearms Course
(Effective: 1/1/10)
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NON-INSTRUCTOR
All Other Personnel
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MPTC QUALIFICATION COURSE
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Renamed from MPTC Qualification with
Movement
Minimum of 80% for passing score
40 out of 50 shots in scoring area
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Officer Requirements
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Each scoreable hit = 2 points
Minimum Score 80 Points
Hits within the “milk
bottle” score points.
This includes the
pelvic scoring area.
(Instructors may need
to add this in to their
manuals)
Hits to grey
silhouette and
outside
but on paper do
not score points
however they are
considered a “hit”.
Hits off paper are
considered a miss
and will lead to
disqualification in
the future.
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100% Round Accountability
All rounds must “hit the paper”
- Rounds observed to miss the paper
“unaccounted for”
- Instructor will use discretion when
scoring targets.
 Disqualification optional at this time
 Reasoning - Police officers are responsible
for every round they fire
- Missed rounds can kill or injure innocent
bystanders
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100% Round Accountability
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Individual Officer Qualification
OPTIONAL at this time
Incorporating Qualification Course Data
Collection Sheet to evaluate policy impact
Falls in line with Massachusetts Standard for
Qualification & Training
 Data Collection designed to measure
impact of policy prior to implementation
 It is a requirement for Recruits – why not
veteran officers?
Qualification Course Data Collection
Admin Task for Lead Firearms Instructor
Why the Score Sheet?
 MPTC will be tracking scores to determine
the over all impact of “round accountability”
 This data will be presented for the future
Round Accountability Standard
 Score Sheet is for DATA ONLY
 This NOT to eliminate requirement for
agencies to keep their own firearms records
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Qualification Course Data Collection
Admin Task for Lead Firearms Instructor
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Instructors submit training report (Score
Sheet) to the Firearms Coordinator
Fill in the required data
Lead instructor will faxing or e-mail to
Firearms Coordinator
- Email and fax number are at bottom of
score sheet
Participation optional but very helpful
Officers Name:
Lead Instructor :
Safefy Officer:
Additional Instructors
Additional Instructors
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Disqualification**
Target Type:
Attempt #
Weather conditions:
Course of fire Description:
Number of scorable rounds
Range Location:
Scorable rounds x 2 = points
Date:
Score Qualification
Department:
Number of unaccountable rounds
Data Collection Scoring Sheet
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Instructors Notes:
Individule Student Comments:
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Lead Firearms Instructors Signiture:
- Each hit is the scoring section of the target shall equal two (2) points. (80 Points)
- **A disqualification occurs when an officer has an unaccountable round. A disqualifications results in a failure to qualify, regardless of the score.
Data Collection Scoring Sheet
Department:
Date:
Range Location:
Target type
Target Type:
Officers Name:
Officer’s Name
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Attempt #
Weather conditions:
Course of fire Description:
Number of scorable rounds
Pertinent info for
your records
Data Collection Scoring Sheet
Lead Instructor :
Safefy Officer:
Additional Instructors
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Disqualification**
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Score Qualification
Number of unaccountable rounds
Scorable rounds x 2 = points
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Attempt #
ption:
Number of scorable rounds
Data Collection Area
Additional Instr
Enter the data for each student,
Attempts (1,2,3)
Score-able Rounds
(Rounds
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Instructors Notes:
in scoring area)
Score-able rounds X 2
Unaccountable Rounds
(Number of rounds that went out side
Individule
the dedicated
areas) Student Comments:
Qualification Score
Actual numeric score
Disqualification
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Data Collection Scoring Sheet
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Lead Firearms Instructors Signiture:
- Each hit is the scoring section of the target shall equal two (2) points. (80 Points)
- **A disqualification occurs when an officer has an unaccountable round. A disqualifications results in a failure to qualify, regardless of the score.
Lead instructor Signature after completion
Data Collection Scoring Sheet
Lead Instructor :
Safefy Officer:
Additional Instructors
Additional Instructors
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Disqualification**
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Instructors Notes:
Individule Student Comments:
Who was the
lead instructor
& what
additional
instructors were
there with the
lead instructor.
Who was
appointed
Safety Officer
for the days
events
Instructor Notes & Individual student notes:
Individual student notes of what instructors observed and fixed or
remedial . What were if any problem with the days events.
INSTRUCTOR LEVELS
Effective 01/01/10
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BASIC INSTRUCTOR – Teach at agency
level only
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Updated 01/01/11
Must have 1 year on the job (Part Time or Full
Time) prior to attending Basic 10 Day school
ADVANCED – Basic Level plus can teach
Recruit Academy level programs including
new Reserve Officer Firearms Course.
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Requirement - 4 yrs active as basic instructor
with documentation)
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INSTRUCTOR LEVELS
Effective 01/01/10 Updated 01/01/11
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INSTRUCTOR TRAINER – Basic & Advanced
levels in addition to recertifying basic instructors.
(Does not apply to Firearms Instructor Trainers certified prior to
01/01/11)
- Requirement: 5 yrs as Advanced Instructor
(documented)
- Annual update required to maintain certification
- Must attend continuing professional development
program at least once every 2 years; or
- Show proof of furthering their profession in
firearms training or related field such as:
• Attend a training conference
• Teach at a conference
• Write an Article
Firearms Instructor Trainer
Effective 01/01/11
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New Firearms Instructor Trainers can only
recertify
- Basic Firearms Instructor recertification classes
- Advanced Firearms Instructor recertification classes
- All programs under Basic & Advanced levels
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Does not apply to Firearms Instructor Trainers
certified prior to 01/01/11.
- They will be permitted to instruct at the 10 Day Basic
School
Firearms Instructor Trainers
Certified prior to 1/1/11
Must update with the following
 Less Lethal Program
 Select Fire Program
To remain at this level
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Courses to be scheduled for Select Fire
Less Lethal can be done at 2 day
Recertification
Master Firearms Instructor Trainer: (MFIT)
Effective 01/01/11
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In 2006, the MPTC Firearms Coordinator
established the Firearms Training Advisory
Committee to update existing programs and create
new ones.
All instructors were invited to participate.
Those instructors who took on this commitment
and responsibility are now designated Master
Firearms Instructor Trainers for their dedication
and commitment to the MPTC Firearms Training
program.
Master Firearms Instructor Trainer
Requirements
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Must be a current member of the MPTC
Firearms Committee; or
Be a member of a subcommittee that reports
to the MPTC Firearms Coordinator
Be a Firearms Instructor Trainer
Attend 50% of the scheduled meetings
annually
Required to maintain proficiency and
practical application with the subjects they
teach
Master Firearms Instructor Trainer: (MFIT)
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Duties
Shall teach all subjects designed and
established by the Firearms Committee.
Shall submit all documents to the Firearms
Coordinator for approval to issue
certifications for the subject taught.
Master Firearms Instructor Trainer
Subjects will include but not limited to;
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10 Day Basic Firearms Instructor Course
Basic Firearms Instructor Recertification
Advance Firearms Instructor
Advance Firearms Instructor Recertification
Recertification of Firearms Instructor Trainer
Less Lethal Certification
Less Lethal Instructor Certification
Less Lethal Instructor Recertification
Select Fire Instructor Certification
Select Fire Certification
Select Fire Instructor Recertification
Any Courses the Firearms Coordinator has authorized
State Standard
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Commonwealth of Massachusetts written
“state standard” for firearms training
MPTC Pistol Qualification course is the
standard qualification course of fire
Applicable to all that fall under the MPTC
umbrella
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State Standard
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Approved by the MPTC in March 2010
Establishes Minimum Re-Qualification and
Continual Training Standards
At this time, applies ONLY to handgun
Required of ALL sworn Municipal Police
Officers in the Commonwealth
Includes Full Time,
Reserve or Intermittent
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Divided into Qualification & Training
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Qualification
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Intended to
- Document existing marksmanship
proficiency
- Safe firearms handling skills
Qualify Annually
- MPTC Pistol Qualification Course
- Min. passing score of 80%
- Duty Pistol (Revolver)
- MPTC approved targets
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Training
Training is intended to improve the
officer’s marksmanship proficiency and
firearms handling skills under stress in a
variety of potential shooting situations as
well as to enhance officer safety and the
safety of the public.
 Has 3 required components
- Review Policy, Safety, Safe Storage
- 50 live fire handgun training session
- 2nd practical training session
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Training
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Every officer shall complete, within a twelve
month period, TWO training sessions in the
use of the handgun.
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1. At least 50 rounds of live fire in
multiple exercises.
2. A second training session on a
separate date.
- This session does not have to be
live fire.
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Annual Training Standard
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Instruction and review of
- Deadly force legal issues (case law)
- Department policy on use of deadly force
- Safe handling of firearms
- Safe storage of firearms (c140s131L)
This may be done at the time of
qualification, range training or on a separate
date
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Annual Training Standard
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Live fire session will include at least 50
rounds.
- Shall be fired during multiple training
exercises.
- Shall be in addition to the 50 rounds fired
in the Qualification Course.
- May be conducted on the same day as the
50 round Qualification Course
- May use any target
- Reactive targets encouraged
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Annual Training Standard
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Training shall be realistic in nature
or scenario based and include
- Judgmental shooting
- Reduced light shooting
- Multiple target drills or scenarios
- Moving targets
- Shooting while moving
- Use of cover
- Shooting from a variety of positions
- Sighted & Point shooting techniques
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Annual Training Standard
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Second training session shall be held on a
separate date from the live fire training.
No time requirements
The important thing is to have quality
training and properly document the training
with lesson plans and training reports.
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Annual Training Standards
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Skill building drills may include
- Simulators (Range 3000, FATS, etc.)
- Simulations (Simunitions®, Airsoft, Plastic
rounds or Red/Blue Guns)
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Departments are encouraged to use MPTC
instructors in their programs
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Shotgun Qualification
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Old Qualification Course
More Familiarization then Qualification
 Did not have any practical exercises
 Needed to change
 Becomes obsolete on Jan. 1, 2013
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New Shotgun Qualification
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Latest Change in the Firearms Program
Needed to be more practical
Falls in line with the whole Firearms Program
Includes downloading / unloading as a testable
component in the Qualification
Emphasizes tactical reloading “replace what
you Shoot”
Movement, use of cover & multiple rounds
Shooting on the move
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New Shotgun Program
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Some of the Course Fundamentals:
 Fundamentals of Shotgun Operation
 Marksmanship
 Loading, Downloading & Unloading
 Different Shooting Positions
 Tactical Reloading (topping off) “Put back
what you shoot”
 Movement
 Use of cover
25 Yard Stage
STAGE ONE – KNEELING FROM COVER 3 Rounds
(slug only)
 Shooter [email protected] 30 yard line with an Unloaded & Safe
Weapon. “Load to Transport Condition”
 Command “Gun or Threat”
 Weapon placed into “Tactical Condition” from
Transport Condition
 Command “Advance” shooter advances to 25 yard line
 From Behind Cover & the Kneeling Position
 On the command “UP”, the shooter engages the
target with 3 rounds
 Covering the target, Top Off, (“Put back what you
shoot")
15 Yard Stage
STAGE TWO Standing 15 Yards 4 Rounds (Slug
Only)
 Shooter begins at 25 Yards with “Topped Off “
Weapon
 On the Command “Advance” Shooter advances to
15 Yards with Safety “ON”
 At the 15 Yard Line
 On Command “Gun or Threat" verbal
challenge
 On Command “UP” Shooters engages with 4
rounds.
 Cover the target, use cover if available, Top Off
“Put Back What You Shoot”
10 Yard Stage
STAGE THREE – PIVOTS 10 Yards 6 Rounds (Slug or Buck)
 Shooter begins at the 15 Yard line with “Topped Off” Weapon
 On Command the command “Advance” Shoots moves to the 10
yards
 At the 10 yard line, shooters will depress muzzle, “SAFETY
CIRCLE”
 Shooters faces Right Muzzle Fully Depressed. (Safety Circle)
 On the command “ Gun or Threat”, shooters will; (in order of
sequence) –
 LOOK to identify the threat,
 PIVOT to face the threat,
 MUZZLE UP and Verbalize
 On Command “UP” Engage
2 Rounds
 Line Faces Left
Pivots Right
2 Rounds
 Line Faces Rear
Pivots 180 Degrees
2 Rounds
Students will always “Put Back What They Shoot”
10 to 7 Yard - Shooting on the Move
STAGE FOUR:
SHOOTING ON THE MOVE 10 to 7 Yards.
4 Rounds Slug or Buck
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From “low ready”
On the Command “Advance”
Advance from 10 to 7 yard
Fire two rounds on the command “UP” while moving between 10
and 7 Yards.
7 Yards Cover – Scan- Top Off “Put Back What you Shoot”
Repeat Stage Once more for a total of 4 Rounds
Instructors should encourage shooters NOT to stop when
they shoot - keep the line moving.
7 Yards - Control Pairs w/ Movement
STAGE FIVE – CONTROLLED PAIRS with
Movement
7 Yards 6 Rounds Buck or Slug
 At the 7 Yard Line
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Shooters face threat low ready position.
Fire 2 rounds on the command “UP”
2 Rounds
Move (left or right) as directed. Scan – Cover - Top Off
Repeat twice more total of
6 Rounds
Safety ON while at Low Ready
On the Command “Advance” move to the 5 yard
line
5 Yards - Hammer Drill
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STAGE SIX – HAMMER DRILL
5 Yards 2 Rounds Slug or Buck
At 5 Yards from “low ready”.
On the Command “UP”
Fire two rounds in rapid succession to center
mass.
Down Load & Unload make Safe
DEMONSTRATE
UNLOAD & DOWNLOAD THE SHOTGUN make SAFE
The shotgun will have 3 rounds remaining
(including one in the chamber).
 Shooters will demonstrate ability to download to
“Transport Mode”
 Shooter will unload their shotgun and make “Safe”
 This skill set is part of the shotgun qualification and must
be demonstrated.
If necessary, this evaluation may be conducted off the range
with dummy rounds.
Remember – You do not get sued
for ‘failure to qualify’…
You are sued for
FAILURE TO TRAIN
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