L3 – 12.8 Activity: Handgun Evaluation

Activity: Handgun Evaluation I     Purpose

The purpose of this activity is for participants to fire the prescribed handgun qualification course with their duty weapon.

II    Participant Directions

The Texas Department of Public Safety has approved two firearm proficiency 50 round courses of fire: Texas License to Carry Handgun Proficiency Demonstration Course of Fire and Texas Department of Public Safety Primary Issued Handgun Course of Fire. The firearms instructor will determine which course of fire will be conducted for the required range activity. The recognized firearm categories are SA- Any handgun, whether semi-automatic or not; NSA – Handguns that are not semi-automatic.

A participant that has qualified with at a minimum 9-millimeter semi-automatic pistol may carry on duty at a minimum .38-caliber revolver with a SA on their pocket card.

A participant that has qualified with at a minimum .38-caliber revolver with an NSA on their pocket card cannot carry a semi-automatic pistol for a regulated security service.

Note: Optical enhancers are not allowed. Only live ammunition may be used during training and qualification. Target marking cartridges are not permitted. If any malfunctions are encountered,

the participant must work through the problem and finish the course of fire. If rounds are held (not fired within the allotted time), the shots will be scored as misses.

Using the security officer’s semi-automatic pistol or revolver, the participant will fire the prescribed handgun qualifications course. A total of 50 rounds will be fired during the course of this qualification. A score of 70%, or 175 points of a possible 250, is required to pass.

All courses of fire will be scored on a standard B-27 target. The B‑27 target must be 24 inches by 45 inches and may be one of four colors; black, blue, red, or green. The target shall be scored utilizing the 5, 4, 3 scoring diagram in the upper left-hand corner.

II     Handgun Proficiency Demonstration Course of Fire

A total of 50 rounds will be fired during the course of this qualification. A score of 70%, or 175 points of a possible 250, is required to pass.

Table 12.31: Handgun Qualification Course

Distance (Yards)Shots FiredTime Limit (Seconds)
Stage 1: 3-yard line (20 shots)
35 (One Shot Exercise)10 (2 seconds per shot)
310 (Two Shot Exercise)15 (3 seconds per each 2 shot sequence)
3510
Stage 2: 7-yard line (20 shots)
7510
75 (fired as 2 shot string then 3 shot string)10 (4 seconds for 2 shot string;
75 (One Shot Exercise)6 seconds for 3 shot string)
Distance (Yards)Shots FiredTime Limit (Seconds)
7515 (3 seconds per shot)
Stage 3: 15-yard line (10 shots)
155 (fired as 2 shot string then 3 shot string)15 (6 seconds for 2 shot string;
1556 seconds for 3 shot string)
Targets: Targets will be B-27 and B-27 target repair center Scoring: Utilizing the 5, 4, 3 scoring diagram in the upper left hand corner. Account for 26 shots on the target, score and add the interim score.