I’ve chatted a couple of times about “Proficiency” . . . the links are here . . .
For the individual officer used to shooting their ILEA course of fire – the target of choice is a “Q-Traget” – a single silhouette with a “Q” where the heart is imagined to be. Any round that is touching the outline or within the outline of the silhouette is considered a “hit”. A round touching the outline where the threat’s right ear would be . . . carries the exact same weight a center mass direct hit on the “Q”. I take a significantly different view.
Drill 1 – Drive, Touch, Press . . . 7-yards, 10 rounds . . . Single round engagement
This drill begins at the High Compressed Ready. On the command “DRIVE! the shooter drives the front blade to the designated target – in this case the Circle with a #1 in it. At this point I am evaluating their stance, their grip, how their arms are extended, the position of their head, are they leaning slightly “into the gun”. This process allows me to see all of this in a static position rather than trying to catch it all on the fly.
On the command “Touch!” the shooter touches the trigger. This allows me to evaluate how their finger is placed as well as reviewing the overall stability of their stance.
Drill 9 – Movement to Low Cover . . . Hammer . . . Right Side . . . 7-yards, 10 rounds
You begin this drill about 10 yards behind the “Cover”. On the “UP!” the shooter moves to cover and then “rolls” out to the left to engage the threat with a “Hammer”. Things to evaluate are their movement to cover, their final position behind cover – make sure they don’t crowd the cover, there should be enough distance for easy movement, firearm manipulation and that they can fully extend towards the threat. When they “roll” out to the left it should expose a minimum amount of their body to the threat.
With a 10-round magazine have the shooter draw, extend and get a good sight alignment/sight picture on the high center mass box. Then have them move their firearm in a figure 8 pattern with the cross over in the entire silhouette. Have them continue to do this until their magazine runs dry. While moving in the figure 8 each time you call out “UP!” they press off a single round as they cross the high center mass box – but the handgun never stops moving . . . never. As they continue their figure 8 movement continue to periodically call out “UP!” and they will engage the target with a single round. Continue for all 10 rounds.
The evaluation of the marksmanship element of the shooter’s skillset at 15 yards. The speed of the 2-round engagement should such that it insures the shooter “gets the hit” as rapidly as possible but accuracy is the primary concern. The 2-round engagement is repeated 5 times.
Finally, at 25 yards the shooter moves to cover and uses it to engage the threat from a supported position with a slow-fire, 2-round engagement. This should be repeated 5 times.
Rapid movement is a very common element of a lethal
engagement. This drill begins at the
5-yard line with the shooter facing the threat.
A distance of either 7, 10 or 15 yards is called out and the shooter
moves as fast as they run to the called distance and then engages the threat
with 2 rounds. The speed of the
engagement should be as fast as possible yet one that insures a solid hit. This 2-round drill is repeated 5 times.
The shooter walks a figure 8 around both a high-cover element and a low-cover element. On the “UP!” command the shooter moves to the closest cover and engages their target with 2 rounds. Should the shooter run “dry” it is expected that they will use cover while reloading. Should a malfunction occur, it would also be expected that cover would be used while the malfunction is cleared.