Firearms Academy of Seattle Handgun Masters Test

This drill comes from the Firearms Academy of Seattle, where instructor Marty Hayes issues “Handgun Master” certificates to shooters who pass the entire course of fire on the same day.

Although not acceptable for testing purposes, taping the sights allows a shooter to practice low light skills in broad daylight, even on non-permissive ranges.

Editor’s note: This drill comes to us from the Firearms Academy of Seattle, where instructor Marty Hayes issues “Handgun Master” certificates to shooters who pass the entire course of fire on the same day. You are allowed two non-successive attempts at each stage. Each stage must be passed in its entirety on the same attempt (for example, stage 4 requires you to pass both strong- and weak-hand skills on the same attempt). During the low light stage, the lighting is just bright enough that targets may be visually located and identified, but it remains too dim to visually align ordinary sights; flashlights are not allowed. The test uses a standard IPSC target.

 

Accuracy

From holster, shooter fires six shots in 30 seconds at 15 yards, all A-zones.

 

Multiple Targets & Reloading

At seven yards, shooter must draw and fire one shot on each of three targets, reload from slidelock and again place one shot on each of three targets, reload from slidelock again and cover target. 11 seconds total time, or 17 seconds for revolver. Run twice. Total of 12 shots; six must be A-zones. The rest can be C-zones. No D-zones or misses.

 

NOTE: Instructor will start stopwatch on whistle, and blow whistle for .5 seconds at the 10.5-second mark on the stop watch. Any shots fired after the whistle are noted as overtime shots, and the attempt will not be scored as a pass.

 

Moving Target

At seven yards, target will appear and be visible for 2.25 seconds, traveling approximately four yards. Shooter must draw and fire two shots, starting when target appears. Three runs. All A-zones.

 

One Handed Skills

Shooter at four yards. On whistle, shooter draws and fires six shots in six seconds, with all A-zone hits. Repeat from low ready with weak hand.

 

NOTE: Instructor will start stopwatch on whistle, and blow whistle for .5 seconds at the 5.5-second mark on the stop watch. Any shots fired after the whistle are noted as overtime shots, and the attempt will not be scored as a pass.

 

Low Light

Shooter at five yards. On whistle, shooter draws and fires one shot on each of three targets in 3.5 seconds or less. Repeat for a total of six times. 18 shots total. At least 9 must be A-zones. The rest may be C-zones. No D-zones or misses.

 

NOTE: Instructor will start stopwatch on whistle, and blow whistle for .5 seconds at the three-second mark on the stop watch. Any shots fired after the whistle are noted as overtime shots, and the attempt will not be scored as a pass.


CONTACT:

Firearms Academy of Seattle
Onalaska, WA
www.firearmsacademy.com
(360) 978-6100
 

 

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