USCCA Qualification Level 2,

Qualification Level 2: Range-Requirements

STEP 1: In-Person Training

Ongoing in-person training is one of the most powerful ways we can strengthen ourselves as protectors. It is about more than simply refreshing our knowledge in a classroom. We must also dedicate ourselves to being lifelong learners. In-person courses allow you to customize your own learning experience, interact with other members of the protector community and discover new lessons from instructors who dedicate their lives to self-defense and firearms training.

Requirements: Take a 4-hour, in-person course with a certified firearms instructor. Add your course into your protector academy account after completion.

Need help finding an instructor? 

Search the USCCA Training Site for an instructor near you. Or, find a nearby USCCA Partner Range who can help you complete your training. (The in-person training requirements for this qualification can be completed at any gun range).

STEP 2: Complete your Level 02 Shooting Qualification: Loading, Reloading, Clearing Malfunctions and Unloading

Course Overview: Defensive firearms training is not just about shooting hundreds of rounds. It is practicing real skills like reloading and clearing malfunctions under stress. 

We will simulate this stress with timed drills. But you are also responsible for every round you fire in a self-defense situation. So you must also accurately hit your target 100% of the time. 

(Note: The preferred method for completing this training is to go to a USCCA Partner Range and work with a certified firearms instructor.) 

Remember, always follow ALL safe gun handling procedures and safety rules while you complete any drills.

***Always comply with any additional rules for your range***

Required Gear & Supplies: You will need (1) USCCA Silhouette Target with 10’’ center (available in the USCCA Store), (1) semi-automatic handgun in any caliber, (45) rounds of ammunition in the same caliber, (2) snap caps in the same caliber, (2) magazines AND a shot timer (either a dedicated shot timer device or a phone app). This qualification was designed for a semi-automatic handgun, if using a revolver the qualification can be completed using either a Moonclip or a revolver Speedloader.

Train with your personal self-defense firearm whenever possible.

Success Criteria: You must complete the following: 

  1. Competency check: Load, unload and show clear (using snap caps). 
  2. Load firearm with a 3rd magazine, shoot until empty with the slide locked back, and then clear your firearm and place it on the table. You must achieve 100% hits within the 10’’ center of the target within the allotted time.
  3. Load firearm with a 3rd magazine, shoot until empty and the slide locks back, reload the firearm with the 2nd 3rd magazine and re-engage the target by shooting until empty with the slide locked back, and then clear your firearm and place it on the table. You must achieve 100% hits within the 10’’ center of the target within the allotted time.
  4. Load firearm with a 3rd + 1 snap cap magazine, shoot, clear malfunction, re-engage the target, reload 2nd magazine, re-engage the target, clear malfunction, re-engage the target until empty with the slide locked back, and then clear your firearm and place it on the table. You must achieve 100% hits within the 10’’ center of the target within the allotted time.

Course of Fire: You will now complete a series of drills meant to test your ability to load & unload, load & shoot, reload, and clear malfunctions while engaging a target at the distance of 3 yards. Every drill WILL be timed. This course of fire is designed to test your ability to complete these tasks under the stress of time while accurately engaging your target at a plausible self-defense distance.

***You MUST be facing downrange at your target BEFORE you pick up and secure your firearm for any drill***

***Your firearm MUST be secured in a proper grip with the barrel facing downrange at your target BEFORE you chamber a round***

Competency Check:

  1. Using snap caps – Load, Unload and Show Clear (3 repetitions, not timed)

Part 1: Load & Shoot Drill = You must complete this drill in under 6 seconds with 100% hits inside the 10’’ center of your target.

  1. Place your target 4 yards away from you on the range. 
  1. Load 3 rounds into (1) magazine. Place it on the table. Do not load your firearm.
  1. Lock the slide of your UNLOADED handgun to the rear. Place it on the shooting table with the ejection port skyward and the barrel facing your target downrange.
  1. While facing your target downrange (if allowed by the range – start by facing away from your target)
  • START DRILL & TIMER (Required time = 6 seconds or less):
  • Pick up your firearm and secure a proper grip with the barrel pointing downrange at your target while in the high compressed ready position.
  • Insert your loaded magazine with the barrel still pointing downrange, chamber a round, extend and fire all three rounds at the 10’’ center.
  • Clear the firearm and return it to the table.
  1. Repeat 3 times. The first time is an untimed warmup and the second and third repetitions are timed and count toward qualification requirements.

Part 2: Reloading Drill = You must complete this drill in under 12 seconds with 100% hits inside the 10’’ center of your target.

  1. Keep your target 4 yards away from you on the range. 
  1. Load three (3) rounds each into two (2) magazines. Place them both on the table. (or… you may keep 1 on the table and 1 in a pocket or magazine pouch). Do not load your firearm yet.
  1. Ensure your firearm is completely unloaded with no rounds in the chamber. Place it on the shooting table with the barrel facing your target downrange.
  1. Leave your firearm on the table, barrel facing downrange. If under the supervision of a certified firearms instructor and it is allowable at your range – face away from your target (If not, face your target directly down range): 
  • START DRILL & TIMER (Required time = 12 seconds or less):
  • If under the supervision of a certified firearms instructor and it is allowable at your range, turn your whole body until it is facing the target (If not, continue to face your target directly down range).
  • Pick up your firearm and secure a proper grip with the barrel pointing downrange at your target while in the high compressed ready position.
  • Insert your 3rd magazine with the barrel still pointing downrange, chamber a round, extend and fire at the 10’’ center until the slide locks on empty.
  • Drop the empty magazine from the firearm while returning to high compressed ready.
  • Reload using your 2nd 3rd magazine, chamber a round, extend and fire at the 10’’ center until the slide locks on empty.
  • Clear the firearm and return it to the table.
  1. Repeat 3 times. The first time is an untimed warmup and the second and third repetitions are timed and count toward qualification requirements.

Part 3: Correct Malfunction & Reload Drill = You must complete this drill in under 15 seconds with 100% hits inside the 10’’ center of your target. 

Note: You will be using two snap caps to simulate malfunctions (1 in each magazine). You will have to clear the simulated malfunctions when they occur by using the tap/rack method and then finish firing your remaining rounds to complete the drill.

  1. The target remains at 4 yards away from you on the range. 
  1. Load (2) magazines with 3 rounds AND (1) randomly loaded snap cap in each magazine. Place them both on the table ( or you may keep 1 on the table and 1 in a pocket or mag pouch) Do not load your firearm yet.
  1. Ensure your firearm is completely unloaded with no rounds in the chamber. Place it on the shooting table with the barrel facing your target downrange.
  1. Leave your firearm on the table, barrel facing downrange. If under the supervision of a certified firearms instructor and it is allowable at your range – face away from your target  (If not, face your target directly down range):
  • START DRILL & TIMER (Required time = 15 seconds or less):
  • If under the supervision of a certified firearms instructor and it is allowable at your range, turn your whole body until it is facing the target. (If not, continue to face your target directly down range).
  • Pick up your firearm and secure a proper grip with the barrel pointing downrange at your target while in the high compressed ready position.
  • Insert your 3rd plus 1 snap cap magazine with the barrel still pointing downrange, chamber a round, extend and fire at the 10’’ center, clear any malfunctions as needed and continue firing until the slide locks on empty.
  • Drop the empty magazine from the firearm while returning to high compressed ready.
  • Reload using your second loaded magazine, chamber a round, extend and fire at the 10’’ center, clear any malfunctions as needed and continue firing until the slide locks on empty.
  • Clear the firearm and return it to the table.
  1. Repeat 3 times. The first time is an untimed warmup and the second and third repetitions are timed and count toward qualification requirements.

Assessment: 

If you successfully placed 100% of your shots (30) inside the 10’’ center target in under the required times, you have completed your Level 02 USCCA Qualification.

Required Times

  • Load & Shooting Drill Time: 6 seconds x 2 repetitions (3rds/rep)
  • Reloading Drill Time: 12 seconds x 2 repetitions (6rds/rep)
  • Malfunction Drill Time: 15 seconds x 2 repetitions (6rds/rep)

If you failed this drill, consult with a certified firearms instructor, who will be able to diagnose any issues and help you correct them. Then shoot your qualification drills again.

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Course Includes

  • 2 Lessons