Course Of Fire – 50-Round Basic Real World Course of Fire

Feature: Course Of Fire

 

Headline: 50-Round Basic Real World Course of Fire

 

By Steve Tracy

 

Summary: If you have a firearms course that has worked well with your own department’s range training, send it to us and we’ll pay you $50 if it’s chosen to be shared here.

 

Each issue of The Police Marksman will feature a “Course of Fire” that police officers can use for their own department’s training. Training courses can be shared and used “as is” or you may wish to modify them as needed. If you have a firearms course that has worked well with your own department’s range training, send it to us and we’ll pay you $50 if it’s chosen to be shared here. Try to keep the round count at a single box of 50 rounds for pistol courses as we know today’s ammo budgets are challenging. Courses with movement, cover, shields, low light, etc. are beneficial to all police officers, so follow the standard instructional format like this issue’s course and e-mail it to us at steventracy@hendonpub.com.

 

Required Items and Materials:

1.            Duty pistol / Extra magazines / Duty belt

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2.            Ammunition (50 rounds)2_Holstered_Glock_CourseOfFire

3.            Bullet Resistant Vest3_Holstered_Glock2_CourseOfFire

 

Instructional Goal:

This 50-round course of fire simulates basic real-world police duty pistol use and tactics.

 

Instructional Objectives:

At the conclusion of this block of instruction, the students will be able to:

1.            Load and reload their duty pistol quickly.

2.            Manipulate the controls of their duty pistol.

3.            Fire from a standing position.

4.            Fire from a kneeling position.

5.            Fire from a barricade with their strong hand.

6.            Fire from a barricade with their weak hand.

 

 

Lesson Plan:

1.            Introduction

a.            Introduce self.

b.            State your qualifications.

c.             Explain course of fire.

1. Three magazines loaded with six rounds each

2. Draw and fire six rounds, reload, fire six more rounds at 7 yards in 25 seconds.

3. Reload and holster duty pistol loaded with six rounds.

4. Load up both empty magazines with additional six rounds each.

5. Draw and fire six rounds, reload, fire six more rounds at 15 yards in 25 seconds.

6. Reload and holster duty pistol loaded with six rounds (24 rounds fired).

7. Load up both empty magazines with additional six rounds each.

8. Draw and fire six rounds kneeling, reload, fire six rounds strong hand barricade, reload, fire six rounds weak hand barricade at 25 yards in 90 seconds.

9. Holster empty weapon and load up one magazine with six rounds and a second magazine with two rounds. Load with six-round magazine.

10. Draw and fire six rounds standing, reload and fire two more rounds at 25 yards in 15 seconds.

11. All empty magazines will be ejected to the floor.

 

2.            Explain why practice kneeling, barricade, and weak hand shooting is necessary.

a. Kneeling

Solid base

Take time to sight, breath, squeeze.

b. Barricade

Solid stance for support

Take time to sight, breath, squeeze.

c. Weak hand

Decide with which eye to sight.

Body:

A. Course of fire on the range

1. Each officer will clear his/her duty pistol on the range and then empty his/her duty magazines of issued duty ammunition.

2. Each officer will then be issued a 50-round box of practice ammunition.

3. Each officer will initially load six rounds in each of three duty magazines.

4. Each officer will safely load a round in the chamber of his / her duty pistol when on the range, at the command of the range officer, when about to begin the course of fire.

5. At 7 yards, each officer will be instructed on command to draw and fire his/her duty sidearm from their secured holster, six rounds, then to eject the empty magazine to the ground, to reload a second loaded magazine from his/her duty belt into his/her pistol, and to then fire an additional six rounds (12 rounds total in 25 seconds). The third loaded magazine will then be loaded into the duty pistol, which will then be safely returned to its holster and secured.

6. Each officer will then load up six rounds in each of his her two spare magazines, which will again be secured on the officer’s duty belt.

7. At 15 yards, each officer will be instructed on command to draw and fire his/her duty sidearm from the secured holster, six rounds, then to eject the empty magazine to the ground, to reload a second loaded magazine from his/her duty belt into his/her pistol, and to then fire an additional six rounds (12 rounds total in 25 seconds). The third loaded magazine will then be loaded into the duty pistol and it will then be safely returned to its holster and secured.

8. At 25 yards, each officer will be instructed to begin in a standing, officer safety stance. Upon command, the officer will go down to a kneeling position, draw his/her duty pistol,

and fire six rounds. The officer will then stand, reload, and fire six rounds from a strong-hand barricade position. The officer will then reload and fire six rounds from a weak-hand barricade position (18 rounds in 90 seconds).

9. Each officer will then load up two magazines with six rounds in one and two rounds in the second.

10. From a standing position, each officer will be instructed on command to draw and fire his/her duty sidearm from the secured holster, six rounds, then to eject the empty magazine to the ground, to reload the second two-round magazine from his/her duty belt into his/her pistol, and to then fire the additional two rounds (eight rounds in 15 seconds).

11. Holster a safe and empty weapon.

 

B. Score target on 500-point system.

1.  350 score is passing.

2.  Explain that (due to speed, reloading, kneeling, strong and weak hand barricade, and distance) scores may not be as high as normal qualification target scores.

 

Conclusion

A.            Questions

B.            Thanks

 

Steve Tracy is a 25-year police veteran with 23 years of experience as a firearms instructor. He is also an instructor for tactical rifles, use of force, less-than-lethal force and scenario-based training. He can be reached at steventracy@hendonpub.com.

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