COURSE OF FIRE: CARBINE/RIFLE LOW LIGHT/DARKNESS QUALIFICATION

COURSE OF FIRE: CARBINE/RIFLE LOW LIGHT/DARKNESS QUALIFICATION

By Officer Tom Spittle, Town of Black Mountain, N.C. Police Department

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. Rifle/Carbine and extra magazines
  2. Ammunition (30 rounds minimum)
  3. Bullet Resistant Vest (Optional)
  4. Lighting control to dim/turn off range lights and oscillating squad car-type emergency lights

Instructional Goal:

This 30-round course of fire is a low-light/darkness (night) qualification course of fire for a police rifle/carbine.

Instructional Objectives:

At the conclusion of this block of instruction, the student will be able to qualify with their duty rifle/carbine at distances out to 40 yards while firing from the standing, kneeling, and prone shooting positions.

Lesson Plan:

  1. Introduction
    A. Introduce self
    B. State your qualifications
    C. Explain course of fire as described in Body
  2. Explain the three shooting positions (standing, kneeling, and prone) and the advantages/disadvantages of each.
  3. Explain proper use of tactical weapon light (if used) for target illumination.

Body:
a. Course of fire:

STAGE I:

(40) Yard line (9 rounds) all available light

From the standing safety circle position/low ready:

  1. Fire 3 rounds, move to kneeling and fire 3 rounds, move to prone and fire 3 rounds in 50 seconds.

STAGE II:

(25) Yard line (4 rounds) all available light

From the standing position at the 40-yard line:

  1. Move to the 25-yard line while inserting a magazine. Charge the weapon, fire two rounds standing, then move to the kneeling position, reload, and fire two rounds in 40 seconds.

STAGE III:

(15) Yard line (5 rounds) low beam headlights/red-blue lights

From the standing safety circle position/low ready:

  1. Fire two rounds, reload, and fire three rounds in 20 seconds.

STAGE IV:

(10) Yard line (6 rounds) red-blue lights only

From the standing safety circle position/low ready:

  1. Stand facing right, pivot left, fire two rounds in 7 seconds.
  2. Stand facing left, pivot right, fire two rounds in 7 seconds.
  3. Stand facing up-range, pivot to the target, fire two rounds in 7 seconds.

STAGE V:

(5) Yard line (6 rounds rifle/6 rounds handgun) no lights

From the standing shoulder ready position:

  1. Fire two rounds with rifle, transition to handgun, and fire two rounds in 7 seconds. Repeat this string two more times.

Scoring for a tq target: all rounds inside line 5 points/outside the line 3 pts, must score a 90%. All rounds must be on the silhouette to pass. Total hits added up, multiply by two, then divide by three for score.

Conclusion

A. Questions

B. Thanks PM

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