COURSE OF FIRE: Position Challenge Course

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COURSE OF FIRE: Position Challenge Course

By Lt. Gary Fuxa, Enid, Okla. Police Department

REQUIRED ITEMS AND MATERIALS:

1. Eye and ear protection

2. Head gear

3. Handgun with at least three magazines and duty gear

4. 50 rounds of pistol ammunition

5. Silhouette and B27 paper targets

6. Hostage headshot targets (paper or metal)

7. Metal targets: pepper popper and standard round (or a spinning target with eight 10-inch metal plates or a standard rack of plates)

8. Clay pigeons

9. Stop watch

10. Ballistic vest

11. Barricades

 

INSTRUCTIONAL GOAL:

Participants will experience shooting at a variety of targets from different positions, under time. Allows participants to utilize strategy as they move through the course.

 

INSTRUCTIONAL OBJECTIVE:

1. Officers will be able to fire from standing and kneeling positions utilizing barricades.

2. Fire at a variety of target sizes and from different ranges.

3. Fire under simulated stress on the move.

4. Fire from support and strong side hands.

 

LESSON PLAN:

 

1. Introduction

a. Introduce self

b. Give Qualifications

c. Course description

1. 50-round timed course, magazines are loaded as reporting for duty

2. Time limit is utilized to raise stress level and can be adjusted, starting with a base time of two minutes. If a participant fails to complete the course in the given time, the course will be stopped at the point where time expired and the score will be tallied to that point. Course starts at the 50-yard line and is divided into six stages. Each stage has a set number of targets. Some stages have a set number of shots. Once the officers complete each stage, they move on to the next. In stages 3 and 4, if targets are missed, the participant can stay until they hit all the required targets or go on to the next stage. Officers must use strategy here.

3. All officers will be required to attend a safety briefing.

4. A safety/time keeper will accompany each officer as he/she navigates the course.

5. Scoring: Metal targets and clay pigeons: 10 points each. There are two types of paper targets; standard silhouette and B27. On the standard silhouettes, scoring is 5 points for hits touching or inside the scoring ring. On the B27, the scoring will reflect the scoring ring values. Head shots are 10 points each. In case of a tie, clay pigeon count will be the tie-breaker.

 

2. Course includes shooting from different positions: standing, kneeling, using the barricade and support hand shooting.

a. Utilize all fundamentals of shooting.

b. Importance of not going faster than you can accurately shoot.

c. Utilizing tactical reloading.

 

BODY:

Stage 1: 50-yard line: Standing/barricade position/13 rounds. Shooters will engage three paper targets with three rounds each (9 rounds total: 45 points possible). Shooters will also engage four metal targets (poppers) with one round each (4 rounds total: 20 points possible) and move to stage two.

 

Stage 2: 50-yard line: Kneeling/no support/3 rounds. Shooters will engage three metal targets (popper) with one round each (3 rounds total: 30 points possible). Shooters will then holster and advance to the 25-yard line.

 

Stage 3: 25-yard line: Standing/barricade/8 rounds. Shooters will engage the 8 spinner metal targets (or 8 rack plates) with one round each (8 rounds: 80 points possible). Shooters will then advance to the 15-yard line. *Shooters may engage the targets until all targets are down, or move on to the

next stage.

 

Stage 4: 15-yard line: Standing/no support/6 rounds: Shooters will engage 6 clay pigeon targets with one round each (6 rounds: 60 points possible). Shooters will then holster and advance to the 7-yard line. *Shooters may engage the targets until all are down, or move on to the next stage.

 

Stage 5: 7-yard line: Standing/no support/2 rounds: Shooters will engage two hostage targets with one round each (2 rounds: 20 points possible). Target area will be the heads of the hostage takers. Hits anywhere on the hostage will count as a miss. Shooters will then holster and go back to the 25-yard line.

 

Stage 6: 25-yard line: Kneeling or sitting barricade/12 rounds: Shooters will engage three B27 and 3 GM2002 paper targets with two rounds each. Shooters may choose sitting, kneeling or squatting/barricade (12 rounds: 90 points possible). ONLY TWO ROUNDS PER TARGET, EXTRAS WILL BE COUNTED AS A MISS.

 

Stage 7: 25-yard line: Standing, no support/ 6 rounds: Shooters will engage two B27 paper targets with three rounds each. (Three rounds strong hand only, and three rounds support hand only.) (6 rounds total: 60 points possible)

 

405 points total.

 

CONCLUSION:

1. Questions.

2. Thanks PM

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