USCCA Qualification LEVEL 03: Range Requirements

Drill Set 1: Speed Focused

You must complete these 3 speed drills with 100% hits inside the 8’’ center chest square of your target. Load each magazine with 5 rounds each.

You will complete this course of fire twice, with the first attempt serving as a warmup.

  1. 3-Yard Speed Drill = 100% hits in 2 seconds
  • Place your target 3 yards away from you on the range.
  • While facing your target, assume the high compressed ready position with the barrel of your firearm pointing downrange at your target.
  • Insert one magazine of 5 rounds and chamber a round.
  • Start Drill & Timer:
    • Engage your target by firing all 5 rounds at the center chest square.
    • Clear the firearm and return it to the table.
  1. 5-Yard Speed Drill = 100% hits in 3 seconds
  • Place your target 5 yards away from you on the range. Repeat steps executed from 3 yards.
  • Clear the firearm and return it to the table.
  1. 7-Yard Speed Drill = 100% hits in 5 seconds
  • Place your target 7 yards away from you on the range. Repeat steps executed from 5 yards.
  • Clear the firearm and return it to the table.
  1. First time through = Warmup
  2. Second time through = Qualification

Drill Set 2: Precision Focused

There is no time limit. You must hit each numbered circle in numerical order before you can move to the next numbered circle, and you must successfully complete this task at the 3-yard line before you move to the 5-yard line.

  1. 3-Yard Drill: Load one magazine with 6 rounds.
  • Place your target 3 yards away from you on the range.
  • While facing your target, assume the high compressed ready position with the barrel of your firearm pointing downrange at your target.
  • Insert your magazine and chamber a round.
  • Start Drill:
    • Fire one round into each numbered circle in numerical order.
      1. Come back to the high compressed ready position between each shot.
      2. Only proceed to the next number after you have hit the one before it. Any miss ends the drill at that point. You do not pass that qualification attempt and must start over from the beginning.
    • Clear the firearm and return it to the table.
  1. 5-Yard Drill: Load one magazine with 6 rounds.
  • Repeat the previous drill with your target placed at 5 yards.
  • Clear the firearm and return it to the table.

I failed to meet the 100% hits requirement.
Has anybody else failed to complete the qualification?
What difficulties did you have?
How did you you feel after failing?
How did you continue to train/practice to succeed?

What’s the size of numbered circle in “Drill Set 2”?

I was asking, because never tried this before.
I’m heading to my range and will use these drill today then.

I write this post with responsibility in mind.

Before I begin to share my story, I would like to thank ‘my’ instructor, the range staff, and the USCCA for the opportunity to qualify. The instructor who provided me instruction is an amazing professional with many years of experience. I am very grateful to him.

Having failed the qualification, I thought to myself at my residence. I thought about the public, potential casualties as a result of my inaccurate use of my firearm, loved ones, etc. I thought about my responsibility to persons in places, especially a place such as my ‘home’. Thinking to myself, I remembered how much trust I had received (government, state, law enforcement, educators, strangers, family-friends, etc.), development through training and practice, and my responsibilities. I ‘know’ the USCCA to be a provider of lifesaving education, industry-leading training, [Self-defense liability insurance] and much more. As I thought about qualifications in the USCCA’s Protector Academy, I became very concerned about my realized inadequacies i.e. how to be good enough to protect yourself, how to protect a family, what can I do, [precision and humanity], etc. I was ‘devastated’ after having failed the qualification and questioned my efficacy, which wasn’t limited to monetary costs of training but more conceptually about how I could realistically live responsibly with other people -basically at my home. With regard to law and insurance, there was a real standard I felt I was not in accordance with.

Healthy Stress Responses (Living Life)
Leaving my home and living a life, I remembered how I had failed. When I spoke with persons and navigated through experienced and more newly experienced places, I considered my training and most importantly persons. Home. I thought about the elderly, of situations where use of firearm differed from untrained-willed blunt force trauma i.e. time, responses and studies regarding ‘non-lethal’ trauma, community and residence, humanity, etc.
Living a life and trusting as I had, especially with no firearm, there were consistent reminders of responsibility and respect for persons which were always there. People know and responses come.

I continue to train and practice, thinking of people and places which I know Exist.

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Digression (unrelated):

With regard to advancements in firearms technologies, developing people and law after conflict -Exhibition shooting, Sport shooting, [Speed Shooting], etc. has history and spaces. I love how people can come together to learn. “Not always using the most advanced technology but a firearm which was/is semi-automatic”.

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Unrelated etc…

Festival ecology. “Of practical and visualization, not for what is a real situation or truly readied competition”. Just a wish!

Congratulations! I wish you performance and wellness. If you can, ask a USCCA Instructor and range staff. Good luck!

We don’t have these targets available at the range.
I will try something similar.
I think the small circles are 3".

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BY FAR the best targets out there!

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OK then. These are some of my thoughts.
I did not have an access to proper target, but I remembered that one from my DFS1 classes.
I made my own version, based on “Balance of Speed and Precision” then.

What I have found - these are awesome drills. I have to admit, I came through both Drill Sets as a warmup - and found them not so easy. :grimacing:

This is a picture of my result:

The silver circled flyers - my warm up… :lying_face:

CONCLUSIONS:

  1. Practice, then practice and practice again.
  2. Even I failed during warm up, I did not care. You failed, don’t give up. Check what was wrong, do it again.
    One coach said: “Winners never quit. And quitters never win.”
  3. I like to trick my mind to succeed and I push the target further than required. If I have to get the score at 3 yards, I practice it at 5 yard; 5 yards? - I do it at 7; 7? - go to 10.
    This way when time for qualification comes - all shots are much easier.

@Matthew267 , don’t worry how many time you fail - just be patient, practice and do it again ! Use your previous fails as reference to see what you can improve.
Good luck !

:crossed_fingers: :crossed_fingers: :crossed_fingers:

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@Matthew267 a great narrative regarding your training journey.

Sure you failed, you know you failed, you identified your short comings and know that you have to continue to train to be successful. Knowing and understanding your perceived consequence of a miss is of the greatest importance that I ingrain into my students.

Matthew, there are many many many folks who are afraid of failure so they won’t even try and qual.

Good effort and start throwing hundreds of rounds down range for your next qual attempt.

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I recently completed my level 3 qualification. Just opened some new training modules which I will enjoy. It’s a great feeling.

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Congrats ! :ok_hand:

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Thanks @Jerzy

DSF Target
Dimensions: 24 in x 34-1/2 in – Overall
High Center Region 8″ x 7″
“A” and “B” Box Regions 9″ Squares
Top Triangle 2″ Each Side
Numbered Circles 3″ diameter

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