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Tommato
08-27-2011, 06:33
Mas,

Just wanted to know what YOU consider long range for a handgun, relative mostly to law enforcement and other comments you have made about less long range handgun training for cops in recent years. Is that simply anything over 7 yards, or something else?

Thanks,
Tommato

Mas Ayoob
08-27-2011, 22:37
It IS a subjective question, isn't it?

For perspective, when I started teaching cops in '72, the standard course was the 60-shot PPC, now known as "Match Five" in NRA Police competition. 24 of those shots were from 50 yards, 12 from 7 yards, and the rest from 25. (In the original FBI version, 6 of those shots were from 60 yards instead of 50).

Today, we have police departments that qualify at no farther than 15 yards, though most have at least a few shots from the 25 yard line. It's a rare department that will include 50 yard shooting in the qualification anymore.

Training, of course, should be from muzzle contact to the longer lines. The week before last, I taught a 40 hour course geared for armed citizens that ran from 4 to 15 yards live fire. Last week, in the second level course I taught, the handgun work went to 50. In a third level course, I include an hour or so that shows the student how to keep their shots on a man-size target at 100 yards with a carry handgun.

Call me old fashioned, but while we emphasize the closer distances where the good guys are most likely to be in deadly danger, I still think longer distance capability is a valuable part of overall defensive handgun shooting skill.

best,
Mas