I’ve run a number of guest articles about point shooting vs. sight shooting. One of the comments posited by point shooting advocates against sight shooting is that the low hit rates among law enforcement personnel is due to shooting everything with the sights at distance. So, how does an actual, current law enforcement pistol qualification break this down?

AACOG (Alamo Area Council of Governments) runs the AARLEA (Alamo Area Regional Law Enforcement Academy) and I am an adjunct instructor for them.

During the firearms portion of every class we shoot a qualification that exceeds TCLEOSE (Texas Commission on Law Enforcement Officer Standards and Education) standards and is a requirement for graduation.

The 50 round qual we’ve been using for the last several years for all classes has 88% of the shots fired at 21 feet or less and 20% shot at three feet from retention and incorporating movement. Everything at nine feet and less is shot one handed and all shots within potential contact distance of the target is shot from retention.

That is how actual, current law enforcement qualifications are being run today.

Note I haven’t mentioned time limits. In truth, when used at all, they are overly generous. This “progressive” approach, while getting distances more realistic, don’t take the time frames into account. Lower level shooters pass that might have otherwise received more remedial training had the challenge been higher.