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    Police Academy Pistol Qualifications Video

    I modified the Police Academy Qualifications for 70-year-old VN Vets at an indoor range. First, no time limits and second, hit the target anywhere. Third, bathroom breaks are okay. (The youngsters are expected to complete in 72 seconds). One missed shot will result in disqualification.

    Seniors Keep it simple...hit the target in a reasonable amount of time.

    With Target at 6 feet, draw from holster and shoot 2 rounds from the hip then reholster.

    With Target at 9 feet, draw and shoot 3 rounds with your strong hand then draw and shoot 3 rounds with your weak hand.

    With Target at 21 feet, draw and shoot 6 rounds, reload and shoot 2 rounds.

    With Target at 21 feet, draw and shoot 2 rounds, reholster then 2 more, and then 2 more.

    With Target at 45 feet, shoot from an imaginary column. Once from the right; once from the left; once standing straight up.

    You must count 25 holes in the target.

    Conclusion: You must be able to shoot with either hand and exchange the pistol back and forth between hands. You must be able the hit the target at various close distances. You must be able to reload your weapon. You must be able to draw from a concealed holster. I add that you must not shoot innocent bystanders near or behind the attacker. One off target round could go who knows where. Caution: Draw and re-holster are dangerous times for rookies. Good luck.
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( March 14th, 2019 @ 6:39 am )
As I channel Cliff Clavin (Cheers) which I often do, here is the origin of that quote from IMDB movie database. It is a little known fact--

"When teaching Mel Gibson and Heath Ledger how to shoot a muzzle-loading rifle, Technical Advisor Mark Baker gave them the advice to "aim small, miss small", meaning that if you aim at a man and miss, you miss the man, while if you aim at a button (for instance) and miss, you still hit the man. Gibson liked this bit advice so much, he incorporated it into the movie, just prior to the ambush scene."

The Army teaches (or used to) Aim and Shoot Center Mass which is roughly equivalent to the same thing. Hey Norm!!
( March 14th, 2019 @ 4:16 am )
I loved that line at that very juncture of that fine film.
( March 9th, 2019 @ 10:44 am )
"Aim Small, miss Small"The Patriot
( March 8th, 2019 @ 10:17 am )
The target is for Precision shooting; not a Person target. Precision (Bullseye) is slow and accurate relaxation and not combat/police practice.

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