Central Texas Concealed Handgun Training

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                                                                         George Washington





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Concealed Handgun Course Qualification

Range Qualification and Safety Instructions

Range qualification will begin at the 3 yard line with all handguns in the “Safe” condition. A “Safe” condition is defined as:

·        For semi-automatics lying down, chamber empty, magazines out and slides locked back;

·        For revolvers, lying down, cylinders opened and empty.

·        All Firearms pointed downrange.

 For each string of fire you will be instructed as to the number of rounds to load and the string of fire to follow. For semiautomatics, load your magazine and hold it up in your hand so the instructor can see you are ready. Do not put the magazine in the gun until instructed to do so. For revolvers, load the cylinders but do not close. While keeping the revolver pointed downrange, hold up your empty hand.

You will then be commanded to "lock one magazine, load". For semi-automatics, while keeping the muzzle pointed downrange, insert the magazine into your handgun until it locks, and load a round into the chamber. For revolvers, keeping the muzzle pointed downrange, close the cylinder. Take your normal shooting position and stand fast, pointing your handgun toward the target WITH YOU FINGER OUTSIDE THE TRIGGER GUARD. Pointing your handgun in any direction other than downrange is grounds for disqualification. 

The string of fire will be announced once more and “Shooters ready?” will be asked. When the line is ready the next command you receive will be “FIRE.” Pay attention to the instructions, and fire only the number of rounds announced by the Instructor.

At the end of the allotted time for each exercise, the command “STOP” will be given. You must immediately stop firing and put your handgun in the “Safe” condition. If you complete the exercise of fire before time ends, put your gun in the “Safe” condition and stand fast on the firing line.

If you have a malfunction, keep the muzzle pointed toward the target, clear it and continue shooting – time will not stop for you. If you do not get all your shots off, you will not be given extra time. In a real life situation you won’t get a second chance.

If you cannot clear a malfunction, stand fast; keep the muzzle pointed at the target and hold up one hand. The instructor will assist you.

Notify the instructor if you drop any ammunition, DO NOT PICK IT UP.


ANYONE observing an unsafe condition on the range should raise an alert by shouting “STOP, STOP, STOP.” At that point all shooters should stand fast, keep their handguns pointed at the target and await further commands from the instructor.

At the end of the qualification exercise, put your handgun in the “Safe” condition and wait for directions from the Instructor.

If you are pregnant:

Range qualification involves the use of lead in an extremely high noise environment (125 – 150 dB.)

It is recommended that you seek medical advice before you participate in this training.

Texas CHL Scoring

Scoring shots is a simple matter of counting the number of rounds or "hits" on the paper and assessing each with a point value.

Since proficiency is attained at 175 points (70%), it is most beneficial to place your first 20 rounds at the 3 yard mark and the next 20 at the 7 yard mark in the 5 point area.

§                      Hits inside of the 8 ring are 5 points.                                     5X________=_________

§                      Hits within the 7 ring and outside of the 8 ring are 4 points.     4X________=_________

§                      Hits outside the 7 ring and still on the silhouette are 3 points.   3X________=_________

§                      Hits in the white area are 0 points.                                         Total Hits =    _________

                                                                                            TOTAL ROUNDS FIRED: 50

                                   Minimum passing score is 175

                                                  Maximum score is 250

Specifics to scoring:

§                      If a hit "cuts" the line it is considered to be the next highest point range.

§                      If a hit cuts the silhouette it is considered to be 3 points.

§                      If multiple hits are obviously in the same area and in a score-able point range, it is assumed that all 50 rounds have been accounted for and unaccounted rounds are assessed at 5 points each.

 Texas CHL Range Proficiency

Of a possible score of 250 points, 175 (70%) is required to pass. A total of 50 rounds are fired during range qualifications. The B-27 target  below will be used in any of the approved 4 colors (black, blue, orange, green).

The course of fire is as follows:

3 yards (9 feet), 20 rounds

§                             1 shot in 2 seconds, 5 times

§                      2 shots in 3 seconds, 5 times

§                      5 shots in 10 seconds, 1 time

7 yards (21 feet), 20 rounds

§                           5 shots in 10 seconds, 1 time

§                      2 shots in 4 seconds, 1 time

§                      3 shots in 6 seconds, 1 time

§                      1 shot in 3 seconds, 5 times

§                      5 shots in 15 seconds, 1 time

15 yards (45 feet), 10 rounds

§                      2 shots in 6 seconds, 1 time

§                      3 shots in 9 seconds, 1 time

§                      5 shots in 15 seconds, 1 time



NOTE: Minimum passing score is 175

Maximum score is 250