The FBI Shooting Qualification Old and New

The FBI Qualification

In 2013 the FBI updated their pistol qualification to what they believe is more applicable to what a field agent might face.  One of the biggest changes of the qualification are the distances.  The newest qualification goes from 3-25 meters while the older standard shot at distances out to 50 meters.  Below are both the old and new qualifications.

FBI Shooting Qualification (New)

The newest qualification is done on the QIT-99 target which is a slight change from the older qualification target.

FBI Qualification Course of Fire

Standards:

  • Course of fire takes 60 rounds
  • The entire FBI qualification is completed on one QIT-99 Target
  • Each round counts as one point
  • Each course of fire is done from the concealed position
  • Any shot within the target area counts
  • Agents must get a score of 48 out of 60
  • Instructors must get a score of 54 out of 60

Course of fire #1: 3 Yard Line (12 rounds total)

  1. Draw and fire 3 rounds in 3 second using your strong hand only
  2. Draw and fire 3 rounds in 3 seconds using your strong hand only
  3. Draw and fire 3 rounds using your strong hand only, switch hands, fire 3 rounds using your weak hand only.  Both courses of fire must be completed under 8 seconds

Course of fire #2: 5 Yard Line (12 rounds total)

  1. Draw and fire 3 rounds in 3 seconds
  2. Draw and fire 3 rounds in 3 seconds
  3. Draw and fire 3 rounds in 3 seconds
  4. Draw and fire 3 rounds in 3 seconds

Course of fire #3: 7 Yard Line (16 rounds total)

  1. Draw and fire 4 rounds in 4 seconds
  2. Draw and fire 4 rounds in 4 seconds
  3. Draw and fire 4 rounds, reload, fire 4 rounds.  The entire drill must be completed within 8 seconds

Course of fire #4: 15 Yard Line (10 rounds total)

  1. Draw and fire 3 rounds in 6 seconds
  2. Draw and fire 3 rounds in 6 seconds
  3. Draw and fire 4 rounds in 8 seconds

Course of fire #5: 25 Yard Line (10 rounds total)

  1. Move to cover, draw, fire 2 rounds standing, move to kneeling, fire 3 rounds.  Complete the course of fire under 15 seconds.
  2. Move to cover, draw, fire 2 rounds standing, move to kneeling, fire 3 rounds.  Complete the course of fire under 15 seconds.

FBI Shooting Qualification (Old)

“Old” FBI Pistol Qualification Course

Target:  FBI “Q”
Scoring: Hits in or touching “bottle” count 2 points; misses and hits outside bottle count zero points.  50 rounds service ammunition.
Qualification: 85% to qualify; 90% for instructors

Course of Fire 1- 25 yard line (18 rounds total)

Time Allotted:  75 seconds
CoF:  Start with a fully loaded weapon. On command, shooter draws and fires 6 rounds prone position, decocks, fires 3 rounds strong side kneeling barricade position, 6 rounds strong side standing barricade position, and 3 rounds weak side kneeling barricade position. Upon completing stage I, the shooter will conduct a magazine exchange and holster a loaded weapon.

Course of Fire 2 – 25 yard line (10 rounds total)

Time Allotted:   2 rounds in 6 seconds, 4 sets of 2 rounds, 3 seconds each
CoF:  Start at the 25 yard line. On command, the shooter moves to the 15 yard line, draws and fires 2 rounds in 6 seconds, decocks, and returns to low ready. The shooter will fire 4 strings of 2 rounds in 3 seconds, decock and return to low ready after each string. Upon completing Stage II, the shooter holsters a loaded weapon [without reloading unless gun capacity is only 10 rds ]
Course of Fire 3- 15 yard line (12 rounds total)
Starting Point: 15 yard line
CoF:  Start at the 15 yard line. On command, the shooter moves to the 7 yard line, draws and fires 12 rounds in 15 seconds, to include a reload. Upon completing stage III, the shooter holsters a loaded weapon. Shooter then arranges remaining 10 rounds to have 5 rounds in the weapon and 5 rounds in a spare magazine.

Course of Fire 4- 7 yard line (10 rounds total)

Starting Point: 7 yard line
CoF:  Start at the 7 yard line. On command the shooter moves to the 5 yard line, draws and fires 5 rounds with strong hand only, reloads, transfers the weapon to weak hand and fires 5 rounds weak hand only. Upon completing stage IV, the shooter will unload and holster an empty weapon.

FBI Qualification Targets 

The two primary targets used for the FBI Pistol Shooting Qualification are the QIT-99 (new) and the FBI-Q (old)

FBI Qualification Target QIT-99

 

The newest FBI Qualification Pistol Test uses the new QIT-99 Target.


FBI Qualification Target FBI-Q

The previous FBI Qualification uses the FBI-Q Target.

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