Officer needs assistance


Calling all trainers…

A firearms instructor at an agency I shall not name needs help.

His agency’s firearms training is now under the supervision of a non-instructor, who’s making worrisome changes.timer

Since the range they use is not equipped with targets that turn electronically, the range cadre have been qualifying students individually, using one shot timer per student for the timed strings of fire, (i.e. draw and fire two rounds in three seconds.)

Now, the manager insists that the range staff use one timer for all shooters, who shoot en masse, instead of paired with an instructor. As you can expect, scores jumped dramatically, around 20 percent.

As a result, the range staff at this agency are about to resign.

Does anyone have any data, studies or written guidance specifying that shot timers should be used individually, one-on-one with students, and not for a dozen shooters at once?

It seems pretty basic. I hope we can help.

You can email me or call my cell, (941) 284-8553.  I’ll forward the results to the trainers.

Confidentiality is assured.




About Author

Lee Williams can’t remember a time in his life when he wasn’t shooting. Before becoming a journalist, Lee served in the Army and worked as a police officer. He’s earned more than a dozen journalism awards as a reporter, and three medals of valor as a cop. He is an NRA-certified law enforcement firearms instructor, an avid tactical shooter and a training junkie. When he’s not busy as a senior investigative reporter, he is usually shooting his AKs, XDs and CZs. If you don’t run into him at a local gun range, you can reach him at 941.284.8553, by email, or by regular mail to 1777 Main St., Sarasota, FL 34236. You can follow him on Twitter: @HT_GunWriter and on Facebook @The Gun Writer.


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