I wanted to see how my daily carry rig stood up to a standardized pistol drill, and I chose the Air Marshal standards course, as it seemed to be (and was) a good test of my skills and equipment.
The rig I used was my CZ P07 in a Crossbreed SuperTuck, concealed with an oversized t-shirt. My spare mag was stored in my weak-side front pocket. I don’t have any FBI QIT targets, so I used a USPSA Metric target. I scored A, B and C hits as 5 pts, D hits as 2, and misses as zero.
The drill, and my results
All strings are shot from a distance of seven yards.
Qualification: Time: Cannot exceed total time for each drill. Example: Drill #1 – 1st time 1.70 seconds, 2nd time 1.55 seconds; Total = 3.25 seconds = Go. Must achieve a “GO” on each drill. Accuracy: Target is FBI “QIT” (bottle). Total rounds fired is 30. Point value inside bottle = 5. Point value touching line or outside bottle = 2. Maximum possible score = 150. Mininum qualifying score = 135. All stages must equal “GO” to qualify.
|Individual Drill||Starting Position||Time Allowed||Actual Time||Score||Pass/Fail|
|One Round (Twice)
3.3 Seconds Total
|Concealed from Holster||1.65 seconds||1.92||5||F|
|Double Tap (twice)
2.70 Seconds Total
|Low Ready||1.35 seconds||.98||10||P|
|Rhythm; fire 6 rounds at one target; no more than 0.6 second between each shot.
3 Seconds Total
|Low Ready||3.0 seconds||2.62||30||P|
|One Shot, speed reload, one shot (twice).
6.5 Seconds Total
|Low Ready||3.25 seconds||2.89||10||P|
|One Round each at two targets three yards apart (twice).
3.3 Seconds Total
|Low Ready||1.65 seconds||1.35||10||P|
|180° pivot. One round each at three targets (twice). Turn left, then right.
7.0 Seconds Total
|Concealed from Holster||3.5 seconds||2.84||15||P|
|3.5 seconds||2.75||10||P (?)|
|One Round, slide locks back; drop to one knee; reload; fire one round. (twice).
8.0 Seconds Total
|Low Ready||4.0 seconds||5.1||10||F|
|Result: (1 miss on one of the pivot drill strings)||142||Fail|
A few thoughts…
I love my Crossbreed Supertuck, but it sucks to draw from. I need to start thinking about a pancake or yaqui slide holster for the P07 and use the Crossbreed only as a tuckable IWB holster, or else modify the Supertuck so I can get a quicker draw.
And no, switching to a “shoot me first” vest isn’t something I’m considering, mainly because I never wore them in the past, even when I was a full-time photographer, and in the heat of a 115+ Phoenix summer, adding on additional layers of clothing doesn’t seem that wise. Besides, I’m more of The Dude than I am Walter Sobchak .
I need a better way to store spare mags than my front pocket. I blew one string because I wasted a couple of seconds playing pocket pool with my reload, and failed two others for much the same reason.
All in all, though, I like the drill as it tests both my skill set and the tools I use. When I didn’t hav to draw or reload, I easily beat the required par times. A few tweaks to my holster and accessories, and I should pass the next time I run this drill.