Advance And Be Recognized

Alright, so we know what a basic level of combat pistol marksmanship looks like, so what makes an advanced shooter?

  1. Someone who competes on a regular basis
  2. Someone who qualifies as Expert on the Marine Corps Combat Pistol test
  3. Someone who can shoot the FBI Pistol Qual at the Instructor Level
  4. Someone who can pass the Federal Air Marshal Test
  5. Someone who can hit a headshot on a USPSA target 25 yards away, from concealment, in three seconds or less
  6. Someone with at least 100 hours of classes from a variety of instructors

Now, to be fair, I can and have shot all of those drills at those levels, but to be honest, I don’t really consider myself to be an advanced pistol shooter. While it’s true that I’m rapidly approaching the point of diminishing returns, I still have two hills to climb.

  1. I want to be USPSA B Class in Production
  2. And for some reason, the NRA Instructor Qual is kicking my @$$ right now, and I am less than happy with that. 20 shots into a 5″ circle at 15 yards isn’t THAT hard, but for some reason, I just can’t do it right now.

Am I an advanced shooter? Yeah, kinda, I guess. Am I satisfied with my shooting ability right now? Heck no.