Alright, so we know what a basic level of combat pistol marksmanship looks like, so what makes an advanced shooter?
- Someone who competes on a regular basis
- Someone who qualifies as Expert on the Marine Corps Combat Pistol test
- Someone who can shoot the FBI Pistol Qual at the Instructor Level
- Someone who can pass the Federal Air Marshal Test
- Someone who can hit a headshot on a USPSA target 25 yards away, from concealment, in three seconds or less
- 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.
- I want to be USPSA B Class in Production
- 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.