Is it true that police officers only have to quality with there sidearms on a yearly basis ? ?

I seem to remember reading somewhere that most law enforcement officers only have to qualify once a year and beyond that most officers dont shoot there firearms or practice on a regular basis. Most only practice there accuracy right before the yearly qualification. I just cant find the information to prove a point to a friend that the average civilian who consistently shoots 3-6 times a year can potentially shoot at or above the level of the average police officer.


Thanks for all the responses. What I was trying to explain to a friend is that not every person that carries a gun takes the time to practice with it on a regular basis. That its a known fact that some LEOs only practice there proficiency with a firearm when required to for qualifications.

I shoot defensive handgun matches about 2-4 times a year and see many local LEOs at the matches. My buddy thinks that the majority of LEOs are pro-gun and shoot on a regular basis, I simply wanted to educate him otherwise.

Thanks for all that you guys.gals do.

4 Answers

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago
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    My department qualifies two times a year for 4 hours each time. Our state mandate calls for 240 rounds and 8 hours of training annually. We break it up and it allows hands on twice a year plus lowers overtime demands while I have my Officers on the range.

    I am answering here for another thought pattern to you. What I am teaching my officers is called muscle memory. Picture being in a fight. A person throws a punch at your head. You are not thinking, nor do you have the time to think. You react. You will either get hit, block the hit or block the hit and strike back. Through repetitions of exercise, you learn to block and strike back only because you have no time to ponder your course of action. It is reaction time here that important.

    I do the same thing on my range. I teach my people how to hold and fire weapons using instinctive fire techniques. Shoot for center body mass. This gives a target that is 18 inches wide and 2 feet tall. Even a "miss" equals a hit in the body and gives time to reevaluate the situation and if needed, fire again. This is for survival, not points.

    I am ( personally ) also a competitive shooter. NRA rated with over 330 medals and trophies to my name. ( A prime reason I became the firearms instructor in my department).So I fully understand your statement about civilians who shoot for fun or competition being proficient. But I also believe that you are comparing apples and grapes here.

    Your proficient target shooter ( which I am one of ) is shooting at a paper target under a time element for points. You do not have the fear factor shutting your system down, going into myopic (tunnel) vision and only reacting ( not thinking) in a fire fight.

    Undoubtably, your target shooter will outscore most average police officers on an NRA target range. That is what they do. As a comparison, talk to any combat veteran about what happens when they fight for their lives. I don't feel the comparison is valid using that thought pattern.

    If my people walk away from a fire fight alive, they won. It isn't scoring points to garner a trophy and having bragging rights.

    In your defense of your question, I will agree that the practicing fun shooter will outscore the average officer who is also not a fun shooter.

    I hope this helps and you can find it useful

    Source(s): Firearms Instructor, Arsenal Officer, Armorer, Use of Force Instructor, Chemical Munitions Instructor. NRA life member, competitive shooter and weapons collector.
  • 4 years ago

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    The requirements vary from police department to police department. However, a lot of police officers are avid shooters and like to shoot in their spare time. But in any case, the main concern with police officers and firearms is safety and knowing when to use it, not the accuracy of the shooting.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    I qualify quarterly. Last time 3 points away from a perfect.

    At the academy over 100 hours of firearms training, including stress shooting, judgmental shooting, night shooting, officer down shooting, etc.

    Some officers only shoot at qualification time, others go shooting at least weekly.

    Source(s): Fed LEO
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