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  1. Question US Marshals Backup Weapon Qualification - What is it?

    I recently signed up for the concealed carry class at my local sheriffs office, and to qualify we need to pass the "US Marshall's Backup Weapon Qualification Course". I've tried looking around online to see just what exactly that entails, but can't come up with much. Thought I'd ask here and see if anybody is familiar with it.

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    US Marshals Service Handgun Qualification Course -- Modified

    TARGET: The USMS uses the Trans Tar II target scored 5-4-3-2.
    (we used the NRA TQ-15 target scored 5-4-1. When I practice myself I use an IDPA or IPSC target scored 5-4-2)

    AMMUNITION REQUIRED: 60 rounds
    DISTANCES OF ENGAGEMENT: 3,7,15 and 25 yards
    MINIMUM QUALIFICATION STANDARD: 210 points/70%

    STAGE DISTANCE PROCEDURE
    1. 3 yards From the holster, draw & fire 2 rnds center mass and
    one headshot. 3 rnds in 4 sec. 2X

    2. 3 yards Begin at the low ready with the handgun in the weak
    hand. At the signal fire 2 rnds in 4 seconds
    WEAK HAND ONLY. 2X

    3. 7 yards From the holster, draw & fire 3 rnds center mass
    in 4 seconds. 2X

    4. 7 yards From the holster, draw & fire 3 rnds center mass
    in 5 seconds STRONG HAND ONLY . 2X

    5. 7 yards From the holster, draw & fire 3 rnds center mass
    and one headshot. 3 rnds in 5 seconds. 4X

    6. 15 yards From the holster, draw & fire 3 rnds center mass
    in 5 seconds. 4X

    7. 25 yards From the holster, using the high barricade for cover:
    fire 6 rnds standing, perform a mandatory reload, drop
    to the high kneeling position and fire 3 rnds, perform a
    mandatory reload, go prone and fire 3 rnds. Total of
    12 rounds fired in 60 seconds.

    6 headshots required

    Qualification Standard:
    300 pts = Distinguished Expert
    285-299 = Expert
    255-284 = Sharpshooter
    210-254 = Marksman
    below 210 = DNQ (did not qualify)

    This course is based on the USMS Handgun QC in use on 1 January 2004.

    The USMS fires this course from concealment.


    I hope this info is useful.

    Best Regards,

    Shooterszone Firearms Training Academy

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    Thumbs up Holy smokes, what an answer!

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  5. Thanks, it is useful... but, I'm wondering...

    I see this is the:

    US Marshals Service Handgun Qualification Course -- Modified

    And what I'm looking for is the:

    US Marshals Service Backup/Secondary Weapon Qualification Course

    Or does 'Modified' denote that it's for back-up weapons?

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    Thanks for the info cwp825! Good info...

    Quote Originally Posted by gatsby View Post

    ... to qualify we need to pass the "US Marshall's Backup Weapon Qualification Course".
    What State requires this for CHL?
    Blessed be my God, my mountain, who trains me to fight fair and well! Psalm 144 (msg)
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  7. Not so much a state, but a county. Here in Iowa we're a "shall issue" state, which means since we have 99 counties, and 99 sheriffs that means 99 different policies on concealed carry.

    Where I live, Cedar County, Iowa, this is apparently what we've got to pass.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gatsby View Post
    Not so much a state, but a county. Here in Iowa we have 99 counties, and 99 sheriffs that means 99 different policies on concealed carry.
    Yikes!
    Blessed be my God, my mountain, who trains me to fight fair and well! Psalm 144 (msg)
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  9. At least thankfully, if you get it in one county it's good in all the rest. That doesn't mean you wont be harassed by county mounties when your traveling in less than friendly locals.

    I live in Cedar, which until the recent change of Sheriffs a few years ago was a "No Issue" was bordered by two of the strongest "No Issue" counties in the state, Linn (Cedar Rapids,IA) and Johnson (Iowa City, IA)...

    Last year Linn's Sheriff finally retired, and after the election the new feller said OK to CCW. Now the silhouette targets are flyin off the shelves up there. And you know what? Not a single crime has been committed by those newly minted CCW holders.

    Down in Johnson though, get ready to be harassed when they run your plates and see you've got a CCW, time to get pulled over for that 'safety' inspection. Johnson is interestingly enough considered the liberal heart of Eastern Iowa.

  10. At least thankfully, if you get it in one county it's good in all the rest. That doesn't mean you wont be harassed by county mounties when your traveling in less than friendly locals.

    I live in Cedar, which until the recent change of Sheriffs a few years ago was a "No Issue" was bordered by two of the strongest "No Issue" counties in the state, Linn (Cedar Rapids,IA) and Johnson (Iowa City, IA)...

    Last year Linn's Sheriff finally retired, and after the election the new feller said OK to CCW. Now the silhouette targets are flyin off the shelves up there. And you know what? Not a single crime has been committed by those newly minted CCW holders.

    Down in Johnson though, get ready to be harassed when they run your plates and see you've got a CCW, time to get pulled over for that 'safety' inspection. Johnson is interestingly enough considered the liberal heart of Eastern Iowa.

  11. The letter said Marshals, the instructor said Marines, whatever it was it consisted of:

    3 yards

    2 to the head, 3 to the chest
    reload
    5 to the chest

    7 yards
    2 to the head, 3 to the chest
    reload
    5 to the chest

    15 yards
    5 to chest
    reload
    drop to one knee
    5 to chest

    To pass you needed to get a minimum of 24 out of 30 inside the silhouette.

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