Rifle Field Training Exercise
The Rifle FTX provides the law enforcement officer an opportunity to practice with their bolt-action and semi-automatic rifles, and submachine guns on courses of fire that are practical, realistic, and mirror conditions officers are likely to encounter on the street.
Only rifles of .223 caliber or any pistol caliber carbine will be permitted on the range.
No rifles over .223 caliber.
The courses are not easy…
If you carry a long gun for a living, you should be able to accomplish all courses of fire. However, strict time limits and safety restrictions require that you have your game face on, and be focused on the task at hand to acquit yourself well in these events.
The 75-yard A Range is a course of fire for semi-automatic rifle, carbine, and submachine gun (.223 or pistol caliber only). Fired at distances from 25 to 75 yards. You will need 30 rounds of ammo. Strings of fire are at 25, 50, and 75 yards, and include standing, kneeling, and prone shooting positions.
On the B Range is the 300 meter Pop-Up course. Shooters need 20 rounds of ammunition (.223 or pistol caliber only) to engage 20 aggressor targets from fox-holes at distances ranging from 50 to 300 meters.
Participating officers will use a ITOA custom 3d manniquin target. Hits will only be recorded for the chest and head areas. Any other area hit will have zero point value.
The scoring area for the chest is a 5 x 8 sheet of paper covered by a t-shirt. The area for the chest is in the upper center portion. The scoring area for the head is a 3 x 2 card placed inside the rubber foam head. The area for the head is the eyebrows, nose and upper cheek areas. All shots will be taken from 20 yards.
Using three 5 round magazines the officers will, upon command, ensure the chamber of his or her rifle is free of ammunition. The rilfe will then be placed on the ground in his or her respective shooting lane with the bolt locked back, magazine out and ejection port up.
On the command of "Threat" time starts and the officers will complete either 10 jumping jacks, 10 air squats or 10 push ups. After which time, officers will load their respective rifle and fire 5 rounds standing. Reload. Move to a kneeling position and fire 5 rounds kneeling. Reload. Move to a prone position and fire the 5 rounds prone.
A total of 14 shoots will be deleivered to the body and 1 round will be delievered to the head. The single head shot may be taken from any shooting position the officer desires. Only 1 round may be delievered to the head. The maximum time limit is 2:20. 140 maxium points for body shots and 60 point value for the single head shot. Points will be deducted for extra head shots. Total point value for course #3 is 200 points.
What to Bring
- Box lunch.
- Plenty of drinking water.
- Sun screen.
- Hearing and eye protection.
- PLENTY OF AMMO — You can estimate the number of rounds you will need to negotiate each or all of the above courses of fire. It has been our experience that most shooters wished they had brought more ammunition with them to this event. Recommendation: minimum of 300 rounds.
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