During last week’s live stream with USPSA Grand Master Josh Shaw, I broached the topic of standards that every capable citizen should aspire to. The idea here is that not everyone is able to put in the dedicated time, effort, and money to become a grand master. There is, however, a point of “good enough” for most things. That’s the goal of the minimum capable citizen series.
Josh provided two specific tests that you can perform at your local range. Community member C.J. then turned around and provided me a printable document to execute the tests.
So what are the standards? Let’s get to it.
The target for this challenge is a representation of the upper a-zones from a USPSA cardboard target. You can download it here, or click on the picture below to get the printable PDF version.
Simply print this target out on a standard piece of 8.5″ x 11″ printer paper. You’ll need at least two in order to complete the entire challenge.
You’re also going to need a shot timer, preferably one with a random start and par time feature. There are many free or inexpensive apps out there for iOS or Android users that meet this need.
Test #1: 25 Yards
Place the printed target at 25 yards. You can ignore the dotted lines for now, or even stick the target with just the blank side of the paper facing you.
Load a magazine with 10 rounds (or any combination of magazines to get a total round count of 10 shots). Your goal is simple: place all 10 shots on the piece of 8.5″ x 11″ printer paper within 20 seconds.
Set the par time for 20 seconds and a random start. You may begin from a low ready with the gun already loaded and in hand.
This should be significantly simpler than the Paper Plate Pistolero challenge, but still not easy. Most people do not train handguns at 25 yards because it is hard. Placing all 10 shots on the paper within 20 seconds is a good indication that you have pistol fundamentals down.
Test #2: 7 yards
For the second test, place a fresh target at 7 yard with the dotted lines facing you.
Load and holster your handgun in whatever holster style you prefer.
Your goal is to draw, aim, and land a single shot into the upper A-Zone (i.e. the smaller dotted box in the head) within 1.5 seconds from timer start.
How did you do?
This is not a simple challenge. Many people might be able to accomplish one test or the other, but not both. If you think this is too difficult, then it only means you need to put in more practice time with dry fire!