Recently, I started asking around for some input. One of the recurring topics that you guys latched onto was the concept of standards. To be honest, I’m all about objective performance measurements for accuracy, speed, and other elements. As part of a broader goal, I want to make that a recurring element of our community.
I’d like to get your help, though.
You see, there are a lot of places out there with their own standards of performance. I received a few in the Facebook group, but I know there are many out there.
So here is the question: What are your favorite performance standards?
Ideas to get you started
To get the juices flowing, let’s look at some of the examples you guys shard with me.
• 0-25 4-inch 1 sec or
lesssplits standing (US Army zeroing ONLY 4 MOA for zeroing prone)
• 25-50 4 inch 2-3 second splits standing
• 50-100 4 MOA standing or Kneeling
• 100-199- 4MOA Standing supported
• 200-250- 4MOA Kneeling supported
• 250-500 4MOA Prone
Now, this is MAX group
size,or minimum competency. If you can’t do this, cold, on demand, you need to attend a base level class such as Appleseed before doing other classes. Seriously, you are wasting peoples time going to higher level classes if you can’t meet this
So that’s one option. I honestly can’t say how well I stack up to that one right now because I haven’t tested it at speed and at those distances.
Another interesting standard came from the American Tactical Shooting Instruction LLC site.
This one has the perspective on the “whole person” concept and dips into the author’s experience with the Sniper Adventure Challenge Race. These standards are much less focused on shooting accuracy than they are on physical capabilities. For example, you’ll find rucking, pullups, bushcrafting, and some shooting standards.
Though he doesn’t go as as publishing what the actual standards are.
This approach interests me primarily because it goes beyond shooting skills alone.
Over to You
Let me know your thoughts.
What kind of standards have you come across? How do you measure your own performance?
Matt is the primary author and owner of The Everyday Marksman. He’s former military officer turned professional tech sector trainer. He’s a lifelong learner, passionate outdoorsman, and steadfast supporter of firearms culture.
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