Texas Concealed Handgun Qualifier

Shoot Qualification Requirements and Criteria

No one likes to take a test. I always tell my students, it’s easier than you think (rarely do they believe me). I will always recommend you shoot with a firearm you are comfortable and familiar with. Sadly, there are many preconceived notions about the qualifier. Students often come to class without any experience handling, much less actually shooting a firearm. Here are some imperatives you need to be aware of.

1) You do not have to qualify the day of class. You actually have up to 2 years to send in the application. So you have more than enough time to practice prior to the shoot portion.

2) The state requirement (for the qualifier only) is that you are required to qualify with .32 caliber or larger (.32, .380, 9mm, .357, .40, .45 are all good)

3) If you qualify with a revolver (nothing wrong with that), the state limits your license to that type of firearm (NSA). If you qualify with a semi-auto, your license is issued to carry either semi-auto or revolver (SA).

4) Whatever firearm you choose, be familiar with the safeties and how to operate them, as it is supposed to be a requirement of the actual test.

5) Everything is done from a “low cover” or “low ready” position (approximately 45 degree angle in front of you addressing the target). No drawing from a holster or advanced work is or has been a part of the test.

6) The actual test is not just about accuracy but also:

  • Safety (first!)
  • Listening (BIG!)
  • Firearms familiarity (function & operation)
  • Proficiency (handling & loading)
  • Accuracy (He’s big, he’s flat, he has no arms or legs, and can’t run away)
  • Time (a very loose cadence of one shot a second and you got it)

7) Distances are:

  • 3 yards (20 rounds, 1’s, 2’s and 5 shot strings)
  • 7 yards (20 rounds, 1’s, 2’s, 3’s, and 5 shot strings)
  • 15 yards (10 rounds, 2’s, 3’s and 5 shot strings)

Note: Contrary to some instructors’ beliefs or practices, ALL 50 rounds have to be shot at the prescribed distances to be a legal and true qualifier. (Can you imagine that coming up in a civil suit!!!)

8) What you need the day of the qualifier:

  • A firearm (.32 or above), cased or bagged
  • Eye protection
  • Ear protection
  • 50 rounds of factory ammunition

If you have any questions, ask your instructor for clarification prior to your class date. Nobody likes surprises.