Shooting test

Firearms Handling and Shooting Assessment

62. For service in an armed PKO or SPM, a candidate must pass the handling of firearms and shooting assessment that consists of two parts: a firearm handling exercise and a shooting exercise. The two parts of the assessment should be conducted with the same type of sidearm that the MS provides to its police officers deployed to a PKO or SPM:
a) Handling exercise: the candidate has to demonstrate his or her ability to handle the firearms safely to continue to the shooting exercise. The candidate should safely clean the cylinder of a revolver within one (1) minute. Alternatively, the candidate should safely disassemble and reassemble a pistol within three (3) minutes.

b) The shooting exercise is conducted under the responsibility of the MS’s firearms instructor and supervised by an AMS instructor. The AMS instructor will disqualify any candidate who fails to comply with the safety rules of the shooting range or otherwise fails to handle the weapon safely. The shooting exercise is carried out in two steps:

(1) In step one; the candidate has to shoot a total of five (5) rounds on a target of 45 cm x 45 cm from a five (5) meter distance. The weapon, under supervision of the MS firearms instructor, must be holstered prior to and after each round is fired. There is a five (5) second time limit for each round from the holstered stage to the firing of the round. In order to proceed to step two of the shooting exercise, the candidate has to hit the target in four (4) out of the five (5) rounds.

(2) In step two, the candidate has to shoot a total of five (5) rounds on a target of 45 cm x 45 cm from a distance of seven (7) meters. The weapon will be in the low-ready position prior to and after each round is fired. There will be a five (5) second time limit for each round to be delivered from the low-ready position to the firing of the round. During the exercise the candidate should bring the weapon to the shooting position on the command of the MS firearms instructor.

63. To pass the shooting exercise, the candidate must hit the target in at least nine (9) rounds out of the total of ten (10) rounds in both steps and demonstrate safe handling of the weapon throughout the process. Only in case of misfire due to technical reasons beyond the candidate’s control will he or she be given a second chance to pass the shooting assessment.
64. Candidates who fail the firearms handling and shooting assessment may be deployed to non-armed missions.