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HOW TO PREPARE FOR THE TEXAS LTC PROFICIENCY DEMONSTRATION

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Finally signed up for that Texas License to Carry class and have not been to the range in a while? Or are you fairly new to handguns with less than 1,000 rounds of experience? This article is your step-by-step guide to prepare for the Proficiency Demonstration required to qualify by Texas Department of Public Safety.

I see a lot of people coming to the range to “practice”, but are really just firing rounds at random distances in arbitrary times on the wrong target. With good intentions,

they believe if there are enough holes in the target, they are ready to pass the scored and timed Proficiency Demonstration. My advice is don’t practice; prepare.

THE TARGET

Texas Department of Public Safety requires the antiquated, anatomically incorrect police qualification target from the 1950’s known as the B-27 for License to Carry and School Safety Certification classes.

These targets can be purchased at most gun ranges or ordered online from your favorite target store.

The official silhouette colors are black, blue, red, or green.

Prepare with any available color, but be sure the target is the official size of 24 inches x 45 inches.

THE SCORING

There are 10 timed strings of fire in 3 stages for 50 rounds fired total at 3, 7, and 15 yards. Each round value is worth a maximum 5 points.

For non-instructor LTC candidates, 70% or 175 out of 250 is passing.

LTC / SSC instructors and Texas School Safety Certification Program students must demonstrate proficiency with a score of 90% or 225 out of 250 to qualify.

There are 20 rounds fired at 3 yards, 20 rounds at 7 yards, and the last 10 rounds are fired at 15 yards.

If you shoot 8 ring or better at 3 and 7 yards, that is 40 rounds x 5 points for 200 points.

In other words, you already passed the 175 minimum before getting to the final 10 rounds of the qualification shoot at 15 yards.

  • 5 points = 8 ring or better
  • 4 points = 7 ring
  • 3 points = silhouette outside 7 ring
  • 0 points – off silhouette, misses, and unfired shots

My advice is don’t practice; prepare

THE COURSE

3 YARDS

  1. Place your B-27 target at 3 yards from firing line
  2. Load 5 rounds into a magazine or revolver cylinder
  3. Make ready and come to your firing position
  4. Fire all 5 rounds on a one Mississippi, two Mississippi, etc. cadence
  5. Repeat 3 more times until 20 rounds have been fired

7 YARDS

  1. Place your B-27 target at 7 yards from firing line
  2. Load 5 rounds into a magazine or revolver cylinder
  3. Make ready and come to your firing position
  4. Fire all 5 rounds on a cadence of one Mississippi between shots
  5. Repeat 3 more times until 20 rounds have been fired

15 YARDS

  1. Place your B-27 target at 15 yards from firing line
  2. Load 5 rounds into a magazine or revolver cylinder
  3. Make ready and come to your firing position
  4. Fire all 5 rounds on a cadence of one Mississippi, two Mississippi between shots
  5. Repeat 1 more time until 10 rounds have been fired

SCORE

  1. Count the number of holes in the 8, 9, 10, and tiebreaker rings and multiply by 5
  2. Count the number of holes in the 7 ring and multiply by 4
  3. Count the number of holes on the silhouette outside the 7 ring and multiply by 3
  4. Add up the values
  5. You need a 175 minimum to pass at the LTC class

WRAP-UP

The goal of this article is for you to be prepared to pass the Qualification on the first attempt (you have three attempts total in one calendar year before having to retake the entire class).

This course is not the official DPS Course of Fire, but is an approximation of the times and round count on each string of fire for the stages.

To account for shooting in a group in class under time pressure, run this course until you score 200 or better to be prepared to qualify for your Texas License to Carry.

Still not shooting with the proficiency you desire? Not confident you will pass the LTC Proficiency Demonstration on your first attempt? Seek professional coaching from a reputable, competent instructor or schedule a Private Lesson with us. Within one or two hours, we will have you prepared and confident to perform for your LTC Qualification.


This blog post is for educational purposes and does not constitute legal or medical advice. Seek professional instruction or competent supervision before attempting any live fire methods or tactics described herein. References to any company or product does not constitute an endorsement or review. Trademarks are the intellectual property of its owner.
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