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    I developed the TCC as a modification of the old FAMS Tactical Pistol Course. I wanted a quick course that I could run my carbine students through to gauge their progress, as well as having a course of fire that folks could use on their own to gauge their skill level and progess.

    No, this course does not gauge all the myriad of skills that I feel you should have to be a competent Operator of the Carbine, stuff like shooting and moving, positions other than standing, use of cover, etc. It does involve a firm grasp of the fundamentals, however. It is a quick and easy COF to run, and if you have a timer with a delay on it, you can run yourself through the course.

    Here is the course of fire:

    Distance: 7 yards
    Target: IDPA silhouette with a 3"x5" card stapled to the center of the head. You could also use a similar sized piece of cardboard with an 8" paper plate stapled to the chest and the 3"x5" for the head.
    Number of targets: 3. The leftmost target is the Primary target. Unless specified otherwise, all drills are shot on the Primary target.
    Rounds: 35 carbine, 5 pistol
    Scoring: Anything in the 8" circle or the 3"x5" card is 5 points. Anything outside the circle or card, but on the silhouette, is 2 points (-3 points). A Miss is 0 points (-5 points). Shooter DOES NOT get the benefit of the doubt. Rounds on the line go to the lower score.
    Ranking: A perfect 200 points is Expert, 191-197 is Sharpshooter, 180-190 is Marksman. Anything under 180 points is a FAIL.

    Positions:
    1. Low Ready: Weapon in the pocket of the shoulder, aimed below the feet of the threat. For the purposes of this course, the weapon is aimed at the foot of the target stand.
    2. High Ready: Weapon in the pocket of the shoulder, aimed high enough that you can still see the threat's hands. For the purposes of this course, the weapon is aimed at the bottom edge of the cardboard target.
    3. Inside carry: Weapon is held against the body, pointing downward and across the body at an angle, with the muzzle on the outside of the leg.

    With the exception of the third drill, all drills are shot twice. Each drill has a set time, but what is important is the total of the pair of drills. If a drill is 2 seconds, and it's repeated twice for a total of 4 seconds, it's the 4 second total that you're worried about. You could shoot the first drill in 2.5 seconds, as long as you shot the second drill in 1.5 seconds or less.

    If you shoot a drill improperly, you fail the entire course. It's a failure, not a points deduction. If the drill calls for 6 shots, and you shoot 5 or 7, you fail the entire COF.

    If you do not make the time limit for any stage, you fail the entire COF.

    All drills must be shot with the weapon on safe. You cannot manipulate the safety until the timer goes off.

    The last drill is a pair of transition drills. When you transition from the carbine to the handgun, if there is a round in the chamber of the carbine you MUST place the weapon on safe before letting it hang and going to the handgun. If you don't, it's a FAIL. If you set the carbine up to run empty prior to the transition, then you do not have to place the weapon on safe.

    Emergency Reload: Weapon runs totally empty. Remove empty mag, insert loaded mag, chamber
    Tactical Reload: A round in the chamber, unknown number of rounds in magazine. Drop magazine in the weapon (you do not have to retain), replace with a loaded magazine, you're done. No need to manipulate the safety, bolt or charging handle.


    Stage 1: Head Shot
    Low Ready
    1 round on the Primary Target, Head Shot on the 3"x5" card
    1 second
    Repeat for a total time limit of 2 seconds

    Stage 2: Double Tap
    High Ready
    2 rounds on the Primary Target
    1 second
    Repeat for a total time limit of 2 seconds

    Stage 3: Control Recoil
    High Ready
    6 rounds
    2 seconds
    DO NOT REPEAT

    Stage 4: Tactical Reload
    High Ready
    2 rounds on Primary Target
    4 seconds
    Fire 1 round, perform an Tactical Reload, fire a second round
    Repeat for a total of 8 seconds

    Stage 5: 2 Threats
    High Ready
    2 rounds: 1 on Primary Target, 1 on Secondary Target
    1.65 seconds
    You must shoot one drill while engaging left-right and the other while engaging right-left.
    Repeat for a total of 3.30 seconds

    Stage 6: 180 Degree Pivot
    Back to targets, Inside Carry
    3 rounds, 1 each on the Primary, Secondary and Tertiary Targets
    3 seconds
    First drill you can choose to pivot left or right. On the second drill, you must pivot in the opposite direction. Targets may be engaged in any order.
    Repeat for a total of 6 seconds

    Stage 7: Emergency Reload
    Remove the loaded magazine from the carbine, leave the round in the chamber, and insert an empty magazine
    High Ready
    2 rounds
    5 seconds
    Fire 1 round, go to a knee while performing an Emergency Reload, fire a second round from the kneeling
    Repeat for a total of 10 seconds

    Stage 8: Transitions
    High Ready
    5 rounds total, carbine and pistol
    4.5 seconds
    Each drill is a total of 5 rounds. For one drill, you will fire 3 rounds carbine and 2 rounds pistol, for the other you will shoot 2 rounds carbine and 3 pistol. You may shoot these drills in either order.
    Fire 2/3 rounds from the carbine, transition to the handgun, and fire 2/3 rounds from the hangun, for a total of 5 rounds.
    Repeat for a total of 9 seconds


    Enjoy!
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    It's knowing that when I get up in the morning and my feet hit the floor, the Devil says, "Shit! He's awake!"

    Shortly before World War I, the German Kaiser was the guest of the Swiss government to observe military maneuvers. The Kaiser asked a Swiss militiaman: "You are 500,000 and you shoot well, but if we attack with 1,000,000 men what will you do?" The soldier replied: "We will shoot twice and go home."

    "There are so many Russians, and our country so small, where will we find room to bury them all?" - anonymous Finnish soldier

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    FWIW, I've had a few students pass the TCC on their first run, without every seeing it before. The folks that passed were all running some sort of AR. I've had a couple of students almost pass it while running an AK, which is damn fine operatin'!
    www.precision-applications.com

    It's knowing that when I get up in the morning and my feet hit the floor, the Devil says, "Shit! He's awake!"

    Shortly before World War I, the German Kaiser was the guest of the Swiss government to observe military maneuvers. The Kaiser asked a Swiss militiaman: "You are 500,000 and you shoot well, but if we attack with 1,000,000 men what will you do?" The soldier replied: "We will shoot twice and go home."

    "There are so many Russians, and our country so small, where will we find room to bury them all?" - anonymous Finnish soldier

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