Test your mettle against the MPTC Concealed Carry Qualification.
I love shooting various qualifications. It all started way back when I first saw the Air Marshal qualification posted. Since then, I've tried multiple qualifications. I find it brings a new challenge, gives me an objective standard to test myself, and is typically a lot of fun. For concealed carriers, the Massachusetts Municipal Police Training Committee has the Concealed Carry Qualification Course. It's designed for police carrying a back-up gun or off duty but is still plenty applicable for you and me.
Before we dive into this concealed carry qualification, we need to take a look at the equipment you'll need to carry it out.
The course of fire is shot at 7, 5, 3, and 1-yard ranges. Every shot fired is done from concealment, which I love. Every portion of the qualification is timed and scored which, in my opinion, is what makes this such an excellent concealed carry qualification.
Here are a few critical notes:
Here is the course of fire straight from the MPTC manual including some notes at the end you're not going to want to miss!
Distance: 7 yards
Rounds needed: 5 (x2)
Time: 15 seconds (x2)
This stage is shot in two phases from behind cover (if available). Shooters load five rounds and have a spare magazine or speed loader/speed strip loaded with an additional five rounds.
On the command to fire, the shooter will drop to a knee, draw from their holster, and fire five rounds two hands stronghold from the strong side of their cover. Reload, scan, and recover to a standing position at the "low ready" position.
On the next command to fire, the shooter will drop to a knee, draw from the holster, and fire five rounds, two hands strong hold from the support side of cover. Scan, reload, and reholster.
Shooters using revolvers are given three additional seconds to reload.
Distance: 5 yards
Rounds needed: 5 (x2)
Time: 10 seconds
This stage is shot in two phases. The shooter will start from the 3-yard line. On the command of threat, the shooter will move back to cover on the 5-yard line, drop to a knee and draw and fire five rounds, strong hand only, reload, scan, and recover to the holster.
This phase is repeated once more and shooters using revolvers are given three additional seconds to reload.
Distance: 5 yards
Rounds needed: 5 (x2)
Time: 5 seconds for each phase
This stage begins with the shooter facing away from the threat (target). On the command to fire, the shooter pivots to address the threat, draws from concealment, and fires five rounds in 5 seconds. Reload immediately and scan for additional threats.
On the second command to fire, the shooter fires five additional rounds at their target.
Distance: 3 yards
Rounds needed: 5 rounds (x2)
Time: 10 seconds for each phase
On the command of deadly threat, the shooter will draw and fire five rounds with the dominant hand only. Reload, scan, and recover to the low ready / gun ready position.
On command, the shooter will transition their weapon to their support hand. On the next deadly threat command, fire five rounds (support hand only). Scan and recover back to the holster.
Distance: 1 Yard
Rounds needed: 5 rounds
Time: 4 seconds for each phase
This stage will simulate a close in immediate threat. Shooters start with a weapon holstered. On the command to fire, they will perform a defensive tactic/distraction technique, step back while drawing their weapon and fire two rounds strong hand only. Scan, cover the threat, and reload if necessary.
On the next command to fire, the shooter will fire a failure drill (3 rounds) using the same procedure. Reloading will not be included in the timing for the shooter's safety.
Rounds Needed: 5
On the command to fire, the shooter will take one step, either left, right or to the rear, draw and fire three rounds, scan and recover back to the holster.
Repeat a second time with two rounds fired.
Distraction / Defensive Tactic - You likely saw that and were a bit confused. That's fair. For a concealed carry qualification, it's not needed. If you want to use it, practice yelling a command, or extending your hand as a barrier as you retreat.
Failure Drill - A failure drill is simple. It's two shots to center mass and one shot to the head.
Command to Fire - Normally, this type of qualification would be shot with an instructor present. If shooting it alone, use a timer as your command to fire. Phone apps work okay with random timers and par times, but shot detection can be icky.
Scoring - Scoring is easy. Each shot that hits counts as one point. You need 40 out of 50 to pass. If you can't make the time, you repeat that portion until you do.
As far as qualifications go, this isn't necessarily a hard one to master. It's a great concealed carry qualification for instructors because most people qualifying are new to concealed carry. Admittedly, it's not as challenging as something like the FAST Drill. It still forces shooters to work those concealed carry skills.
It's like a workout in a lot of ways. If you find it too easy, push yourself harder. Cut the par times, increase the distance, make the targets smaller, or whatever else you can do to make it more challenging.
I landed every shot and came in well below the established times. However, I did find my own weaknesses. Drawing, taking a knee, and shooting from the support side of cover was a clumsy effort. Also, I have always been super weak support hand wise and this proved that once more. It also reinforced my love of the Springfield Hellcat's sights.
You can also use it to diagnose skills you may be weak on. Do you suck with support hand only like I do? Well, you'll find out. Set up your phone as a camera and use it to see how much of yourself you expose to cover. Think of this as a tool, and use it to get better.
What do you think? Let us know in the comments below!
Travis Pike is a former Marine Machine gunner who served with 2nd Bn 2nd Marines for 5 years. He deployed in 2009 to Afghanistan and again in 2011 with the 22nd MEU(SOC) during a record-setting 11 months at sea. Travis has trained with the Romanian Army, the Spanish Marines, the Emirate Marines, and the Afghan National Army.
He serves as an NRA certified pistol instructor and pursues a variety of firearms based hobbies.
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