The Basic Pistol Qualification Course

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1. The basic pistol qualification course is not an accurate indication of firearms proficiency for the experienced shooter. The basic pistol qualification course has to be repeated if members allow their qualification to lapse. Qualifying on the basic pistol course repeatedly is a time consuming and costly evolution. The basic pistol qualification should be removed from the firearms re-qualification standard. 2. Coast Guard policy currently requires that any pistol qualified members who have allowed their qualification to lapse, or failed to re-qualify on Practical Pistol Course (PPC), must re-qualify on the basic pistol course before attempting to qualify on the PPC course. A lapse of qualification is identified as not qualifying on the PPC course within 365 days of previous qualification. Failure to qualify on the Sig Saur P226DAK service pistol may be attributed to many factors. Members can fail to qualify for a number of reasons: Lack of familiarization with the weapon system due to limited opportunities to practice with the P226DAK is the leading factor. Many members will only fire with this weapons system during biannual weapons qualification. Weapon costs and rental availability at gun shops and shooting ranges in the members area make more practice and familiarity difficult at best, and nonexistent at worst. Members may also fail to qualify on the PPC course due to the many steps of the PPC course, and again, lack of practice in the various steps of the

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