Originally Posted by bigjim
Shoobee, I see you have never shot the "El Capitan", 5 rounds in 8 seconds would put you in 20th place, way too long. Try 6 rounds per mag with a mag change between 2 stages, three targets per stage, two shots per target and do that in under 10 seconds (12 shots), you start by the way with your back to the targets. When you can do that consistently then I'll say you can shoot...
1 shot per second sounds about right for a target 5 yards away. Sure. No problem with that. Mag change -- no problem -- easy in fact.
The first 5 rounds in the Calif LTC test are exactly that, 5 rounds in 5 seconds. Plus you need to draw, which takes 1/2 to 1 second. There is no time to waste.
The next 5 are at 7 yards, and they give you 8 seconds from now on. Again you need to draw from your CCW holster.
Then the next 5 are at 10 yards, again in 8 seconds, again with a draw.
And the next 5 are at 15 yards, again in 8 seconds, again with a draw.
You are having to draw 4 times -- quite a bit more difficult than a simple mag change.
Then 10 rounds at 10 yards one handed, then another 10 rounds one handed with the other hand -- no time limit on these.
Total 40 rounds. No chance to warm up. No chance to do it over.
80% must be within the NRA 8 ring.
The pressure is on. And you need to squeeze quickly not jerk or you will miss the 8 ring.
With the pressure on, and having to wait 6 months to test again, it is no easy test.
There is a little pressure in a shooting contest, but a whole lot more in a test, and astronomically more so in a real situation on the street.
You practice for the test. Maybe also a really good idea to shoot the day before too.