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Wednesday, April 23, 2014

ALETA Speed & Accuracy COF and Alternative Scoring for Performance Tracking

In the state of Arkansas the ALETA Speed & Accuracy Course of Fire (COF) is kind of the standard Law Enforcement handgun qualification course. Other qualification courses can be used, but they have to be submitted for approval and some other red tape. To my knowledge, most departments just use the Speed & Accuracy COF. It is shot on the standard B-27 with a maximum score of 500. Hits inside the 8, 9, 10 and X ring are 10 points each. Everywhere else is 6 points each. It is broken down below.

Distance   Commands
  Rounds
  Time
  25yd
  From Holster
  2rds
  6 sec
  25yd
  From Ready
  2rds
  5 sec
  25yd
  From Ready
  2rds
  5 sec

  Distance
  Commands
  Rounds
  Time
  15yd
  From Holster
  3rds
  5 sec
  15yd
  From Ready
  3rds
  4 sec
  15yd
  From Holster
  2rds
  4 sec
  15yd
  From Ready
  1rd
  2 sec
  15yd
  From Holster
  2rds
  4 sec
  15yd
  From Ready
  1rd
  2 sec

  Distance
  Commands
  Rounds
  Time
  7yd
  From Holster
  5rds
  15 sec (R)
  7yd
  From Holster
  3rds
  4 sec
  7yd
  From Ready
  3rds
  3 sec
  7yd
  From Ready
  3rds
  3 sec

  Distance
  Commands
  Rounds
  Time
  3yd
  From Holster
  6rds
  12 sec (R)
  3yd
  WHO From Holster
  2rds
  3 sec
  3yd
  WHO From Ready
  2rds
  2 sec
  3yd
  WHO From Ready
  2rds
  2 sec
  3yd
  SHO From Holster
  2rds
  3 sec
  3yd
  SHO From Ready
  2rds
  2 sec
  3yd
  SHO From Ready
  2rds
  2 sec



As with most Law Enforcement qualification courses, it is not difficult to pass. I wouldn't even say it is difficult to score 100%. I do think it is a useful COF if used correctly though. If you cannot score 100% on it every time all the time, that is a good goal to start with. If you can, then track the amount of time it takes you to complete each string of fire as you go through the course. Once complete, add up the total time of all the strings and divide your points scored by the total amount of time it took you to shoot the COF. For example if it takes me 50 seconds to shoot a 500 point score I would divide 500/50 and my metric would be 10. I could then shoot the COF again in a few weeks or months and see if I have improved my metric by shooting faster (since I can't score anymore points).


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