SwissAAA Skills Test
There are many skills tests and drills available out there. So why do we create yet another one? This test is based on a skills matrix that we use for the basic handgun education and for the introduction to dynamic sports shooting. It can be used to assess the proficiency of a student after completing the corresponding courses. Furthermore, it can be used to measure progress in becoming a better shooter by perfecting those skills through many, many practice sessions.
All of that cannot be achieved with some short drill of the bamm, bamm, bamm, ha, ha, ha fashion. Those are fun to do once in a while but they are inadequate for our needs. With a total of 3 stages, 10 strings and 52 rounds we cover almost all the required skills at least once. The test setup should be feasible on most indoor and outdoor ranges with reasonable effort and the test can be run quite efficiently.
Try it out and use it for measuring your progress!
Setup and Procedure
The skills test can be done with standard IDPA divisions, classes, scoring and targets. Some additional remarks are given in the description to make things more clear. We are now working on collecting results in order to confirm the time brackets for the skill levels. If the shooter is safe, he will pass the test and be classified according to his or her final score.
After having passed, a shooter may further use the test to assess his or her progress after practicing the required skills. Another possibility is to assess how effective one can be in another division or with a new handgun by comparing the achieved results.
The skills matrix contains the basic skills for the handgun education and introduction to dynamic sports shooting.
With the exception of theoretical topics such as sports rules or pistol parts and very few practical skills such as disassembly, maintenance and re-assembly, the personal safety check (PSC) and the malfunction drills, all skills need to be applied at least once in the test. So, when preparing for the test, the shooter needs to practice all of them, in order to achieve an adequate result.
The basic muzzle control while moving uprange is a specialty for dynamic sports shooting. All other skills are not necessarily specific to sports shooting only and can be used for a skills assessment in another context as well.
Skill Levels and Time Brackets
The skill levels and corresponding time brackets are preliminary and need to be confirmed. So far they look pretty accurate. We are collecting more score data for that.
There are five skill levels: rookie, amateur, professional, expert and master. The rookie level is relatively easy to achieve if the shooter can perform the techniques correctly and without safety issues. For the master level, one will need about 90% of the rounds in the zero down and all techniques must be done fairly fast of course. Standby for more news!