Basic CWT Course by Lance Biddle

HR218 Information

For the current FDLE / CJSTC information regarding HR218, go to this website:

While I recommend that retired officers use a law enforcement agency or regional training facility to qualify whenever possible, I can provide this service to those who do not have access to such a facility. Qualifications sessions are now being scheduled at The Gun Shop firing range in Leesburg; or at a private range south of Lakeland, Fl. The normally scheduled qualification date at The Gun Shop in Leesburg is the 3rd Thursday of each month, from 3:00pm until 6:00pm. Qualifications at the private range south of Lakeland are on weekdays, by arrangement.

My CJSTC Firearms Instructor Certificate is currently active until March 31, 2013.
(Whether I will still be available until this date is open to question. I can only hope!)

Always contact me directly to confirm your qualification date.

The range fee is $50. The range fee includes two attempts at the qualification course of fire. This either gives you an additional attempt in the event of a non-passing score, or an opportunity to fire the course with a second type of firearm, at your option.
A requirement of the Federal Law Enforcement Officers Safety Act is that “an officer must qualify with the type of weapon (Revolver or Semi-Auto Pistol) that is to be carried.” It is my suggestion (but, not a requirement) that you qualify with the exact weapon that you plan to carry under HR218. Upon successful completion of the course of fire, you will receive the official CJSTC-600 Florida firearms proficiency card that is issued to retirees. This is the administration of the State of Florida Law Enforcement Officers re-qualification course; it is not a training class. There is no guarantee made that anyone will pass the course.
(I do not have, and have never had… a .38 caliber pencil !!) If necessary, remedial instruction is available on an hourly fee basis.

Please understand that as a CJSTC firearms instructor, I can only certify that you have complied with the Florida Criminal Justice Standards and Training Commission, Firearms Qualification Standard for Active Law Enforcement Officers. All additional requirements of compliance with HR218 are the responsibility of the individual retired officer and are completely beyond my control.


They are intended to help you to understand the course of fire, equipment and safety procedures before qualifying so you will be ready when you step up to the firing line:
  • The qualification course will be conducted strictly in accordance with CJSTC requirements. The course of fire is 40 rounds as outlined below and requires a score of 32 hits in the scoring areas of the blue B-27 target, or 80%. The target’s “arms” and the areas outside the dotted lines are not included in the valid scoring areas, but any round that breaks the scoring line is considered “in”.
  • The qualification course stages will be fired from a concealed holster start, using your personal firearm and ammunition. (All aspects of HR218, the laws of Florida and most other states require a weapon to be concealed.) You must provide a covering garment or a safe method of starting the stages with your firearm concealed (ie: fanny pack.) As the qualification course or fire requires the reholstering of a loaded weapon, only holsters and/or other weapon carrying devices that allow for the safe holstering of the firearm using the dominate hand only will be permitted. Specifically, any holster that collapses when the weapon is drawn and/or must be held open and/or removed in order to reholster the weapon is not permitted.
  • As law enforcement officers’ training and safety procedures can vary widely throughout the country, we will simply, but strictly, adhere to the firearms training industry standard Four Primary Safety Rules.

  1. All Weapons are Always Loaded!  Handle them as loaded at all times. (This especially applies to weapons that you think are unloaded!)

  2. Never allow your weapon’s muzzle to point at anything that you are not willing to destroy! (Pointing a weapon at a person threatens that person’s life! Are you justified in threatening another person’s life? Be aware of your muzzle!)

  3. Your Trigger Finger will always be out of the trigger guard, in Register Position, unless your weapon is pointed at the intended target AND you have made a deliberate decision to fire! (This includes when loading, unloading, reloading, drawing and reholstering.) The trigger finger must be back into the Register Position before the weapon’s muzzle is moved off target after firing.
    (Register Position: finger straight along the side of the weapon’s frame, above the trigger guard.)

  4. Be sure of your target and what is behind it.
Please understand that anyone who cannot or will not adhere to these safety rules will be escorted from the range for the safety of the other persons present.
  • Qualifying will be conducted using Hot Firing Line range procedures. That is, all weapons will remain unloaded and holstered until you step up to the firing line and are given instructions to load. From that point on, you will maintain a loaded weapon, reloading without command as required, until the course of fire is completed; at which point all weapons will be unloaded, visually and/or manually checked, and holstered.

  • Stage 2 requires an on-the-clock mandatory reload. Those using revolvers are strongly encouraged to have at least one speedloader, more are recommended. Those with semi-auto pistols must have at least two magazines, more are recommended. Those using 5-shot revolvers or semi-auto pistols with a capacity of less than six rounds must understand that Stages 1 and 2 are fired in single, continuous 6 and 12 round timed strings and that I am not permitted to make exceptions to the procedures or time limits. You must plan accordingly.

  • At the conclusion of the course of fire, you must remain behind the 3 yard line until the targets have been scored and the scores recorded.

  • This is the course of fire that you must pass with a minimum score of 80%. Please review it and let me know in advance if you think you will not be able to fire a passing score so we can schedule remedial training prior to your qualification.

Florida Criminal Justice Standards and Training Commission
Firearms Qualification Standard for Active Law Enforcement Officers

Stage 1 – Hip position from the holster. Single target, 2-3 yard line.2 rounds in 4 seconds. Repeat one time for a total of 4 rounds.

Stage 2 – Two hand high point from ready gun. Single target, 3 yard line 2 rounds in 1 second. Repeat two times for a total of 6 rounds.

Stage 3 – Two hand, high point, from the holster. Single target, 7 yard line. 3 rounds in 5 seconds. Repeat one time for a total of 6 rounds
Stage 4 – Two hand, high point, from the holster & ready gun. Single target, 7 yard line.

String #1 – 2 rounds in 4 seconds from the holster.
String #2 – 2 rounds in 4 seconds from the low ready, ready gun position.
String #3 – 2 rounds in 4 seconds from the low ready, ready gun position.

Stage 5 – Two hand, high point, from the holster. Single target, 7 yard line. 12 rounds in 45 seconds with a mandatory reload.

Stage 6 – Two hand, high point, from the holster. Single target, 15 yard line.
6 rounds in 30 seconds.


High Point – weapon at eye level, using the sights, at your discretion.
Ready Gun – starting with the gun out of the holster, pointed approx. 45º down, off target, trigger finger in Register Position.
Hip Position – starting in the holster, weapon drawn and held at waist level, upper arm at 90º, or less.



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