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The Handgun Aptitude Test 

The Handgun Aptitude Test (HAT) consists of 10 handgun skill drills to help you evaluate your progress as a shooter and your rank among other pistoleers.

The test was created by Mike & Erin Pettengill of Personal Protection Academy. The 10 shooting drills are to be performed in one calendar day with a pistol. The goal of the test is to develop a well rounded shooter.

Some of the drills are familiar to experienced shooters. Other drills were invented specifically for the HAT test. The 10 drills include:

1) 3x5 by 3x5

Target: 3”x5” Rectangle

Distance: Three Yards, Five Yards, Seven Yards, Ten Yards, Fifteen Yards

Start Position: From Low Ready

Start Signal: None

Number of Shots: 15

Time: No Time Pressure

Focus: Precision Shooting at Increased Distance

 

2) 3x3 Patriot

Target: Nine Numbered Shapes on Edges

Distance: Seven Yards

Start Position: From Holster, Hands Below Waist

Start Signal: Beep from Timer

Number of Shots: Nine

Time: Three Timed Strings

Focus: Draw on Multiple Targets

 

3) 4x1

Target: Four 1”x1” Squares

Distance: Seven Yards

Start Position: From Low Ready

Start Signal: None

Number of Shots: Four

Time: No Time Pressure

Focus: Precision Shooting

 

4) 2 x Bill Drill

Target: Large Vertical Rectangle in the Chest

Distance: Seven Yards

Start Position: From Holster, Hands Above Ears

Start Signal: Beep from Timer

Number of Shots: 12

Time: Two Timed Strings

Focus: Defensive Shooting

 

5) Save the Hostage

Target: Horizontal Rectangle in the Head

Distance: 15 Yards

Start Position: From Low Ready

Start Signal: None

Number of Shots: Three

Time: No Time Pressure

Focus: Precision Shooting

6) 3 x Mozambique

Target: Large vertical rectangle in the chest and small vertical rectangle in the head

Distance: Seven Yards

Start Position: From Holster, Hands Below Waist

Start Signal: Beep from Timer

Number of Shots: Nine

Time: Three Timed Strings

Focus: Failure to Stop

 

7) Support Side 7s

Target: Large Vertical Rectangle in the Chest

Distance: Seven Yards

Start Position: From Low Ready, Gun in Support Hand

Start Signal: Beep from Timer

Number of Shots: Seven

Time: Par Time of Seven Seconds

Focus: Support Hand Shooting

 

8) Hateful 8

Target: B8

Distance: Eight Yards

Start Position: From Holster, hands below waist, one magazine in the gun with four rounds and two magazines on the belt with two rounds each.

Start Signal: Beep from Timer

Number of Shots: Eight

Time: Timed

Focus: Emergency Reloads

 

9) As Easy As 1, 2, 3

Target: B8

Distance: Seven Yards

Start Position: Pointed in on Target

Start Signal: Beep from Timer

Number of Shots: Three

Time: Three Timed Strings

Focus: Clearing Malfunctions

 

10) The Final Countdown

Target: Nine Numbered Shapes on Edges

Distance: Seven Yards

Start Position: From Holster, Hands Below Waist

Start Signal: Beep from Timer

Number of Shots: Nine

Time: Timed

Focus: Random Target Acquisition

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