10-8 Pistol Test

designed by Hilton Yam

Range: 7yd

Target: IDPA target

Start position: varies (see below)

Rounds fired: 65

This test is to be conducted using either:

  • a concealed holster, with standard start position being hands relaxed at sides, or
  • retention duty holster, with standard start position being an interview stance or long gun ready

All strings of fire are shot using a PAR time.

  • basic level: 8.0 second PAR for all strings
  • intermediate level: 6.5 second PAR for all strings
  • advanced level: 5.0 second PAR for all strings

Strings of fire for the test are as follows:

  1. start holstered; on the buzzer draw and fire 4 rds to the body then 1 round to the head, all strong hand only
  2. start from a 2-handed ready position; on the buzzer transfer the pistol to the support hand then fire 4 shots to the body and 1 shot to the head, all weak hand only
  3. start with an empty chamber, high ready; on the buzzer rack slide to chamber a round using the strong hand only, then fire 4 head shots all strong hand only
  4. start with an empty chamber, high ready; on the buzzer rack slide to chamber a round using the weak hand only, then fire 4 body shots followed by 1 head shot all weak hand only
  5. start with the pistol aimed at the target, slide locked open, empty mag, strong hand only; on the buzzer reload strong hand only and fire 1 shot to the body strong hand only
  6. start holstered; on the buzzer draw and fire 7 shots to the body and 1 to the head
  7. start with 7 rounds loaded in the pistol, holstered; on the buzzer draw fire 7 shots to the body, reload from slide lock and shoot 1 to the head
  8. start holstered; on the buzzer draw and fire 8 shots to the head
  9. start from high ready with 3 rounds loaded in the pistol; on the buzzer from a high ready, fire 2 shots to the body and 1 shot to the head, reload from slide lock and repeat the 3 shots
  10. start with 2 rounds loaded in the gun, holstered; on the buzzer draw and fire 1 shot to the body and 1 shot to the head, reload from slide lock and repeat the 2 shots
  11. start with 4 rounds in the pistol, high ready; on the buzzer fire 4 shots to the body, reload from slide lock and then fire 4 shots to the head
  12. start with 1 round in the pistol, holstered, plus two spare magazines with 1 round each; on the buzzer draw and fire 1 shot to the body, reload from slide lock, fire one to the body, reload again, and fire another round to the body

According to Hilton, once you can break 58-60 points on a given par time, you are ready to move to the next par time. You are doing quite well if you can break 60 points on the 5 second par, shooting per the protocol.

Training with firearms is an inherently dangerous activity. Be sure to follow all safety protocols when using firearms or practicing these drills. These drills are provided for information purposes only. Use at your own risk.