Pistol I.Q. Standards

What's your Pistol IQ Score?

The Pistol IQ Standards were created to test a shooter on 5 core competency shooting skills: Accuracy, Draw Speed, Recoil Management, Target Transitions, and Throttle Control. They were not intended to be a pass/fail type test, but one that generates an aggregate score and measure of a shooter’s current performance proficiency. A score of 100 represents what is considered to be a mean score of a shooter of average proficiency, and the scores scale up (and down) from there. A score of 144 or more represents “genius level” shooting proficiency. These standards are not meant to be impossible to score well at but require consistent performance across a variety of skills at a reasonable level of high skill to score well.

Use this worksheet for easy setup and scoring.

Accuracy Standard

“Half Test” – From 10 yards, draw and fire 5 rounds to an NRA B8 target within 5 seconds. Shots over time are not scored. Record the score.

Draw Standard

From 7 yards, draw and fire 2 rounds to a USPSA A-zone. Record the points and time, divide points by time to calculate a hit factor.

Recoil Standard

From 7 yards, draw and fire 6 rounds to a USPSA A-zone. Record the points and time, divide points by time to calculate a hit factor.

Transition Standard

From 7 yards, draw and fire 2 rounds to either the left or right target, transition and fire 2 rounds to the other target, and transition and fire 2 rounds to the first target again. Record the points and time, divide points by time to calculate a hit factor.

Throttle Standard

From 7 yards, draw and fire 2 rounds each to the 3 targets (full A-zone, 3×5 card, business card) in any order. Record the points and time, divide points by time to calculate a hit factor.

Scoring

Add the hit factor scores to the accuracy score, and multiply by 2 to get your final score.

The Accuracy Standard is scored according to the scoring rings on the NRA B8, then divided by 2, and rounded up to the nearest whole number.

The remaining targets are scored as 5 points for each hit in the target areas. Hits outside of the target areas are NOT SCORED. Line breaks are scored and counted the same as USPSA scoring.

If drawing from concealment or duty gear (SLS + ALS minimum) subtract 0.25 seconds from each drill's time.

The Target Setup

The Transition Targets shall be 2 USPSA A-zones spaced at least 12” apart edge-to-edge. Two official USPSA targets setup with shoulders touching works. Printed targets may also be used as long as the 12” spacing is maintained. Printable A-zones are available at: www.ConcealedCarry.com/PrintTargets

The Throttle targets shall be one full USPSA A-zone in the center with a 3×5 inch target placed directly to the left (centered over the left D-zone if a full USPSA target is used) and a 2×3.5 inch target placed directly to the right (centered over the right D-zone). If using improvised targets, the 3×5 card shall be placed 3” to the left edge-to-edge, and the business card sized target shall be placed 3.5” to the right edge-to-edge.