News and Blog

Can You Pass the FBI Qualification Test?

Feb 25, 2019 4:25:35 PM / by Savannah Ashworth

In January of this year, the FBI updated its firearms qualification test.  The test requires one box of ammo (50 rounds), fired at a slightly modified QIT target.

Interested to see how you'd do?  First thing's first.

Many of these drills involving drawing from a holster, which is a skill that should be practiced first with an unloaded or dummy firearm.  Unlike many ranges, DID does allow drawing from a holster in the range.  However, you must be briefly observed and approved by a range safety officer first.

With that out of the way, here's how to stage your own FBI qualification test.

If you don't have QIT targets, the IDPA targets at the range will serve as a fair substitute.  You must fire all 50 rounds in the sets mentioned below.  The test takes place over 10 short stages at gradually increasing distances.

From Holster, 3 yards:

  • Draw and fire 3 rounds with your strong hand only, switch hands and fire 3 rounds with support hand only, all in 6 seconds

From Holster, 5 yards:

  • Draw and fire 3 rounds in 3 seconds with a two-handed grip

From the Ready, at 5 Yards

  • Fire 3 rounds in 2 seconds
  • Fire 6 rounds in 4 seconds

From the Holster, 7 yards:

  • Draw and fire 5 rounds in 5 seconds

From the Ready, 7 yards:

  • Fire 5 rounds in 4 seconds
  • Fire 4 rounds, conduct an empty gun reload, fire 4 more rounds, all in 8 seconds

From the Holster, 15 yards:

  • Draw and fire 3 rounds in 6 seconds

From the Ready, 15 yards:

  • Fire 3 rounds in 5 seconds


From the Holster, 25 yards:

  • Draw and fire 4 rounds from Standing, drop to a Kneeling Position, fire 4 more rounds from Kneeling, all in 20 seconds


Each hit in the hard-outline zone in the image above is 2 points.  You must score 90 points to pass.

Topics: Uncategorized

Savannah Ashworth

Written by Savannah Ashworth