Finally after carrying our pistol belts and blue, dummy, 9mm pistols around for several weeks, we fired live pistols for our qualification. This is the weapon MP’s use the most while working the road. The 9mm is a handgun that holds up to fifteen rounds in the magazine. For our qualification we shot at paper targets from the farthest distance of seven meters. There was a total of fifty rounds shot from various positions and distances. In order to qualify, you have to shoot the black silhouette on the target 35 out of 50 times. 45 good shots you obtain sharpshooter and 48 and up you obtain the title of expert with the 9mm. I ended up shooting 49/50 shots and obtained expert. The commander counted holes. I’m not going to challenge him and say he missed one, but there was a spot with two holes just about on top of each other that he missed. Only me and three other people in the platoon got 49. The whole company has not qualified yet as I write this, but I’m hoping no one else can shoot better so I can be in the running for the title of “Top Gun” within the company. If no one shoots perfect, I’m assuming everyone who shot 49 will battle it out and shoot the qualification tables again. I’ll be recognized at graduation for getting expert.
I was surprised at how well I did, however, the 9mm is an easy weapon to fire. I was impressed that I did so well, not having shot a handgun before. Gladly, this will be another pin to add to my dress blues!
Until next time,