The Shooting Test
Information in regard to getting or renewing a Texas CHL
The Shooting Test - Explained
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|Shooting Test Information|
The shooting test requires fifty (50) rounds of ammunition. The State of Texas does not allow reloaded ammunition for the shooting test.
Each shot counts for a maximum of five (5) points. Fifty (50) rounds multiplied by a five (5) point maximum is equivalent to 250 total possible points.
The shooting test is graded either pass or fail. A 70% score is required to pass (175 points or more). Anything less is considered a failing grade.
It is important to note that your total score must be equivalent to 175 points or more (not that you need to hit the target 70% of the time).
Each student has no more than three (3) attempts to pass the test in a 24-hour period. If this is not possible, the student must return another day to try again.
For a semi-automatic pistol, you must use .32 caliber ammunition or higher. For a revolver, the minimum caliber is .38 or higher.
Once House Bill 3142 passed in 2013, the category requirements are no longer in effect for CHL holders. Regardless of the firearm used to qualify, all CHL will be issued as "Category: SA" as in, semi-automatic.
This allows CHL holders to carry any firearm they wish, whether revolver or semi-automatic.
You are not permitted to used any artifical aiming device (e.g. laser sights) during your CHL shooting test.
If you need magazine loading assistance please do not hesitate to ask. If you can load the first few rounds of your magazine the rules allow us to assist you in the loading process.
We can also assist those with disabilities. If you have special needs or injuries we can provide a chair for you to rest on between shooting exercises.
If you are pregnant or nursing you should not participate in shooting activities.
|Failure Can Be Caused By:
Firing more shots than instructed
Firing before instructed
Minimum score not met (175 or more points)
If you fire a shot after the "stop" command has been given, or you miss a shot, it will be deducted from your score (five  points each)
If you have a jam or malfunction while taking the shooting test, please clear/fix the issue and continue the shooting exercise.
It would be beneficial to have at least a basic understanding of how to clear malfunctions before you take your test. It is somewhat common for shooting malfunctions to occur with semi-automatic pistols.
|Scoring the B-27 (Green) Target|
|Five (5) Points:
Will be awarded every shot placed inside the eight (8) ring. (2nd to last outside circle)
|Four (4) Points:
Will be awarded to every shot placed in the seven (7) ring. (between the last and 2nd to last circle)
|Three (3) Points:
Will be awarded to evey shot placed outside the seven (7) ring (last circle) but still registering anywhere on the blue silhouette.
|Zero (0) Points:
Will be assigned to all missed shots, whether due to malfunction or failing to register target hits.