One thing that alot of first time CHL applicants ask about is the shooting proficiency test. The test is a series of shots, called a course of fire, at various distances at a single DPS B27 target.

What you need:

- Handgun, Semi-Auto or Revolver, .32 Caliber or Larger
- 50 Rounds of Ammunition

Note: It is highly recommended that you qualify with a semi-automatic handgun. This is because you will be certified to carry both a revolver and a semi-auto. If you qualify with a revolver, then you are only allowed to carry a revolver.

Misconceptions:

- You do not need to know how to clear a jam, or be able to reload your magazines quickly. Gun handling is not part of the test, but it is highly recommended that you practice clearing a malfunction, loading your magazines, and other gun operation techniques as this can save your life in a real situation.

- The score is not hard to achieve. Anyone with a little range time can pass the Texas CHL test. However, for your safety as well as others, it is your moral duty to become proficient with your firearm.

- There is no drawing from a holster or other concealment method. You will not be tested on your ability to draw the firearm. You will begin your course of fire at the "low-ready" position and raise the firearm towards your target at the onset of the command to fire.

The Target:




Scoring:

You need a total score of 175, or better, to pass the test. Using the above target for reference, shots in the X, 10, 9, and 8 ring are worth 5 points. Shots in the 7 ring are worth 4 points, and shots contained in the black, but outside the 7 ring are worth 3 points. Shots not contained in the black are not counted.

There are 50 shots total, for a maximum of 250 points.

Course of Fire:

3 Yards - 20 Shots:

1 shot in 2 seconds, 5 times
2 shots in 3 seconds, 5 times
5 shots in 10 seconds, once

7
Yards - 20 Shots:

5 shots in 10 seconds, once
1 shot in 3 seconds, 5 times
2 shots in 4 seconds, once
3 shots in 6 seconds, once
5 shots in 15 seconds, once

15 Yards - 10 Shots:

2 shots in 6 seconds, once
3 shots in 9 seconds, once
5 shots in 15 seconds, once