The Course of Fire for each training agency varies. I completed CCW qualification firing with CSTI in Sacramento. Following is information on their course of fire.
Qualifying was done at the Mangan Indoor Range in Sacramento. Shooting positions were inside the normal "stall and table" arrangements at most ranges, and were established along a well-worn yellow line. Folding TV-dinner-type tables or folding chairs (really) were placed to provide a shooting position table. Sacramento PD Instructor was running the line. Range instructions were standard and clear, but being beyond the barricades and on an open shooting line seemed stressfull for some. Weapons and ammunition were placed on the tables or chairs with actions open until we were directed to pick up the weapons and load.
Targets were standard B57 silhouettes, and any round inside the 8 ring or the head/neck counted as 5 points. This gives you a "center-mass" target of about 11.75"w x 17"h. 50 rounds can provide a max score of 250; 200 points are needed to qualify. You could begin with weapon holstered or held at a low ready position.
Course of Fire:
A. 3 Yds: 6 rounds; 3 stages: 2 rounds in 3 seconds; standing, strong hand, unsupported, point shooting
B. 5 Yds: 6 rounds; 2 stages: 3 rounds in 4 seconds; standing, strong hand, supported,
C. 7 yds: 6 rounds; 1 stage: 6 rounds in 10 seconds; standing, strong hand supported
D. 7 yds; 12 rounds; 1 stage: 25 seconds (includes reloads; load 6 and 6)
-6 rounds standing, strong hand unsupported
-6 rounds standing, weak hand unsupported
E. 7 yds: 14 rounds; 1stage: 45 seconds (includes two reloads; load 6, 6 and 2) (semi-autos load 6 and 8)
-6 rounds standing strong hand supported
-Kneel then Reload
-8 rounds kneeling, strong hand supported
F. 15 yds: 6 rounds; 1 stage: 30 seconds; standing strong hand supported
-3 seconds is plenty of time to draw and get off two rounds if you are on a line, planning on doing it. It also makes you realize how much more time it will take you're not on a line and are not expecting it.
-Between the stages of A and B, there is a command to safe the weapon and reholster before the next stage begins. This allows time to reload 5-round revolvers or short-magazine pistols.
-Also, if there is a weapon or ammunition malfunction, or odd reloading requirements (see below) which do not allow enough time to complete the stage in the alloted time, the instructors provide “alibi” shots outside of the time frame to allow you to shoot for score.
-As one of my weapons, I fired a five-round, S&W 649 (.38 Special) from an IWB holster and had intended to use a 5-round speedloader to reload. Unfortunately, the instructor wanted the speedloader used to initially charge the weapon, leaving me with a loaded gun and empty speedloader. All reloads were accomplished by dumping the cylinder and individually loading the cartridges.There's still ample time to do this
The five-round cylinder required a modification to the loading protocol as follows:
A: Load 4/Fire two stages of two rounds, each; Reload 2/Fire last stage.
B: Load 3/Fire; Reload 3/Fire
C: Load 5/Fire; Reload 1/Fire
D: Load 5/Fire; Reload 1/Fire; Switch Hands; Reload 5/Fire; Reload 1/Fire
E: Load 5/Fire; Reload 1/Fire; Kneel and Reload 5/Fire; Reload 3/Fire.
F: Load 5/Fire; Reload 1/Fire