The new Danish Army Pistol training manuals and tests for level 1 and 2 were released in December 2016 and December 2017 by the Infantry Division of the Danish Army Combat and Fire Support Center.
They are named SRS 236 A and B Level and are the current standard as of their release dates.
Level A is the basic level of pistol training on the pistol, as is scheduled to take 27 hours, split between weapon familiarization and theory, shooting instruction and live fire. Estimated round count per shooter during this is 600 rounds.
Level B is an advanced level of instruction for those who carry their pistol as a primary weapon during special assignments and builds upon Level A and is scheduled to take another 37.5 hours, split between shooting instruction and live fire. Estimated round count per shooter is 2500 rounds.
I was approached, by the developer of these training manuals and tests, to try them out and the following videos are short versions of what I filmed that day, condensed into a single string of each drill, instead of multiple strings, of which there are 5 of on each drill.
I shot these tests without preparation or having gone through the new training course curriculums and used my issued SIG P210 pistol with the issued Safariland 6004 SLS holster on my duty rig.
The first video is Level A, which is the final test of the basic pistol training course.
All strings and drills are from a ready position. So gun is drawn and safety is on, sights below the targets.
The video below this is a “mid-term test” on Level B. Which resembles the final Level 1 test a lot, but is done from the holster and with hands in the surrender position and shorter par times. The last drill is incorporates transitions from primary weapon to pistol.
The final video below is the final test on Level B. This tests movements, reloads, multiple targets and different target zones for effect.
Having shot the 3 tests of the new manuals, it is my impression that they have the correct practical focus required, compared to the old training and tests, which I received in 1990 and basically consisted of a 10 ring target and full size target at 25 meters.
I would like to mention that during all of my service time, (18 years total at the time of writing this) I probably haven’t shot more than 2000 rounds total out of my issed pistol, so these new training manuals and final tests looks like they are starting to take pistol training serious.
So the Infantry Division of the Danish Army Combat and Fire Support Center gets a big thumbs up from me for this.