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 Course Title:   Introduction to Firearm Systems

 Title Abbreviation:   INTRO/FIREARM SYSTEMS

 Department:    CJ

 Course #:    257

 Credits:    2

 Variable:     No

 IUs:    2

 CIP:    n/a

 EPC:    n/a

 REV:    2014


 Course Description  

Introduction to basic police firearm systems. Instruction in types, configuration and nomenclature of pistols, shotguns, rifles, ammunition types and holster systems. Discusses single shot, revolver, semi-automatic and automatic firing systems, single and double action, and cleaning procedures. Examines various police qualification courses of fire for certification.

 Prerequisite  

Prerequisite: Criminal history/background check and Department Chair approval.

Additional Course Details

Contact Hours (based on 11 week quarter)

Lecture: 22

Lab: 0

Other: 0

Systems: 0

Clinical: 0


Intent: Distribution Requirement(s) Status:  

Vocational Supplementary Elective  

Equivalencies At Other Institutions

Other Institution Equivalencies Table
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Learning Outcomes

After completing this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Be knowledgeable of the history of police firearms.
  2. Articulate the different types of firearms, and the application of each to police.
  3. Know the difference between single action and double action firing.
  4. Know the difference between semi-automatic and automatic firing systems.
  5. Articulate, verbally and in writing, the four cardinal rules of firearm safety on police ranges.
  6. Differentiate between different types of ammunition, and the typical application of each.
  7. Know the difference between single, double, and triple retention holster systems.
  8. Be cognizant of various general police policies for use, carry, and display of weapons.
  9. Understand some appropriate methods to safely render a firearm inactive if the student should seize it during patrol.
  10. Understand, differentiate and perform various police pistol range verbal commands.
  11. Know various police courses of fire for qualification.

General Education Learning Values & Outcomes

Revised August 2008 and affects outlines for 2008 year 1 and later.

1. Information Literacy

Definition: Recognizing when information is needed and have the ability to locate, evaluate, and use effectively the needed information.

Outcomes: Students will be able to . . .
1.5 Effectively integrate and use information ethically and legally to accomplish a specific purpose.

2. Critical Thinking

Definition: The ability to think critically about the nature of knowledge within a discipline and about the ways in which that knowledge is constructed and validated and to be sensitive to the ways these processes often vary among disciplines.

Outcomes: Students will be able to . . .
2.3 Identify, interpret, and evaluate pertinent data and previous experience to reach conclusions.
2.4 Evaluate decisions by analyzing outcomes and the impact of actions.

3. Communication

Definition: Understanding and producing effective written, spoken, visual, and non-verbal communication.

Outcomes: Students will be able to . . .
3.3 Demonstrate effective listening skills.

6. Individual Awareness & Responsibility

Definition: Understanding, managing, and taking responsibility for one’s learning and behavior in varied and changing environments.

Outcomes: Students will be able to . . .
6.2 Demonstrate standards of professionalism in manner, appearance, and setting appropriate to the context, including the classroom, workplace, and community.

8. Mathematical Reasoning

Definition: Understanding and applying concepts of mathematics and logical reasoning in a variety of contexts, both academic and non-academic.

Outcomes: Students will be able to . . .
8.4 Communicate mathematical information effectively.

9. Scientific Literacy

Definition: Understanding scientific principles, and analyzing and applying scientific information in a variety of contexts.

Outcomes: Students will be able to . . .
9.3 Analyze, apply, and communicate scientific concepts and principles in context (for example, in technological, personal, and/or professional situations).

10. Technology

Definition: Understanding the role of technology in society and using technology appropriately and effectively.

Outcomes: Students will be able to . . .
10.3 Use technology appropriate to the context and task to effectively retrieve and manage information, solve problems, and facilitate communication.

Course Contents

  1. History of police firearms.
  2. Different types of firearms.
  3. Single action and double action firing.
  4. Semi-automatic and automatic firing systems.
  5. Four cardinal rules of firearm safety on police ranges.
  6. Different types of ammunition and application of each.
  7. Single double, and triple retention holster systems.
  8. General police policies for use, carry, and display of weapons.
  9. Methods to safely render a firearm inactive.
  10. Police pistol range verbal commands.
  11. Police courses of fire for qualification.