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Virginia Administrative Code
Title 6. Criminal Justice And Corrections
Agency 20. Department of Criminal Justice Services
Chapter 230. Regulations Relating to Special Conservator of the Peace

6VAC20-230-200. Entry-level shotgun training.

A. Shotgun classroom training. The entry-level shotgun classroom instruction will emphasize but not be limited to:

1. Safe and proper use and handling of the shotgun;

2. Nomenclature;

3. Positions and combat loading techniques;

4. Decision-making for the officer with the shotgun;

5. Transition from sidearm to shotgun; and

6. Shotgun retention and proper use of a sling.

Total hours – 2 hours

B. Range qualification (no minimum hours). The purpose of the range-firing course is to provide practical shotgun training to those individuals who carry or have immediate access to a shotgun in the performance of their duties.

1. For certification, 12 gauge, double aught "00" buckshot ammunition shall be used. Five rounds.

2. Scoring – 70% of available pellets must be within silhouette.

C. Course: Virginia Private Security Course of Fire for Shotguns.



No. Rounds



Combat load & fire – 15 yds.



B-27 Silhouette

20 sec.

Combat load & fire – 25 yds.



B-27 Silhouette

15 sec.

D. A certified firearms instructor must be present on the range directly controlling the firing line during all phases of firearms range training. There shall be a minimum of one certified firearms instructor per five shooters on the line.

Statutory Authority

§ 9.1-150.2 of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

Derived from Virginia Register Volume 21, Issue 26, eff. October 5, 2005.

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