HR 218 Qualification


Each year, the Sarasota County Sheriff's Office offers an HR218 Pistol Qualification for retired law enforcement and corrections officers who meet the requirements under the HR218 Legislation. This qualification is limited to Sarasota County residents only and takes place at our gun range located at Knight Trail Park, 3445 Rustic Road, in Nokomis.

Beginning July 1, 2024, the Florida Department of Enforcement (FDLE) has updated the firearm qualification course for Law Enforcement officers in the State of Florida. This change also affects HR218 cardholders who qualify in the State of Florida. HR218 cardholders are required to obtain a passing score of 33 hits in the scoring area out of 38 rounds fired. Please remember that arms do not count on our SSO-99 targets. If you are unfamiliar with the SSO-99, this target can be viewed below.

The changes to the qualification course are as follows:

  • A movement has been added to the course. The movement entails no more than one step in each movement, i.e., one step to the rear, one step left, and one step right. There is movement in every stage of fire. If mobility is a concern for you, please understand movement is required.
  • There is now a stage of one-hand shooting for your dominant (strong) hand and your support (weak or off) hand. If you are unfamiliar with shooting with one hand or not comfortable with shooting with your support hand only, please practice. Qualification day is not the day to figure this out, as you will only get two attempts to pass the qualification.
  • Time has been shortened on the stage of fire that requires a reload. In the past, it was 6 rounds, reload, and fire 6 more rounds with a time limit of 45 seconds. That time limit has now been reduced to 20 seconds. Time was also reduced at the last stage of fire at the 15-yard line. In the past, it was 6 rounds in 30 seconds, and it is now 6 rounds in 15 seconds.
  • Revolvers are still allowed but strongly discouraged due to their limited round capacity and the condensed time limits for certain stages of fire. We highly recommend the use of semi-automatic pistols. 
One last reminder, please make sure you bring plenty of ammunition and make sure your weapon is in working order. We do not provide gunsmithing services if your weapon is not working. Also, make sure you bring the appropriate holster for the weapon you choose to qualify with.

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There is a nominal fee to participate in the HR218 shoot. This fee will be paid at the time of registration. The fee schedule will be as follows:

  • Retired SCSO Employees will pay a $10.00 registration fee.
  • All other retirees from other agencies will pay a $25.00 registration fee.
  • A $1.50 processing fee from GOVPAY will be added to the total at checkout.

*****If you sign up and reserve a spot and pay for it, then you do not show up for the shoot, you will forfeit your fee as this spot could have been used by someone else.*****

Once you reserve your spot through the Survey Monkey sign-up procedure, you can proceed to the link to pay your fee for the HR218 shoot. Payment will be confirmed prior to the shoot date. If you fail to pay the associated fee, you will get a call to remind you to pay for and secure your spot. If you fail to pay the fee, your spot will be forfeited and opened back up to other waiting participants.

Select the link below to pay the registration fee. Lines with an * are required, see screenshots below for assistance. There is a fee associated with using this service as highlighted in the last screenshot. The fee will vary based on the payment amount being entered. Also, registrants have the option of emailing a copy of the receipt to themselves for confirmation and record keeping. A copy of the receipt will also be emailed to Fiscal once the payment is confirmed.

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In an abundance of caution due to COVID-19, the sheriff’s office will host qualifications for up to 90 people during six separate sessions. Each session will allow for no more than 15 registrants.  To sign up, please click on one of the following links. If the session you select has been filled, please select another time to qualify.
Session 1 – starts promptly at 8:00 a.m. CLOSED

Session 2 – starts promptly at 8:30 a.m. CLOSED

Session 3 – starts promptly at 9:00 a.m. CLOSED

Session 4 – starts promptly at 9:30 a.m. CLOSED

Session 5 – starts promptly at 10:00 a.m. CLOSED

Session 6 – starts promptly at 10:30 a.m. CLOSED


Please note the following instructions for all attendees attending qualification:

  1. Upon your arrival at the sheriff’s office gun range, training staff will direct you on where to park.
  2. Once parked, proceed directly to the front of the west range building for a safety check of your firearm by training staff. (Please ensure your firearm is unloaded)
  3. Once safety check is complete, you will be directed inside to the classroom to complete required paperwork. *****You need to show your drivers license and retired department ID card*****
  4. Once paperwork is complete, training staff will direct you out to the gun range for qualification. (Note: Please take all of your belongings outside with you as you will not be returning to the classroom)
  5. Upon completion of your qualification, you will be directed to the front of the building under the porch overhang to receive your certification card. The portable classroom has been removed to make way for future renovations. (Note:If you did not qualify and wish to retry, remain outside and you can join the next group on the line)
  6. Once you receive your certification card, please exit the portable classroom, and proceed to where you parked for departure.
  7. Please do not congregate on the property before or after your session.

**Note: all fields must be completed in order to register. 

Florida Department of Law Enforcement Firearms Qualification Standard Effective July 1, 2024

Stage 1: Hip shooting moving to Two-Hand High Point from the draw
1-yard line to the 3-yard line / 6 seconds.
On command, draw and fire 3 rounds, from the hip, then take one step back and fire 3 more rounds, from the two-hand high point (two hand shooting) in 6 seconds. Hold position until line called cold. 

Stage 2: Two-Hand High Point from the Compressed Ready Position
3-yard line / 3 seconds per string.
On command, step LEFT and fire 2 rounds and return to compressed ready.
On command, step RIGHT and fire 2 rounds, holster when safe to do so. 

Stage 3: Primary and Support Hand Extended from the Draw
3-yard line / 5 seconds per string.
Primary Hand Only- On command of up, draw while stepping LEFT and fire 3 rounds. The slide should lock-back at this point. You will reload and return to compressed ready after reloading. The reload is not part of the timed portion of the qual. 
On command, safely transition to support hand and return to the compressed ready position. 
Support Hand Only-On command of up, step RIGHT and fire 3 rounds.
On command, safely transition to back to primary hand, holster when safe to do so. 

Stage 4: Two-Hand High Point from the Draw
7-yard line / 5 seconds per string.
On command, draw while stepping RIGHT and fire 2 rounds, holster when safe to do so. 
On command, draw while stepping LEFT and fire 2 rounds, holster when safe to do so. 

Stage 5: Two-Hand High Point from the Draw
7-yard line / 20 seconds with a mandatory reload.
On command, draw while stepping RIGHT and fire 6 rounds, reload then fire 6 more rounds, holster when safe to do so. 

Stage 6: Two-Hand High Point from the Draw
15-yard line / 15 seconds. 
On command, draw while stepping RIGHT and fire 6 rounds, holster when safe to do so. 
Magazine load and order: 2 magazines with 13 rounds, 1 magazine with 12 rounds.
Minimum passing score: 33 out of 38