Texas CHL Class Shooting Exam Overview

  • After passing the test at the end of the classroom instruction, the CHL license candidate must then pass a shooting proficiency test administered by the CHL instructor.
  • The handgun used in the proficiency test must be.32 caliber or larger. It may be a revolver or semi-automatic.  .22 caliber handguns do not qualify for this test.
  • The test involves 50 shots at timed intervals at a B-27 target at distances of 3, 7 and 15 yards.  The B-27 target is roughly the size of a human silhouette.  Scoring is based on the combat system and passing is 70 percent (175 points out of a possible 250).  Eighty percent of the shots are taken at 3 and 7 yards; so, it is possible to pass the test with no score at the 15-yard distance.  It is not a difficult test.   However, passing the does requires the student to demonstrate reasonable shooting ability, safe gun handling and familiarity with loading and safety procedures.
  • The actual course of fire sequence is 20 shots at 3 yards, 20 shots at 7 yards and 10 shots at 15 yards.
  • The combat scoring system counts shots in the 8-ring or higher as 5 points, 7 ring shots are worth 4 points, and shots anywhere in the silhouette 3 points. Shots outside the silhouette, shots off target or shots unfired count zero.
  • Candidates must score 70 percent or 175 points out of a possible perfect score of 250.  If you fail the proficiency test, a retry is permitted.
  • After passing the exam and proficiency test the student will receive the CHL-100 certificate, which can then be sent to the DPS to complete the requirements.
  • The instructor also is record to send a record of course completion to the DPS on the student’s behalf.