HR 218 Qualification

The Manatee County Sheriff's Office offers HR218 Pistol Qualification for qualified retired law enforcement officers.

Qualification is limited to Manatee County residents and ammunition is not provided. For any other questions and/or to schedule a date and time for qualification, contact the Training Section at 941-747-3011x2707 or

Frequently Asked Questions about HR 218

  • Q: Who is eligible for H.R. 218/the “Law Enforcement Officers’ Safety Act”?
       A: You can research the LEOSA of 2004 and its amendments in 2010 and 2014 to see if you are eligible.
  • Q: Do I have to live in Manatee County?
       A: Yes, you must be a resident of Manatee County to participate.
  • Q: Where do I go for qualification?
       A: The range is located at the Manatee Gun and Archery Club at 1805 Logue Rd. Myakka City
  • Q: What day/time is the range open for qualification?
       A: Most Tuesdays and Wednesday from 8 am to 4 pm.  You do not have to schedule a time to qualify.
  • Q: What type of firearm is acceptable for qualification?
       A: A handgun capable of double action fire. (Striker fired weapons, Glock, Sig, etc. are acceptable)
  • Q: Do I need to bring my own ammunition?
       A: Yes. You will need 50 rounds to complete the course. Any currently produced ammunition is acceptable.
  • Q: What else do I need to bring?
       A: Eye and ear protection is available, but it is recommended that you bring your own. Prescription eyeglasses are acceptable.
  • Q: How many firearms am I allowed to bring?
       A: One firearm per person.
  • Q: Is a holster required?
       A: Yes, any holster that can be secured to your waist is acceptable.
  • Q: If my firearm fails to meet safety standards or I am disqualified, is there an appeal or grievance process?
       A: No. The Rangemaster or his designee has the final word on all range matters.
  • Q: Am I allowed to bring friends or relatives with me to watch?
       A: No, civilians not qualifying are not allowed at the gun range.
  • Q: After qualification, what will I get to show that I qualified?
       A: After receiving a passing score, the Firearms Instructor will issue you a State of Florida, CJSTC Firearms Proficiency Verification Card which is valid for one year from the qualification date listed.