Knowledge of how to handle a firearm safely in the first place. I would change this to read, "A demonstrable understanding of fundamental safe gun handling rules - an intimate knowledge, in and of itself, is not enough - there must also be a mastery in the practical application of these fundamental rules at all times".
A a working knowledge of the firearm that they are using. They should be able to disassemble and reassemble and conduct a manual of arms without help of the manual or calling someone for advice. Knowing the location and manipulation of all controls, safeties and so on. This is a bit more arbitrary than it needs to be, IMO. Certainly an intimate working knowledge of the platform is absolutely necessary (being able to "run the gun") for efficient operation, and the ability to field strip the weapon to the point required for adequate basic cleaning is important, but I wouldn't fault someone (or myself) for having to turn to the manual for detailed disassembly instructions. Some guns simply have a much more complex take-down procedure than others. I would much rather see someone rely on the book than to have them damage a firearm, lose a part, or re-assemble in a manner that made the firearm unsafe.
The ability to safely load and holster the firearm in a condition that is ready to fire upon drawing the weapon without further manipulation of the pistol. (excluding the safety) Again, this is too arbitrary for me. The fact is, there are some modes of carry, and particularly certain carry devices, people use that don't lend themselves well to carrying the firearm in Condition "1" or Condition "0" (depending on the platform). I know a lady, for example, that carries her Glock 27 in Condition "3" when she carries it in her holster purse because she feels there is a substantial enough risk that a foreign object in the opposite compartment of the purse, or even her weapon retention efforts when fighting off a purse grab, could somehow manage to activate the trigger under certain conditions. So I would change this to read, "The knowledge and attitude necessary to carry the firearm in the safest, yet most readily usable condition, appropriate for the type of carry device chosen, whereby drawing and firing the pistol is able to be performed with the least amount of manipulation possible".
To be able to draw the firearm from whatever carry method they choose and engage a hostile target from 7 yards in under 2 seconds and actually hitting the target in a location that would be effective. I agree with this for the most part, except that I wouldn't place an arbitrary time limit on it. When you consider different modes of carry, not only for a primary weapon, but also for a backup, you quickly realize that under certain conditions, even the most well-trained individual would never be able to achieve these results. Fast isn't necessarily synonymous with "efficient", so this standard has to be more subjective, IMO.
To perform a reload of their particular firearm in a competant manner without hesitation or malfunction. And I would define "competent manner" as meaning: while behind cover/concealment or while seeking cover/concealment if available and as appropriate for the circumstances. I would also point out that by it's very nature, this standard REQUIRES the user to carry the necessary item(s) needed to perform the reload (primarily a spare loaded magazine or speedloader) at all times - something a surprisingly large number of armed citizens seem to think is unimportant.
Can diagnose and clear all types of common malfunctions in a speedy and proficient manner. Agreed.
Maintain an effective level of accuracy out to whatever distance limitations that they set for themselves. I would change this to read, "Be able to demonstrate proper understanding and application of the important balance of speed and precision on targets of varying size and from various distances" And I would make that change because I feel that it is very hard to quantify exactly what it is that makes up an "effective level of accuracy" to any large degree.In addition, I would add that my own personal standards require me to have a good understanding of both weapons laws and use of force laws in my primary operating location and that it is incumbent upon ME to become educated on those laws in any new location before I step into that environment with my weapon.
Before someone chimes in with some are these are ridiculouslly simple and everyone should already know that, you would be surprised at some of the posts that have been on here over time. These are the ones I can think of at the moment, I am sure there are others. You notice that I did not put a lot of emphasis on setting a particular time limit or a specific distance except for one.
So let's hear what you have to say, who knows maybe it will make someone else have one of those "Never thought of that moments".