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Police Sniper Course Descriptions

NEW Urban Sniper Course

At the request of one of the large urban agencies, we've developed a NEW course to focus on the needs of the senior urban police sniper.

Prerequisites: PS1 and PS2 (or equivalent training) and several years experience as a police or military sniper.

Police Sniper Progressive Series - Overview

We continue to monitor police incident reports to ensure we are providing the training the police sniper really needs. One of our students summed it up this way: “If you can only afford to take one course, take PS1. This is the course you need.” Another student emphasized the point this way: “I learned more in Day 1 [of PS1] than I had learned in my past two sniper courses.

Ø  PS1 – To fire a perfect shot – all the fundamental skills required for basic police sniper operations;

Ø  PS2 – To fire a perfect shot under stress – how to shoot well in stressful situations plus advanced shooting skills such as supported positions and moving targets;

Ø  PS3 – To fire a perfect shot from unsupported positions – we throw away the bipod and focus on building marksmanship skill in unsupported prone, sitting, kneeling and standing positions, and then apply these skills to firing techniques taught in PS2 (such as moving targets);

Ø  PS4 – To fire a perfect shot from long range – the role of the spotter and long-range marksmanship, including wind reading, plus positions and firing techniques applied to long range. Long-range marksmanship is especially important for snipers with rural/regional jurisdiction, airport duties and/or responsibility for counter-sniper operations.

Ø  PS5 – To fire a perfect shot under field conditions – sniper field craft including judging distance, observation, navigation, field firing, cam & concealment, and stalking & observing, with live fire exercises that apply the marksmanship skills taught in PS1 to PS4. If you need to deal with grow ops or if you have responsibility for counter-terrorist operations or you provide military support, your snipers need this course.

 

PS1 to PS5 are to be attended in order as they are designed to be progressive, sequential 'building blocks' to develop a top quality police sniper.

NEW URBAN POLICE SNIPER COURSE

To Fire a Perfect Shot in the Urban Environment

The NEW Urban Police Sniper Course includes instruction and coaching in the following skills:

Review of marksmanship skills & accuracy applications

25-300 meter walk back

Improvised shooting positions (field expedient & using props)

Hasty deployments (planning, preparation, operations)

Advanced marksmanship (snap fire, rapid follow-up, moving targets)

Stress management (3-phase planning, stress exercises, one-shot exercises)

Urban hides construction & application

Vehicular hides construction & application

Shooting from vehicles (stationary & moving)

Using walls and buildings

Shooting from heights/high angles

Intermediate barriers and penetration demonstration

 

To register, download registration form or email milcun@sympatico.ca. Payment: by cheque with registration or we will invoice your department directly.

Prerequisites:

  • All police sniper students must be serving or retired police, military or security personnel.

  •  PS1 and PS2 must be completed to our standard (or equivalent training)

  • Several years experience as a police or military sniper

Course tests: Marksmanship & urban applications (details to be determined)

Standard: 80%

 

Course length: 5 days (0800 to 1700; 90% range & field work)

  

Police Sniper zeroing rifle Police Sniper walkback
Police Sniper zeroing rifle Police Sniper walkback
Windshield glass Bulletproof glass
Police Sniper windshield glass Police Sniper bulletproof glass
   
   
Police Sniper from trailer  
Police Sniper expedient shooting position  

 

 

Police Sniper blackout cloth  
Police Sniper blackout cloth  

Police Sniper 1

To Fire a Perfect Shot

To register, download registration form or email milcun@sympatico.ca. Payment: by cheque with registration or we will invoice your department directly.

 

Prerequisites:

  • All police sniper students must be serving or retired police, military or security personnel.

  • For PS1, there are no other prerequisites.

This course teaches all the fundamental skills required for basic police sniper operations, focusing on the mental and technical skills required to fire a perfect shot under ideal conditions. It is the foundation level on which all the others are built. If you can take only one sniper course before you are expected to perform on operations, this is the one. If you have taken other sniper courses, take this one to “actually learn to shoot” and to learn to do it consistently and accurate to the MilCun standard. Subjects include:

  • Marksmanship Principles

    • Theory & Application

    • Use of support equipment

    • Fitting the rifle to the shooter

  • The Optic Sight

    • Care & Maintenance

    • Adjusting the Optic Sight

  • The Sniper Rifle

    • Care & Maintenance

    • Serviceability Check

  • Sniper Ammunition

    • Description & Function

    • Interior Ballistics

    • Exterior Ballistics

  • The Sniper Log Book

  • Mental Marksmanship

    • Principles and Application

    • Sniper Psychology

    • Terminal Ballistics (Shot Placement)

    • The Mental Tool Box

  • Operation Fundamentals

    • Planning & Organizing Equipment

    • Range Cards & Observation Log Pages

    • Camouflage & Movement

  • Training Techniques and Drills - Basic

  • Training Techniques and Drills - Variety

  • Zeroing, Grouping, Cold Clean Barrel exercises

  • Shooting Exercises to Test Ammunition, Rifle, Scope

  • Familiarization with closer ranges (25, 50, 75 meters)

  • Familiarization with longer ranges (200, 300 meters)

Course tests:

  • Written Knowledge Confirmation

  • Cold Clean Barrel (CCB) & Group

  • Four 5-shot groups on 1” aiming mark at 100 meters

Course standard: 80%

PS1 Sniper with perfect test

Course length: 5 days (0800 to 1700 daily, approximately 50% classroom, 50% range work)

Police Sniper 2

To Fire a Perfect Shot under Stress

To register, download registration form or email milcun@sympatico.ca. Payment: by cheque with registration or we will invoice your department directly.

 

Prerequisites:

  • All police sniper students must be serving or retired police, military or security personnel.

  • For PS2: PS1 must be completed to our standard

This course teaches the police sniper how to shoot well in stressful situations plus advanced shooting skills such as supported positions and moving targets. Firing a Perfect Shot each and every time involves successfully dealing with physical, mental, and emotional stress. The student is instructed and guided through stress control techniques so that the skills developed in PS1 can be consistently applied in any situation.

The course includes marksmanship instruction and coaching in deliberate, snap, rapid follow-up and moving targets. Subjects taught include:

  • Advanced Marksmanship Skills:

    • Deliberate Fire

    • Snap Shooting

    • Moving Targets

    • Rapid Follow Up

  • Supported Shooting Positions (Support equipment and field expedient supports)

  • Night Shooting

  • Penetration Demonstration

  • 3-phase Planning

  • CCB Exercises (Ten CCB exercises under progressively more stressful conditions)

  • Stress Exercises (Five major exercises under progressively more stressful conditions)

Course tests:

  • Final marksmanship test

  • Continuous stress testing throughout the course

Standard: 80%

Course length: 5 days (0800 to 1700 most days, plus night shooting exercises; 98% range work)

  

 

Some of the stress exercises on PS2 are designed to make the sniper dig deep… and solve the dreaded math question.

ps2math

 

PS2 Supported Positions

 

After several grueling stress exercises we spend some time on “terminal ballistics”… affectionately known as pen dems… a great way to liven up the day!

 

We spend an afternoon of working through supported positions, using supports a sniper may well find when he is on a call.

 

PS2 Pen Dem

 

 

 

   

Police Sniper 3

To Fire a Perfect Shot from Unsupported Positions  

To register, download registration form or email milcun@sympatico.ca. Payment: by cheque with registration or we will invoice your department directly.

 

Prerequisites:

  • All police sniper students must be serving or retired police, military or security personnel.

  • For PS3: PS1 and PS2 must be completed to our standard.

In PS3, we throw away the bipod and focus on building marksmanship skill in unsupported prone, sitting, kneeling and standing positions, and then apply these skills to firing techniques taught in PS2 (such as snaps, rapid follow-ups and movers). 

  • Review Marksmanship Principles

  • CCB & Group at 100 meters – Practical Exercise (daily)

  • Unsupported Positions: Prone, Sitting, Kneeling, Standing

    • Understanding Position Development

    • Setting up a Shooting Position

    • Principles of Position Development

    • Characteristics and Variations

    • Field Expedient Supports

  • Coached Position Set Up and Development

  • Positions Practices at 100 m

 

PS3 Unsupported Positions

Course test:

Shooting test from unsupported positions at 100 m;

Course standard: 80% on the shooting test.

 

Course Length: 5 days (0800 to 1700 most days; 90% range work)

Police Sniper 4

To Fire a Perfect Shot at Long Range

To register, download registration form or email milcun@sympatico.ca. Payment: by cheque with registration or we will invoice your department directly.

 

 Prerequisites:

  • All police sniper students must be serving or retired police, military or security personnel.

  • For PS4: PS1, PS2 and PS3 must be completed to our standard

In PS4, the student is taught to apply the previously established skills to long range shooting. Long-range marksmanship is important for snipers with rural/regional jurisdiction, airport duties and/or responsibility for counter-sniper operations. The student is taught the techniques to be successful at ranges out to 600 meters. Special attention is paid to the various techniques required to accurately 'read' the wind. The skills required as a spotter/observer are taught and practiced in a closely coached environment.

  • The Role of the Spotter (equipment, skills, responsibilities)

  • Elevation & Windage (theory, methods, etc.)

  • Reading the Wind (facts & techniques)

  • Range Practice at 200 – 600 meters

    • Establishing holdovers

    • Shooting using holdovers

    • Shooting using sight elevations

    • Centering the group for the conditions

    • Reading the wind and adjusting windage

    • Observing swirl and splash

  • Practices with moving targets, snaps, agony snaps, rapid follow up targets, as well as fire and movement, from 200 to 600 meters

  • Practical position exercises at 200 to 600 meters

  • Falling Plates - Firing at long range with stress

 

PS4 Snipers and Wind Flag 

Course test:

  • Written Knowledge Confirmation

  • Shooting test out to 600 yards/meters on a man-size target, scored for kill-zone hits

Standard: 80%

 

Course length: 5 days (0800 to 1700 daily; 80% range work)

 
PS4 Sniper and Spotter at 200m 

 

   

Police Sniper 5

To Fire a Perfect Shot under Field Conditions

To register, download registration form or email milcun@sympatico.ca. Payment: by cheque with registration or we will invoice your department directly.

 

Prerequisites:

Ø  All police sniper students must be serving or retired police, military or security personnel.

Ø  For PS5: PS1, PS2, PS3 and PS4 must be completed to our standard.

 

The student takes all the skills and knowledge acquired in the previous PS courses and applies them to the field with emphasis on field craft and live stalks. If you need to deal with grow ops or if you have responsibility for counter-terrorist operations or you provide military support, your snipers need this course. The student develops skills in:

Ø  CCB & Group at 100 meters – Practical Exercise (daily throughout the course)

Ø  Judging distance:

o    Methods of Judging Distance

o    Factors Affecting Appearance of Objects

o    Use of the Judging Distance Form

o    Demonstration of Methods of Judging Distance

o    Practical Applications of Methods of Judging Distance

o    Judging Distance Exercises  (several field exercises, progressively more difficult)

Ø  Field firing:

o    Review of Marksmanship Principles (from PS1)

o    Review of Prone Position Set Up & Rifle Fitting (from PS1)

o    Review of Supported Shooting Positions (from PS2)

o    Review of Unsupported Positions (PS3)

o    Review of Adjusting for Elevation and Windage (from PS4)

o    Review of Wind Reading (from PS4)

o    Review of Use of the Spotter (from PS4)

o    Review Proper and Stable Positions (Sniper & Spotter)

o    Review Judging Distance Techniques

o    Review Setting Elevation

o    Review Reading the Wind

o    Review Setting Windage

o    Use of the Field Firing Results Form

o    Practical Application: several practices with field targets at unknown distances out to 600 meters

Ø  Land navigation (with compass, map and GPS):

o   Reading and Using Maps

§ Reading Topographical Maps

§ Understanding Grid References

§ Understanding Scales and Distances

§ Pacing

§ Understanding Contour Lines

§ Reading and Using Air Photos

§ Map Exercises (throughout)

o    Reading and Using the Compass

§ Understanding Grid Bearings

§ Understanding Declination

§ Establishing and Setting Bearings – Practical Exercise

§ Understanding and Using Resection (Triangulation)

§ Map & Compass Exercises (throughout)

o    Reading and Using the GPS

o    Operational Applications

§ Understanding and Making Route Cards

§ Things to Consider When Planning a Route

§ Following Routes

§ Protecting Your Map on Operations

o    Drive-By Navigation Exercise – Dead Reckoning

o    Navigation Exercise – Walk & Talk Through

o    Practical exercises – several progressively more difficult navigation exercises in our 700 acre wilderness

Ø  Observation:

o    Review Why Things are Seen (from PS1)

o    Elements of Observation

o    Observation Position

o    Observation Techniques

o    Observation at Night

o    Observation Reporting (Review Use of Forms from PS1)

o    Range Card

o    Panoramic Sketch

o    Observation Log Pages

o    Use of the Observation Exercise Forms

o    Observation Exercises – Walk & Talk Through

o    Practical exercises – several progressively more difficult observation exercises in the field

Police Sniper 5, skills continued:

Ø  Cam & concealment:

o    Review Why Things are Seen

o    Using Natural Camouflage

o    Using artificial camouflage & camouflaging the sniper

o    Camouflage of equipment

o    Camouflage in position

o    Camouflage during movement

o    Principles of concealment

o    Cam & Concealment Exercise – Walk & Talk Through

o    Practical exercises – several progressively more difficult cam & concealment exercises in the field

Ø  Stalking:

o    Review Skills Required to Make a Successful Stalk (PS1, 2, 3 and 4)

§ Marksmanship Principles

§ Mental Marksmanship

§ 3-Phase Planning

§ Reading Wind

§ Understanding Swirl and Splash

o    Planning a Stalk

§ Preparation for Movement

§ Selecting a Route

o    Travel

§ Planning Bounds

§ Stop, Look, Listen & Plan

§ Keeping Direction

§ Methods of Movement

§ Night Movement

§ Tactics While Moving

§ Communications

o    Transition Point

o    Stalking (Before, During, Returning)

o    Stalking in Pairs

o    Stalking & Observing Exercise – Walk & Talk Through

o    Practical Applications, solo and in pairs; all live fire

Course tests:

Ø  Written Knowledge Confirmation

Ø  Final stalking exercise, including planning, navigating, establishing firing position undetected, judging distance to target, firing successfully, and extraction.

Standard: Written test 80%; Stalking: Pass or fail

Course length: 12 days (0800 to 1700 most days, plus Night Observation Exercise; 85% range and field work)

Course duration: 13 days duration; one day off midway

PS5 Observation exercise

Observation exercises are a favorite part of the course and an important skill for the police sniper and his spotter.

 

PS5 Spotter

The spotter has a big role in field firing. As with all of our training, the coach-instructor is always nearby. 

   
PS5 Field firing exercise 

Field firing requires many of the skills taught in previous PS courses and is very satisfying when properly done.

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