SNIPER COURSE FAQ's
Q: Can civilians attend your courses?
A: If you can pass the background check required to purchase a firearm, you are qualified to attend one of the regular scheduled courses. We don’t believe there is a “secret” way to shoot accurately. The Warfighter course is reserved for DoD personnel and DoS contractors only. To attend, provide a police or military I.D. or one of the following: 1. State Issued Concealed Weapon Permit or 2. Letter from local police chief/sheriff showing no criminal history
Q: What if I have to cancel my course?
A: Do not register for course dates if you cannot guarantee that you can attend. You are responsible for cancellation fees for your reservation.
- If cancellation is made more than 30 days prior to the course, 50% will be refunded, any money paid may be applied to another course.
- If cancellation is less than 30 days prior to the course, there are no refunds, any money paid may be applied to another course.
- There are no refunds or credit for no-shows.
Q: Are there specific age requirements for your courses?
A: We require our students to be at least 18 years of age prior to attending one of our courses. This is for background check and liability purposes. However, under special circumstances, this age requirement may be waived (especially during private lessons).
Q: Can I skip the Sniper/Counter-sniper or Advanced Sniper if I've been to another school?
A: Since the students stalk the instructors with their rifles and then live-fire past us/over us to their target, we do require the pre-requisites listed on the registration. This is not a separate course, but a test of skills taught and practiced in our Sniper course.
Q: For military & police students what is the difference between your course and courses already out there?
A: There are 2 differences to our courses. 1. When we say all day, we mean 9-10 hrs of instruction. I was a cop. We do not start late while sipping coffee, don’t take 15-20 min breaks every hour to call the wife, don’t take 1 1/2 hour lunches and we NEVER leave until we are done with the days objectives. 2. When we conduct exercises, we conduct LIVE-FIRE exercises in/around/from buildings, streets & vehicles – where you actually work.
Q: If I've been to a sniper course somewhere else, can I just attend your Sniper Instructor Development course?
A: We do require attending all three portions of the course for an instructor certificate for the the following reasons: you have noticed that our Instructor portion is only two days, however, this is 4 to 8 times more instruction practice than you get in most instructor schools.
Q: I'd like to sign up for the Sniper/CS course, the Advanced Course, and the Instructor course all at the same time. Is this permitted?
A: Yes, these were designed for that reason, to save you travel time and expenses.
Q: I have no long-range rifle experience. Is this a problem?
A: No, we train many military & police students new to long-range and scoped rifles.
Q: I would like to attend your Sniper school but I don't use a bolt action rifle. Is that an absolute rule?
A: No, it is not a rule. We teach and appreciate the merits of both bolt action and semi-auto sniper weapon systems.
Q: What scope is best for me?
A: I personally have: 1. Variable power for closer than 100 yard shooting and especially for movers. 2. The reticle is illuminated, we shoot after perfect light conditions during most of our courses – and in real life! It will still come down to shooter preference based upon experience with the scope and rifle combination.
Q: What scope magnification do you recommend for your sniper courses?
A: We have had 12 Leupold and Vortex scopes in use as rental and demo guns for up to 17 years. As of yet, not one has to be sent to factory for repair/refurbish or any other issues. Our experience with our students: Night Force - About 50% more expensive, often WAY too large/big in power and objective lens causing the use of higher scope rings. Don't forget the larger the Objective lens, the higher the scope has to be mounted, therefore the cheek piece has to be built up - affecting ability to shoot consistently and accurately. In ref to power/magnification, Our staff like a minimum of 3 or 4 power for a wider field of view for closer shooting and up to about 10 - 16 maximum magnification. Greater than 16 power can create issues with an increase scope shadow.
Q: Do you provide cleaning equipment?
A: No, we provide a lit cleaning area with compressed air and cleaning tables. Cleaning gear list is on the registration.
Q: Since I'm coming from out of state, can I rent the required rifle from your company?
A: We rent Remington 700 .308 rifles with Leupold Mark 4 M3 scopes for $50 per day. However, you will gather a tremendous amount of data on whichever rifle you use. Therefore, we do recommend using your own rifle if it is appropriate for the course.
Q: Do you sell ammunition?
A: Yes, you may order ammunition from us at the time you register for the course. You will not be charged until you complete the course. Ammunition manufacturers usually raise prices once a year, you will be charged the going market rate at the time of the course.
Q: Do you sell rifles and scopes?
Yes, the school designed bolt-action .308 can be purchased, used in the course and then transferred to an FFL in your local area.
Q: I have a Bushmaster 16M4A3 .223 which I would have a lot of fun with...30.06 that I Elk hunt with. I would like to use one of my own firearms if you think one of these would work?
A: The main thing to look for in the rifle is “match-grade” components vs hunting or standard components. Does the rifle have a heavy match-grade barrel?Is the barrel twist sufficient for match-grade heavy ammunition? Are you using or can you obtain match-grade ammunition”Does the rifle have a “match-grade” trigger set at 2.5 – 3 lbs?Will the rifle consistently shoot 5 round groups under 1″ at 100 yards? If not, we recommend renting a school rifle that will allow you to get the most out of and enjoy the course of instruction.
Q: What are the physical demands of your Sniper/Counter Sniper course?
A: The most physically demanding requirements are kneeling and sitting shooting positions and short hikes up small hills.
Q: Upon completion of any of the sniper courses, do you provide certificates of completion or other forms of credentialing for an individual's permanent records?
A: We provide everyone with either certificates of Succsesfull Completion or Attendance.
Q: Which states/agencies recognize the GPS Instructor qualification?
A: Our courses are certified by the State POST Boards of Arizona and Nevada. As far as the other 48 states, we would ask that the student contact their individual state board to see if they accept our state certification.
Q; Can I purchase a Gift Certificate for training?
A: Yes, we do this all the time.
Q: If I fly into Phoenix Sky Harbor Int'l Airport, do you have a service to pick me up?
A: Students usually rent a car for the duration of the courses.
Q: How are meals and food handled out at the range?
A: Students are required to bring their own food every day, there are no meal services available at our training facility.