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Tactical Shooting Instructor

The following are school-specific requirements

The Tactical Shooting Instructor School is intended for the experienced and previously trained and/or certified law enforcement firearm instructor looking to take his/her skills and agency's training programs to the next level. Basic MOI or "Method of Instruction" related lessons are not included in this school. This school is geared toward providing the law enforcement firearm instructor with the ability to create and implement sophisticated and practical agency-specific firearm training programs. Utilizing the NRA's "Street to Range" concept of training, the law enforcement firearm instructor will also come away with ideas and additional tools to provide their agency personnel with additional safe, realistic and tactically sound training on a realistic law enforcement firearm training budget. Students will spend five days engaged in thoughtful and provocative discussion, while addressing and responding to various range-run training scenarios utilizing their duty pistol and rifle. In addition to 100 percent daily attendance, there is a 50-question written test and 50-round rifle/pistol qualification course of fire that must be passed to successfully complete this course. Student instructors MUST possess strong firearm handling skills PRIOR to attending this school. The program concentrates on advanced shooting skills, use of the "safety circle" concept, pivoting and turning to fire, movement while firing, unconventional shooting positions, two-man patrol tactics, use of the back-up and off-duty pistol, how to introduce cost-effective decision-making training and stress inoculation into your programs, as well as reduced-light training with the pistol and rifle. Those considering attending this course must have a good working knowledge of ALL the firearms he/she will be using during this school and must have successfully completed a recognized law enforcement firearm instructor school that included general methods of instruction, AND have successfully completed a basic law enforcement or military rifle operator course. THIS is not a beginners school, and those attending who demonstrate a lack of basic handling skills with any of their firearms WILL be asked to leave. There will be no exceptions! Some examples of acceptable previous firearm instructor training are:

  • NRA Law Enforcement HG/SG, Handgun, Patrol Rifle or Select-Fire Instructor;
  • A State, POST or regional academy recognized firearm instructor school;
  • Any federally run firearm instructor school (eg: FBI, DEA, FLETC, etc.);
  • Firearm instructor schools conducted by recognized law enforcement training divisions of the firearm manufacturing industry (eg: SIG Sauer Academy, H&K Training Division, Smith & Wesson Academy, etc.)

*A copy of the course completion certificate must accompany the school application when enrolling for the Tactical Shooting Instructor School.

In addition to the aforementioned equipment, the following is ALSO necessary for this school:

  • A duty-type, semi-automatic or pump-action, law enforcement carbine or rifle. Examples of suitable types of rifles would be:
    • Any law enforcement pistol caliber carbine chambered in a recognized standard U.S. law enforcement accepted caliber (9 mm, 10 mm, .45 ACP, .357 SIG, .45 Gap, etc.)
    • Any law enforcement rifle caliber carbine or rifle chambered in .223 Remington, 5.56 NATO, .308 Winchester or 7.62 NATO (Rim-fire cartridges or rifles chambered to fire ammunition smaller than .22 caliber are not acceptable.)
  • All rifles MUST be equipped with a sling.
  • A duty-type handgun suitable for uniformed police or military on-duty use, with a duty-type holster, gunbelt, magazine pouches, and at least three magazines (or speedloaders for revolvers). More magazines are recommended if using single-stack or low capacity magazines.
  • A minimum of three long gun magazines (capable of holding a minimum of 20 rounds each) as appropriate
  • Secondary/back-up and/or off-duty handgun: A secondary or off-duty type handgun capable of being carried in a concealed location with an appropriate holster. Handgun may be a revolver or other semi-automatic. Holster for off-duty handgun drills may be IWB, ankle, paddle, fanny-pack, or other suitable concealed-carry holster. Holster for back-up handgun drills should be of the same type actually used on the street.
  • At least three magazines and/or speedloaders, and a pouch to carry them on a belt, are required for the secondary pistol. Duty belt and equipment are NOT suitable for back-up and off-duty exercises.
  • 800 rounds of primary duty pistol ammunition
  • 800 rounds of rifle caliber ammunition
  • 50 rounds for the back-up/off-duty handgun
  • A cover garment or vest for concealed-carry range exercises

*NOTE: The use of the shotgun in the NRA Tactical Shooting Instructor School program has been discontinued

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Law Enforcement, Military, Security

The NRA Law Enforcement Division offers a complete police shooting program to police departments and law enforcement agencies to encourage patrol officers to gain more experience, training and time on the range using their duty firearms.