COURSE OF FIRE: Long‐Range Rifle

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By Warren Wilson, Enid, OK Police Department

Each issue of The Police Marksman will feature a “Course of Fire” that police officers can use for their own department’s training. Training courses can be shared and used “as is” or you may wish to modify them as needed. If you have a firearms course that has worked well with your own department’s range training, send it to us and we’ll pay you $50 if it’s chosen to be shared here. Try to keep the round count at a single box of 50 rounds for pistol courses as we know today’s ammo budgets are challenging. Courses with movement, cover, shields, low light, etc. are beneficial to all police officers, so follow the standard instructional format like this issue’s course and e-mail it to us at steventracy@hendonpub.com.

Required Items and Materials:

  1. Long-range rifle with magnified optic
  2. Silhouette targets with 8 ½” x 14” centermass and 4-inch circular head target or similar. All rounds will be fired at center mass unless otherwise specified.
  3. Total of 20 rounds.

Instructional Goal:
To perform real-world scenarios on the range, firing from various positions and ranges with a long-range, precision rifle.

Instructional Objectives:
This drill will affirm an officer’s ability to quickly adapt to firing at various ranges with a precision rifle and magnified optic.

Lesson Plan:

  1. Introduction
    1. Introduce self
    2. State your qualifications
    3. Explain course of fire as described in body
  2. Explain why it’s important to train from various ranges and positions with a long-range rifle
    1. We practice a lot at long ranges, but the average police sniper engagement is less than 50 yards.
    2. Officers may have their rifle in hand when confronting an attacker standing at relatively close range, e.g., a field search
    3. D.O.P.E. (Data On Previous Engagement) and parallex adjustments are substantially different depending on the range

Body:

  1. Course of Fire on the range
    1. At 200-yard line, officer starts in prone position and fires two rounds at center mass in 10 seconds. Repeat twice for a total of four rounds.
    2. At 100-yard line, officer starts in the prone position and fires one round at the head in three seconds. Repeat twice for a total of two rounds fired.
    3. At 100-yard line, officer fires two rounds from the standing position at center mass in six seconds. Repeat twice for a total of four rounds fired.
    4. At 75-yard line, officer fires two rounds at center mass in eight seconds. Repeat twice for a total of four rounds fired.
    5. At 50-yard line, officer fires two shots kneeling at center mass in six seconds. Repeat twice for a total of four rounds fired.
    6. At 25-yard line, officer fires one shot center mass, standing.
    7. At 25-yard line, officer fires one shot to the head, standing.
  2. Scoring is Pass/Fail, percentage of hits in the center mass area (usually 70-75%)

Conclusion

  1. Questions
  2. ThanksPM

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