This dynamic and skill-intensive class addresses coaching and training skills for three weapons systems: the pistol, the shotgun, and the patrol rifle including operating in low light. Training will proceed for more than 8 hours on the first two days. This course is intended to update and re-certify current instructors. This is not a substitute for our 50-hour instructor course. Our curriculum is challenging and participants should be in good physical condition.
Recertification is valid for three years
Concepts and Skills – Pistol, Rifle, and Shotgun
Safely Planning and Delivering Training
Fundamentals Review and Diagnostics
Loading, Unloading, Reloading
Support Side Shooting
Working in a Gas Mask
Active Shooter Concepts
Shooting On The Move
Multiple Threat Engagements
Movement and Mobility Exercises
The Correct Use of Cover
Threat Discrimination: Shoot/No Shoot
Dynamics of Low Light Engagements
Principles of Light
CQB and Groundfighting
Partner and Team Tactics
Our Training Philosophy
Candidates for instructor recertification will actively participate in teaching, training, and coaching activities. Each participant must bring with them a prepared lesson that will discuss a law enforcement critical incident. They will use this to make a 5-10 minute presentation to the class and it will be turned in. It is preferred that the presenter has first-hand knowledge of their topic and does not select a nationally recognized incident.
This lesson plan must include:
A cover sheet and source document listing references
Outline of instruction (what will be taught or discussed)
Some type of AV reinforcement (PowerPoint, video, photos, audio, demonstration)
Proof of Certification: At registration, participants must present a certificate demonstrating their credentials as a firearms instructor. We will accept previous certificates of training from entities other than Strategos.
Make sure you have all equipment listed and backup firearms are recommended in case of failure or breakage. We cannot guarantee that a loaner firearm will be available.
1,000 rounds pistol
20 rounds 00 buck
1,000 rounds rifle
20 rifled slugs
Duty or Tactical Gear
Quality Ammunition – no AP
Gas Mask with leg pouch/case
Minimum of 4 mags for pistols and rifles
Method for carrying shotgun ammo
Wraparound eye & ear protection (clear lenses for night events)
Cap with brim
Clothing for all weather conditions
Duffel that will allow you to bring all of your gear to the line with you
Handheld Light: All participants must have at least one high intensity handheld light
Weapon-Mounted Light: Highly recommended for long guns but not a requirement
Sling: All operators MUST have a sling that permits a muzzle-down, front body carry on all long guns
Prerequisites and Physical Requirements for Firearms Training
An operator should be able to load, unload, and reload their firearm in a safe and controlled manner. Muzzle discipline and awareness is paramount.
An operator must possess the physical strength and stamina to repetitively function and fire their weapon during prolonged drilling. You must be able to get up and down from standing, kneeling, and prone positions, as well as move forward, backward, and laterally.
An operator must be able to maintain mental, physical, and emotional self-discipline and not become over-excited or lose control.
An operator must have a keen awareness and consideration for other operators while handling fire-arms and conducting drills in close proximity of other operators.
An operator should be familiar with their weapons and equipment and be able to field strip their fire-arm for cleaning, maintenance, and problem-solving.
Instructor candidates are expected to be excellent communicators and willing to adapt to the role of being a student-learner as well as an instructor.
Our training staff is composed of professional and experienced coaches and we are students ourselves.
We believe in treating everyone respectfully and as adult learners. Our coaches participate in the learning process and we use a building block approach to solidify skills before moving toward more advanced concepts.
We do not believe in “check the box” training or lowest common denominator training. Individual assistance is always available.
You should not enroll in our course if you are:
Not safe and conscientious with weapons
Not willing to be open-minded
Not willing receive new information and try new concepts
Not capable of keeping your ego in check