G PS, LLC, a government contractor since 1998, operated as the McMillan Sniper School and the HS Precision Sniper Program while these companies were our corporate sponsors.
The GPS teaching philosophy, curriculum and world-class facility have remained virtually unchanged for nearly 16 great years as we resume using our registered contractor name.
We offer the most intensive and comprehensive sniper school in the country. We combine our experience teaching military, law enforcement and the best high-end private schools to provide the best courses and tactical shooting skills available anywhere.
JESSE JOHNSON, DIRECTOR OF TRAINING
Nine years of service in the United States Army.
Six years of service in the 75th Ranger Regiment with multiple combat
tours as a member of a Joint Special Operations Task Force (JSOTF).
Instructed and certified over two thousand soldiers in various levels
of the Modern Army Combative Program while serving as United States Forces Korea (USFK)
Non Commissioned Officer in Charge (NCOIC) of Combative/Close Quarters Marksmanship Training.
Enhanced bio available upon request.
Corey Clancy, Training Instructor
Five years US Marine Corps experience, with heavy emphasis on military operations, special operations, sniper, counter-sniper and sniper team operations.
Five years professional Department of State contracting experience with heavy emphasis on military and law enforcement operations, sniper, counter-sniper and sniper team operations; Patrol Operations, Convoy and Protective Detail Operations.
Active duty service conducting sniper operations: Afghanistan, Iraq.
US Marine Corps Scout/Sniper School Graduate.
US Marine Corps Forward Observer, MOUT, CQB, Urban Breaching courses
Special Operations Capable qualified, to include warfare in jungle, desert, and urban environments, forced raids, fast rope insertion, SPIE rigging, and rappelling.
Enhanced Bio available upon request.
Rick Furr, Sr. Training InstructorQualifications:
Twenty years law enforcement experience, with heavy emphasis on
law enforcement, federal and military special operations, to include teaching sniper, counter-sniper and sniper team operations.
Eighteen years professional teaching experience with heavy emphasis
on military and law enforcement operations, sniper, counter-sniper and sniper team operations.
Court certified expert witness in firearms related fields.
US Marine Corps Scout/Sniper School.
Federal Bureau of Investigation Observer/Marksman School.
Federal Bureau of Investigation Advanced Observer/Marksman School.
AZ Police Officers Standards & Training Board, Instructor School.
AZ Police Officers Standards & Training Board, Firearms Instructor School.
US Dept of Energy.
Siri Khalsa, Sr. Instructor Medical Training
Specialist in conducting instructor led training courses specifically courses related directly to medical education in advanced paramedic programs.
Served as an instructor, curriculum designer and developer of tactical combat casualty care programs.
National Registry Paramedic.New Mexico Paramedic License.
Advanced Cardiac Life Support Instructor.
Pediatric Advanced Life Support Instructor.
Pre-Hospital Life Support Instructor.
Pediatric Education for Pre-Hospital Providers Instructor, USAF.
Trojan Securities International -Advanced Bodyguard Training Designed for Operating in Hostile Environments.
International (formerly HK) School of Tactical Medicine Basic and Advanced.
Students from these organizations were taught by GPS, LLC staff. References AARs available upon request
3rd Special Forces Group
19th Special Forces Gr.
82nd ABN Div
101st ABN Div
10th Mountain DIV
40th ID/1st Cav Div
500th MP SRT
Arizona National Guard
California National Guard
Texas National Guard
Wisconsin National Guard
US Marine Corps
2nd Recon Battalion
4th Recon Battalion
2nd DIV 1/6
2nd DIV 2/8
MP SRT snipers
US Naval Special Warfare
Grp 2 Sniper School Staff
SEAL Team 2
SEAL Team 3
SEAL Team 4
SEAL Team 5
SEAL Team 7
US Air Force
123rd Special Tactics Squadron
613th Security Forces Squadron
52nd Security Forces Squadron
US Dept of Defense
Pentagon Police Dept Counter-Sniper Unit
US Dept of HOMELAND SECURITY
US Dept Of Energy
Office Of Secure Transportation
US Coast Guard
Law Enforcement Team Sniper Instructors
US Marshal’s Service
Special Operations Group sniper
US Marshal’s AZ field office
US Dept of Navy
Naval Academy PD SWAT
FT Knox Mint Police
US Capitol Police Force
SRT Sniper Team
Little Rock PD
AZ Dept of Corrections SRT
Maricopa County SO SWAT
Pima County SO
Tucson PD SWAT
Scottsdale PD SWAT
Chandler PD SWAT
Peoria PD SWAT
Yavapai Co. SWAT
Prescott Valley PD
Sierra Vista PD SWAT
Apache Co. SWAT
Fredonia Marshal’s Office
Show Low PD SWAT
LA County Sheriff’s Department
Oakland PD SWAT
California Highway Patrol
San Bernardino Co. Drug Task Force
Fresno Co. SWAT
Foster City PD
San Jose PD
San Diego PD
San Francisco PD
Santa Barbara Sheriff’s Department
Imperial Co. Drug Task Force
CO Dept Of Corrections SORT Snipers
Montrose Co SWAT
Wheat Ridge PD SWAT
Mesa County PD
Lakewood PD SWAT
Chafee Co. SO
Greenwich PD SWAT
Osceola County SO
Santa Rosa County SO
Lowndes County PD
Hawaii County PD SWAT
State Highway Patrol
Covington Co. SWAT
Alleghany County SO
Somerville PD / NEMLEC SWAT
Lee’s Summit PD
Missoula Co. SWAT
Lewis & Clark Co. SWAT
Montgomery County SWAT
Sidney PD SWAT
Las Vegas Metro SWAT
N. Las Vegas SWAT
Henderson PD SWAT
Nye County SWAT
Essex County SWAT
Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Department
Dona Ana County SWAT
Sante Fe SWAT
Sante Fe Co SWAT
Taos County Sheriff’s Dept.
Rio Rancho SWAT
New York State Police
New York Dept of Corrections
East Fishkill PD
Johnston County Sheriff’s Office
Wake Co. SWAT
Logan County SWAT
Wadsworth PD SWAT
Gresham PD SWAT
Blount Co SWAT
Alvin PD SWAT
Bexar County SWAT
Dallas Co. Constables Snipers
Georgetown PD SWAT
Irving PD SWAT
Mesquite PD SWAT
New Braunfels PD
Utah State Patrol
Utah County SWAT
Cache County SWAT
Kane County SWAT
Vancouver PD SWAT
Washington Co SWAT
Lewis & Clark Co SWAT
Madison PD SWAT
Royal Canadian Mounted Police
Canadian Armed Forces
Vancouver PD ERT
Edmonton Police Service
Victoria PD ERT
Delta PD ERT
New South Wales Police
Rio De Janeiro Police Snipers
Rio De Janeiro Military Police Snipers
US VIRGIN ISLANDS
Virgin Islands SWAT
Rome Police snipers
ARMY SOCOM 1st Scout Rangers
“Everyone heading overseas should go through this course. All the tactics taught can save your life and the life of your team.”
“Hey Bill, This is J.G. from SEAL Team 5. I wanted to thank you for allowing Lance and Jesse to train me at GPS defense. They were extremely professional, knowledgeable, and willing to help me in every regard. They made me much more proficient in sniping and spotting than I expected, while also helping me to shoot expert in the Navy Qual which is a pre-req for sniper school. I am greatly indebted to them and you’re school for what I have learned.”
“Nearly all techniques taught over the past week will be incorporated into our platoon training. It all correlates directly with what we experienced in Iraq in a variety of scenarios”
” …you guys are the embodiment of professionalism at its best, you are clearly subject matter experts … You provided an interactive learning environment in which the material was passed in an interesting/informative manner. Not only do we plan to pass it on to others, we plan on incorporating into our workup.”
“The professionalism of the instructors and the methods utilized to deliver the course material was progressively challenging, thus pushing you to operate at a higher level each day. The instruction I received during the three schools has enhanced my ability to adapt to ever changing environments/situations and has greatly broadened my deployability and further solidified my credibility as a Law Enforcement Sniper.”
“I just recently attended the basic, advanced, and instructor development course with GPS Defense. I have to say that I have attended a few other sniper courses who were considered to be good classes and instructors. Without a doubt, GPS Defense puts on the best sniper courses I have ever been through. The application to real world is absolutely amazing. I thought I knew a lot and had a good handle on being a sniper, but GPS Defense was able to take our sniper team to a whole other level! Ryan Cleckner is hands down the best firearms (of any kind) instructor that I have been taught by. William Graves puts on an excellent school. Now that we have been through it, we will definitely be sending the rest of our team to the GPS Defense sniper courses. Thank you for your service.”
“it looks like I will be activated in a few weeks (for OIF) I will be taking a lot of skills and lessons I learned from the course and last year’s competition with me. Thanks.”
The Instructors were “Absolutely professional & very open to new ideas & techniques …This facility is exactly what SOF units need. I.E. snipers. Getting off the base and doing what needs to be done for defeating the enemy is here. Thank you & we hope to get our platoon snipers here for the 2 week course!!”
Note: The following is an unsolicited letter from a Navy SEAL sniper graciously responding to a March 04 inquiry about their attendance at our course in Spring 2001:
“I happen to be the operator that is quoted on Mr. Graves’ web site. I reply … in defense of what I know to be a sound, professional, and reputable training aid to the military and law enforcement, respectively.” “I attended the GPS sniper/counter-sniper COI, and the material presented did, actually, change our SOP’s. An example would be the escape from our traditional “stealth mode” where we slowly withdrew the bolt, as not to extract brilliantly colored brass from our carefully constructed hide sites. Mr. Graves imparted to us that the days of hunting man and the “one shot, one kill” mission were over, and it was much more important to have your magazine fully jammed (another practice we neglected, always loading from the breech) and cycle the bolt, get back on target, and be prepared for a follow-up shot. Another SOP that was altered was the needless transition to a cumbersome secondary weapon system, or the feeling of defenselessness felt if you had an inattentive spotter, while changing positions – we shot close quarters, off-hand, over the scope with .300 WinMags, something entirely unheard of in the SPECWAR community, but so simple it would seem inherent. I attended the course with the lead sniper instructor for SEAL Team 4, at the time, and his after actions report became a point paper on the dormant inclination of sniper tactics in our community. To this day, I still teach my new guys the lessons learned from the COI, and still recommend it to anyone that can attend.””It is very easy to discredit many businesses that claim endorsements by SEALs, because there are just so many out there, and if you just played the odds, you would probably be right 90% of the time. The fact of the matter is, I learned a great deal at Mr. Graves COI.”
“Before becoming a military sniper, I was a competitive shooter as a member of the Philippine Army Rifle Team. Our main assets as snipers are our training background as guerilla fighters and as former competitive shooters. However, when I experienced the training program provided by McMillan Sniper School, I realized that we still have so much to learn! First and foremost, I give credit to Bill Graves for removing my “bull’s eye mentality” which I unknowingly developed through the years of joining shooting competitions. Shooting target papers that do not shoot back is simply too easy but as a sniper I learned that rapid bolt manipulation is very important to ensure that “follow-up” shots can be delivered once needed. During the instructor’s course, I also learned the most effective way of molding another group of future snipers. With the additional TTPs (techniques, tactics, procedures) that I learned from the training, I recommended to my higher-ups the needed changes in our various standard operating procedures. I will start my efforts of introducing these changes by conducting a Sniper Instructors Course to improve the capabilities of the cadres in our sniper training program.”
“About a week after coming home from your school, our tactical was deployed to a barricaded suspect who fired a shotgun after officers attempted to serve a warrant. I can say without a doubt that the courses prepared me fully for these real life incidents.”
“Thanks to the instruction we received, we have moved from a planning and training phase to an operationally functioning unit.”
“Thank you again for your support during this process. Your flexibility, responsiveness, and ability to deliver a quality product has gone a long way in ensuring our Marines go to war with the required skills to kill the enemy. Semper Fi.”
“My partner and I just won 1st place at the OTOA (Oregon) SWAT competition for Sniper Observer team. We utilized the drill (you taught) and it helped in our unsupported shoot thank you so much.”
“I just want to thank you for your training course. The training was a Keep it simple stupid approach to tactical training. It is a long time coming to have live fire training (train how you fight mentality), where the officers/operators are responsible for their own safety without being hand fed or coddled around the range like children. This course was filled to the hilt with various experience to include present operators currently assigned to OIF (operation Iraqi freedom) and state and local police snipers. The training I received was top notch and was a nonstop learning as you go course …”
“Well, I took my first AZ deer at 420yds in one shot. Your class, instruction, and help in picking our the right rifle, scope, and accessories has made it easy! Thanks for all your help!!!”
“Mr. Graves, I can’t wait to attend another course of yours. The training I received through your sniper school was outstanding, and my experiences from it will be proudly shared with others …Thanks”
“Thanks for your help and support w/our guys prior to deployment. You additional effort is not unnoticed and we (56th SFS) appreciate your assistance. After talking w/our guys, they stated it was remarkable training which greatly enhanced their abilities and technical skills.”
“Hey Bill, I did compete in an all weapons competition a few weekends ago during a two day match. It was the AZ Guard who put it on and had 100 competitors. I ended up placing First in overall points for the two days of matches, First in Rifle (M-16), Second in Pistol (Beretta), First in Rifle Team and First in Pistol Team and being the top shooter for the state I received the Governors Dozen Marksmanship Award. I do have to say I applied all the principles taught at the school into the matches I competed in and it paid of with the placing first and second in all the events I entered. I even rolled my thumb around to the right side of my M-16 while shooting at the 300m, 400m, and 500m targets. This provided more stability and control shooting at those distances. I passed the info on shooting that way to my team and they applied the same technique during their long distance shots.
“After completing the course and returning back to Ft. Bragg, 2 weeks later my unit was deployed to Afghanistan for 15 months. All the valuable skills I learned, were put immediatly to the test. Needless to say I came out on top. Thank you for everything you did and continue to do.”
“I had one of the school shirts on two weeks ago at the range, and another shooter saw it said …I bet that was fun. I replied “It sure was, but even better was the amazing amount I learned!” I still talk about how great the school was to my friends. Your operation is as professional as they come, and I feel privileged to have attended. The learning curve was phenomenal, but that first shot hit on the 920 yd. target at the end of the day was priceless. The country needs the training of the quality you provide.”
I just wanted to send you an email to say thanks for allowing us to attend your course. I found the training to be excellent and I can honestly say I learned more about what my rifle can do in five days than I had in the previous 6 months. If money becomes available to do so, I would really like the opportunity to return and do your Advanced and Instructor courses as well. Thanks again.
O ur Sniper Training facilities provide an impressive amount of training opportunities. Our facilities offer true 360 degree range fans in an inclusive training environment that allows for unit seclusion while maintaining a practical distance from Phoenix. Our location offers a perfect balance of remote training and proximity to urban amenities. Our Sniper Training facilities are also set up to allow unique training scenarios as each class may require without removing structure. Anyone can go out, park in the desert, and shoot. Our shooting ranges are actually carefully planned and laid out sections of land that allow us to train from multiple locations around our property, including established and covered firing lines within steps of our air conditioned classroom for our multiple unknown distance steel target ranges. Our Sniper Training facilities are separated into two major sections. The “back side” of the property allows for a 100 and 200 yard range, “Iraqi” village, moving targets, multiple unknown steel target ranges, high angle shooting, numerous stalk lanes, and urban training in any one of many houses. Our new “front side” allows for a 100, 200, and 300 yard range, a multiple room shoot house, a 25 yard pistol/carbine bay, high angle shooting, moving targets, and more! Many of the functions of both sides of the property are similar, this is based on our need to train multiple military and government units at the same time due our popular training program.