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, that’s why we are the only school that teaches sniper shooting skills to any qualified students wanting to improve their own skills. 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: Can I skip the Sniper course & take 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, we don’t take 15 – 20 min breaks every hour to call the wife, we 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.
I have been to H-K and NRA sniper instructor schools as well as 10 other discipline instructor schools. I paid to watch the staff instruct me for 4 1/2 days and then I spoke for 10 minutes in one school and 20 minutes in the other – for an entire week. I already knew how to shoot, I came to practice teaching!
For the two days you are with us you speak, demo, teach and run the line at least twice every morning and afternoon session, teaching back to everyone what we covered in the first 5 days of the course. This is the first instructor school where you actually practice instructing. We want you to leave with practice, skill and confidence to teach on your own when you return home.
We did allow one full-time instructor (and published police firearms author) from a large city to attend only the instructor portion. His complaint was that we asked him to teach techniques that he had not seen before and that was unfair to him.
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?
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?
No, we train many military & police students new to long-range and scoped rifles.
Q: What are the physical demands of your Sniper/Counter Sniper course?
The most physically demanding requirements are the 300 yd walk to the range and kneeling and sitting shooting positions.
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?
We provide everyone with either certificates of Succsesful Completion or Attendance.
Q: Which states/agencies recognize the GPS Instructor qualification?
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 or targets?
Yes, e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Q: Are there specific age requirements for your courses?
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: What if I have to cancel my course?
You are responsible for cancellation fees for the slot you reserved. Do not register for course dates if you cannot guarantee that you can attend.
If cancellation is made 30 days or more prior to a scheduled course, a full refund will be made.
If cancellation is made less than 30 days prior to a scheduled course, 75% will be refunded.*
If cancellation is made less than 15 days prior to a scheduled course, 50% will be refunded. *
*Any other money paid may be applied to another course.
If you do not show up you are preventing another student from receiving training and will lose any tuition payments. There are no refunds for no-shows.
Q: Where is the range facility located?
We are located in the foothills outside Phoenix, AZ. Aprox 35-40 North of Phoenix Skyharbor Airport. Once a student registers, we will fwd google map information to them.
Q: If I fly into Phoenix Sky Harbor Int’l Airport, do you have a service to pick me up?
Students usually rent a car for the duration of the courses.
Q: What time do we start training the first day?
We start at 9:00 a.m. at our training facility.
Q: How are meals and food handled out at the range?
We do not believe in stopping valuable training for food breaks. Students are required to bring their own food every day, there are no meal services available at our training facility.
Q: What is an SPR? / Can I use an SPR?
A: Special Purpose Rifles are simply accurized AR15s. These rifles allow for an easy transition from the standard M4 or AR15 style rifle that everyone is so familiar with. By using a weapon platform that so many students are familiar with, we are able to provide a gateway for those interested in being introduced to sniper training. If you have been looking for a way to get into sniper training without buying an expensive custom sniper rifle and without taking multiple weeks off of work… this is for you!
This SPR is not a fancy name for a standard carbine course and these are not standard carbines. Our students consistently shoot these rifles accurately well past from long-range engagements at 900 yards to fighting through our shoot house engaging 5 yard threats. With less recoil than a typical .308 bolt action sniper rifle, students can really focus on marksmanship fundamentals and learn more in a shorter period of time. Then they can easily transition to up-close targets, engaging multiple targets from 5 yards or clearing corners and doorways with the same rifle!
If you want to bring your own rifle, it should at least meet these requirements, in order for an accurized AR-15 to be considered an SPR, the rifle needs to have a free-floated barrel with a tight twist (for example; 1:7 or 1:8 for .223), a tactical long-range scope (2.5-8x or 3-10x) on a flat top receiver, and preferably a match grade trigger.
Q: I just bought a rifle with a thumbhole style stock, will this work in class?
A: Thumbhole stocks cause the shooter to squeeze the grip which adversely affects good trigger control. The thumbhole slows down disengaging the safety and reloads because of the extra motion of putting your hand in and out of the hole to grab the bolt between every shot. With a tactical style stock the thumb rests on top of the stock near the safety, this is why the Marines have designed their tactical stocks with a built in shelf for your thumb.
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 apprecite the merits of both bolt action and semi-auto sniper weapon systems. For more details on semi-auto sniper systems, please see our answers regarding SPR Rifles
Q: What scope is best for me?
A: I personally have an Leupold Mk4 M2 on my my two personal rifles, a 7.62 bolt-gun and 5.56 DPMS Mk12/SPR, for these;
1. Variable power is necessary for closer than 100 yard shooting and especially for movers.
2. The new TMR reticle is the easiest to mil estimate with ANYWHERE.
3. The reticle is illuminated, we shoot after perfect light conditions during most of our courses – and in real life!
4. 1/2 moa adjustments allow you to only rotate two times to max out dope PAST 1000 yards, a typical 1/4 moa scope allows you to go down 2 – 3 revolutions unnecessarily, and needs 2 -3 revs up to just get 1000yds.
5. 1/4 moa adjustments are just too fine and unnecessary for tactical use. Don’t forget 1/4 moa is 0.25 inch at 100yds – your bullet is 0.3 inch!
Q: Do you provide cleaning equipment?
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?
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?
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 and semi-auto 5.56 can be purchased, used in the course and then transferred to an FFL in your local area. E-mail us @ email@example.com for rifle and scope specs.
Q: Can you guarantee your scopes are genuine Leupold?
Yes, GPS is a Leupold Factory Authorized Dealer.
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.
I hope I have answered your questions as best I can. Please feel free to contact me personally if there is anything else that we can assist you with,