40 hr. Basic Sniper

Registrations are closed for this event
Date: Monday, September 14, 2020
Ends On: Friday, September 18, 2020
Registration Deadline: Sunday, August 30, 2020
Time: 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Instructor Location:
Stillman Valley, IL / Quarry - N. Rothwell & Scott Rd
Instructor: Matthew Gerard, Rochelle Police, Ogle County ERT Sniper Team leader, NTOA Certified Sniper Instructor
Member's Fee: $150
Non-Member & Civilian Fee: $150


Contact the Instructor to Register for this class

Date: 3/30/2020 – 4/3/2020  0800 hours-1700 hours

Additional schedule and location information will be distributed, 1st day of class

Location: Out of use Gravel Quarry  / 4871 N. Rothwell Rd. Stillman Valley, IL    

                 - GPS coordinates: 42°08'05.4"N 89°08'33.0"W


Course Description:  This is a basic 40 hour sniper course.  The purpose of this course is to train and certify SWAT operators as sniper spotter teams.  Operators will be trained in the use of advanced observation and precision rifle fire to insure the best possible outcome to a SWAT incident.

Instructor:  Matthew Gerard has been a Rochelle Police officer for 12 years, 11 years on the local SWAT team, as well as Sniper team leader for the Ogle County Sheriff’s Office.  Matt has training as a firearms instructor, and NTOA sniper instructor.

Topics covered:

  • Precision rifle setup
  • Zeroing procedure
  • Data book usage
  • DOPE recording
  • Moving target engagements
  • Positional shooting
  • Hide construction
  • Stress shooting
  • Command and coordinated fire

Required equipment:

  • Precision rifle capable of 1 MOA or better (contact instructor with questions)
  • Small soft bag/ Sand sock
  • 500 rds ammunition of match ammunition from the same lot
  • Data book
  • Hide construction materials if available
  • Ghillie  suit if available
  • Tri-pod w/ saddle if available
  • Hide vehicle if available
  • Pack for equipment
  • Ear protection

Cost of class: $150.00 checks made payable to Down Range LLC


Contact Instructor Matthew Gerard -  mgerard@rochelleil.us