Rescheduled-40 hr. Basic Sniper

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Capacity: 5 - Available: 5
Date: Monday, May 10, 2021
Ends On: Friday, May 14, 2021
Registration Deadline: Saturday, May 01, 2021
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

Members' Fee: $650
Sworn Non-Members' Fee: $650
Non-Members' Fee: $650


Registration and Payment will be through the MTU

Additional paperwork will have to filled out prior to acceptance into class 

Date: 5/10/2021 – 5/14/2021  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    



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: $650.00 checks made payable to Northwest Illinois Criminal Justice Commission


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