2018 ATOA Intermediate Sniper Course – December 2-6

Intermediate Sniper Course

Instructors: Instructor cadre comprised of members from the ATOA Sniper SME Committee.

Topics: This course is designed as an intermediate sniper course and will require the student to have completed at least a basic level sniper course. Topics will include: 100 to 1,000-yard doping, positional shooting to include support side, bullet effect on barriers, hostages, moving targets, unknown distance, snipers job in a tactical track, night shoots, multiple team drills, and more.


  1. Rifle with scope capable of shooting one MOA or less
  2. 600 rounds of rifle ammo
  3. Duty gear
  4. All equipment that you would deploy with on a callout
  5. Gas mask
  6. Handgun with 50 rounds
  7. Wet weather gear
  8. Flashlight
  9. N.V.G., if available
  10. Data books
  11. Pens
  12. Rangefinder
  13. Cleaning equipment
  14. Any other equipment needed

Cost: Training is free and limited to ATOA members (Limited to 16 students)

Date & Time: December 2nd – 6th, 2018

Location: Wickenburg, Arizona (remote area outside of town).

Lodging: Instructors and students will be camping at the training site.

Registration: Register with Jon Brambila at secretary@aztac.org


Pima Regional SWAT Basic 3 Day Breaching Certification Course


November 6 – 8, 2018

The Pima Regional Special Weapons and Tactics Team’s Basic Breaching Certification Course is designed to educate, prepare, and train selected tactical operatives to meet the demands of mission-related breaching operations.  Tactical Breaching plays a vital part in each mission.  If the Team is not capable of gaining entry, the mission cannot be successful.

During this intensive three day course, students will study and/or perform the non-explosive methods of breaching used by the Pima Regional Special Weapons and Tactics Team:

  • Surreptitious
  • Manual
  • Mechanical
  • Thermal
  • Ballistic
  • Vehicular

In addition to learning about the above-mentioned breaching methods, students will also be provided with lesson plans and important handout material.  This information will enhance the more detailed instruction for the areas listed below:

  • Tactical Breaching Definitions
  • The Responsibilities and Qualities of Breachers
  • Breaching Techniques and Hazards
  • Personal Protective Equipment
  • “Tools of the Trade”
  • The positioning of Breachers According To Mission Specificity
  • Constitutional Law, Case Law, and Legal Issues
  • Spanish Commands and Phrases
  • Training and Documentation Requirements
  • Continuing Education

The Basic 3 Day Breaching Certification Course is being held November 6 – 8, 2018 at the Pima Regional Training Center, located at 10,001 South Rita Road in Tucson, AZ.  Instruction will begin at 0800 hours on Tuesday and Wednesday and 0700 hours on Thursday.

This class is extremely physically demanding.  It is recommended personnel attending the school are in above-average physical condition.  This class is only open to personnel who are active tactical team members within their agency.


  • Tactical Utility Uniform: Must consist of long sleeves and long pants
  • Duty boots
  • Tactical Body Armor
  • Load bearing gear for magazines, etc.
  • Ballistic helmet
  • Duty belt with holster
  • Protective gloves
  • Nomex balaclava (if you use them)
  • Eye protection, shooting glasses and/or goggles
  • Hearing protection, approved earplugs or earmuffs that work with a ballistic helmet
  • Duty handgun with light and magazines
  • Knife
  • Personal hydration
  • Pen
  • Notepad
  • Lunch and snacks for each day (Off-site time will be allowed day 1 and day 2, but students will need to bring their own lunch for day 3)
  • (10) 12 gauge Ballistic breaching rounds (used by your team)
  • (50) 12 gauge light birdshot
  • Breaching specific shotguns

In order to successfully complete this course and earn a certificate, students must be present all three days, attend every block of instruction, complete all required practical exercises, and score no less than 100% on the final exam.

There is no cost for the course and all travel, lodging, transportation, per diem and/or other expenditures will be the responsibility of the student’s agency or department.  The Class will be limited to the first 16 students who are current tactical operators within their agencies.  A maximum of 2 students from each agency will be confirmed; any other additional requests will be placed on a waiting list and will be filled on a first come first serve basis.

If you have any questions about this upcoming training or if you are interested in attending please send an email, to include the names and ranks of students, to the person below.     

Sgt. Jake Shumate

Marana Police Department

Sergeant Pima Regional SWAT

Email: Jshumate@maranaaz.gov

Desk:  520-382-2535

Cell:  520-940-7534


2018 Sniperfest Training & Competition- November 7-9th, 2018

This year marks the 8th Annual Sniperfest Training & Competition. Originally started by MCSO, we teamed up with Tacflow Academy to keep the event going for the last 4 years. SniperFest brings together shooters from all over the state- and beyond, to train, interact, and compete while building a sense of comradery and open communication between agencies. The first two days are filled with debriefs, lessons learned, focused training blocks, and presentations from subject matter experts. Day three is a competition where participants can push their limits to win prizes from our amazing sponsors.
Students and instructors come in from all over the country to engage with one another in a challenging but enjoyable environment.

Sniperfest 2018 is hosted by Tacflow Academy, in partnership with the Arizona Tactical Officers Association (501c3) and Strategic Armory Corps. We are thankful to have the help and support of these two like-minded organizations to continue to produce this fantastic event!

Day 1
Prescott Armory
824 E Gurley St
Prescott, AZ 86301

Day 2-3
Gunsite Academy
2900 W Gunsite Rd
Paulden, AZ 86334


2018 ATOA Basic Sniper Course – August 7-10

This basic sniper course of study covers the use of a precision rifle equipped with a telescopic sight used by officers assigned to Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) teams.  The course will cover weapon manipulation, principles of deployment and tactics.  Use of force considerations, legal issues, and department policies.  Students will demonstrate marksmanship, concealment/cover principles, identification techniques, and communication skills.  This course will prepare the student for their department’s qualification and standards testing. This course is taught by members of the ATOA SME Committee.

Date: August 7-10, 2018

Location: Prescott Area – Range will be announced at a later time

Cost: Free to current ATOA members, class size is limited to 16 students

Registration:  Please register with Lt. Jon Brambila at secretary@aztac.org or by calling (928) 777-1942.