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, including rifle set up, wind reading, MOA/MIL, positional shooting, vehicle hides, barrier tests on glass and other mediums, DOPE to 600 yards, weapon chrono, dope cards of high-value targets, tripod intro.

This course is taught by members of the ATOA SME Committee.

Date: August 12-16, 2019

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

Cost: $350 to current ATOA members, class size is limited to 20 students


POC:  Tyler Ellsworth at

Gear List

  • 500 rounds of ammo
  • rifle with sling that can hold one minute or less groups
  • shooting bags
  • wet weather gear
  • all gear used for team deployment
  • data book, range/weather meter
  • eye and ear protection
  • veil material
  • any tools needed for your weapon/scope system