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Thursday May 9

Range Courses

Michael Hairston & Richard Burton – Farmers Branch Police Dept.
4 Hours PBSO Range Bay 1

Course Learning Objectives:

  1. The student will be able to move in all directions while maintaining target acquisition and operating the patrol rifle.
  2. The student will know the different barricade positions and how to use the barricade as cover.
  3. The student will be able to transition from the rifle to the pistol
  • Instructors will cover the range safety information and explain the use of the shooter – coach concept to be used during the moving drills. During moving drills shooters will pair up and while one person is shooting the other person will be their safety officer ensuring they are staying in line with other shooters.
  • Individual officers will be allowed to ask questions of the instructors for clarification.
  • Advance and Withdraw (all drills start with a walk through before live fire)
    Student will start from the ready gun position and on command advance toward the target firing on command of the instructor. The instructor will also give the withdraw and fire commands.
  • Right and Left Movement (all drills start with a walk through before live fire)
    Student will start from the ready gun position and on command of the instructor move right or left firing on command.
  • Next all four directions will be incorporated.
  • The student will then practice transition from the rifle to the pistol. When the student can make the transition a transition portion will be added to the moving and shooting drill.
  • Pivot and shooting (all drills start with a walk through before live fire)
    The student will start with the rifle in the low ready and safety on. Make a quarter turn, move the safety to fire, acquire the target and fire two shots. This will be done making a right and a left quarter turn. The student will next start in the low ready with safety on and have their back to the target. The student will make a half turn, move the safety to fire, acquire the target and fire two shots.
  • Barricade Shooting (all drills start with a walk through before live fire)
    The student will start in the ready gun position from behind the barricade and be instructed on shooting standing, kneeling, and prone from behind cover.
  • Run and Gun Drill (all drills start with a walk through before live fire)
    The student will move from barricade to barricade, at the instruction of the instructor, firing two rounds at each target. The rifle safety MUST be places on safe when moving barricades. Each barricade will have a different shooting position.

Student Requirements: Handgun w/magazines or speedloaders, patrol rifle w/magazines and sling, duty belt, handgun 50 rounds, rifle 300 rounds, extra mags.

Paolo Grandis & Jacopo Guarino
4 Hours PBSO Range Bay 2


The best outcome for the professional student comes from being proactive with an innovative POV of the drills, and with students being constantly out of his/her comfort zone.

Fundamentals will be enforced while more complex skills will be required to approach specifically tailored exercises, designed to push the student where he can gain the maximum advantage from the time spent in training with his/her instructor. All scenarios will be LEO-related. Every exercise have been developed constantly considering human body physiology and mind (conscious and unconscious) patterns. Handgun handling will be reinforced so to focus on tactics approach to threats and covers. Work environment will always be part of the exercise, so to concentrate only on real life needed skills. This is a unique opportunity for students to evaluate the teaching techniques of European law enforcement instructors.

Student Requirements: Handgun w/magazines or speedloaders, duty belt, handgun 300 rounds.

Frank Martel – Stafford County Sheriff’s Office
4 Hours Part 1: PBSO Range Classroom A; Part 2: PBSO Range Bay 3


At the completion of this course the student will have a thorough understanding of red dot sight handgun concepts, and a “hands on” experience of why they are the next logical step for law enforcement tactical handgun employment.

The course will consist of 300 rounds of tactical handgun shooting on reactive targets. The course of fire will cover shooting while moving, ground techniques and employing the handgun at extended distances. Each participant will be provided a handgun equipped with a red dot reflex sight, two magazines, holster and magazine pouch. Range drills will involve non-standard shooting positions, moving and ground shooting techniques.

Student Requirements: Each student will need 300 rounds of handgun ammunition (either 9mm or .40 cal.), shooting glasses, hat with a bill, standard shooting attire and a belt that will support a standard holster.

Denny Elliott – High Ground Training Group / Williamson County Sheriff’s Office (RET)
4 Hours PBSO Range Bay 4 (Rogers)


This course of instruction will address how the biomechanics of the human hand and ergonomic design of handguns clash and contribute to a misdiagnosis of shooter’s issues. This course will concentrate on striker fired design handguns that are commonly issued to LEO’s. Shooters will fire a diagnostic course of fire, and then receive instruction in the diagnosis of targets. Course will then move to improving technique to counter common design issues. Shooters will apply techniques as necessary to improve individual accuracy.

Second phase of the course will involve saturation shooting and partner coaching to recognize and diagnose shooters’ issues.

After completion of this training, the participant will be able to:

  1. Understand the effects of Human Hand Biomechanics on accuracy;
  2. Develop strategies for countering the effects of human biomechanics while shooting the handgun;
  3. Understand the effects of handgun designs have on the mechanics of shooting;
  4. Develop strategies in instructing shooters to improve accuracy using improved techniques to counter biomechanics and weapon ergonomics;
  5. Understand why some handgun designs are problematic and what to do about them in instructing students.

Student Requirements: Handgun w/magazines or speedloaders, handgun 200 rounds, range attire, duty or carry holster, mag pouches, cover, eye and ear protection.

Kharis Sepulveda – Supulveda Inc.
4 Hours PBSO Range Classroom B and Range Bay 5

The off-duty officer has to have the same heightened levels of awareness as if on-duty, especially when in public with family members and loved ones.

This class will go over the various tactical techniques needed to efficiently deploy a handgun in a close quarter environment while off-duty.

  • Situational awareness
  • Use of force issues
  • Concealment clothing/holster options
  • Cover vs. concealment
  • Drawing a handgun efficiently from concealment
  • Weapons retention techniques with off-duty holsters
  • Shooting from cover/prone position
  • Shooting while moving away from the threat on the oblique (45 degree angle)
  • Threat engagement from various angles/positions
  • Engaging the threat if incapacitated (support hand only)
  • Shooting from the supine position

Student Requirements: Handgun w/magazines or speedloaders, 250 rounds of handgun ammunition, dummy rounds (6), off-duty attire, with appropriate cover (sweater, vest, t-shirt, coat, jacket, sweat shirt, etc.), off-duty holster of choice; pancake, paddle, cross draw, shoulder, middle of the back, fanny pack, ankle, purse (it is recommended to bring more than one type of holster).

Cameron Lloyd – Modular Driven Technologies
8 Hours PBSO Range Bay 6

This course is designed to provide participants with the opportunity to review the fundamentals of precision rifle marksmanship and identify ways to improve the delivery of precision rifle training. Recognizing that performance is limited by the weakest link in the chain, the course takes a systems based approach to precision rifle shooting. The course will begin with equipment considerations providing students with the opportunity to conduct a thorough pre-firing check of their rifle and optic before moving into a review of precision rifle fundamentals. This will be followed by ammunition considerations, external ballistics and trajectory prediction, incorporating an in depth look at ballistic software. Students will be provided with an overview of popular ballistic software models, instruction in the use of ballistic software and an understanding of its benefits and limitations as a teaching aid and an operational tool. The last part of the course will look at enhancing precision rifle training through the implementation of tasked based shooting drills and a meaningful training progression.

Course goals:

  • Understand the importance of rifle component selection and correct rifle set up
  • Understand the impact of scope selection and set up on precision rifle engagements
  • Demonstrate sound marksmanship fundamentals with the precision rifle
  • Understand the impact of ammunition selection on precision rifle engagements
  • Understand the importance of trajectory prediction in precision rifle engagements
  • Understand the benefits and limitations of ballistic software in trajectory prediction
  • Demonstrate the ability to use ballistic software to successfully predict trajectory
  • Demonstrate correct shot placement with high confidence on precision targets
  • Develop task based shooting drills that will enhance the fundamental abilities of students

Student Requirements: Precision rifle w/scope, 150 rounds of match grade ammunition, rear bag, eye & ear protection, data log book for your rifle, one piece cleaning rod & cleaning kit, shooting mat (optional), Kestrel/PDA or smart phone with ballistic software (optional but highly recommended).
A limited number of Ruger Precision Rifles (.308 Caliber) will be provided by Ruger Inc., contact us to reserve a rifle.

Indoor Courses

David Brancato, Gary Monreal – Team One Network
8 Hours Embassy Suites Boardroom

The Ruger AR-556 armorers course is designed for LE / Military personnel. Students will conduct proper disassembly and assembly of the Ruger AR-556 rifle and diagnose reported field problems. Students will be able to service and repair Ruger AR-556 rifles to include the installation of new components. Topics that will also be covered are nomenclature, operator use, cycle of function, field stripping, care and cleaning, troubleshooting, preventative & corrective maintenance.

The course objectives will be met through PPT presentation and hands on instruction by instructors. Each student will demonstrate to the instructors disassembly / assembly of the Ruger AR-556 rifle and be able to properly maintain the weapons system to manufacture’s specifications.

Student Requirements: None.

Rick Gordon
4 Hours Embassy Room
*Morning Only*

Frame Disassembly Procedures: Identifying and removing pistol parts;
Grouping parts into major groups; Detailed description and function of

Frame Assembly Procedures: Assemble parts and groups in reverse order of
Function test parts/groups to ensure proper assembly

Magazine: Magazine function; Disassembly/Reassembly; Ammunition rotation

Slide: Disassembly/Assembly; Grouping parts; Detailed description and
function of parts/groups

Frame and Slide: Complete disassembly/reassembly

Trouble Shooting and Quality Control: Review of most common
malfunctions; Inspection

Rick Gordon
4 Hours Embassy Room
*Afternoon Only*

In order to maintain the Beretta weapons in excellent serviceable condition – ready for trouble-free field performance – and extend their service life at minimum cost, armorers must have an in-depth knowledge in appropriate maintenance.

The Beretta Armorer Training Courses are designed for the law enforcement/military armorer, firearms instructor and technician. These courses provide complete, detailed answers to specific questions concerning the mechanical functioning, operating procedures, field stripping, inspection, troubleshooting, and maintenance of our firearms.

  • Basic Safety: General Description; Principles of Operation; Cycle of Operation; Nomenclature; Field Stripping; Tools
  • Disassembly and Reassembly: Trigger Group; Bolt Group; Receiver Group; Barrel Group
    Ammunition: Basic Ammunition Terms and Descriptions
  • Cleaning/ Lubrication: General Cleaning Procedure
  • Trouble Shooting and Quality Control: Review of most common malfunctions; Inspections
Thomas Alibrando – IWI
8 Hours Embassy Suites – Bronze Room

Tavor X95 Bullpup Armorer

Brandon Wright – S&W
8 Hours Embassy Suites – Plaza I

** This class has been filled **

This course will cover routine maintenance, care, detailed disassembly, and parts replacement for the M&P M2.0 Pistol. Students who complete this course will be certified for 3 years.

Don Alwes – NRA LE & NOTA
4 Hours PBSO Training Division, 4215 Cherry Rd, WPB, Classroom A

The days of firearms training done in a vacuum are long over. Now the Instructor must be familiar and competent in defensive tactics, less lethal, officer safety, de-escalation, and other areas. This class will concentrate on the firearms trainer’s role in Active Threat (Shooter) Response. The latest tactics will be discussed including individual officer response, bounding/flanking, threshold assessment, push or hold, follow-through, rescue task forces, and small unit tactics.

Course goals:

  • List recent active threat incidents;
  • Identify lessons learned from such incidents;
  • Identify characteristics of Level I, II, & III active threat incidents;
  • Identify components of the decision cycle;
  • Identify firearm skills needed for ATR;
  • Identify desirable weapons and equipment;
  • Describe proper threshold assessment;
  • Describe proper bounding/flanking;
  • Describe proper link-ups/split-ups;
  • Describe proper post-engagement follow-through;
  • Describe proper mind-set, and push or hold decision-making.

Student Requirements: None.

Stephen Taranto & Ronald Raneri – Second Amendment Training Center
8 Hours PBSO Training Division, 4215 Cherry Rd, WPB, Classroom B

This class was taught at the 2017 IALEFI® ATC and was well received, and we continue to get e-mails and questions today. We have expanded this to a 8 hour block after review of the evaluations and students wanting more.

Range masters and firearms instructors today must be proficient in a broad spectrum of subjects, including training, administration, and liability. They must have a comprehensive understanding of the responsibility they undertake when accepting this position. Programs that they design and implement train their officers to survive deadly threat encounters and could ultimately result in the taking another person’s life. In order to understand such great liability, range masters and firearms instructors must constantly prepare and accurately document for the possibility of judicial review.

In addition to standard state qualification courses, firearms training must incorporate beneficial exercises and employ current adult learning strategies. Training teams must present in a consistent and purposeful manner and courses must be based on realistic events. Being a firearms instructor who teaches only from stale and outdated material is not enough today. Today’s range master must oversee and guide the instructors under them so to ensure they are properly presenting quality and useful material.

This course is the start of the journey to become the range master. With an emphasis on developing immediately useable skills, the course incorporates lesson plan development through live-fire student-designed and graded practical exercises. It is designed for both novice and veteran firearms instructors who wish to enter a more advanced phase of their careers and duties.

Course goals:

  • Range master selection and position justification
  • Adult learning principles
  • Lesson plan development
  • Execution of lesson plan through live fire exercises
  • Safety of their personnel and students
  • Development of range incident action plans, including medical emergencies
  • Identifying proper span & overall control of the range master
  • Budget development for the range master
  • Planning and creative thinking with an approved budget
  • Pertinent case law and how to apply it
  • Policy & procedure development for the range master
  • Scheduling and record keeping for the range master

Student Requirements: Flashdrive.

Alex Ragulsky – Louisville County Police Dept. (RET)
4 Hours PBSO Training Division, 4215 Cherry Rd, WPB, Classroom C

Off-Duty Companion and Third Party Defensive Techniques is a class designed to address the topics that will assist us in keeping our companions alive by providing them with the thinking-tactical edge during a violent encounter. How to move, what to say, what to expect and how to realistically help us survive and protect them.

Our companions, friends and family know that we are cops and their sub-conscious mind expects us to protect them. But what if we get injured and can no longer fight. Do they know what we expect so that they can protect themselves, and maybe us?

What if we go down? Do you want your companion trying to recover your handgun and engage the threat? What if you are not armed but your companion is, and goes down in a violent encounter? Will you try to recover their gun and engage the threat?

When the threat is real and shots are fired, have you discussed with your companion exactly what you want them to do?

This class covers more than “guns and shooting.” It provides insight in what to do before, during and after a shooting solution that could make the difference between life and death for us and those closest to us. Valuable for street cops in the event that you and/or your partner takes an incoming round.

Course goals:

  • Be able to develop a practical plan to assist in keeping their companions safe during a potentially violent encounter.
  • Understand the guardian mindset, why their companions need to accept it and what they must do as a potential defender to survive the encounter.
  • Responsibilities and what needs to be done before, during and after an attack.
    Quick first aid applications for the untrained.
  • The fight isn’t over until the “good guys” have control of the scene. Enhanced defensive techniques after the first shot but before the scene is secured. What should your companion say to the police?
  • Legal aftermath

Student Requirements: None.

Mark Suchey – Team One Network
4 Hours PBSO Training Division, 4215 Cherry Rd, WPB, Classroom D

The purpose of this block of instruction is to familiarize the students with the aspects of low light training to include use of flashlights, low light operations and issues relating to how we operate in low light conditions. The instructor will present multiple 10-15 min blocks of instruction that could be conducted in a roll call session. At the end of this 4-hour block of instruction the students will be provided a manual with the following blocks of instruction covering:

  • Approaches and searches
  • Quick peeks
  • Search and entry
  • Observation drills
  • Patrol car awareness
  • Hand held flashlight techniques
  • Reloading with a hand held flashlight
  • Use of available light

Student requirements: None. Team One Network will provide all equipment needed. All demonstrations will be preformed with simulated plastic firearms.

Thursday Evening

2019 ATC Awards Banquet

Embassy Suites Ballroom

Break bread with us as we celebrate another great ATC! We’ll also be awarding prizes to the top shooters from Monday’s Memorial Match. Please indicate in your registration if you will be attending, and also if you are bringing a guest.