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Tuesday May 10

Range Courses

Instructors: John Foy and Jerry Zacharias
Morning: 8:00 am – 12:00 pm [4 Hours]
Afternoon: 1:30 pm – 5:30 pm [4 Hours]
LVMPD Range 2

This course will introduce marksmanship skill development through a series of individual component skills and developing an executable skill sequence for accuracy and speed in dynamic situations. This presentation will assist students in recognizing the component skills and introduce techniques to isolate and improve the component skills.

  1. Recognize the component skills of a shooting sequence,

  2. Develop drills to improve component skills.

  3. Develop training drills to improve speed and accuracy.

Student Requirements:

Instructor Bio:
John E Foy began a career in Law Enforcement in 1971 with the Belmont County Sheriff’s Office becoming an agency firearms instructor in 1974 rising to the rank of Lieutenant. John joined the staff of the Ohio Peace Office Training Academy in 1985 teaching and developing firearms and tactical training programs for the state of Ohio. John retired from OPOTA in 2016. John holds a Deputy Sheriff’s Commission with the Madison County Sheriff’s Office.

Instructor: Robert Woodard
Morning: 8:00 am – 12:00 pm [4 Hours]
Afternoon: 1:30 pm – 5:30 pm [4 Hours]
Location: LVMPD Range 3

Officers are constantly faced with the possibility of having to use deadly force to save their life or that of a third person. In a deadly force situation weapons can malfunction and the possibilities of needing to reload is high. The ability to fix a malfunction or reload the weapon quickly and efficiently could be the difference in surviving a deadly force situation. Students will be exposed to methods of reloading, both tactical and emergency type reloads, along with fixing malfunctions and getting the weapon back up and getting back into the fight. This is a skill that is often taken for granite and not trained on specifically.


  • Be able to show proficiency and accuracy with duty firearm.

  • Be able to demonstrate proper loading of weapon.

  • Be able to demonstrate proper re-loading of weapon during course of fire (tactical reload)

  • Be able to demonstrate proper re-loading of weapon during course of fire (emergency reload)

  • Be able to identify and properly clear weapon type one malfunction and fire weapon.

  • Be able to identify and properly clear weapon type two malfunction and fire weapon.

Student requirements: 

Instructor Bio:
Sgt. Mitch Woodard is the range Master and lead firearms instructor for the Amarillo Police Department in Amarillo Texas. Sgt. Woodard has been in Law Enforcement for 32 years with the Amarillo Police Department. He was a member of the SWAT team for 15 years, and the lead diver and Scuba instructor for the APD underwater search and recovery team for 20 years. A certified firearms instructor for TECOLE and DOE, he’s been a firearms instructor since 1993, and the Range Master since 2013. Sgt. Woodard has been an active member of IALEFI® since 2012.

Instructor: Matt Mander
Morning: 8:00 am – 12:00 pm [4 Hours]
Afternoon: 1:30 pm – 5:30 pm [4 Hours]
Location: LVMPD Range 4

The Pistol Mounted Optics has increased in popularity in the military, law enforcement, and competition. The Pistol Mounted Optics sighting system is one of the most effective tools available due to the sight being super imposed on the target while the target is in full focus of the shooter. This course will offer some ideas of dynamic training exercises that will help you improve your live fire training; we will be incorporating a variety of target options that provide a pathway to improve the skills of your students along with the use of Pistol Mounted Optics. We will provide and use a wide range of targets to include, Steel, Auto, Reactive. We will also provide a Springfield 9mm XDm pistol fitted with Bushnell Red dot Optics.

Instructor Bio:
With over 14 years in active law enforcement, primarily in special enforcement teams and investigations, Matt is currently a Patrol Sergeant in the Rocky Mountain region of the US.  He serves as his department’s firearms training coordinator, guiding training and development of the firearms instructor cadre and armorers for his agency as well as developing firearms curriculum.  He is state-certified as a lead firearms instructor and teaches at a regional police academy.  His experience as a certified armorer in multiple weapon systems and a criminal investigator has qualified him to testify as an expert in firearms examination.  Over the last 10 years he has served as the Trustee and Vice President of his local FOP lodge, specializing in contract negotiations.

He is a certified firearms instructor, an armorer for the majority of law enforcement firearms, a red dot sight Instructor, rangemaster and shoot house instructor.

Instructors: Edwin Kellogg III and John Brooks
Morning: 8:00 am – 12:00 pm [4 Hours]
Afternoon: 1:30 pm – 5:30 pm [4 Hours]
Location: LVMPD Range 5

Just because we end up on the ground for whatever reason doesn’t mean we are out of the fight. We must overcome adverse circumstances and continue to fight. This course will have the student firing their weapons from various unconventional positions and fighting to their feet to regain a position of advantage.

Student Requirements:

Instructor Bio:
Sergeant Kellogg graduated from the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center (FLETC) in June of 1987 and began his career at the National Security Agency (NSA) with the NSA Police within the Office of Security less to be used, and Counterintelligence. He returned to FLETC in December 1987 and became a certified Firearms Instructor. The majority of his career has been dedicated to the training of NSAP Officers, Special Agents and other Civilian/Military/Contractor affiliates. Retired in 2017 after 30 years of service.

Instructors: Paolo Grandis
Morning: 8:00 am – 12:00 pm [4 Hours]
Afternoon: 1:30 pm – 5:30 pm [4 Hours]
Location: LVMPD Range 6

Our program gets students out of their “comfort zones” to think about their approaches to shooting in a different way. Instructors must always be able to think “outside the box” and reframe their views and explanations to best provide students with the benefit of their expertise. This class emphasizes a holistic approach to instruction concentrating on harmonizing the psychological and physiological aspects of shooting. Students will practice applying these philosophies to their handgun and rifle skills while we discuss the application of handguns and rifles under varying circumstances and distances.

 Students will be able to:

  • compare usage of rifles and handguns under varying circumstances and distances;
  • discuss with their students appropriate choice and application of weapon and why; and

  • discuss with their students fundamentals as they apply to each weapon type.

Student Requirements:

Instructor Bio:
Former Carabinieri (military police). Weapons instructor (10+ yrs) in civilian, military, and security personnel training including NATO Corps, Carabinieri, and state and local police among others in Italy. Italian Army instructor trainer for safe action pistols and AR15 (the only non-governmental trainer). International references include several Serbian antiterrorism units and other European agencies, 131st Pararescue Squadron, U.S. Marshals, and several large U.S. PD’s as well as IALEFI®.

Instructors: Vince Bizzini & Ryan Killian
Morning: 8:00 am – 12:00 pm
Afternoon: 1:30 PM – 5:00 PM
Location: LVMPD Range 7

The shotgun has been somewhat forgotten since the proliferation of the carbine.

 The shotgun is a multi capable weapon system and actually carries the most firepower of any weapon at the patrol car level.

 Many of the issues as to why its use has gone by the wayside have to do with people, including instructors, not wanting to deal with the time it takes to properly set the guns up and train the manipulations.

Out of the box, most LE shotguns don’t fit 70% of the officers. This makes them unpleasant and difficult to shoot, resulting in no one wanting to use them. They are heavy and actually require manipulation different from most other guns in the arsenal. They don’t hold a bucket of bullets so reloading is a viable skill to develop.

 Justifying and selecting ammunition is another consideration. The shotgun is capable of launching multiple projectiles, the trajectory of which is not always predictable.

 The shotgun can also be used to launch less than lethal munitions. gas as long as they are dedicated to that role alone.

 All of these topics will be covered and a solid set of manipulation drills will be introduced that can be easily replicated or enhanced as students progress.

Student Requirements:

Instructor Bio:
Vince Bizzini 31 yrs. L/E retired. Vince has numerous California POST Firearms Instructor Certifications as well NRA LEAD certifications in handgun/shotgun/precision rifle/carbine. He spent 10 years as his agency’s full-time Range Master/Armorer and was the Firearm Program Director at his regional academy. Since retirement he operates his own firearm training business, Valley Defense Consulting Inc.

 Vince has taught at numerous IALEFI® RTC events. He is also and adjunct instructor at Thunder Ranch.

Instructors: Kenn LaRudd & John Kelly, LVMPD
Morning: 8:00 am – 12:00 pm
Afternoon: 1:30 PM – 5:30 PM
Location: LVMPD Range 9

The purpose of this course is to enhance the weapon carrier’s ability to safely engage targets from in and around vehicles.


  1. Demonstrate the four firearm safety rules during all the courses of fire

  2. Demonstrate the 7 fundamentals of marksmanship as applied to each exercise

  3. Demonstrate the ability to safely engage targets while in unusual positions
  4. Demonstrate the ability to engage targets while using vehicles as cover and concealment

Student Requirements:

Indoor Courses

Jonathon Bissett – Glock
Time: 8:00 am – 5:30 pm [8 Hours]
Location: Ann Arbor Room

Instructor: Bob Wood
Time: 8:00 am – 5:30 pm [8 Hours]
Location: Dearborn Room

Students will be taken through introductions to the course and Ruger history. Field service of the rifle will include nomenclature, basic stripping of the rifle and function checks. At the armorer level of the training students will disassemble all major components and sub-assemblies, cycle of operations, inspection, cleaning and trouble shooting. Students will be certified for three years from the date of the course.
After completing the course students will be able to perform all armorer level services on their department’s inventory of Pistol Caliber Carbines.

Student Requirements:
It is recommended that students bring safety glasses and a flash light to the training.

Instructor Bio:
Bob Wood has been an Armorer instructor for Ruger since 1991 specializing in law enforcement products for armorers and the forensic community. His 19 years experience in the product service department as instructor, technical advisor and service technician has given him a working knowledge of the Ruger weapon systems. Bob has trained armorers throughout the United States, Europe and Canada.

Instructor: Fletch Fuller
Morning: 8:00 am – 12:00 pm [4 Hours]
Afternoon: 1:30 pm – 5:30 pm [4 Hours]
Location: Detroit Ballroom A-A1

The Tactical Folding Knife is one of the least trained and most misunderstood tools carried by law enforcement.

 This class is intended to give the officer a working knowledge of the selection, care, carry and defensive use of the tactical folding knife in violent attacks where the officer’s primary weapon is compromised or inaccessible.

No live firearms or blades allowed in the training area!

Course Objectives:

  • Identify special considerations in close quarter confrontations involving the LEO duty carry of an edged weapon.

  • Articulate the need for edged weapon deployment in close quarter lethal threat scenarios.

  • Demonstrate fundamental edged weapon tactics for use in deadly force scenarios.

  • Effectively deploy an edged weapon as a reasonable force option in a simulated lethal threat scenario.

Student Requirements:
Students should bring their duty belt with holster and a red or blue training gun.

Instructor Bio:
Fletch Fuller is the high liability training coordinator for a large SW Florida law enforcement agency and lead instructor for defensive tactics, baton, OC spray, TASER and driving. He is a TASER Master Instructor and a Monadnock Baton Senior Instructor, a Firearms and Self Defense Instructor as well as a Force Science Graduate. Fletch currently runs the ReadyUp Tactical training company and is a Black Belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. He has been a featured instructor for ILEETA, IALEFI® and PoliceOne.

Instructor: John Weiss
Morning: 8:00 am – 12:00 pm [4 Hours]
Afternoon: 1:30 pm – 5:30 pm [4 Hours]
Location: Grand Rapids Room

Starting at Sam Colt’s marvelous invention, this lecture is a summary of the events, technologies and people who helped form our art, and how their accomplishments echo through to today’s TTP.

Course Objectives:

  • Name Samuel Colt and two of his contributions
  • Name one of the famous Old West gunfighters and some of their accomplishments
  • Name at least one historical event and it’s impact on our art
  • Know why “Fitz” Fitzgerald is important
  • Know what Rex Applegate contributed to our art
  • Name at least two things Jeff Cooper brought us
  • Name the person most responsible for the Urban Rifle concept
  • Name the man responsible for the popularity of the retention holster
  • Name at least one competition shooter of the past 50 years, and why we should know their name
  • Name at least one Special Operator, and why they’re important to our art
  • Remain conscious for at least twenty consecutive minutes during lecture

Instructor Bio:
Combat decorated US Marine Desert Storm Veteran, Town of Palm Beach Police patrol, and plain clothed officer. Lead firearms instructor, rangemaster, multiple instructor certifications. Police liaison officer Ar Ramadi, Iraq 2005-07. Palm Beach Co Sherriff deputy since 2009. Full time trainer, patrol, court room security assignments. IALEFI® member since 1998.

Optional Evening Courses

Instructor: Ken Farren
Time: 7:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Location: LVMPD Range 2


Instructor: Mike Johnson
Time: 7:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Location: LVMPD Range 4

In this block the students will have the opportunity to work on their skills with a patrol rifle in diminished light. Techniques in operation utilizing a handheld light and weapon mounted lights will be discussed. The students will participate in drills that improve patrol rifle operation when in diminished light.

Course Objectives:

  • Introduce students to low light equipment available for patrol rifle
  • Introduce student to the basic operation skills of the patrol rifle in reduced light with handheld light.
  • Introduce student to the basic operation skills of the patrol rifle in reduced light with weapon mounted light.
  • To enhance students basic shooting skills with the patrol rifle in reduced light

Student Requirements:

  1. Knee pads and elbow pads recommended
  2. Two 20 round magazines minimum or 30 rounds will do but may create issues with slings and prone.
  3. Rifle round count 200 rounds of rifle ammo plus 150 rounds pistol

Instructor Bio:
Mike has 40 years in law enforcement. Mike has been a firearms instructor since 1984. He is currently employed by the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office where he serves in the Patrol Division as a Deputy and Field Training Officer. Mike is assigned to the Training Division as an Instructor. Mike has experience in communication, crime scene investigations, patrol operations, and criminal investigations. Mike has served in specialized units including Dive Rescue, Drug Enforcement, Street Crimes and SWAT.