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Sniper 101-50hr Basic Sniper Course - Tyler Region 8
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The TTPOA in conjunction with the Tyler Police Department SWAT Team will be hosting a Basic Sniper Course in Tyler Texas. This is an intensive 5-Day/50-hour course that combines classroom theory and practical range/field applications. Class runs Monday October 26th, 2020 through Friday October 30th 2020.

 Export to Your Calendar 10/26/2020 to 10/30/2020
When: 7:30 AM
Where: Tyler Police Gun Range
2811 Public Drive
Tyler, Texas  75702
United States
Contact: Mike Saxion
903 531 1023 9035715251

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The course is restricted to current law enforcement and active duty military personnel only.

This course focuses on developing proficiency with the sniper weapon system and operational tactics.


Training will consist of classroom instruction, practical exercises and live fire drills on; Sniper Team duties and responsibilities, Firearms Safety, Proper Rifle set up and fit, Optical Sight Utilization, Practical Weapon Handling, Marksmanship Fundamentals, Data Book Documentation, Zeroing, Weapon Cleaning & Maintenance, Deadly Force Considerations, Field Equipment, Minute of Angle/Milliradian, Ballistics, Ranging Estimation, Use of a Ballistic Calculator, Building an accurate Range Card, Final Firing Positions, Cover & Concealment, Observation Intel Gathering & Reporting, Intermediate Barriers, Engaging Moving Targets, Low Light Conditions, Positional Shooting and Qualification.



All students must me be current law enforcement or active duty military personnel. Department/Military Identification will be check on the first day.

In order for students to receive a certificate they will be required to pass a written exam, demonstrate safe weapon handling and apply the skills learned in the course through challenging shooting exercises. Students will also be required to successfully pass a sniper qualification course of fire.   


Required Equipment:

Precision weapon system (bolt action or semi-auto) (5.56mm or larger caliber) with a magnified optic capable of 1 moa @100 yards accuracy or better.

Mildot reticle (variation) pattern is recommended.   Scope should have external elevation/windage adjustments.

Rifle sling and bipod

Drag bag or rifle pack

All SWAT callout gear (helmet, body armor, swat uniform, hat with brim)

Range finder

Binoculars or spotting scope

Field notebook, pencil or pen

Weapon cleaning kit (push rod, brass jag, cleaning solvent, and bore guide)

Eye and hearing protection

Range clothing appropriate for the season and inclement weather conditions

Clothing suitable for stalking

Estimated round count of 500 rounds of match grade ammunition


Recommend gear:

Kestrel/phone with ballistic app – Hornady 4DOF or applied ballistics

Knee and elbow pads

Shooting mat


Lead Instructor will be Sgt Mike Saxion.  Saxion has over 28 years of law enforcement experience, 24 years experience as a SWAT Team member/Sniper. Sgt Saxion is the current sniper team leader for the Tyler Police SWAT Team, range master, and firearms coordinator.

He has a Master Peace Officer certification, TCOLE Instructor, and Sniper certifications.


Payment Instructions:

Registration must be completed on-line at https://www.ttpoa.org/events/event_list.asp

Payment must be received by October 1, 2020 in order to hold your spot in the class. No refunds will be given after this date

The fee for this course is $500. Class size is limited and all registration must be completed online. We recommend all payments be completed online during the registration process.

Credit card payment is STRONGLY RECOMMENDED.


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