Basic Sniper - LE/Military

LE/Military Basic Sniper

The basic sniper course is designed for new or inexperienced snipers and explains the difference between the military and police sniper, with the primary focus being the training and operation of a police sniper in an urban environment. The course begins with classroom topics covering the role of the sniper on a SWAT team, ballistics and use of force considerations. Instructors ensure proper fit of the rifle to the sniper and live fire training exposes the sniper proper zeroing of the rifle, marksmanship fundamentals, target identification and threat discrimination. Low light operations, fieldcraft, data book documentation and numerous courses of fire are included during the week of training.

The basic sniper course is a 5 day, 55+ hour course. It is a physically demanding course designed to teach the sniper to perform mentally and physically while under stress. It is recommended that students be in good physical shape and are capable of running, crawling and kneeling. The curriculum is certified through the State of Illinois - Illinois Law Enforcement Training and Standards Board. Students are required to successfully pass a written exam and a rifle qualification in order to successfully pass the course.


Students are required to score 85% or higher on the written exam and successfully pass the "FBI" sniper qualification course of fire. Students are given two attempts to pass the rifle qualifcation. Certification willl not be given unless the student successfully passes both the written test and rifle qualification.

Students desiring to attend this course must be United States military personnel functioning in a designated marksman capacity, or assigned and/or selected to serve on a law enforcement tactical team. Written authorization from the officers department confirming their status on a tactical team shall be required.

Required Equipment

  • 500 rounds of match grade ammunition
  • Sniper Rifle & Case (preferably drag bag)
  • Night vision optic for rifle (if available)
  • Data book
  • Callout Gear (Camo clothing and/or ghillie suit, camelback, backpack, etc.)
  • Eye & ear protection
  • Knee & elbow pads (optional - but recommended)
  • Rain Gear
  • Water or hydration device (Camelback)
  • Notetaking materials (including pen, pencil, calculator and small flashlight)

Daily Schedule and Location

Class starts at 8:30 AM and typically ends around 5:00 PM each day.

All classes are taught at Lake Fork Sportsman's Club, 350 N. 1375 E., Atwood, IL, 61913 unless stated otherwise.


Registration Instructions

1. Register for the desired class online.

2. Complete the registration agreement:

For Individuals, please download, complete and return the Individual Student Agreement

For Organizations, please download, complete, and return the Organization Agreement

3. Return completed forms, by mail, fax, or email to:

Shooter School
PO BOX 1191
Mahomet, IL 61853

Fax: 217.489.9241

If you have any questions, or need assistance registering for a course, please contact us or call, 217.972.4503.

Shooter School does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, disability, sex, marital status, familial status, parental status, religion, or sexual orientation.