SniperFest Training & Competition | APRIL 3 – 5, 2017

About

SniperFest Training & Competition 2017 is presented by Tacflow Academy, in partnership with Strategic Armory Corps and the Arizona Tactical Officers Association. We are thankful to have the help and support of these two like minded organizations to put together what we believe will be the best event yet!

The purpose behind SniperFest is to bring together shooters from all over the state- and beyond, to train, interact, and compete while building a sense of comradery and open communication between agencies. The first two days are filled with debriefs, lessons learned, focused training blocks, and presentations from subject matter experts. Day three is a competition where participants can push their limits to win prizes from our amazing sponsors.

Students and instructors come in from all over the country to engage with one another in a challenging but enjoyable environment.

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History

SniperFest was first developed by Deputy Michael Puente, who was the serving Sniper Team Leader for the Maricopa County Sheriffs Office, as a small event for local teams to get to know one another while engaging in friendly competition. SniperFest continued to grow through the help and dedication of Puente, local snipers, the MCSO Posse, and subject matter experts, including the team at Tacflow Academy. In 2015, the decision was made to officially move the event over to Tacflow who, with their partnership with the Arizona Tactical Officers Association, was more equipped to meet the additional logistical demand from the students, vendors, and instructors as the event continued to grow. Today we work hard to stay true to the original mission of the event- creating an unforgettable educational experience, while keeping the entry fee as low as possible through enlisting the help of supporters to help sponsor the event with gear, meals, travel, and cash expenses.

LOCATION

Day 1

TacVille Training Center
750 E Covey Ln #130
Phoenix, AZ 85024

Day 2-3

CowTown Range
10402 West Old Carefree Highway
Peoria, AZ 85383

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2017 Sponsors Include

Day 1- Speakers & Debriefs

0800

Sign in & Vendor Show

0900-1830

Speakers & Debriefs

Phil Hayes- Wind

Phil Hayes is a Deputy with MCSO He is a former tactical operator and bomb technician with extensive firearms and armorer training and experience. A former Reconnaissance Marine, he is a 3-time winner of the USMC Expert Rifle Award, and is a CMP Distinguished Rifleman. He is a competitive rifle shooter and holds numerous NRA and other shooting titles.

Mark Lang- 50 Cal Overwatch
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Mark Lang is a Tacflow Lead Sniper Instructor as well as the lead instructor and developer of ‘Police Sniper Response To A Public Venue™’. He was a member of the Craft International training team until 2015. The PSRPV™ course was created to fill the gap that exists at sporting venues across the world that have minimum security and that could be the target for attack by domestic or international terrorists. Along with his co-instructors, they have established a standard to which Police Snipers and their SWAT teams should meet to proactively respond to threats and directed attacks at public venues. To date, his team has trained approximately 500 SWAT operators at (13) thirteen different public venues in the United States and Canada since 2008. Tacflow’s Aerial Platform and 50 Cal Hard Target Operator/Instructor curriculums were developed by Mark based on critical incidents and operational deployments. Mark has authored several articles for the NTOA’s Tactical Edge publication. He is also a contributing writer for officer.com and Big 3 East. He is a Texas Commission on Law Enforcement (TCOLE) Firearms Instructor and an NRA Precision Rifle Instructor. Mark began his teaching career as an adjunct instructor for the Texas Tactical Police Officers Association (ttpoa.org). He has over 25 years of service with the Dallas Police Department with 18 as a member of Dallas SWAT.

Freddy Osuna- Man Tracking

Combat Tracking Subject Matter Expert, Mr. Freddy Osuna is a trusted authority on the subject of visual tracking and is the published author of “Index Tracking- Essential Guide to Trailing Man and Beast,” 2012. He is also a contributing writer to Breach Bang Clear, Recoil Magazine and various other military and law enforcement related publications. His knowledge is based on a foundation of real-world deployments and formal Combat Tracking instructor experience with U.S. and allied militaries, federal, state, and municipal law enforcement entities. Osuna’s innovative approach to teaching the craft of visual tracking and sensory awareness is turning heads amongst the nation’s top hard skills trainers. Osuna harnesses his Native American and Marine Corps culture to deliver holistic, powerful, and scientific based lessons steeped in North American tracker lineage.

Rob Furlong- Longest Shot (TAC50)

In March 2002, Furlong set the record for the longest confirmed sniper kill in combat. His shot in Afghanistan’s Shah-i-Kot Valley was taken from 2,430 meters—more than a mile and a half. The former sniper with the 3rd Battalion of Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry is regarded as Canada’s best sniper, was featured in the book Ultimate Sniper, has been decorated by the United States for his efforts, and was a member of the Canadian sharpshooting six-man Recon Sniper Cell with 3 P.P.C.L.I.

An ever-passionate shooter, Rob now runs Rob Furlong’s Marksmanship Academy, which aims to create a place where shooters of all levels and backgrounds can come to take their training to new heights.

L3 NVG and Thermal Demo & Question / Answer Session

Electro-Optical, Night Vision Systems, Thermal, Precision Targeting, and Laser Aiming Solutions

L3 will be bringing a variety of units for attendees to test. They will be giving a brief overview, pluses and minuses in cost vs. technology, as well as an open question/ answer session.

Day 2- Training Blocks

1000

Sign in & Safety Briefing

1030

Rifle Zero Confirmation

Please note, this is a rifle zero confirmation, not a new rifle and gear set up. You are expected to come to class with your rifle zeroed and dope out to 800yds

1115-1315

Block 1- Choice of one

Large Caliber Deployments- Mark Lang (Dallas PD) & Rob Pettorsson (S.A.C. Firearms)
Man Tracking- Freddy Osuna (Greenside Tracking)
Positional Shooting- Tyler Ellsworth (Prescott PD) & Jeff Chang (PHX PD)
Windshield Ballistics- MCSO

1330-1530

Block 2- Choice of one

Large Caliber Deployments- Mark Lang (Dallas PD) & Rob Pettorsson (S.A.C. Firearms)
Man Tracking- Freddy Osuna (Greenside Tracking)
Positional Shooting- Tyler Ellsworth (Prescott PD) & Jeff Chang (PHX PD)
Windshield Ballistics- MCSO

1545-1745

Block 3- Choice of one

Large Caliber Deployments- Mark Lang (Dallas PD) & Rob Pettorsson (S.A.C. Firearms)
Man Tracking- Freddy Osuna (Greenside Tracking)
Positional Shooting- Tyler Ellsworth (Prescott PD) & Jeff Chang (PHX PD)
Windshield Ballistics- MCSO

1745-1900

Dinner- Food Truck on Site

1915-2015

Block 4- Choice of one

Night Vision Deployments- Rob Pettorsson (S.A.C. Firearms) & Mark Lang (Dallas PD)
White Light Night Deployments- Tyler Ellsworth (Prescott PD) & Jeff Chang (PHX PD)

2030-2130

Block 5- Choice of one

Night Vision Deployments- Rob Pettorsson (S.A.C. Firearms) & Mark Lang (Dallas PD)
White Light Night Deployments- Tyler Ellsworth (Prescott PD) & Jeff Chang (PHX PD)

Gear List for Days 2 & 3

Bring all gear and equipment that you would deploy with on a sniper deployment- including night time shooting!

  • Assigned precision rifle (.308 preferred)
  • 300 rounds rifle ammunition (+/-)
  • Large caliber rifle (.338 or 50Cal) —–>* S.A.C. Firearms will provide training large caliber rifles on site for teams who do not currently have one for use *
  • Sniper pack
  • Elbow and knee pads
  • Eye and ear protection
  • Spotting scope
  • Range finders
  • Data book
  • Note pad
  • Pen and Marker
  • Sunblock
  • Bug spray
  • Hat
  • Food and Snacks
  • WATER

There will be Water and Gatorade on-site, but it is best to plan to have extra, as we are in a desert!

Past Events News & Videos

Video Recap of our Annual SniperFest Training and Competition designed and spear headed by Lead Instructor Mike Puente. … Read More

Javier Soto from AZ 3TV interviews Instructor Mike Puente during the 2016 SniperFest Training & Competition.

By Kristy Siefkin, FOX 10 News
PEORIA, Ariz. -Some of the best police and military snipers … Read More

We were asked to teach at this year’s SNIPERFEST for the 4th year in a row.  Rigo Durazo … Read More

Article- Sniperfest 2012 including instruction from Rigo Durazo
Staff Report
Craft Instructor Rigo Durazo was a guest instructor for the … Read More

Article-  Rigo Durazo teaches at Sniperfest
by Cameron Hopkins
Instructor Rigo Durazo, Owner of TACFLOW and Lead Instructor for … Read More

Rigo Durazo and a team from Craft International taught at the 2010 Arizona Sniperfest hosted by Maricopa County Sheriffs Office.

 

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