50 Cal/Large Caliber Instructor Course
Five (5) Day Course
This course is designed for police agencies who are wanting to begin a 50 Cal Program or have a 50 Cal rifle and need formal training with an emphasis on SWAT deployment. Current terrorist trends indicate a need for this capability now more than ever as we continue to see vehicles used as weapons against the public. This course also covers the use and deployment of the 338 Lapua Magnum rifle. Day 1 will be spent creating a base line level to operate from. Days 2-5 will focus on Instructor Development to include:
- 50 Cal/338 Rifle Standards
- Proper Ammunition Selection/Usage
- Range Planning, Design and Safety
- Terminal Ballistic Testing & Evaluation
- Moving Vehicle Interdiction
- Overwatch Position (OP) Justification, Deployment & Practicals
- Case Studies of 50/338 SWAT Interdiction (SOP)
- Qual Course and SOP Design
- Sustaining a Large Caliber Program
Texas Commission on Law Enforcement (TCOLE) Approved Course #3324
Instructor Certification is valid for 3 year period. Re-certification is offered.
Course developed by Mark Lang
Course is limited to active Law Enforcement and Military Professionals. The course is designed for an experienced police sniper who is in an Instructor role on the team. Firearms Instructor certification is recommended as students will be required to give teach backs and design a course of fire. Students will be required to pass a basic 50 Cal Qualification course.
RequiredRound total per student: 200 rounds. No American Eagle XM33C ball rounds as these rounds are military rejects and have proven to be unreliable and could cause damage to the bolt carrier. Tacflow recommends Hornady 750 gr A-MAX rounds, Thunder Ammo Match 82 rounds, Barrett 661gr M33 and CBC M33 Ball rounds. Contact lead instructor if you have rounds and do not know who manufactured or reloaded them for approval. Please direct email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Rifle: 50 Cal BMG or 338 Lapua Magnum. Quality Manufacturers are McMillan Firearms, Barrett Firearms, Armalite, Accuracy International. Serbu Firearms BFG-50A rifles are not allowed in this course. 50 Cal rifles donated or seized unless in new condition should be sent back to OEM for inspection prior to course.
Gear: Sniper Kit. Tripod you currently use for the .308 rifle. Tacflow will provide Reaper Grip, HOG Saddle and Spec-rest platforms.
Optics: Quality Variable precision riflescope recommended (Nightforce, Vortex, Leupold)
Sling: TAB Gear or Viking Tactics adjustable type and 550 cord (if there are not fixed sling attachment points on rifle).