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In 2002, CMI instructors authored a position paper on Patrol Rifle Policy, Training, and Operational Considerations. CMI donated the work to the National Tactical Officers Association (NTOA) in an effort to get this information out to as many law enforcement officers as possible. In 2003, the NTOA subsequently endorsed and published this work. It is available through the NTOA and CMI. This publication is must have document for your agencies patrol rifle program as it also covers ballistic information, equipment considerations, and sample users courses. We take great pride in supporting the NTOA. 

As a leader in law enforcement patrol rifle training, Center Mass is the proud home to our nations annual Patrol Rifle Conference. This event is said to be the very best firearms training conference held in North America. This reputation is a direct result of our experience and knowledge of law enforcement patrol rifle application and training. We invite you to come and experience this event for yourself. You will not be disappointed. Click here for more info on the NPRC.

Basic Patrol Rifle Users School: 2 days - 16 hours, $299.00 

This school teaches the fundamentals of using the patrol rifle in the patrol environment using academic and practical teaching methods. Subjects include safety related issues, nomenclature, maintenance, basic rifle marksmanship, introduction to closequarter battle using the rifle, transitioning to the pistol and rifle retention. Drills include static, dynamic, and interactive evolutions. Emphasisis placed on safe weapon manipulation and judgment in the use of deadly force.

·     Equipment Requirements: Patrol rifle w/ sling, at least two magazines, 500 rounds of rifle ammunition, personal body armor, wrap around eye protection, double hearing protection, and duty belt to include duty pistol w/ 100 rounds of ammunition.

Patrol Rifle Refresher School: 1 day - 4 hours, $89.00

This school reinforces the fundamentals that the officer learned at their basic patrol rifle user class. This supplemental training will enhance individual proficiency and help to decrease organizational liability. Instruction is provided using academic and practical teaching methods. Subjects include safety related issues, nomenclature, basic rifle marksmanship, clearing stoppages, low light tactics, working as a team with rifles, transitioning to the pistol and rifle retention. Drills include static and dynamic evolutions. Emphasis is placed on safe weapon manipulation and accuracy in the use of deadly force.   

Equipment Requirements: Patrol rifle (.223/556 or .308) w/sling, at least two rifle magazines,       150 rounds of rifle ammunition, clothing for weather conditions, personal body armor, wrap around eye protection, double hearing protection and your duty belt to include your duty pistol w/ 50 rounds of ammunition. 

Advanced Patrol Rifle School: 1 day - 8 hours, $149.00 

This school is designed as a continuing education & training event for proficient patrol rifle operators. The focus of this training is a review on positional shooting, moving targets, CQB, team tactics, low light engagements and judgment in the use of deadly force using our exclusive scenario based live fire training simulator. Each student will be exposed to numerous live fire scenarios testing their judgment and accuracy while under stress.

·     Equipment Requirements: A quality patrol rifle in .223/556 or .308, with either iron sights or optic (or both), at least three magazines, a sling and 200 rounds of rifle ammunition. Bring clothing appropriate for environmental conditions, eye & double hearing protection, your duty belt, handgun with 50 rounds of pistol ammunition and personal body armor is mandatory.


Patrol Rifle Instructor School: 5 days - 40+ hours, $699.00 / Click here for complete course outline

This school teaches the instructor candidate how to instruct basic rifle marksmanship and officer survival tactics for the patrol environment using academic and practical teaching methods. Instructors should already be proficient with the patrol rifle. It is recommended, but not a prerequisite, that students should be either a firearms instructor or tactical team member, as students with those backgrounds tend to excel in this course. Graduates of this course will be able to instruct basic rifle marksmanship to the police officer and make educated recommendations to the administration on deployment, equipment, & policy issues for the patrol environment. Every graduate will have demonstrated proficiency in the weapons use from various shooting positions from 5 to 100 yards. Instructors will be exposed to moving targets, shooting on the move, low light survival tactics and shooting, engagement of multiple adversaries, hostage rescue evolutions, judgment and scenario training, and intermediate barrier engagements.

·     Equipment Requirements: Semi-auto rifle w/ sling and at least two magazines. 1000 rifle rounds (training rounds) and 200 rnds of pistol ammunition are fired in this course. Iron sights are recommended as learning to zero metallic sights is a course objective. Optics are permissible. Bipods are not permissible. Students should pack a lunch for each day, bring plenty of water, have rain/cold weather gear, eye & ear protection, and cleaning equipment. 

Patrol Rifle Instructor Re-Certification: 1 day - 8 hours, $149.00

Current patrol rifle and tactical rifle instructors can re-certify by attending this refresher course. Students are brought up to date on new technical, tactical, instructional and legal information. This course requires that the student demonstrate the ability to safely run the range, teach impromptu classes, and pass CMI’s patrol rifle instructor written exam and qualification course of fire. Note: Students must present a certificate showing that they graduated from a recognized training entity as a patrol rifle, carbine, or tactical rifle instructor school within the last 5 years.

Equipment Requirements: A quality patrol rifle in .223/556 or .308, with either iron sights or optic (or both), at least three magazines, a sling and 200 rounds of rifle ammunition. Bring clothing appropriate for environmental conditions, eye & double hearing protection, your duty belt, handgun with 50 rounds of pistol ammunition and personal body armor is mandatory

Designated Marksman School: 2 days / 16 hours, $299.00 / Click here for comlete course outline

This school is designed to enhance a patrol rifle operator’s ability to place accurate fire upon targets that are partially exposed or hostage takers encountered during patrol operations using magnified optics. This level of training is the next progression for law enforcement patrol rifle preparation. It enables an agency to field a group of first responders who have the training, equipment and ability to deliver more precise shot placement than an ordinary patrol rifle operator.

Equipment Requirements: A semi-auto patrol rifle in .223/5.56 or 308 caliber with a sling, quality “combat proven” magnified optic capable of less than 2x magnification on the lowest setting and no greater than 8x on highest setting. Examples of appropriate optics include a variable power scope, ACOG, or red dot sight with magnifier. Students should bring 400 rounds of duty grade rifle ammunition, duty pistol with holster and 50 rounds of pistol ammunition.