Mike Lane, an NRA Tactical Police Competition volunteer out of Lewisville, Texas, is attending Law Enforcement Firearms Instructor School in Horton, Kansas this week. Here's his Day Two report:

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NRA Instructor Jerry Rollings tells Leavenworth PD's Tesh St. John what a coach should watch for while instructing students. (No live ammo was present during this demonstration.)

Horton, Kansas - Today turned out to be another great day of training. We mustered into the classroom at 08:00 hours and honkered down for the first half of the day. One of the first topics was Off-Duty Carry Considerations. Hoot, our instructor for this segment, generated lots of classroom participation as we discussed what comes into play when an armed, out of uniform Officer is out with a family member.

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Law Enforcement Firearms Instructor Schools teach the necessary set of skills police officers require to safely and effectively perform their duties on the streets every day. Mike Lane, an NRA Tactical Police Competition volunteer out of Lewisville, Texas, is attending one of those classes in Horton, Kansas this week. Here's his Day One report:

Instructor Gary 'Hoot' Gibson teaching at the Kansas NRA Law Enforcement school

Horton, Kansas - Class started at 07:30 hours and I didn’t want to be late. Honestly, I can’t think of a single LE school I’ve attended where a few officers didn't straggle in after the morning bell. I’ve been that guy before, but never for a class I was this excited to take.

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Unlike the classes you find on NRAInstructors.org, courses for Law Enforcement Firearms Instructor Schools provide the delicate balance of skills necessary for police officers to safely and effectively perform their duties on the streets every day. Mike Lane, an NRA Tactical Police Competition volunteer out of Lewisville, Texas, is attending one of those classes in Horton, Kansas this week. Here's his report:

Gunny R. Lee Ermey and Police Officer Mike Lane at the NRA National Police Shooting Championships

Lewisville, Texas - I've been wanting to attend an NRA instructor school for quite sometime. Scheduling, personal finances and that ever shrinking departmental budget always seemed to fight against me. Now the stars have aligned. Not knowing where in the world the town of Horton is, I entrusted that sweet sounding lady trapped inside my GPS to direct me there quickly – I soon learned there would be nothing “quick” about it. I drove north for the Red River, reclined my seats and watched the sights of greater Dallas/Fort Worth fade in my mirrors. Great Plains here I come.

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NRA Refuse To Be A Victim program logo Wheeling, Illinois - Refuse To Be A Victim® Program Coordinator Ruthann Sprague has been a busy woman this month. At the recent 141st NRA Annual Meetings and Exhibits, two Refuse To Be A Victim® Seminars were held, followed by an Instructor Development Workshop. The events were a huge success, and now many in the St. Louis area are better prepared to reduce their chances of victimization.

After all of her hard work coordinating the Refuse To Be A Victim® training at the Annual Meetings, Sprague left St. Louis to head directly to the International Law Enforcement Educators and Trainers Association (ILEETA) Conference and Expo in Wheeling, Illinois. Sprague is bringing the award-winning crime prevention program to the ILEETA Conference in hopes that more law enforcement agencies will incorporate the program into their crime prevention program.

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Wickenburg, Arizona - After everyone went through American Firearms Training and Tactics' qualifying rounds in Precision Rifle, the top six shooters competed for the title of Top Shot. Here are clips of each performance as they shoot once from the standing, kneeling and sitting positions followed by two from the prone position.

In the end, with a final time of 32.13, the title went to Shawn Bray of the Prescott Police Department.

Shawn Bray wins Top Shot in AFTT's Precision Law Enforcement Rifle competition
Shawn Bray displays his "winnings" to taking the title of American Firearms Training and Tactics' Top Shot in Precision Law Enforcement Rifle.

After two days of training, shooters are tested on the range

Students lined up for their Precision Rifle qualifications
Students ready to fire at the 200 yard line during Precision Rifle qualifications.

Wickenburg, Arizona - Day three of my Law Enforcement Precision Rifle class was a big one. After a quick review of the lessons we learned, it was time for qualifications. The better you shoot, the higher your qualification. The prize, of course, is Distinguished Expert. Quite the lofty goal.

Unsure of where in the qualification ladder I would land, I took to the line confident that I’d land somewhere. All I had to do was remember the training. Keep focused, acquire the target, employ trigger control and fire. Then the American Firearms Training and Tactics crew announced the first stage.

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Shooting the Winmag from behind a barricade in Arizona

NRAblog Editor Lars Dalseide was in Arizona this week for a Precision Law Enforcement Rifle class. Now that he's back home in Northern Virginia, he still has plenty of stories to share about his training in the Grand Canyon State.

Wickenburg, Arizona - Not every shot is taken in the open. At American Firearms Training and Tactics' Law Enforcement Precision Rifle course, Lead Instructor Mark Fricke prepares his students for such encounters with customized barrier trees. From seven separate positions, four teams of seven shooters crawled with their .308s and ARs to the two different trees, careful of the muzzle, and fired on targets a mere 100 yards away.

Shooting a .308 rifle from supported cover in Arizona

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Glass reacts differently when shot depending on grade or style

Wickenburg, Arizona - There's a lot more to shooting through glass then just pulling the trigger. The glass can redirect the bullet, shatter upon impact or even create an entirely new threat by way of shrapnel. To prove this point, American Firearms Training and Tactics owner Mark Fricke had us shooting through different grades of glass (windshield, window pane, glass doors, etc...) during out Law Enforcement Precision Rifle class to see what happens on impact.

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