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.


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


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.

Wickenburg, Arizona - When I heard there was a night shooting section of the class, my thoughts instantly jumped to images of night vision, tracer rounds and some sort of high tech voodoo that makes it all possible. I couldn't have been further from the truth.

As American Firearms Training and Tactics owner Mark Fricke demonstrated, all those high tech gadgets and gizmos look great in the movies, but they don't react like that in real life. Don't believe me? Then you should have been there for the demonstration.

While we were able to spot him with the night vision scope, figuring out what he held in hand was another story all together. Students were calling out "gun, gun" when in reality, as he later revealed, he was holding a water bottle, an empty box of ammo, a flashlight and few other incidental items. That's why he teaches his students to keep with the white light.


AFTT owner Mark Fricke explains shooting positions to students during his Precision Rifle class in ArizonaAFTT owner/instructor Mark Fricke discussing shooting positions during his Precision Rifle class.

NRAblog Editor Lars Dalseide is in Arizona this week for a Precision Law Enforcement Rifle class. While there, he is providing daily updates of the experience here on NRAblog.

Wickenberg, Arizona - Day two at American Firearms Training & Tactics Law Enforcement Precision Rifle class started with the promise of 200 rounds. As Owner/Director Mark Fricke says, a guy can buy a hunting rifle and put less than 200 rounds through it in a lifetime. Ten shots to zero it in, two or three shots (if they're on target) during hunting season, another five to ten rounds to zero in for next hunting season and so on. We were going to best that total with today's training. There were plenty of smiles.

We were also promised 300 yards. Although less than 1% of all law enforcement encounters require the team's shooters to deploy more than 100 yards, that doesn't mean they should ignore the training required to make such a shot. But we weren't starting there. The starting point would be the 100 yard line to make sure everyone was comfortable with their rifles.

Precision Rifle students walk 300 yards to check out their targetStudents from AFTT's Precision Rifle class walk 300 yards to check out their target


NRAblog's Lars Dalseide is in Wickenburg, Arizona this week for a Precision Law Enforcement Rifle class with American Firearms Training and Tactics. Although he's busy learning the ins and outs of precision rifle shooting and advanced marksmanship techniques, he had time to send us this video featuring a Colt AR-15. He may only be at 100 yards, but he'll be working his way back to farther yardages throughout the course. Keep checking back, because Lars will have more updates of the experience here on NRAblog.

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