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.

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 - It was a cold night on Sunday in the outskirts of Wickenberg. To be more specific, it was cold night sleeping in the back of my SUV here in Wickenberg while waiting for my first day of Precision Law Enforcement Rifle class. But as is the case when taking part in classes like this, better to be by the action rather then be by the Best Western. Now the other guys, the veterans, are here with RVs and tents and heaters. As the rookie in the bunch I chalk it up to a little self induced hazing.

Mark Fricke, owner operator of American Firearms Training and Tactics (AFTT) arrived early to start the classroom portion of the day. First under tarp and then out in the sun (once the clouds gave way), Mark went over the finer points of what it takes to be a successful precision rifle shooter. The training, the discipline and of most importance … the equipment.


snow atop the mountains outside of Phoenix, Arizona

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

Phoenix, Arizona - While coming in for a landing at the Phoenix International Airport for my three day course in Precision Law Enforcement Rifle class, the first thing that struck me was the snow along the mountain tops. This was Arizona, after all … what’s with the snow?

Mom showing her child an airplane inside the airport in Phoenix, Arizona


Fairfax, Virginia - That's a view of the mountains from beautiful downtown Phoenix, Arizona. Taken during the 2009 NRA Convention, those mountains are close to where I'll be spending most of next week learning the ins and outs of rifle shooting from one of our Law Enforcement instructors Mark Fricke. Here's more on the class from Fricke's flyer:

The precision rifle is one of the most important law enforcement firearms used today. Properly deployed it becomes an effective tool for the law enforcement marksman. With proper application and tactics the rifle is the firearm of choice of the professional. American Firearms Training and Tactics is proud to offer this valuable course.


As we look towards the National Police Shooting Championships' 50th Anniversary, a quick word to those who compete in the event; especially the retired officers. For with all the effort that you put into preparing for the Championships, we hope that you are equally prepared for the day when you're forced to put your training to use. That's where Lockton comes into the picture.

Lockton Affinity offers a wide variety of insurance for all NRA members. But according to Glen Hoyer, Director of NRA Law Enforcement, the one he appreciate most is the Self-Defense Retired Law Enforcement Officer Coverage. "It's a policy I purchased," said Hoyer. "It provides almost as much piece of mind as time on the range."

What is also provides is coverage the of any civil or criminal defense costs that may occur in the act of defending yourself. And it also comes at a discount for NRA members.

Check out Lockton's website for more on NRA's Retired and Off-Duty Law Enforcement Officer's Self-Defense Coverage.

There's a new video from NRA Law Enforcement

NRA Law Enforcement Director Glen Hoyer left a present in my office last Friday — the Division's latest promotional video. If you're familiar with their work then this will be a nice refresher. But if you've ever wondered what the NRA Law Enforcement offers then, then sit back and watch ... you'll like what you see.

A Springfield Armory 1911 pistol

When I pulled into the parking lot of NRA Headquarters yesterday, I noticed something out of the ordinary: numerous police cruisers. But fear not, no crime had been committed; no police tape had been hung. As I came to find out, the officers were there as part of one of NRA Law Enforcement Division’s Tuition-Free Armorer Schools.

“The course enables them to go back to their agency and troubleshoot and repair the agency’s firearms,” explained Tim Cole, one of NRA’s Law Enforcement Training Coordinators.

Beginning yesterday, 20 law enforcement officers and military personnel are participating in a three-day Armorer School for Springfield Armory firearms.

“Each day, the course focuses on a different firearm,” Cole explained. Day One had students learning how to work on Springfield 1911s (pictured), today focused on the Springfield XD and XDM, and tomorrow will turn to rifle work with the legendary Springfield M1A.

Free to law enforcement and military, NRA holds 10-12 Armorer and Shooting Schools each year at either NRA Headquarters here in Fairfax, Virginia or at the Fairfax County Police Firearms Training Facility in nearby Chantilly.

“We offer this training at no cost as a way to say ‘Thank You’ to police and military for their service,” said Cole.

Although the courses are free, attendees or their agencies must pay for travel costs, lodging, and meals. Classes are limited to approximately 20-30 students depending on the course and include training materials. Each course is taught by representatives of the specific firearms manufacturer.

Space in each course is limited, and due to popularity, attendees are chosen through a random drawing. For more information on upcoming schools and how to register, visit web page for Tuition-Free Armorer Schools or contact Tim Cole at tcole@nrahq.org or 703-267-1626.

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