3 Day Tactical Firearms (3 Gun) Instructor Recertification Course - Defiance, MO

May 16, 2023 at 08:00 — May 18, 2023 at 17:00 (CDT)
Organiser: Strategos International

3 Day Tactical Firearms (3 Gun) Instructor Recertification Course 


This dynamic and skill-intensive class addresses coaching and training skills for three weapons systems: the pistol, the shotgun, and the patrol rifle including operating in low light. Training will proceed for more than 8 hours on the first two days. This course is intended to update and recertify current instructors. This IS NOT a substitute for our 50-hour instructor course and this course is for those who are currently certified firearms instructors or who have been expired for less than one year. Our curriculum is challenging, and participants should be in good physical condition. 

Recertification is valid for three years.

Concepts and Skills – PISTOL, RIFLE, AND SHOTGUN:

  • Fundamentals Review & Diagnostics
  • Zeroing, Unloading, Reloading
  • Fighting Platforms
  • Failure Drills: Transition to Pistol
  • Turning Movements
  • Support Side Shooting
  • Contact and Cover
  • Working in a Gas Mask
  • Defeating Ambushes
  • Officer Down & Rescue
  • Active Shooter
  • Moving Targets
  • Shooting On The Move
  • Multiple Threat Engagements
  • Movement & Mobility Exercises
  • The Correct Use of Cover
  • Threat Discrimination: Shoot/No Shoot
  • Dynamics of Low Light Engagements
  • Principles of Light
  • Close Quarters Battle
  • Partner & Team Tactics

Prerequisites and Physical Requirements for Firearms Training:

  1.  An operator should be able to load, unload, and reload their firearm in a SAFE and CONTROLLED manner. Muzzle discipline and awareness are paramount.
  2.  An operator must possess the physical strength and stamina to repetitively function and fire their weapon during prolonged drilling. You must be able to get up and down from standing, kneeling, and prone positions, as well as move forward, backward, and laterally.
  3.  An operator must be able to maintain mental, physical, and emotional self-discipline and not become over-excited or lose control.
  4.  An operator must have a keen awareness and consideration for other operators while handling firearms and conducting drills in close proximity to other operators.
  5.  An operator should be familiar with their weapons and equipment and be able to field strip their firearm for cleaning, maintenance, and problem-solving.
  6.  Instructor candidates are expected to be excellent communicators and willing to adapt to the role of being a student-learner as well as an instructor. There is no place in the training arena for personal aggrandizement or ego.


Candidates for instructor recertification will actively participate in teaching, training, and coaching activities. Each participant must bring with them a prepared lesson outline that will discuss a critical incident. They will use this to make a 5-10 minute presentation to the class and it will be turned in. It is preferred that the presenter has first-hand knowledge of their topic and does not select a nationally recognized incident such as Columbine, Virginia Tech, etc. 

Equipment Requirements:

NOTE:  Instructor-level schools are longer than operator courses, and students participate in coaching and training delivery on the range. Make sure you have all equipment listed and backup firearms are recommended in case of failure or breakage. We cannot guarantee that a "loaner" firearm will be available.

• Note Taking Material
• Rifle & shotgun must have a sling capable of cross-body, muzzle-down carry, and a minimum of 4 magazines for rifle
• Duty load-bearing gear including a pistol with minimum 4 magazines
• Body armor (undershirt or tactical)
• Gas mask with leg pouch or case
• Ball cap or hat with a brim
• Knee and elbow pads
• Wraparound eye protection (clear lenses for night events)
• Hearing protection
• Hydration source (backpack preferred)
• Clothing suitable for all weather conditions
• Duffel that will allow you to bring your gear to the line with you
• Ammunition: 750 Pistol | 1,000 Rifle | 250 Birdshot | 20 [00] Buck | 20 Rifled Slugs
• Handheld Light: All participants must have at least one high-intensity, handheld light
• Weapon-Mounted Light: Highly recommended but are not a requirement
• Sling: The operator MUST have a sling that permits a muzzle-down, front body carry on all long guns

Regarding our Training Philosophy and Practices:

Our training staff is composed of professional and experienced coaches and we are students ourselves. We believe in treating everyone respectfully and as adult learners. Our coaches participate in the learning process and we use a building block approach to solidify skills before moving toward more advanced concepts. We do not believe in “check the box” training nor do we believe in “lowest common denominator” training. Individual assistance is always available. Those who are not safe and conscientious with their firearms, those who are not willing to be open-minded, receive new information and try new concepts, and those who are not capable of keeping their ego in check should not enroll in our training.

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