FBI Sniper/Observer class

Event Phone: 205-759-3000

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  • October 29, 2018 - November 2, 2018
    9:00 am - 5:00 pm

This is a free class to be held at the Tuscaloosa Police Department Firing Range at 2101 New Watermelon Road, Tuscaloosa, Al, 35406




The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Birmingham Division will be offering a SWAT Observer/Sniper School to interested police departments in our area. The school will be one week in duration. It will commence at 9:00 A.M., on Monday, October 29th, 2018, and end at 5:00 P.M., on Friday, November 2nd, 2018. The course will be held at the Tuscaloosa Police Department Training Facility, Tuscaloosa, Al.

The course will consist of instruction and training similar to that which prospective FBI Observer/Snipers receive at the FBI Academy, Quantico, Virginia.

  1. Administrative:
  2. A) Due to a limited number of firing positions and instructors, selection will be limited.
  3. B) Inasmuch as this course will be taught under the guidelines of the FBI, only students who successfully qualify will receive certificates of Completion. A copy of the qualification requirements is enclosed.
  4. C) Attendance is required for the entire course.
  5. Equipment (equipment considered critical for successful completion of the course is represented in Bold type face):

Police Observer/Snipers will be REQUIRED to provide all basic shooting equipment.  Each student will be required to have his own equipment, to include (but not limited to):

A) Scoped Rifle, preferably .308 caliber. Many of the major manufacturers (Remington, Winchester, Ruger) offer a “Police Special” or “Sniper” rifle. We have found 10X (10-power) scopes to be the most useful, all-around choice. FBI SWAT Snipers use a Leupold 3.5-10x or 4.5-14x variable power scope, with target style positive-click 1/4 minute adjustments. A scope of lower power than 8X would most likely cause problems qualifying. The rifle/scope combination must be capable of at least one minute of angle accuracy (e.g. one inch @ 100 yards). A hard case and/or drag bag is recommended for the rifle.


  1. B) 300 rounds of Match Grade service ammunition. This ammunition should be the same as that which would be used on an actual call-out. FBI SWAT Snipers use Match Grade (or 175 gr.) Boat Tail Hollow Point. Some students in past schools have attempted to use less than Match Grade ammunition and experienced accuracy and/or qualification problems.


  1. C) Hearing and eye protection. No students will be allowed to fire without proper safety equipment.


  1. D) Cleaning equipment for the rifle (Cleaning rod, bore brush, patch tip, patches, solvent, oil, etc.)


  1. E) Twenty (20) power (minimum) spotting scope with tripod or bipod, for examining the target. 20X allows you to see .308 caliber holes at 100 yards. The spotting scope is the one piece of equipment which may be shared by two students. It is not recommended to use a magnification of more than 45X.


Students will find the following items, while not necessary, to be very helpful.

  1. F) Shooting mat.
  2. G) Sandbag or bipod. A Harris Low Bipod is very helpful in attaining a solid shooting position. A bipod is a good alternative to, and much lighter than, a sand bag. If no bipod is available, students should bring a sand bag for support during shooting. Qualification without a sand bag or a bipod will be very difficult.


  1. H) Rear rest bag.
  2. I) Camouflage clothing and face paint.
  3. Physical requirements:

Police observer/snipers should be in good physical condition prior to attending the course. Besides spending long hours on the firing line, shooters will be required to satisfactorily complete the basic FBI SWAT physical fitness test (2 pull-ups with full SWAT gear, 40-yard sprint with body armor and carrying unloaded shotgun or rifle in 8 seconds, and tactical obstacle course). Although not a physical fitness school, a physical test is necessary to maintain Quantico standards and to insure course completion with minimal risk of physical injury. THE TEST WILL BE GIVEN AT THE END OF THE FIRST DAY. Students who are at increased risk of injury due to poor physical conditioning will not be allowed to complete the course.

  1. Uniform Requirements:

All students should report to the school in their SWAT issue uniforms. Students should also have range (Battle Dress utility) type attire for the other portions of the school. It is suggested that students dress for the school principally as they would on an actual call-out. This will allow students the opportunity to become familiar with shooting in the same uniform they might be deployed in.

The following is a list of suggested clothing:

  1. A) Camouflage utility top
  2. B) Camouflage utility trousers
  3. C) Boots
  4. D) Camouflaged hat
  5. E) Rain Gear. Inclement weather (Snow, rain & a combination of the two) has been experienced in some schools we have taught. In as much as all firing is done outdoors, students should plan for the worst weather. Extra clothing may be advisable.




Venue Website:

7601 Robert Cardinal Rd,, Tuscaloosa, Alabama, 35401, United States