Patrol Rifle

Course Hours: 32.0 Hours

Course Description

This course is designed for patrol and other law enforcement personnel who have access to a rifle while on duty. The course focuses on marksmanship skills and fundamentals with a patrol rifle equipped with or without an optic. Although the basics will be taught it is encouraged for officers to have some working knowledge of the weapon system. Officers should have an agency issued or approved rifle they carry on duty and sights should be zeroed at a minimum of 50 yards before arriving for the class.  Zeroes will be checked and adjusted the first day of class. However, that time is limited, allowing for more time to focus on the fundamentals of shooting the rifle.  Officers in this course will be shooting a rifle from various positions and at varying distances for situations which they may be confronted with while on duty. Officers will participate in single and multiple target engagement, moving target engagement, decision reaction problems, and handgun transition. The course topics include fundamentals of rifle marksmanship, sighting systems, moving target engagement, rifle safety, nomenclature, and maintenance.

Training Outcomes

Upon course completion, students will have a solid foundation and the skill set required to utilize their rifle in any given situation.


Students must be certified and sworn law enforcement officers.

Who Should Attend

This course should be attended by certified law enforcement officers assigned a semi-automatic rifle.

Special Notes

.223 and .308 caliber ammunition will be provided. If any other calibers are used, officers must bring 750 rounds of ammunition.  Officers will need to bring a semi-automatic rifle that is either issued or approved by their agency for use on duty.  Also, officers attending need to bring a sling, duty belt and any other equipment used with the assignment of a patrol rifle.  The rifle should be zeroed at a minimum of 50 yards before coming to class.  Zeroes will be checked first day of class; however, zeroing time is limited. Officers should also bring their assigned duty handgun. Pistol calibers 9mm, .40cal, and .45 ACP will be provided.

Start Date End Date Location (Hover for more information) Time Course Number Status
03/27/2023 03/31/2023 GPSTC, FORSYTH 08:00 a.m. to 05:00 p.m. LPAA23180
07/10/2023 07/14/2023 GPSTC, FORSYTH 08:00 a.m. to 05:00 p.m. TBA Coming Soon
09/25/2023 09/29/2023 GPSTC, FORSYTH 08:00 a.m. to 05:00 p.m. TBA Coming Soon