Course Details
April 24, 2023 - April 28, 2023
West Salem, Ohio 44287
11 of 24 seats taken
Basic Sniper Description

The OTOA Basic Precision Scoped Rifle School instruction begins in the classroom with an understanding of equipment selection and setup, followed by ammunition selection and internal, external, and terminal ballistics review. Range instruction focuses on fundamental marksmanship skills including alternative shooting positions, zeroing a rifle, grouping, and scope tracking. Live fire exercises and function drills are designed to test the soundness of the rifle/optic combo in field conditions, and students will practice engaging paper and steel targets out to 300 yards (range dependent) using a mix of improvised positions. The course concludes with a preventative maintenance and equipment care session.

Students must pass the OTOA Qualification Course of Fire and Exam, and a written exam to successfully complete the course.

This is a hands-on, high-intensity course in which students practice tactics and techniques in the field.

This course is restricted to OTOA Members that are sworn officers of a United States governmental agency.

The following is a detailed list of what the OTOA recommends each student bring to the 5-day Basic Precision Scoped Rifle training.


Body Armor is MANDATORY for this class. Any of the following three options is acceptable:

  • Level III “Tactical” body armor
  • Plate carrier and Level II or Level III soft body armor
  • If you DO NOT have "Tactical Body Armor", Concealable Level II or Level III is acceptable 

Ballistic helmet (if issued)


All precision rifles are REQUIRED to be "ZEROED" before you arrive for the first day of class.

Precision rifle with adjustable turret scope, bipod, and sling


  • 500 rounds of match-grade ammunition.


ANY / ALL EQUIPMENT for a “call out” or SWAT / SRT activation

  • Tactical team or training uniform for 5-days – mandatory
  • Gloves – we recommend gloves compatible with weapons manipulation
  • Clear eye protection – mandatory
  • Hearing protection – mandatory
  • Ball cap – mandatory
  • Pen and notebook – mandatory
  • Water and food – mandatory - NO MEALS PROVIDED
  • Binoculars, spotting scope
  • Weapons cleaning supplies
  • Databook, Data PDA, Data Computer or Data Phone app
  • Sunglasses, Bug spray, and sunblock - recommended
  • Inclement weather gear for both cold and wet weather - recommended
  • If you are allergic to bees, outdoor plants, or animals, please bring your epinephrine pen or other medication.


  • Spotting Scope
  • Pruning Shears
  • Shooting Mat / Alternate shooting support i.e. backpack, tripod, shooting sticks, etc.
  • Ghillie Suit


If you are allergic to bees, outdoor plants, or animals, please bring your epinephrine pen or other medication.

Life-threatening allergies and pre-existing injuries or conditions must be reported to the OTOA training staff on day one of training.