Advanced Training

OTOA Advanced Training Courses

Special Purpose Weapons System (24 Hours) May 4 - 6, 2021

Speacial Weapons Course

Special Purpose Weapons System

May 4 - 6, 2021

8:00 am to 5:00 pm

Southington Hunt Club

Developed under the tutelage of Mark Lang (Dallas PD SWAT and TacFlow Academy), the OTOA Special Purpose Weapons System Course is intended to provide the Sniper / Observer a base of training to enable safe and effective deployment with a special application rifle (.50 Cal/338, 300 Win Mag).

Current domestic & international terrorist trends indicate a need for this capability as we continue to see vehicles used as weapons against our citizens. 

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.

This is an advanced training course and students must have completed a Basic Sniper / Observer Course prior to registration. 

All OTOA courses are instructed by credentialed and experienced OTOA trainers.

All OTOA training staff are tenured police professionals with specific expertise in mentoring and coaching shooters of all levels of experience with firearms.

Please contact Darren Smykowski at with any questions regarding the rifle, scope, ammunition, or other equipment needed for the course 

Required Equipment – Student Supplied: 

List of equipment – MANDATORY


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

  • Level III “Tactical” body armor 
  • Plate carrier and Level II
  • 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)


Quality Large Caliber Rifle (.50 Caliber, 338, 300 Win Mag) with adjustable turret scope, bipod, and sling.
All Sniper rifles are REQUIRED to be "ZEROED" before you arrive for the first day of class
OTOA is NOT providing rifles or ammunition for this course.

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


  • 200 rounds
    Hornady AMAX 750 Gr and Thunder Ammo Match are Recommended for .50 Caliber rifles.



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

  • Tactical team or training uniform for 3-days – mandatory
  • Gloves – we recommend gloves compatible with weapons manipulation 
  • Clear eye protection – mandatory 
  • DOUBLE Hearing protection – mandatory (plugs and over earmuffs)
  • 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
  • Quality Tripod w/ Hog Saddle or Reaper Grip

COST: $450

Course limited to 14 students.

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Contact OTOA Training Manager - Jim Hardman: or (937) 219-8784


Start Date 05-04-2021 8:00 am
End Date 05-06-2021 5:00 pm
Capacity 14
Registered 4
Open Seats Remaining 10
Last Day to Register 05-04-2021 8:00 am
Individual Price $450.00
Speaker OTOA Red Team Training Team
Number Hours 24
Location Southington Hunt Club

Venue Information - Southington Hunt Club

Day One Location - Southington Hunt Club 10321 Silica Sand Road, Garrettsville, Ohio 44231

We are no longer accepting registration for this event

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