Basic SNIPER School Equipment Needs

Observe / Report / Save Lives

Overview

The OTOA Basic Sniper School is intended to provide the new sniper/observer with a base of training to make that person operational. Topics that will be covered include sniper marksmanship training, intelligence gathering and reporting, field craft, data collection and practical scenarios. The course is based on an eight-hour training day and will be conducted regardless of weather. However, we train to standard, not time, so be prepared to train beyond an eight-hour workday. Students must pass the FBI Sniper Qualification Exam, OPOTA Qualification 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.

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Basic SNIPER School Equipment List

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

List of equipment - MANDATORY

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

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

Ballistic helmet (if issued)

FIREARMS
All Sniper rifles are REQUIRED to be "ZEROED" before you arrive for the first day on class

Precision rifle with adjustable turret scope, bipod and sling

Ammunition
500 rounds of match grade ammunition.
NO GREEN TIP or ARMOR PIERCING AMMO

PERSONAL & OTHER EQUIPMENT

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
  • Binoculars
  • Weapons cleaning supplies
  • Data book, 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.

OPTIONAL EQUIPMENT

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

Medical

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.

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