Class size limited to 20 participants
The basic sniper course is designed for new or inexperienced snipers with the primary focus being the training and operation of a police sniper in an urban environment. The course begins with classroom topics covering the role of the sniper on a SWAT team, ballistics and use of force considerations. Instructors ensure proper fit of the rifle to the sniper and live fire training exposes the sniper proper zeroing of the rifle, marksmanship fundamentals, target identification and threat discrimination. Low light operations, field craft, data book documentation and numerous courses of fire are included during the week of training.
The basic sniper course is physically demanding course designed to teach the sniper to perform mentally and physically while under stress. It is recommended that students be in good physical shape and are capable of running, crawling and kneeling.
- Rifle (308 or 223 caliber) ( bolt action preferred)
- Good quality scope with target turrets
- Ammunition (minimum of 300 rounds per student), no reloaded ammo
- Pen, pencil, and paper
- Water (canteen or camel back)
- Weapons cleaning supplies (bore guide, dewy coated cleaning rod, brushes, solvents, and patches)
- Shooting mat or drag bag (not required)
- BDU’s and boots (no tennis shoes)
- Data book (if you do not have one will be provided)
- Rain gear
- Hearing protection
- Back pack
Johnny M. Cox is a twenty-five year Law Enforcement veteran. Johnny has served with the Southaven Police Department for (24) twenty-four years. During the 24 years with the Southaven Police Department Capt. Cox has served as a K-9 handler, Sergeant in the Patrol Division, Sergeant in the Narcotics Division, Lieutenant in the Narcotics Division, and Captain of all Investigations Divisions and Public Relations Division. Capt. Cox is currently assigned to the Special Operations Division of the Southaven Police Department.
Capt Cox is a NRA Police Firearms Instructor, NRA Precision Rifle Instructor, Patrol Rifle Instructor and a F.B.I. National Academy graduate. Capt. Cox has completed the one-week and two-week Carlos “Gunny” Hathcock Police Sniper Schools. Capt. Cox has also completed two F.B.I. Basic Sniper Schools. Capt. Cox has taught eight Basic Sniper Schools for Southaven Police Department as well as assistant instructor for three Carlos “Gunny” Hathcock 2-week Sniper Schools. Capt. Cox has been a member of the Mississippi Tactical Officers Association for 25 years. Capt. Cox is currently the Northern Sergeant At Arms of the M.L E.O.A.
Capt. Cox is an (24) twenty-four year veteran with the Southaven Police Department S.W.A.T. Team. Capt. Cox has successfully executed countless High Risk Search Warrants. Capt. Cox has responded to multiple barricaded subject calls, and hostage situations. Capt. Cox currently serves as Assistant Team Commander and Sniper for the Southaven Police Department. Capt. Cox has served in this position for 23 years.