This class was held at the Ohio Peace Officer Training Academy in London, OH. It was LEO only. Most attendees were SWAT except for about 3-4. I am just a lowly range officer for my dept with hopes of getting on SWAT. I took this class to be able to qualify our SWAT guys on their M4's.
First off, Phil Singleton was an outstanding instructor. He has real world experience in the SAS. He did not brag or even talk extensively about his past unless asked. He is very upbeat and motivated. He had more familiarty with the MP5 than the M4. This was the first instructor class that I have taken that actually gave tips/ideas on how to be a better instructor. Most of the other classes that I have taken focused more on requals than instruction.
The first day was mostly classroom. He explained how the weapons worked and we broke them down and got a good understanding for each of the different weapon systems.I was using a M16A1. This was a hand me down from the .gov to our dept. The most popular weapon was the MP5. There were a couple of UMP's and a Colt 9mm SMG.
The rest of the days were on the range. The topics covered were:
Mechanical Function Check & Function.
Sights, Aiming, Zeroing & Adjustment.
Fitting the Sling & Carrying Positions.
Stance, Ready & Mounting.
Safety Brief & Zero Sights.
Controlling Full-Automatic/30 Round Burst.
Multiple Rounds/Rapid Fire.
Drugs & Body Armour Drills. (Head & Pelvic Shots.)
Introduction to Full-Automatic.
Trigger Control on Full-Automatic, Static.
Firing-on-the-Move, Trigger Control.
Paired/Covered, Tactical Reload Drills.
Covering Positions & Verbalisation.
Tactical Back-Up-Weapon in Pairs.
How to Conduct Range Practices & Demonstrations.
The last day the students had to run the range in groups of 3 with a given topic. Also there were plenty of late night instruction/story telling at the local watering holes.
Phil definitley lives by the adage of work hard/play hard. If you are ever in the position to take one of his classes please do not let it pass you by.