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5-day AR-15 / M-4 Rifle Operator Certification Course
Course # M4OP.0510.2-SA (28-hour Course)

Course # M4OP.0512.2-SA (44-hour Course)

Course # M4OP.0515.2-SF (44-hour Course)

West Virginia DCJS Certified Course

(Accredited by the W.V. Division of Criminal Justice Services)

Michigan MCOLES Approved Course

(Approved by the Michigan Commission on LE Standards)

Pre-requisite for 3-day Operator Course: Our 2-day Defensive Rifle Certification Course, 2-day Basic Patrol Rifle Certification Course or firearms training course of equivalent level.

Post-Incident Legal Defense Support: This training curriculum meets ILETSB training standards. Curriculum materials; lesson plan, course itinerary, syllabus with SPO’s, student performance records, instructor certification credentials and list of supporting reference materials are available for post-incident legal defense depositions and legal defense litigation discovery.

Course Description: This intense operator certification program focuses on developing the required skills necessary to safely deploy the AR-15 / M-4 rifle during tactical operations and personal defense applications.

This firearms training course comprehensively covers the operation of the AR-15 / M-4 rifle and provides students with the necessary gun-handling skills that are required to deploy this weapon system in an operator capacity.

Students that successfully pass the operator standard drill, combat rifle qualification course and written test are eligible to receive operator certification. 

If you do not have a rifle for this course, Spartan Tactical can provide student loaner rifles, magazines and slings upon request.

Students have the option to use their agency issued or personally owned weapons. Select fire weapons are allowed.

The following firearms training topics will be covered:

  • Firearms safety and safe gun-handling skills.

  • Nomenclature of the AR-15 / M-4 rifle.

  • Disassembly and re-assembly of the AR-15 / M-4 rifle. 

  • Function checking the AR-15 / M-4 rifle.

  • Mechanical operation of the AR-15 / M-4 rifle.

  • Use of conventional and tactical sling systems.

  • Sight adjustment and zeroing.

  • Understanding projectile trajectory.

  • Methodology of shooting the rifle.

  • Confirming mechanical off-set and hold-off POI.

  • Mastering Sight Gear 1 - Perfect Sight Alignment.

  • Basic marksmanship and target analysis.

  • Mastering Sight Gear 2 - The Flash Sight Picture.

  • Combat marksmanship and target analysis.

  • Fundamentals of shooting the AR-15 / M-4 rifle.

  • Presentation from low ready, high ready, indoor ready and SUL.

  • Transport mode, carry mode and press checking the rifle.

  • Operating the AR-15 / M-4 rifle during semi-automatic fire.

  • Operating the M-4 rifle during controlled automatic fire.

  • Ammunition management - Emergency reloads, tactical reloads and speed reloads.

  • Malfunction clearance techniques.

  • Transition to secondary weapon system.

  • Cover drills.

  • Rifle ground fighting combatives drills.

  • Movement off the line of force and lateral displacement.

  • Threat assessment and area scanning.

  • Developing tactical aptitude.
  • Multiple target drills and engaging multiple threats.

  • Delivering controlled pairs and accelerated pairs.

  • Tactical speed shooting the rifle.
  • Drugged assailant and body armor defeating drills.

  • Shooting positions - standing, squatting, kneeling and prone.

  • Developing a dry-practice program and dry-practice skill building drills.

  • Self-diagnostics and correcting fundamental errors.

  • Use of cover while moving and shooting.

  • Deployment during low-light conditions.

  • Shooting on the move.

  • Static turns and pivots.

  • Close Quarter Battle (CQB) techniques.

  • Combined skills individual shoot-offs.

  • Deployment from vehicles.

  • Man vs. man stress drill shoot-offs.

  • Timed individual scrambler course. 

  • Operator standard drill test and evaluation.

  • Timed Basic Rifle Operator Qualification Course with certified marksmanship rating.
  • Timed Combat Rifle Operator Qualification Course with certified marksmanship rating.

  • Written examination.

Course duration:

  • 3-day operator course (28 hours) Semi-auto rifles only

  • 5-day operator course (44 hours) Semi-auto / select fire rifles

Course tuition:

  • $ 600.00 (3-day operator course)

  • $ 900.00 (5-day operator course)

  • Tuition fee includes range fee and use of loaner firearms.

Course student limit: 16

Student requirements:
Note pad and pen, eye protection, ear protection, baseball type cap, heavy-duty leather or nylon pants belt, holster and magazine carriers, personal defense handgun with at least 3 magazines, personal defense rifle with at least 4 magazines, tactical sling, flashlight and gun cleaning kit.

Recommended equipment: Red dot sights and holographic sights are allowed. Back-up iron sights, rifle magazine carriers, rain gear, sunscreen, insect repellent, weapon-mounted flashlight, knee & elbow pads, clothing suitable for contact with the ground, hydration system and water.

The tactical sling must allow the rifle to hang freely in front of the shooter. We will not be slinging the rifles conventionally in this class.

Equipment requirements: If you are using an electronic / red dot sight, it must be capable of zero magnification. We also recommend having back-up iron sights on your rifle in case your electronic sight goes down.

This course will be limited to Duty Use / Personal Defense use type rifles only. 3-gun competition configured rifles will not be allowed in this course!

Standard personal defense trigger-pull weight should be between 6 - 4.5 pounds. Any rifles with competition style triggers less than 4.5 pounds will be disqualified for use in this course.

Ammunition requirements:

3-day operator - 1000 rounds of .223 / 5.56 rifle ammunition and 100 rounds of handgun ammunition. (minimum) 

5-day operator – 2000 rounds of .223 / 5.56 rifle ammunition and 200 rounds of handgun ammunition.

(Ammunition is available for purchase upon request)

Ammunition must be new manufacture (Federal, Remington, Winchester, etc.)

Absolutely no reloaded or remanufactured ammunition!





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