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Semi-Auto Pistol Instructor (class #1)

Advanced - PA MPOETC Approved LE Firearms Instructor Course

Duration: 4 days (40+ hours combined classroom/range)



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This is a 40 hour, PA MPOETC approved Semi-Auto Pistol Instructor course restricted to law enforcement and military personnel aspiring to become certified law enforcement firearms instructors.

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Topics Covered

  • Firearms Training Principles
  • Methods and Principles of Adult Education
  • Pistol Fundamentals
  • Advanced Pistol Operations
  • Firearms Cleaning/Maintenance 
  • Developing and presenting a Safety Brief
  • Student Teaching Presentations
  • Legal Aspects and Case Law
  • Methods of remedial training
  • Student-Led Course of Fire Assignments
  • Final Qualification Course of Fire 
  • Daily Critiques
  • Student-Led Basic Pistol Class

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Expectations and Outcomes

Instructor candidates will graduate as confident entry-level pistol instructors. This course has been approved by MPOETC for a Certified LE Firearms Instructor Course. Students apply to MPOETC following successful graduation to become Pennsylvania Certified LE Firearms Instructors.

Certification is valid for 3 years from date of successful completion

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Advanced, Instructor Training Courses, LEO / MIL / SEC Courses

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Documentation Requirements

Military or Law Enforcement ID
Letter of recommendation from Chief LEO or Senior NCO or Commander

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Required Equipment

  • Semi-Automatic Pistol (9mm minimum)
  • 3 magazines (Minimum)
  • 1,300 rounds of ammunition
  • Hip-worn Holster (Strong side)
    • Holsters that require the use of the trigger finger to release weapon will not be permitted
  • Sturdy Belt w/Magazine pouch
  • Range and Weather-Appropriate Footwear and Clothing
  • Hat/Cap
  • Hearing Protection
  • Eye Protection
  • Notebook, Pen/Pencil, Highlighter


    Restricted to:

    - Current Law Enforcement with 3 years of active service

    - Current, honorably discharged, or retired Military Personnel with 3 years of service

    Letter of recommendation from a chief law enforcement officer or Senior NCO (for military)

    Pre-Course Assignment

    - Read “Instructor Development Pre-Reading Assignment **Students are required to attend 100% of training and pass a strict qualification course of fire to graduate.

     ** We reserve the right to dismiss a student at any time during the course for failure to achieve course standards, safety violations, etc, without