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Live-Fire Close Protection


This 2-day / 16-hour instructor development course is designed to teach firearms instructors how to conduct safe live-fire range training specific to dignitary / executive protection programs.  There are so many unique aspects to this specialized area of firearms training that many of them are never addressed in standard firearms instructor courses.  This course focuses on the use of both pistols and rifles for low profile and high risk close protection training.  Even if an agency does not have a close protection program, this is great instructor development course to attend as it gives instructors a great insight on conducting dynamic "running & gunning" range drills.  Prior training or experience in close protection is NOT required to attend.

This course is approved by the NRA LE Division for 16 hours of continuing education credit.

NOTE: This course requires the use of carbines / rifles. Students don't need to be certified as a rifle instructor to attend.  However, students must have successfully completed a rifle operator certification class of 16+ hours to attend this course. 

Course Topics: 

  • Firearms safety rules vs. Range safety rules
  • Overview of common close protection formations
  • Low profile (concealed handgun / PDW) vs. high risk (exposed rifles / carbines)
  • Firearms used as impact weapons for close protection
  • Range safety considerations
  • Student preparation & progression of training
  • 1-man, 2-man, 3-man, and 5-man protection response drills
  • Use of vehicles for live-fire principal extraction drills
  • Counter Assault Team / Counter Ambush Team (CAT) vehicle deployment drills
  • Disabled principal vehicle drills

Required Equipment: 

  • Pistol and three magazines
  • Belt holster & mag pouches (no concealment holsters)
  • Carbine / rifle with tactical sling and three magazines
  • Rifle mag belt pouch
  • 300 rounds of ammo for each weapon system
  • A button up cover shirt or jacket
  • Hat with a brim
  • Eye & ear protection
  • Weather-appropriate outerwear
  • Hydration fluids & snacks

Hosting Requirements: 

  • Classroom with projector and white screen
  • A 25-50 yard range with several portable target stands
  • At least two (2) SUV-style 4-door vehicles
  • A B.O.B. or any free-standing body bag
Organizations interested in hosting a course should contact us at training@nlefia.org .

Phone: 800-930-2953

Email: office@nlefia.org


6635 W. Happy Valley Road

Suite A104-108

Glendale, AZ 85310

Hours of Operation: (AZ time)

Monday - Friday | 9am - 3pm

Closed: Weekends & Holidays

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