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"If you plan to carry or implement red dot sights on pistols for your agency, you need this class! "- Heath Layman, WA

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Red Dot Sights (RDS) for Duty Pistols


Just as red dot sights started out slow for rifles and ultimately became the standard, the same is projected to occur with duty pistols. As technology continues to get better, the red dot sights will become more prolific. However, teaching RDS on pistols is NOT the same as teaching RDS on rifles.  Instructors need to know the technical aspects of these sighting systems and the best way to conduct transitional training for them.

This 2-day / 16-hour instructor development course is designed to provide firearms instructors with technical information related to red dot sights, mounting options, and holster considerations. In addition, policy considerations will be discussed and instructors will learn the best way to conduct transitional training and the types of drills to run to address the common concerns associated with the use of RDS on duty pistols.

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

Topics include:

  • Red dot sight (RDS) theory
  • Various red dot sights features, and which ones should be considered for duty use
  • Mounting options and considerations
  • Holster consideration
  • Policy considerations
  • Use of back-up iron sights (BUIS)
  • Weapon manipulation with mounted optic
  • Dealing with parallax and occluded optics
  • Alternate aiming techniques
  • Using weapon mounted and hand-held flashlight techniques with RDS (night shoot)
  • Conducting advanced drills for honing skills

Student Required Equipment:

  • Pistol with RDS and three magazines
  • Holster & magazine pouches
  • 600 rounds of pistol ammo
  • Hand-held flashlight
  • Weapon mounted flashlight (optional)
  • Hat with a brim
  • Eye & ear protection (clear eye pro for night shoot)
  • Weather appropriate gear
  • Hydration fluids and snacks

Hosting Requirements:

  • Classroom (for 16-20 people) with projector and screen or monitor
  • A 25-50 yard range, 10 lanes wide minimum
  • At least eight (8) portable target stands
  • Traffic / sport cones (8-10)
  • Two portable barricades or 4 blue barrels (50 gallon plastic)
  • Steel targets (optional)
Organizations hosting this course will receive a minimum of two (2) FREE spots in the course.  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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