COVID 19 Update

In a time when it is difficult to know who to trust or who is telling the truth about — anything — it is important that we all keep the lines of communication open and do what we do.  The COVID 19 virus has been declared a Pandemic by the World Health Organization and it seems that we are now in a catch-up mode worldwide but especially here in the US.  Whatever your political ideologies or personal feelings are, it is important to listen to the experts not the pundits and politicians.

We want to assure our client agencies, trainees and alumni that we are closely monitoring the situation but at this time, we fully intend to proceed with our schedule and classes.   We feel that this is important because the mission of law enforcement does not stop and the skills that we teach could be even more important during chaotic times.  Currently scheduled classes and other events will continue as planned with appropriate safeguards for health and welfare of our staff and those attending.   We will advise those attending to bring appropriate PPE, hand sanitizer and wipes and to take necessary preventative measures during training.

We will get through this.

LT Denny Elliott inspecting suspicious mail of foreign origin.  Federal Reserve Police circa 2001.

New Classes Posting for 2020

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LE Designated Marksman

Cancelled due to COVID 19 Virus – will be rescheduled

Level I Sniper – Fairfield, Utah (Salt Lake/Provo Region)

20 – 24 April 2020

Law Enforcement Firearms Instructor,          Cookeville, TN

To be Rescheduled later in 2020

Level I Sniper – The Sawmill TTC, Laurens, South Carolina

18 – 22 May 2020

Level III Sniper – Leadership, Training and Utilization of LE Snipers Martin, TN

28 – 30 September

Level II Advanced Sniper – The Sawmill TTC, Laurens, South Carolina

5 – 9 October 2020

Law Enforcement Rifle Instructor

19 -23 October 2020


Sniper Pro Shop / High Ground Training Group is pleased to announce that we have joined forces with The Sawmill Tactical Training Complex of Laurens, South Carolina. SPS/HGTG has partnered with The Sawmill TTC to provide the Levels I – IV Sniper course program at The Sawmill training facility. SPS/HGTG will offer open enrollment and custom Sniper as well as SWAT Sustainment Training courses at The Sawmill TTC as well as at other strategic locations throughout the U.S.
SPS/HGTG CEO Denny Elliott has presented the sniper curricula since 2002 and established SPS in 2005. HGTG was founded in 2008 and has been instrumental in presenting the sniper program since that time. SPS/HGTG has expanded its curricula to include an LE Firearms Instructor Trilogy of LE Firearms Instructor, LE Rifle Instructor and LE Rangemaster. The company also provides one of the few LE Designated Marksman programs in the U.S. and offers both a Basic LEDM and an LEDM Train-the-Trainer component. The company’s catalog also includes SWAT Operator 1, Close Team Support – Tactical Skills Integration for SWAT, and a series of tactical handgun and carbine courses for both patrol and SWAT. HGTG will offer the sniper program, custom Sustainment Training for SWAT and SWAT snipers as well as military unit pre-deployment tactical skills training at the South Carolina facility.
The Sawmill Tactical Training Center is a Tier 1 training center located in Laurens, South Carolina. It features nearly 250 acres of diverse East Coast terrain with training areas, helicopter landing zones, a 50’ tower, and numerous training sites and ranges varying from 25 yards to 1400 yards. The Sawmill offers a comfortable lodge and meal services that allow the trainee to stay on-site and concentrate on the training mission. Casual areas for down time as well as a facility gym round out this incredible training facility.
The Sawmill TTC is conveniently located in central upstate South Carolina:
  • 39 miles from Greenville-Spartanburg International Airport
  • 5 hours from Columbia, SC
  • 2 hours from Charlotte, NC
  • 3 hours from Atlanta, GA
  • 3.5 hours from Knoxville, TN
  • 5 hours from Montgomery, AL
  • 5.5 hours from Jacksonville, FL
  • 6.5 hours from Lexington, KY
  • 6.5 hours from Richmond, VA
  • 6.5 hours from Huntington, WV
SPS/HGTG will present two sniper courses in 2020 at The Sawmill:
Level I Sniper 18 – 22 May 2020 for more information go to:
2020-LI Registration STTC
Level II Advanced Sniper 5 – 9 October 2020 for more information go to:
2020-LI Registration STTC

2019 In Review


2019 was a busy year with 12 classes presented during the year along with a presentation at the IALEFI Conference.  We introduced three new courses, Rangemaster, Close Team Support for SWAT and SWAT Operator I and presented classes in Tennessee, Alaska, Florida, Utah and Colorado.  Our staff worked diligently to prepare, present and support our client agencies and students and we look forward to an even busier 2020.

Level I Sniper, Tullahoma, TN hosted by Tennessee Highway Patrol SRT.  Instructors Denny Elliott and Dave Foote.  11-15 February 2019

The week of 15 April we traveled to Chattanooga to conduct the brand new CLOSE TEAM SUPPORT COURSE for Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office SWAT. The course went well and we have others planned for the future. Thanks to Sr. Instructor Dave Schifo for his assistance with that course.Close Team Support Class #1 

CTS Live-Fire Assault Drills
Live-Fire Phalanx Drill

The week of 22 April it was off to Juneau, AK where I had the privilege of providing the Level II Advanced Sniper Course to Juneau PD SWAT Snipers. The course was extended to meet some of their training requests and needs and we had a great time working in the Last Frontier. And of course I got the opportunity to enjoy some of the beautiful Alaskan wilderness as well as see some of the sites. Many thanks to the JPD for their hospitality and hard work to make this course happen. A special thanks also to the members of the JPD and the U.S. Coast Guard Sector Juneau who assisted us with logistics and mission support.

Juneau, AK PD SWAT Snipers with Instructor Denny Elliott, Live-Fire Stalk Exercise

The week of 6 May was the International Association of Law Enforcement Firearms Instructors (IALEFI) Annual Training Conference in West Palm Beach, FL. “Why Do They Shoot Like That? – Weapon Ergonomics & Human Biomechanics Effects on Accuracy” was well attended and received great reviews. Thanks to IALEFI for the opportunity. 


Denny Elliott instructing at IALEFI ATC in West Palm Beach, FL

Level II Advanced Sniper, Tullahoma, TN hosted by Murfreesboro PD.  13 snipers from throughout Tennessee and North Carolina participated in what turned out to be a hot and grueling week.  Instructors Denny Elliott and Dave Schifo.

Level I Sniper, Spencer, TN at Dead Zero Shooting Park, hosted by Sequatchie Co SO.  Instructors Denny Elliott and Dave Keenom.

Our first LE Rangemaster course was hosted in Murfreesboro by Murfreesboro PD 26-30 August 2019.  Instructor Denny Elliott

Level IV Sniper -Mixed Terrain Target Interdiction,  Tullahoma, TN hosted by Lebanon PD, 15-20 September 2019, Instructors Denny Elliott, Andrew Hawkins and Jeff Scott


Level III Sniper – Leadership, Training and Utilization of LE Snipers, Cookeville, TN, Hosted by Cookeville PD.  Instructor Denny Elliott

HGTG  conducted its first SWAT Operator I course in Lebanon, TN in cooperation with LPD SWAT.  The course was held 6-11 October and was attended by 17 officers from across Tennessee.  HGTG Instructors Denny Elliott, Andrew Hawkins and Jeff Scott with assistance by LPD SWAT cadre.

Level III Sniper – Leadership, Training and Utilization of LE Snipers, Salt Lake City, UT, Hosted by Unified PD of Greater Salt Lake, Instructor Denny Elliott

Sniper Sustainment Training, Larimer Co Regional SWAT Snipers, Fort Carson U.S. Army Installation, Colorado Springs, CO.  Instructor Denny Elliott

LE Firearms Instructor, Martin, TN Hosted by Martin PD.   4 – 8 November.  Instructor Denny Elliott

Thanks to our Host Agencies for 2019

  • Tennessee Highway Patrol
  • Hamilton Co SO
  • Juneau PD, Alaska
  • Murfreesboro PD
  • Seqatchie Co SO
  • Lebanon PD
  • Cookeville PD
  • Unified PD of Greater Salt Lake, Utah
  • Larimer CO SO, Colorado
  • Martin PD

Congratulations to HGTG Staff members for completing a number of courses this year:

  • Andrew Hawkins, Rangemaster
  • Jeff Scott, Level III Sniper
  • George Blasingame, LE Firearms Instructor


Presenting at the IALEFI ATC

SPS CEO Denny Elliott will be presenting at the International Association of Law Enforcement Firearms Instructors (IALEFI) Annual Training Conference in West Palm Beach, Florida, 5 – 10 May 2019. Denny will be teaching a 4-hour live-fire workshops on Thursday, 9 May. The workshop, “Why Do They Shoot Like That?” – The Effect of Human Biomechanics and Weapon Ergonomics on Accuracy will be taught twice on that date starting at 0800 hours and again at 1330 hours. We invite you to join us for the IALEFI ATC. For more information, visit

Class Enrollment Information


LEVEL II SNIPER, 20 – 24 May 2019, Tullahoma, TN –  NOW ENROLLING

LEVEL IV SNIPER, 15 – 20 September 2019, Tullahoma, TN –  NOW ENROLLING

Go to the Training Schedule Page for links to registration packages for these classes.

Upcoming classes – Level I Basic Sniper – Schedule pending for the Southern Middle and East Tennessee.  Announcement coming soon.

Contact us for hosting opportunities for SPS/HGTG Courses.

SPS at the TLETOA Conference!

SPS Table at the TLETOA Conference in Gatlinburg Nov. 2018

Thanks to all who stopped by the SPS/HGTG table at the TLETOA Conference in Gatlinburg, TN.  It was great seeing everyone as I begin this transition from being a full-time LEO to a service provider for the law enforcement and tactical community.


SPS has a full course catalog that serves the SWAT Sniper Community, but we also provide a training for instructors as well as a series of tactical courses for both uniform and SWAT personnel.  Here are our available courses:

Designated Marksman Series – One of the first in the nation and possibly the most comprehensive in the country.

Law Enforcement Designated Marksman (LEDM)

Law Enforcement Designated Marksman Train-the-Trainer (LEDMT3)

Firearms and Instructor Development Series

Law Enforcement Firearms Instructor

Law Enforcement Rifle Instructor

Law Enforcement Range Master

Law Enforcement Instructor Development

Tactical Series

Close Team Support

Tactical Handgun Operator (Phase I and II)

Tactical Rifle Operator (Phase I and II)

SPS/HGTG will also work with client agencies to provide specialized training developed to fill the tactical needs of the agency.   We are actively seeking hosting agencies for training in 2019.  Contact us for course catalogs and hosting packets.  Hosting agencies receive tuition free positions in the hosted course.


Stay Safe,



News from Sniper Pro Shop / High Ground Training Group

Going Full-Time

The training programs currently taught by SPS/HGTG were originally conceived and written with a plan of offering professional and affordable training to LEO’s.  This concept became reality and for the last 18 years, we have trained snipers, operators and instructors across the U.S. and Canada.

While the training classes began as extensions of my employing agency and team, demand made it necessary to build a dedicated training base of operations.  As such in 2005, High Ground Training Group was formed as a subsidiary of SPS and became the training wing of our company. The group has subsequently matured and grown in recognition and we have trained hundreds of snipers since that time. During all of these years, we have maintained full-time positions in our respective law enforcement agencies.  With that said, a significant change is imminent.  After a career spanning over 29 years, I am retiring from my agency in December of 2018. At that time, SPS/HGTG will begin operations as a full-time company.

Moving Onward and Outward

The transition to operating on a full-time basis has already begun and I have been actively working to expand the reach of SPS by becoming more mobile in order to bring our training directly to other regions of Tennessee as well as the rest of the country.  Plans are currently in the scheduling phase for upcoming courses in North and South Carolina.  In addition, we already have a sniper class scheduled to take place in Juneau, Alaska in April 2019.  We are presently seeking hosting agencies to bring our courses nationwide.

VTS Tullahoma and Tennessee Army National Guard

Since 2010, we have taught our Level I, II and IV sniper courses at the Tennessee Army National Guard Volunteer Training Site in Tullahoma, TN and consider our company fortunate to be a regular and preferred training provider at the site.  During our relationship with VTS throughout the years, we have also been uniquely positioned to witness the growth of the VTS.  While we hope to continue to train at VTS well into the foreseeable future, it has become clear to us that the VTS Tullahoma is busier than ever and it has become more difficult for them to provide us the facilities on an as-needed basis.  Due to that fact, you should expect that fewer classes may be being held at VTS, especially courses such as Level I Sniper since that particular program can be satisfactorily accomplished without the need for extensive range facilities.   For that reason, we have a hosting agency packet available which outlines the necessary facility requirements for each of our classes and greatly encourage your agency to host future courses of interest or need. As you know, one of the primary benefits of hosting our classes is the tuition free enrollment of your personnel in the hosted course for two personnel.     Please contact me and I will provide you with a hosting packet for your review, consideration, and completion.

Law Enforcement Designated Marksman (LEDM)

Our latest professional and tactical achievement as well as challenge has been the implementation of a LEDM training program for shooters and trainers to establish programs at the agency level.  We have based our program on the highly effective military Designated Marksman program while emphasizing the rapid response and close range encounters that LE patrol personnel may face.  LEDM’s are not snipers but are trained to move rapidly to violent incidents and provide immediate overwatch and target interdiction with improved weapon systems and training.  The program includes a 32-hour basic LEDM class and a 24-hour Train-the-Trainer component.  We are also available to assist in weapon system and equipment consultation for anyone exploring the option.

We cannot overemphasize the significance and what SPS/SGTG feels is the cultural timeliness and overall value this program represents for your agency, its officers and the community.

We are seeking hosting agencies that wish to explore implementation of the program. Please contact me and I will provide you with a hosting packet for your review, consideration and completion.

Not Just for Snipers Anymore

While we are known as Sniper Pro Shop (SPS) and sniper training has been and will continue to be our cornerstone, the experience and expertise of members of the HGTG team runs the gamut of law enforcement knowledge and assignments and each brings a vast amount ability to the training table.  One of our earliest instructor classes was our Law Enforcement Rifle Instructor course that I have taught since the early 2000’s.  That course has grown with the use of the AR-15 as a law enforcement rifle and is designed to train the LE firearms instructor to effectively teach the LE rifle program from basic to advanced users.

In 2017, after several years of development, we introduced the Law Enforcement Firearms Instructor course to Tennessee officers.  Based on a career as a firearms instructor that started in 1992, I approached this course as a means to build teaching skills in firearms instructors and develop their ability to diagnose shooter’s problems.

In 2019, we will introduce the LE Rangemaster course as multi-day firearms training and range facility management course.

I have taught Law Enforcement Instructor Development for my agency for over six years.  Using that course as a basis, we are developing a contemporary LEID course to prepare instructors for the training mission.  This will be designed primarily as a Tennessee instructor development course, but we will work with agencies in other states to see if our LEID course will meet their needs.

The SPS/HGTG law enforcement course catalog currently includes:

  • Sniper – Level I, Level II, Level III and Level IV
  • Law Enforcement Designated Marksman – Basic and Train-the-Trainer
  • Law Enforcement Firearms Instructor
  • Law Enforcement Rifle Instructor
  • Law Enforcement Rangemaster
  • Law Enforcement Instructor Development
  • (See the Training Page of the website for other training courses)

Military Training and Training for Federal Agencies

SPS/HGTG became a GSA training provider for Homeland Security in 2016 and is able to provide tactical training for U.S. agencies and military.  We have provided basic sniper training to members of the 278th ACR of the Tennessee Army National Guard, Designated Marksman training to members of U.S. Army Special Operations Command, and Federal Agents from the Department of Homeland Security.

 Consulting Services

SPS will offer consultation services for law enforcement agencies seeking to improve efficiency in their training programs.  These services will include:

  • Review and consultation of Departmental In Service Training
  • Review of Firearms Training Programs
  • Range management
  • Range construction consultation and oversight
  • P.O.S.T. file consultation
  • Post-Incident consultation
  • Policy consultation
  • Litigation consultation

Thank you

Finally, a special debt of gratitude goes out to the snipers, operators, instructors and their agencies that have supported us and attended our training throughout the years.  Many of these alumni have become some of our best friends and a select few of those have gone on to become members of the High Ground Training Group.  Our organization is truly built from within by the fiber of the men and women that we have trained.  It has been and it continues to be an honor to serve you.


Denny Elliott, CEO

Sniper Pro Shop/High Ground Training Group



21 Officers Complete LEFI and LEDM training in Tennessee


High Ground Training Group
Law Enforcement Firearms Instructor (LEFI)Class #2 – 2018

15 Officers representing nine agencies successfully completed the HGTG LEFI course at the Williamson County Sheriff’s Office Range in Franklin, TN, 7 – 11 May 2018.

Law Enforcement Designated Marksman (LEDM) Class #2 -2018

Six officers from four agencies recently completed the LEDM Course in Cookeville, TN, 15 – 18 May 2018.  The course was hosted by the Tennessee Law Enforcement Training Officer’s Association.

SPS / HGTG is actively seeking agencies for hosting the above courses along with our other courses.  We are planning the 2019 calendar now.

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