2021 will mark our 20th Anniversary of providing training for snipers and armed professionals. I taught my first sniper course to my then agency in 2002 and we were on our way. We began providing training in Kentucky in the mid 1990’s as Defensive Empowerment Systems and our earliest sniper courses were done under that company flag. We began a business migration in 2005 that became Sniper Pro Shop. In 2010 we established the High Ground Training Group working with select members of our Alumni over the years.
2021 marks our 20th year for sniper training and we hope to make it a banner year for training for snipers and armed professionals. We are currently accepting requests for hosting and custom Special Operations Sustainment Training courses for 2021 now. The below video is from our new Vimeo channel. It is currently on our social media pages and we hope to be producing more videos soon.
Daniel receives a Sniper Pro Shop Sniper Weapon Sling System and Tripod Belt Sling Stabilizer valued at $70.00! Thanks for submitting your photos! The picture was a great mix of kit, background and very cool abstract focus creating immense depth and feel (artsy review courtesy of SPS🧐)
HAPPY 4TH OF JULY EVERYONE! ‘MERICA!
Full size version of the photo below for your viewing pleasure!
We are returning to training in the coming months, with limited custom and open enrollment courses on the schedule. We have reduced class sizes and will comply with CDC and host state health guidelines for all courses. Since the CV-19 pandemic is still dynamic, we will proceed cautiously with due regard for the situation.
Level I Sniper – Almost Full
SPS/HGTG will conduct 2 Level I courses hosted by Unified P.D. of Greater Salt Lake and West Jordan P.D. the weeks of 28 Sept. – 2 Oct. and 5 – 9 Oct. 2020. This course is a reschedule of an earlier course cancelled due to CV-19. Extremely limited registration is available.
Level I Sniper – Almost Full
Only 1 position remaining
SPS /HGTG will conduct a Level I course hosted by Robertson Co. S.O. in Springfield, TN, 19 – 23 October 2020. This is a reschedule of the course scheduled for Laurens, SC in May that was cancelled due to CV-19. Extremely limited registration will be released after initially registered applicants have confirmed attendance.
Law Enforcement Firearms Instructor – Currently Full – Submit packet to be placed on standby list or to reserve a position in the next course coming in 2021.
Planned for 2-6 November 2020 and hosted by Tipton Co. S.O. in Covington, Tennessee. The course is TN POST approved (#20-40). Registration is available on the Schedule page.
SPS/HGTG is accepting hosting agency / unit requests for 2021 at this time. We plan to cautiously move forward with planning our schedule for 2021 with an eye toward best practices for health and safety. Contact Denny Elliott at 615.952.9560 or email to email@example.com for a hosting packet.
We are tentatively scheduling training for Fall 2020. Classes will resume in late August and new classes and rescheduled classes are being set up for September – November.
It does appear that procedural shifts will be necessary in training including reductions in class sizes, social distancing and use of PPE by staff and students. As new best practices are identified and put in place, we will implement as necessary to ensure health and safety of clients while maintaining the level of training quality that you have come to expect from us. Please monitor this website as well as our company social media for information.
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We are pleased to announce that the Sniper Pro Shop Gear Store is open with a limited inventory of some of our flagship products as well as some old favorites from some of our industry friends and partners. Some of these items have previously only been available to our students at SPS Sniper Courses. We feature flat rate shipping and all prices are shown with tax included. We intend to add some items to the shop in the coming weeks and months. Contact us with questions or requests.
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
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.
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
Seqatchie Co SO
Unified PD of Greater Salt Lake, Utah
Larimer CO SO, Colorado
Congratulations to HGTG Staff members for completing a number of courses this year:
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 www.ialefi.com.