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Gearing Up for the 2021 Training Season

We are less than one month out from the beginning of the 2021 Training Season.  We will  kick it off in Chattanooga with a LE Rifle Instructor Course the week of 8-12 March.  Agencies have responded well and the course is full.  It is on to Linden, TN the next week for the 4-day LE Designated Marksman Course with officers from Tennessee and Mississippi nearly filling the roster.  Enrollment closes on 15 February with only 2 positions left.

April takes us back to Cookeville to do LE Firearms Instructor with Cookeville PD the week of 5-9 April.  At the end of the month it is off to East Tennessee where we will be doing a Special Operations Sustainment Training Course for Sullivan CO S.O.

In May we complete the season with a Level I Sniper course at Johnson City, TN.  This class is filled to capacity with a +50% standby list so we are working on the possibility of doing a second week of training to accommodate the demand.  To all of our client agencies,  and units as well as those officers and military personnel who continue to pay their own way through our courses we appreciate you and the trust that you continue to show us.  Thank you for help us celebrate our 20th year of providing training to armed professionals.

Social Media Statement

As a Defense Contractor serving clients from the US Military to Federal, State and Local agencies nationwide, we have found it necessary to provide a statement of policy on the use of social media for the company.


Sniper Pro Shop is a GSA Schedule Defense Contractor providing training services to government entities. As such, Sniper Pro Shop has always held and shall continue to maintain an apolitical stance.
High Ground Training Group is made up of select contractors with experience and expertise in various areas of training provided by SPS and perform services on an assignment basis.
SPS is the sole owner of the HGTG name and all associated logos, trademarks and emblems.
SPS maintains website and social media accounts for professional and business communications to clients and customers utilizing both the SPS and HGTG names and logos.
SPS/HGTG supports the right to free speech, but we believe that this speech should be tempered with wisdom and supported by truth. Free speech is not just a right, it is a responsibility; a responsibility that includes ensuring that posts are true and sources of information vetted.
SPS/HGTG does not condone, support or assume responsibility for any fallacious, misleading or extreme partisan social media posts made by any HGTG contractor on their personal social media accounts.

January is Production Month

January 2021!  We are in full production in the SPS shop.   Watch our gear shop page to catch new updates and restocks on SPS Gear.

Going forward, all SPS Sales and Coupons will be only posted on our Instagram page.  it is @sniperproshop so be sure to follow us to see what we are up to and catch the latest updates, sales and coupons.

Our spring 2021 schedule is getting crowded but we still have limited dates for late spring and are now setting up the Fall Schedule.  We are still accepting requests for SOST classes for Late Spring and Summer.  Contact us for information or hosting opportunities.

2020 Year in Review

We started off with a free 2-day Handgun & Carbine Operator course hosted by Cookeville P.D. February 10-11.  Torrential rains flooded the host range and we were fortunate to be able to move to the Putnam Co. S.O. range for the course.  18 officers from 14 agencies attended the course and we were spent 16 hours tuning up skills and introducing many to the SPS/HGTG Handgun and Fighting Rifle programs.

The following week, Instructor Dave Schifo and I traveled to Chattanooga, TN for a Close Team Support Course conducted for Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office SWAT.  This was the second installment of this course and completed the CTS program for the entire HCSO SWAT team.

The last week of February, we kicked off a custom training event for the Nolensville, TN Police Department.  We rotated all NPD patrol personnel through an 8-hour training event building tactical and shooting skills.  This was the first of three sessions that we customized for the NPD.

And then it happened… As the CV-19 pandemic kicked into high gear, we saw a number of our host agencies and participant agencies appropriately cutting training events and attendance to concentrate on operations.  We took advantage of the shutdown for family time, projects and updates to training programs, materials and equipment.   By mid Summer we were cautiously gearing up to begin planning training for the Fall.  In late August and Early September, we completed the 3-day custom Handgun & Carbine courses with Nolensville P.D.

The last week of September began an ambitious project in Utah with host agencies Unified Police Department of Greater Salt Lake and West Jordan, UT Police Department.  We conducted 2 back-to-back Level I Sniper courses.  We reduced class sizes due to the pandemic and consequently were able to accommodate more participants overall for this program.  23 officers from 10 teams representing 13 agencies from Utah and Idaho attended the course.  This included:

  • Unified Police Department of Greater Salt Lake
  • West Jordan Police Department
  • Utah Highway Patrol C.E.R.T.
  • Salt Lake City Police Department
  • Cache County Sheriff’s Offce
  • Clearfield Police Department (North Davis SWAT)
  • Layton Police Department (North Davis SWAT)
  • West Valley Police Department
  • South Salt Lake Police Department (UPD SWAT)
  • Bonneville County, Idaho Sheriff’s Office
  • Orem Police Department
  • Utah Department of Corrections

Support from the host agencies was fantastic and we conducted training in three counties during the two-week training mission.  We look forward to going back to Utah to work with these dedicated professionals.

After one week back at home, do the laundry and load the truck it was off to Springfield, TN where we did another Level I Sniper Course with host agency Robertson County Sheriff’s Office.  A full class of 12 officers from 6 Tennessee and South Carolina agencies enjoyed a beautiful but warm October week for training.

  • Robertson County Sheriff’s Office
  • Perry County Sheriff’s Office
  • Cleveland Police Department
  • Knox County Sheriff’s Office
  • Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office
  • Beaufort County, South Carolina Sheriff’s Office

We continued the momentum moving into November with a Law Enforcement Firearms Instructor course in Covington, TN hosted by Tipton County Sheriff’s Office.  15 officers from 6 agencies across Tennessee completed the course.  Agencies included:

  • Tipton County Sheriff’s Office
  • Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office
  • Robertson County Sheriff’s Office
  • Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office
  • Columbia Police Department
  • Lebanon Police Department

Included in the class was SGT Andrew Hawkins, Lebanon PD and High Ground Training Group instructor.

With a bit of a break for Thanksgiving, we finished the year in Livingston, TN with a Law Enforcement Rifle Instructor course co-hosted by Livingston Police Department and Overton County Sheriff’s Office.  While this one was a small class, Livingston PD’s training facility that included housing accommodations made the course possible.  Seven officers from five agencies participated.  Agencies included:

  • Overton County Sheriff’s Office
  • Livingston Police Department
  • Williamson County Sheriff’s Office
  • Nolensville Police Department
  • Clay County Sheriffls Office

2020 has been a tough year on everyone, but especially those on the front lines.  Our families have suffered losses to the pandemic and there has been blood left on the field.  We are happy to have marked it by providing what we believe to be some of the most solid, well researched and supported training available today.  We are one of many and we acknowledge that there are many paths to the of any mountain.  As a GSA Defense Contractor, the gravity of what we teach is not lost on us.  Everyday our alumni go into harms way and do the work that others cannot comprehend.

Thank you to all who have trusted us with your training dollars and personnel to provide training this year.  As we enter our 20th year of professional training in 2021, we look forward to continuing to bring the highest quality of training possible to you.

Thanks to All and Stay Safe,


SNIPER PRO SHOP releases Alumni Hoodie Options for 2020

We are proud to be offering a limited-edition High Ground Training Group ALUMNI apparel line to help us celebrate our upcoming 20th year of providing training to Snipers, Firearms Instructors and Armed Professionals, and also to celebrate and honor YOU for your professional support throughout these past two decades as our esteemed and respected alumni.






In 2016, we adopted a hooded sweatshirt for our HGTG Staff instructors to wear.   Since then, we have had constant requests from course participants to make a version available for purchase.

As our 20th year of training approaches, what better time to introduce an ALUMNI version of the hoodie with the HGTG Logo on the back, the 20th Anniversary Logo in color on the left chest and a Right Sleeve design.

We have also designed a version for the special people in your lives who provide a solid homefront foundation through love and support — A foundation without which you couldn’t do the job you are called upon to do on a daily basis.  Those special people are truly your MISSION SUPPORT.

All products are available for pre-order only at the online Gear Store.  Since this is a special-order promotion, there will be no inventory held by SPS.  Orders will be taken though October 31, 2020 and then the hoodies ordered in one bulk order from the printer.  This will allow us to keep the prices reasonable.  Delivery will be prior to the holiday season and you will be notified by email of the shipping of your order.  A flat rate $10.00 shipping rate will be applied to each order in the cart.  Prices shown include applicable sales tax.

The Original:  This is the Gildan 8oz Heavy Blend 50/50 Pullover Hoodie in Military Green.  The hoodie features the High Ground Training Group logo in tan on the back and the 20 Year reticle logo in full color on the left chest.  It may be ordered with either ALUMNI or MISSION SUPPORT on the right sleeve in a military stencil font printed in tan (photo shows INSTRUCTOR version for HGTG Staff).  This is the same hoodie worn by HGTG staff for over 5 years and going strong.

The Original Hoodie is offered in adult sizes Small, Medium, Large, XL and XXL         $35.00 Available in the Gear Store

Next Level Unisex Full Zip Hooded Sweatshirt

A slightly lighter weight, this hoodie is an 80/20 cotton/poly blend 7.4-ounce fabric that provides a slight less bulky version of the HGTG hoodie with full zipper for easy on and off.  Comes in Black and available in adult sizes X-Small, Small, Medium, Large, X-Large and XX- Large.

$45.00  Available in the Gear Store

Next Level Triblend™ Long-Sleeve Hoodie

This lightweight wicking hoodie is perfect for range wear, working out or hanging out.  The Triblend™ fabric is soft, wicking and extremely comfortable.  The hoodie is offered in Military Green and Vintage Black which has a distressed appearance.  T-shirt weight and thin enough to be tuckable or worn loose, this may be your next favorite shirt!

The Next Level Triblend™ LS Hoodie is offered in adult sizes X-Small, Small, Medium, Large, X-Large and XX-Large.

      $35.00 Available in the Gear Store

Each shirt features the HGTG logo on the back, Our 20th anniversary logo on the left chest and a choice of two right sleeve prints.

Who can order:

  • Alumni wear can only be ordered by graduates of any SPS/HGTG course including:

Sniper, SWAT, CTS, Spec OPS Sustainment, Firearms Instructor Trilogy or Advanced Firearms Training.  In short, if you received a certificate from SPS/HGTG for the course you are eligible.

  • Family members may order for Alumni if ordering as a gift. We recommend that you either give us a call or email to let us know that the item is a gift. Be sure to put the Alumni’s name in the order notes.
  • Mission Support wear can be ordered by or for Alumni Family members or by vetted supporters of the SPS/HGTG training mission. Again, give us a call or email to see if you have questions for eligibility.



To Order, go to


This will take you to the SPS Gear Store page the first three items are the HGTG 20th Anniversary Hoodies.

Select your favorite and place your order.

NOTE:  Items ordered with the hoodies will be shipped at the same time.

 Orders will close 31 October and the garments will be shipped upon completion.

2021 Marks 20th Anniversary for Training

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.

Stay Safe!


Show Us Your Flag Contest Winner Announced

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🧐)


Full size version of the photo below for your viewing pleasure!

2020 Fall Schedule Announced

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  – Enrollment Closed
Fairfield, Utah

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 – Course Full

Springfield, Tennessee

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.

LE Rifle Instructor

7-11 December, Livingston, TN

Hosted by Overton County Sheriff’s Office and Livingston PD

LIMITED ENROLLMENT COURSE!  Registration available now.

Coming in 2021,

LE Designated Marksman, Linden, TN

Level I and Level II Sniper, Carlsbad, TX

LE Firearms Instructor and Rangemaster, Tennessee

Accepting hosting requests for 2021 at this time.


2021 SCHEDULE – Accepting Hosting Requests

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 for a hosting packet.

COVID-19 Update 16 June 2020

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.