Designated Marksman

The Designated Marksman course trains to use a light rifle equipped with a scope or magnifier.  Too many officers want to focus on CQB, which very few will actually do.  Most gun calls end up with the officer in a position of cover, at an unknown range, for an unknown length of time.  If the suspect exits, a more precise shot may be needed.

This class covers the 10 and 50 yard zero, optics abd position shooting from prone to supported shooting at ranges from 25-250 yards. Then shooter learns to make a point-blank shot from 10 to 250 yards without mechanically adjusting the point of impact - no dialing DOPE

To register for the course, contact your Training Manager to assign the training to you via Acadis

Upcoming classes are listed below.  Registration does not guarantee acceptance into the class.  Participants will be notified two weeks prior to the course of their registration acceptance OR any course cancellation.

If classes are full, or not available, please complete the Course Interest Survey.  This is not a waiting list, but instead helps us see if there is enough interest to create another class.  If we schedule a session, we will contact everyone who has completed the survey and request that registration be completed.

All shooters must be in good physical condition, capable of assuming a wide variety of positions, walking one mile, and able to climb embankments, stairs, or ladders. These are requirements, not suggestions.

Chris Williams (Firearms Program Manager), Ciara Colon (Administrative Assistant)

(206) 786-8951

Who can attend our classes?

Class is only open to active law enforcement officers who meet the prerequisites.

Required Equipment

  • AR-type rifle set up for patrol use.  Should include some type of magnifying optic.
  • lever action or light bolt-action rifle
  • caliber no larger than .308 or less than .223
  • a rifle scope up to 6X, variable scopes preferred, or a red dot sight with 3X or larger magnifier
  • 500 rounds of ammunition
  • Trajectory chart for the ammunition used
  • electronic ear protection
  • knee and elbow pads recommended
  • a shooting mat is recommended
  • A bipod is recommended.

The ideal rifle is a standard AR-type patrol rifle with an RDS in a LaRue quick-detachable mount, a Leupold 1.5x5 variable power scope in LaRue QD mount, and a bipod.  The RDS can be quickly and easily removed, and replaced with the scope with no change in point of impact with either optic.  This allows greater versatility in the standard-issue carbine.

Dress Code

Appropriate range clothing and safety gear.


Class hours are from 0800 to 1700 both days.


Deadline to cancel is 7 days prior to class for a refund.  Send an email to to cancel your registration.

No shows or late cancellations will not be refunded.