CATO is proud to announce a new course in our training library – Basic Firearms Instructor Course (BFIC). BFIC is a 60-hour / 6-day course (Monday – Saturday) and incorporates pistol, shotgun, and carbine (short-barreled rifle). BFIC is an approved POST Plan IV course.

This course is designed for Law Enforcement personnel (or other personnel) who are responsible for the firearms training for their agency or organization. BFIC is designed as an entry level course that a newly assigned firearms instructor would attend. The course includes safety protocols, lesson plan development, training documentation, decision making, course of fire development, running a range, lethal force options, and adult learning concepts.

The course instructors are Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department – Weapons Training Unit Instructors. These instructors have extensive experience in training new Firearms Instructors, new recruits, in-service personnel, firearms operations and instruction that they will be sharing with students in this course.

This course requires student to qualify with pistol, shotgun and carbine on the first day of class. The qualification courses will be provided before the course begins, giving students “time to practice” the qualification course of fire. Failure to qualify will be cause from dismissal from the course.

Course Requirements:
  • Student must bring an agency lesson plan/course of fire/qualification standard.
  • Student must pass at least one of the CATO pistol, shotgun and carbine standards to graduate the course. Course of fire will be provided prior to the first day of the course.
  • Students are required to run range drills under the supervision of an instructor.
  • Student must conduct a 60-minute team presentation on a firearm course of fire.
  • Students will need 1,000 rounds of pistol ammunition, 100 rounds of duty shotgun ammunition (buckshot), 25 duty slugs, and 1,000 rounds of carbine ammunition.
  • Students will need to bring their deployable tactical gear including: vest, helmet, gloves, hearing protection, clear eyes and cargo-type pants.
  • Students will provide, prior to class, the type of Pistol, Shotgun and Carbine they will be utilizing during the course.

Any questions, please contact:

Doug McGeachy
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