Cedar Creek Firearms Training Academy
The Cedar Creek Firearms Training Academy was established in 2002 to provide civilian marksmanship classes and short term "mini-courses " in police and military precision marksmanship. Civilian courses include Defensive Pistol, Tactical Pistol, NRA Basic Pistol, Tactical Rifle and Precision rifle utilizing benchrest positions.
In our courses we cover:
Safety; shooting situations; proper grip, stance and sight picture; proper presentation from the holster, combat shooting, proper handling of firearms, situational awareness, shooting stances and positions, clearing malfunctions, barricade shooting and much more....
Military and Law Enforcement:
There are two course curriculums for law enforcement and military personnel besides the above courses: Military Sniping and Counter-sniping, and Civilian Law Enforcement Counter-sniping and Special Operations precision marksmanship.
The lead instructor is NRA certified instructor Craig Roberts, an experienced police and military competition shooter. Qualified as "Master" with the Oklahoma Sheriff's and Peace Officer's Association and a former member of the Governor's Twenty pistol team, he is also a CLEET certified Concealed Carry instructor for the State of Oklahoma. Roberts is a retired Tulsa police officer, US Marine Vietnam combat veteran, and author of "Police Sniper" and "Kill Zone: A Sniper Looks at Dealey Plaza." He is also co-author with Charles Sasser of "One Shot--One Kill: America's Combat Snipers," and the follow-on book "Crosshairs on the Kill Zone."
The following photos show range facilities. Scroll down for more on law enforcement and military classes.
Cedar Creek Bench Rest House
Bench rests are equipped with rests and spotting scopes. Center rest is both right and-left handed.
View from bench to target berm after snowstorm of February 2012.
Target frames for cardboard backers and full size B27 type targets.
We use several types of steel knock-down targets for pistol and rifle classes.
Military and Police courses are provided on an as needed basis, with the instructors providing training on our own range or traveling to the range location of a group of students:
The military program is normally conducted in a rural area utilizing local terrain, woods, fields and hills. The course includes primary long range marksmanship basics using scoped rifles, camouflage, cover and concealment, map reading, land navigation, and range shooting. The final phase includes a mission wherein each two-man team is briefed and is required to plan their mission using a map and compass and operations order, stalk in, establish a shooting position, identify and engage the proper target(s), and then retrograde successfully. Ranges run from 300-800 meters, depending upon terrain capability.
The Law Enforcement course is tailored to the needs of a special operations counter-sniper. Ranges are 100 yards and less, with accuracy under stress being the prime objective. Both the military and law enforcement courses stress combat conditions, historic actual scenarios, coupled with close and safe supervision and instruction.
For the law enforcement course, students MUST be full time accredited law enforcement officers of a municipal, county, state or federal agency. No training is given to civilians who are not law enforcement officers. For military courses, the students must be either active duty or active reserve/guard, and most hold an MOS that requires or will be enhanced by a precision rifle/sniper course. Examples are Scout-Snipers, Military Police officers, Base Security personnel, Infantrymen, and etc.
Course length for law enforcement is two days. The military course is three days. Minimum number of students required to form a class: 12. Maximum number is 20.
The cost is $450 per student for the military course, and $350 for the police course. The course fee does not include travel and lodging expenses for the instructors, or ammunition, targets, cleaning gear, and other course logistical items that have to be provided by the class. Contracting agency is responsible to providing the training site and range.
Further information can be obtained by contacting Craig Roberts at firstname.lastname@example.org
Class of Air Force Security Police conducted in January, 2003
On the firing line making final scope adjustments before the exercise
Held in January, this class experienced wind chills on range day of 20 degrees F. Here part of the class waits on the ready line for a firing position.
Part of the class poses with Chief Instructor Roberts (red cap) after completing the final exercise, which included mission planning, route planning, land navigation, camouflage and concealment, ingress, establishing a firing position undetected, identifying the proper target, and making "One Shot--One Kill." (We actually let each man fire three rounds for practice, but only the first shot counted).
CCFTA also provides instruction to civilian groups as well as law enforcement on such topics as firearms safety and handling, combat pistol marksmanship, and self-defense pistol shooting for women. Other courses of fire can be tailored depending upon the requirements of your class or group. Due to the Homeland Security issues involved since 9/11, we will only train US citizens who can legally posses firearms, and conduct training inside the 50 states in full cooperation of local laws.
GySgt Carlos Hathcock, legendary USMC sniper (Vietnam), and Craig Roberts training police SWAT team snipers in 1990.