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FIREARMS TRAINING FACILITY

The Firearms Training Facility (F.T.F.) provides a safe and realistic venue for providing training programs and facilities that meet the needs of Maryland's law enforcement and correctional officers in the areas of basic firearms, instructor level firearms, and judgmental decision making in use of force situations. The Sykesville facility also provides a variety of specialized equipment necessary to satisfy many important instructional needs.

The facility includes:

OPERATIONS BUILDING
The Operations building has two classrooms, one with a total capacity of 45 students, the second one has a capacity of 24 students, or the partition can be opened and allows for a large classroom. These classrooms are equipped with state-of-the-art audio/video equipment.

The building has two rooms for judgmental simulation training. Utilizing modern technology of computers, they generate real-life scenarios to teach and evaluate officer-s decision making skills. Additional rooms include weapons vault, weapons cleaning room, weapons maintenance room, ammunition storage room and staff office space.

HANDGUN/SHOTGUN RANGES
Design of the facility incorporates state-of-the-art safety, acoustic attenuation and environmental protection technologies. There are four handgun/shotgun ranges. Range 1 has eleven firing positions, Range 2 has sixteen firing positions, Range 3 has sixteen firing positions and Range 4 has eleven firing positions. Ranges 1 and 2 are 25 yards maximum firing distance while Ranges 3 & 4 are 50 yards maximum firing distances.

Each set of ranges has a range tower. A tower operator has the capability of controlling either range individually or collectively. The lighting system, pneumatic targets and sound systems are all controlled from the range towers for the respective range(s).

RIFLE RANGE
The facility's rifle range is the longest rifle range in Maryland providing full containment of projectiles. It is a 200 yard, five shooting position range. The rifle range, constructed of pre-cast concrete, has a solid continuous wall on the right side, an overlapping winged wall on the left side, baffled roof and a concrete floor.

DECISION RANGE
The decision range provides an area for simulation training. The decision range is dedicated for Simunition® or Air Soft® ammunition.

Training available at the Firearms Training Facility

Firearms Instructor Program
This is a two-week school that meets COMAR mandates for officers to become a certified Firearms Instructor for pistol and type 4 long gun (shotgun).

Type 1 & 2 Long Gun School
This is a seven-day program that meets COMAR mandates for officers to become certified as a counter-sniper for their department.

Type 3 Long Gun School
This five-day program that meets COMAR mandates for officers to become certified as a user of patrol rifles.

Deadly Force Application Training
This one-day program is designed for academy directors, range masters or firearms instructors covering development of training objectives and training topics or procedures of training their officers around controversial issues around the use of force /deadly force situations.

Firearms Mentoring Program
Certified firearm instructors are encouraged to assist and work alongside the facility staff during training. This is to give the visiting instructor more hands-on experience furthering their techniques and knowledge helping them to being a better firearms instructor.

Weapons Armorers Programs
The Facility host several manufacture of weapons armorer schools throughout the year. Colt AR rifle, Sig Sauer Pistol, Glock Pistol, Remington 870 shotgun and Remington 700 rifle.

In addition to the specific schools, services are offered to police and correctional officers in qualification, remediation of problem shooters and judgment training. This is in addition to specific requests for specialized training. All courses are approved by the MPCTC for academic and/or firearms training requirements.