Frequently asked questions about GPS Defense Sniper School.

Our courses are for anyone wanting to learn the tactics and skills required to succeed as a sniper, particularly those serving in all branches of the military, military contractors, special operations, law enforcement, and private protection.

We have trained military and law enforcement personnel from the United States and around the world, including the U.S. Army, U.S. Marine Corps, U.S. Navy, U.S. Air Force, U.S. Coast Guard, U.S. Army National Guard, U.S. Department of Homeland Security, and numerous SAU/SWAT operators from agencies located around the country.

If you can pass the required background check as explained in our course registration form, you are qualified to attend our courses.  Shooting accurately isn’t a “secret,” which is why we teach precision shooting skills to any qualified student.

Note: The Sniper 4 course is reserved for military personnel and government contractors  only.

Sniper 1 (Basic Sniper) is a prerequisite for Sniper 2 (Intermediate Sniper). Sniper 2 (Immediate Sniper) is a prerequisite  for Sniper 3 (Advanced/Countersniper). This holds true even if you have attended another sniper school.

Our training programs will teach you everything you need to know to be effective in your role: marksmanship, ballistics, target detection, range estimation, fieldcraft, and a variety of other sniper skills. See our courses here.

No, we specialize in training military, police students, and civilians in using long-range and scoped rifles.

GPS Defense Sniper School is different for many reasons, to include our highly qualified staff, decades old reputation, and superior location and landscape. Learn more about the GPS Defense Sniper School difference here.

Our instructors are all subject matter experts with extensive sniper backgrounds.  Each of them is a former law enforcement or military special operator with  real-world sniper experience.

Our courses are certified by the AZPOST (Arizona Peace Officer Standards and Training Board) and Nevada POST. Please contact your individual state board to determine whether they accept our state certification.

We recommend that you do not register for courses if you cannot guarantee that you will attend. You will be responsible for cancellation fees for the slot you reserved as follows:

  • If cancellation is made 30 days or more prior to a scheduled course, a full refund will be made.
  • If cancellation is made between 15 days and 30 days prior to a scheduled course, 75% of the course fee will be refunded.
  • If cancellation is made less than 15 days prior to a scheduled course, 50% of the course fee will be refunded.
  • There are NO refunds for no-shows (please remember that if you don’t show up, you are preventing another student from receiving training).

You may reschedule a course ONE TIME only, however, following a reschedule there are no refunds in the event you cancel or no-show.    Additionally, all courses must be attended within twelve (12) months of the original purchase date or else your course credit will expire.  It is permissible to apply your course credit to a different GPS course in the event you elect to exercise your one-time right to reschedule.

Students must be at least 21 years of age to attend our courses. This is for background check and liability purposes.


We are located at Cowtown Range Shooting Sports Club at 10402 W. Carefree Highway, Peoria, AZ 85383, in the foothills of north Phoenix just 45 minutes from Sky Harbor International Airport.

We do not. We recommend renting a car for the duration of your stay.

Training begins at 0800 and we will train for 8-9 hours with a lunch break.

You will need to supply your own food and bring an ample supply of drinking water. We do not offer meal services at our facility. 


Yes, AR and bolt action platforms are both acceptable.

We rent rifles for $50/day. We do recommend using your own rifle if it’s appropriate for the course.

MOA or Mil style scope with a subtension within its reticle with external turrets

Be prepared with 100 rounds of ammunition per day. Match grade ammunition is strongly preferred.

It is preferred, but not required.

We recommend you bring both, even if you are a backpack shooter or monopod shooter.

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