I have taken some of Bennie's classes in the past and just wanted to spread the word. I look forward to seeing some fellow members there.
Urban Tactical Rifle Instructor’s Course
September 18th – 20th, 2009
Big Darby Range
This 3 day course is designed to enhance and broaden police and military firearm instructor skills with the AR-15 style rifle.
Our course will provide intermediate to advanced shooting techniques and skills that are specifically designed around the needs of
your patrol and SWAT team officers. C.R.T.C. Inc. will teach the most practical methods available for deploying the assault rifle for
offensive and defensive purposes to include CQB, live fire tactical team movement drills and more.
Instructors will learn teaching strategies that will enable them to reach their most difficult students.
This course is highly recommended for departmental firearm instructors and is limited to 20 students.
Class will be at the Big Darby Range, 875 Middle Pike Road, West Jefferson, OH 43162.
The class will start September 18th at 08:00 and end September 20th
• Mental Conditioning – Students will learn how to understand and control the psychological process
while training and during confrontations. This will be accomplished through the development of a
Fighting Mindset. By understanding this process and applying its principles you will learn how to
focus your emotions allowing you to shoot to your peak performance for the given situation.
• Training Barriers - Motivating and inspiring students can sometimes present extreme problems.
Instructors will learn how they can help the student to overcome these barriers through emotional
based training whether on the range on in the classroom. Instructors will also learn the two main
components that affect the student’s ability to perform to their full ability
• Action vs. Reaction Drills - This exercise will provide critical information for the instructor to gauge
the performance of their officers. Instructors will learn the importance of understanding what THEIR
personal reactionary time is and the role it plays when determining what reactionary gap is
needed for themselves and their officers. Instructors will learn through live fire drills how to improve
their reactionary skills to enhance their performance and decrease their reaction times.
• Human Nature – Each instructor will be taught the importance of understanding human nature, how
to control it, and use it to maximize their training. By understanding how to apply this, each student
will be able to achieve a higher skill level that will not only aid them in their day to day training, but
also in a survival situation.
• Firearms Training - This training will cover the importance of mental conditioning while shooting in
both the Subconscious and Conscious State of Mind. The importance of understanding the difference
between them and when to apply each in relation to combat shooting through hands on training.
* Additional areas that will be covered are:
* Position shooting to include support and unsupported positions.
* Intermediate to advance shooting skills as they apply for CQB, and short to intermediate ranges.
* Advanced immediate action drills.
* Marksmanship skills for both stationary and moving targets.
* Tactical and speed reloading drills, when and how to do each.
* Target threat identification drills.
* Firearms transitions.
* Surgical shooting techniques while moving.
* Advanced firearms retention drills for both the handgun and assault rifle.
* Students will also learn how to monitor their personal shooting techniques while on the range and how to identify problem areas.
Each student will receive handouts with specific shooting drills that are designed to improve their
speed and accuracy during personal range time.
• Tactical Movement - Students will be shown a variety of movement techniques to include live fire
tactical team movement for the interior of buildings, urban areas and open terrain.
• Gun TakeAway Techniques – While there are numerous gun take away techniques, C.R.T.C. has
developed proven techniques based on the K.I.S.S. Principle that the student can learn and maintain
in a very short time period.
• Equipment Selection: I will cover the basic equipment that is needed to include: rifle selection,
calibers, bullet selection, optics, and important accessories to meet your specific needs.
• EQUIPMENT REQUIREMENTS: Each student will need the following:
* AR-15 style rifle with sling and 1200 rounds.
* Four 30 or 20 round magazines to include magazine pouches.
* Personal web gear to include body armor, and duty belt.
* Handgun with 3 magazines and 50 rounds of ammunition.
* Cleaning kit to include patches, cleaning rod, and bore cleaner.
* Personal range safety gear to include eye and ear protection, kneepads are a must, range hat, sunscreen, etc.
Course cost is $400.00 per student and payments can be made by
Visa/MasterCard, Department PO’s or check. Law Enforcement tuition can
also be paid in installments if needed out to 180 days (6 months) with prior
A $200.00 deposit or department PO is required to reserve/hold your
slot. Please email to reserve your slot at Bennie@BennieCooley.com
Connie at Connie@BennieCooley.com
cell 208 270 0309, office 208 525 3329,
or fax 208 717 0555.
For information on range location or questions regarding the area, please contact Pete Denlinger at the Big Darby Creek Range, email email@example.com,
work/range 614 879 0457.
This is an advance level class and students should feel comfortable and safe while handling their
firearm. The class is very fast paced and students are highly encouraged to take notes and or bring a video
camera to capture techniques that they deem important.
Anybody close to this needs to go. Bennie is an excellent instructor, you will, however, need to check your ego at the door. Bennie tells it like it is and probably doesn't do well with metrosexuals.
Nick710, i couldn't agree with you more. There are still slots available, don't miss out on this one. I completely changed my thought process when it comes to "accessorizing" my AR after these classes and walked out being able to shoot with my support side as good as my strong side.
Still have slots available.
I've shot with bennie numerous times. He and I are members of the same practical shooting club, as well as he is an instructor at the DOE facility adjacent to mine. His no-shit teaching style is great. I highly reccommend any instruction by Bennie. He also is just a stand-up guy. Anyone who goes will not be disappointed
As of this morning we have 11 students signed up to take the class. There's still time to sign up for one of the best carbine classes out there.
AAR CRTC / Bennie Cooley Class 09-18 to 09-20-09
As always, Bennie put on an excellent class. This was my third time taking a class with CRTC as well as some other returning students. The student roster was comprised of LEO's, military reservists, security contractor types and civilians. Had students from New York, North Carolina and Virginia come in for the training. The boys from Raven Concealment Systems attended and brought some swag for those present. Round count was around 1200 rounds for the three days. Bennie prefers to teach the students a technique, make sure that they grasp it, and then move on to the next one. This way the participants get to see more ways to run the gun versus some methods of launching a mass amount of lead down range.
Bennie teaches a more aggressive style of running the gun than some instructors i have trained with. His philosophy is to make the movement swift and dedicated. If you are moving and a target presents itself, engage it, kill it and move on to next one. Also another good thing about the class is that the students will fire half of the course with their support hand. When doing a transition, you completely switch over to your support side as opposed to some teachings of using a sling that only allows it to go halfway across your chest. ( This causes the students to put more of their bodies past the barricade / cover which can be avoided by simply putting it in the opposite shoulder. )
Day one started with the classroom portion which covered mindset, weapon and accessory selection, proper selection and use of kit, and a brief history on what lead Bennie to start doing what he does, teaching people to shoot better. After the rifles were zeroed, we started shooting steel targets in various positions. Bennie will have the student start slow then push them to see how fast they can put rounds on target accurately. Most of the drills consist of firing either strong or support side, advance forward while transitioning to the next position. You can go from standing support side to kneeling strong side back to strong side. Bennie changes the drill every time which makes the students think before they act.
The man himself
The buttstock shoulder roll technique
Started off by reviewing material from day one then we moved on. We covered more in depth techniques on how to disarm an adversary with a long gun and how to do weapon strikes. After that we switched over and covered several techniques for transitioning from the long gun to a pistol. Bennie has the students try them all and decide which one they prefer to stick with. We then got into the butt stock shoulder roll, lateral movement drills, and close in work. The line advances on the target with the weapon shouldered, then the stock is brought over the shoulder and fired with the receiver close to the face then finished with a good old fashioned muzzle strike / contact shot. Emphasis is put on the fact that when you get closer to the target, switch from center mass and start putting rounds in the brain bucket area.
Some in close work with the rifles
More techniques of shooting on the move were covered in the morning portion. Bennie is not a big fan of the heel to toe method of advancing on a target. The students are taught to close the gap from them to the target faster by taking longer strides. As the foot of the shooting side leaves the deck the shooter is pulling the trigger. The closer you get to the target the tempo picks up and you finish by going back to cranium area. After lunch we started working the barricades and how to shoot from behind / under vehicles. One method of the "low" prone was demonstrated that was amazingly stable and easy to get into. Different styles were given to see which would work best. The day wrapped up by doing movement drills from behind the barricades while advancing to the next one. Toward the end, the entire class was stacked up and moving with precision.
Bennie Cooley doing the "very low" prone
The Kings of Kydex hard at work doing R+D
Students simulating shooting under a vehicle
Working the barricades
As stated earlier, it was an excellent class. The only thing negative about the class in my opinion was the lack of full attendance. Its hard to get schedules and the moons to always line up so that instructors such as this can come to our area. The good part was Bennie got to spend more time with the students who did attend. It is good to see people in the industry such as Raven to show up and get input on their products from the guys who buy and use their gear. A huge thank you to Pete and the rest of the staff at Big Darby Creek, excellent range and all around good folks.