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Police Firearms Instructor Course

Reading/Berks County, PA - August 24-28, 2020


This 5-day course will certify the successful attendee to train law enforcement and security officers in the use of the semi-automatic pistol and pump-action shotgun.  Attendance is restricted to Pennsylvania officers to reduce the COVID-19 risk from out of state.


Emanuel Kapelsohn, the lead instructor, is nationally recognized in the fields of firearms training and use of force.  A firearms instructor for the past 40 years, he has been certified to instruct by the FBI, NRA, Pennsylvania MPOETC, New Jersey PTC, and others.  He holds instructor certifications in handgun, shotgun, patrol rifle, counter-sniper rifle, baton, pepper spray, Taser Master Instructor, defensive tactics, less lethal impact munitions, and psycho-motor skill design, and is certified in Executive Protection, Shooting Scene Reconstruction, as a Force Science Analyst and Advanced Specialist in Force Science.  Agencies for which he has trained and certified firearms instructors include the police departments of Philadelphia, Baltimore, Miami, Jacksonville, Seattle, Phoenix, Dallas, the Washington D.C. Metropolitan Police, New York State Police, Louisiana State Police, Missouri Highway Patrol, Oregon State Police, Calgary Police Service Tactical Unit, Toronto Metropolitan Police Emergency Task Force and Dignitary Protection Unit, and others. A graduate of Yale University and Harvard Law School and a practicing attorney, Kapelsohn has testified as an expert witness in police shootings and other use of force cases in state and federal courts for the past 36 years, including in many nationally high-profile cases.  Serving on the Board of Directors of the International Association of Law Enforcement Firearms Instructors for 35 years, he is the association’s 1st Vice President. He has written over 120 published articles and longer works, and has served as a reserve deputy sheriff for 22 years.


Course Description:  Topics addressed will be firearms safety, officer-involved shooting characteristics and gunfight stress effects, theory of training physical skills, teaching methods for classroom and range, documentation of training, legal liability issues, selection of firearms, holsters and ammunition, incapacitation and other effects of bullet wounds, mental conditioning, firearms handling techniques, and marksmanship.  Students will fire daylight qualification courses with handgun and shotgun, and a dim-light handgun qualification course.  Qualification courses will be provided to attendees in advance of the class, and students are expected to score 85% or higher on them. Students will perform student teaching in classroom and on the range, will work in a small group to develop a tactical drill and document it in a lesson plan, and are required to pass a written test. Class will be supported by a 3-ring binder of written materials, additional articles, PowerPoint presentations, and videos of police use of force incidents.  Range exercises will include use of steel targets and decision-making target system.  Course hours 0800-1700, with hours adjusted one day (1330-2230) to allow dim-light training. Course fee $595.00.


Equipment Required:  Ear protection, eye protection of side-panel or wraparound design (ANSI Z87.1 or higher protection level recommended), and a baseball cap or other brimmed hat; semi-automatic service pistol with at least 3 magazines; duty belt, holster, double magazine pouch, handcuffs and pouch; high-intensity flashlight; at least 750 rounds of new factory-loaded training ammunition (no reloads or “remanufactured” ammunition allowed); at least 20 dummy rounds in the caliber of your service pistol; pump-action 12-gauge shotgun with sling - a sling is required.  (Semi-auto shotguns are acceptable, but training will focus on the pump-action.)  Some means of carrying spare shotgun ammunition that facilitates reloading (side-saddle, speed-feed stock, belt pouch or plastic 2-shell belt holders, etc.).  Weapon mounted light on shotgun is desirable but not required.  75 rounds low-powered birdshot (#6, #7.5 or #8), 25 rounds of #00 buckshot, 15 rifled slugs. Note-taking materials of your choice.  Laptop optional.  Clothing for the weather, including rain gear.  Water bottle, snacks, sunscreen and insect repellent recommended. 



Registration Form - Police Firearms Instructor Course

Reading/Berks County, PA - August 24-28, 2020 

Please send check or money order payable to “Peregrine Corporation,” or department purchase order, in the amount of $595.00 per student, with this course registration form to:


The Peregrine Corporation

1636 N. Cedar Crest Blvd., #320

Allentown, PA 18104


Questions:  Contact Emanuel Kapelsohn, cell 610-360-7053, or

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