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Law enforcement officers receive
sniper training in Meridian

By Staff
special to The Star
August 6, 2004
Fifteen Alabama state troopers are in Meridian attending the Hathcock Basic Sniper School along with two Meridian police officers.
The class is hosted by the Meridian Public Safety Training Facility and the Meridian Police Department. It began Aug. 4 and continues until Aug. 8.
The Meridian Public Safety Training Facility is a 99-acre facility which includes three gun ranges. The ranges are used for police and military weapons training.
The 300-yard range will be used for the Hathcock Sniper Challenge in September. Police and military snipers from throughout the United States and abroad will travel to Meridian to compete in this competition. Challengers for this competition are seasoned professionals in the field of tactical sniper shooting. Many vendors will be on hand demonstrating the latest advances in sniper weapons and technologies.
The Hathcock Sniper School was created by the late Gunnery Sgt. Carlos Hathcock, who was known as one of the foremost Marine snipers of the Vietnam War era. His more than 360 kills and extraordinary ability made him the most famous American sniper since World War I.
Before the Vietnam War, Hathcock won the Wimbledon Cup in 1965 and was the U.S. Long Rifle Champion. Before his death in 1999, he trained law enforcement almost exclusively.
The Hathcock instructors conducting this training in Meridian are Michael Mack, Dan Lackey and J.C. Denham. They had taught with Hathcock since 1987 and say they are dedicated to ensuring his legacy and providing the best training to law enforcement officers throughout the United States.

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