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Handgun Optic Training Program

4 Training Days
Locations Offered



The Handgun Optic Training Program (HOTP) was established in 2021 to provide agents and officers the abilities to perform their duties while carrying a handgun equipped with a Miniature Red Dot Sight (MRDS). Beginning with nomenclature, extensive hands-on training in the use of MRDS will train students to transition from traditional iron sights. This is a challenging program and through marksmanship, dynamic drills, students will improve their capabilities using an MRDS to accurately shoot a threat in daylight, low-light, from cover, and while moving. The program will address actions to take in the event of a MRDS failure and corrective actions in such events. This program is designed for federal partner organizations, state, local, and tribal law enforcement officers, and agents who will be transitioning to the use of a handgun optic on their duty carry weapon.



  1. Attendance for the HOTP is available to Federal partner organizations, sworn state, local, and tribal law enforcement officers and agents who will be transitioning to the use of a handgun optic on their duty carry weapon.
  2. Applicants must have a current qualification on their duty carry handgun, be a law enforcement officer/agent with arrest authority in the prevention, detection, apprehension, detention and/or investigation of felony and/or misdemeanor violations of federal, state, local, tribal, or military criminal law OR meet one of the following: 
  3. Must be in good physical condition with no medical restrictions and pass a FLETC health screening.

Required Training Materials

You must bring proper range attire. Training uniforms are not provided.
Students should bring an agency issued handgun with mounted Miniature Red Dot Sight. FLETC will provide the handgun if your agency is unable to provide.

All students should also bring duty belt with holster (Gear not authorized for use are Auto Lock, Trigger Finger Release Style Holsters that require the trigger finger to deactivate/disable the retention mechanism, Shoulder Holsters, Cross Draw Holsters, Inside the belt holsters, or Ankle Holsters), and a minimum of 3 magazines. Ammunition and range safety equipment will be provided.

Program Syllabus/Curriculum

  • Firearms Safety Rules & Regulations
  • Handgun Optics Maintenance and zero in
  • Handgun Optic Techniques and MRDS Fundamentals

Program Contact Info

Glynco: (912) 280-5419
Charleston: (843) 746-0865 
Cheltenham: (301) 877-8438

Program Registration