Hostile Environment Marksmanship (HEMS)


Hostile Environment Marksmanship (HEMS) is a two day flat range class. It will teach you to safely and competently operate your rifle / carbine to effectively deal with threats in a hostile environment. This class takes the student from fundamentals, to practical applications, including shooting on the move and buddy pair fire and movement. This class is suitable for any level of shooter; there is something to learn and improve for all. 

Class Outline

  • Safety
  • Weapon Function and Operation (AR15 centric)
  • Marksmanship Fundamentals
  • Grouping & Zeroing
  • Weapon Manipulation: malfunctions and stoppages
  • Shooting positions
  • Combat Shooting
  • Controlled Pairs, Hammer Pairs, Stream Fire
  • Combat mindset and stress effects
  • Support side shooting
  • Facing movements / ‘ready ups’
  • Reaction to Contact
  • Shooting on the move
  • Basic Fire & Movement

This class is primarily focused on increasing individual weapon handling / shooting skills and competence.

Cost: $450 per individual.

Round Count: 800 rounds approx.

The 2 day HEMS class is the same curriculum as the first 2 days of the 4 day HEAT 1 class. It is possible to take a HEMS class and then attend the final 2 day tactical range portion of the HEAT 1 class, having satisfied the prerequisite, if the classes are within 6 month of each other. This will help students who are restricted to weekends only for training time. 

A student testimonial:

I took Hostile Environment Marksmanship (HEMS) at the VTC in lieu of jumping right in to HEAT 1. Best move I made for my knowledge level at that time. It was my first tactical class of any kind. HEMS did a great job of laying the groundwork of range safety, rifle manipulation, and rifle stoppage resolution, just to name a few things. I would encourage anyone of any experience level to take this class. No one is above the basics and that is what HEMS is about. Don’t fool yourself into thinking you don’t need this class. This class is a huge value-add to your skills. It is also a very enjoyable class. Take it. You will not regret it.