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CMPA Firearms Requirements Each Cadet must provide the following equipment by the first day of firearms training.  Please note, this is not the first day of class; check the course schedule to see when firearms training starts. One of the firearms instructors will be available during the first day of class to answer any questions. You may wish to wait until then to purchase your weapon or ammunition. Firearm training is cumulative, so missing any portion is difficult or impossible to make up.  A Cadet missing any training may not have an opportunity to continue and may be dismissed.  A Cadet reporting without required equipment or reporting with insufficient or unapproved equipment will not be able to participate in training and may be dismissed. NOTE: Our contracted shooting range is Midwest Tactical near Leeton, MO. You will be required to report there for firearms training. See their website at for information and driving directions. It is an outdoor range and we will use it regardless of weather conditions, so be prepared… LIST OF APPROVED WEAPONS Each Cadet has the option to use a CMPA provided handgun (9mm Glock) or if the cadet prefers to use their own handgun they must chose from the list below. NOTE: must be full size models; no compacts; chambered in 9mm, 10mm, .40 S&W caliber, .45 ACP caliber. If you already know which model you will use on the job we highly suggest you train with that model. Acceptable handguns:

  • Glock : 17, 19, 21, 22, 23, 34, 35
  • Smith & Wesson : M&P, Sigma, 1911, 5906
  • Sig Sauer : P-220, P-226, P-229, SP2022, 1911
  • Heckler & Koch (H&K) : P30, HK45, P-2000, USP
  • Springfield : XD, XDM, 1911
  • Taurus : 24/7, 92, 100, 809, 840, 1911
  • Ruger :  SR9, SR40, P345, 1911
  • FN : FNS-9, FNP-9, FNP-40, FNP-45
  • 1911 style pistol with at least a 4 inch barrel : manufactured by Kimber, Ruger, Sig Sauer, Taurus, Remington, Colt, Smith & Wesson, Springfield

The Academy has 9MM Glock 17 handguns that you can use for firearms training, at no cost to you, except ammunition.  Any other weapon MUST be approved by the firearms instructors prior to class.  However, to avoid the possibility of being unprepared for the first day of firearm training, you are encouraged to choose a weapon from the list above.  Weapons not appearing on the above list are unlikely to be approved. If you use your own handgun, you must have at least three (3) magazines with a capacity of at least 12 rounds or more each.  If your weapon of choice has a magazine capacity of less than 12 rounds, you must provide additional magazines.  Example: if magazine capacity is 8 rounds, you should have a minimum of 5 magazines.  If magazine capacity is 10 rounds, you should have a minimum of 4 magazines. HOLSTER: NOTE: must have a capability of retaining the weapon.

  • Blackhawk Serpa (best choice)
  • Safariland holster with at least a level one restraint
  • Uncle Mike with at least a level one restraint

NO Fobus holsters.  Holster must be specifically designed to fit the chosen weapon. MAGAZINE POUCH Any magazine pouch with some retention capability (some device like a button or Velcro flap that secures the magazine in the pouch which prevents loaded magazines from falling out during strenuous activity like running, jumping, going prone, etc.).  Either one dual magazine pouch or two single magazine pouches.  Make certain that the magazines properly fit in the magazine pouch. AMMUNITION 1400 rounds of pistol ammunition.  All ammunition should be factory fresh or factory re-manufactured. NO RELOADS OR MAGNUMS!  Steel cased or aluminum cased ammunition is acceptable, but take note that certain weapon systems sometimes do not function properly when firing steel cased ammunition.  Refer to pistol manufacturer’s recommendations on this point. We recommend full metal jacket; remember, this is training and penetration / expansion capabilities are not important.

  • 30 rounds of 12 gauge slug shotgun ammunition.  12 gauge, 2 ¾ inch, rifled slug.
  • 30 rounds of 12 gauge 00 buck shotgun ammunition.  12 gauge, 2 ¾ inch, 00 buck, 9 pellet.
  • 150 rounds of 12 gauge birdshot shotgun ammunition.  12 gauge, 2 ¾ inch, 7 ½ or 8 shot, Winchester or Federal manufactured preferred.

(NOTE: The CMPA will provide Remington 870 shotguns for your use.) INITIAL RANGE INSTRUCTIONS Report to the range on the first day with the following mandatory equipment:

  • Duty belt, holster, magazine pouch (provided by Academy, unless you want to buy your own)
  • Pistol and magazines- unloaded
  • Pistol ammunition- 200 rounds
  • Eye and ear protection
  • Gun cleaning kit

Gun Cleaning Kit should contain the following:

  • Gun solvent (Hoppe’s no.9 or equivalent)
  • Gun oil (Remoil, etc.)
  • Nylon or brass bore brush (caliber specific)
  • Cleaning rod
  • Cheap nylon bristle toothbrush
  • Handful of cotton swabs
  • Gun patches

Additional equipment that you should have readily available:

  • Cold weather gear (long underwear, wool socks, gloves, hat, etc.  Dress in layers.)
  • Rain gear ( Ponchos, rain jackets, rain pants)
  • Waterproof boots and spare socks
  • Some means of hydration
  • Lunch

Leave ALL weapons and ammunition secured in vehicles when reporting to the range classroom the first day and wait for specific instructions.  DO NOT bring weapons and ammunition to the Police Academy building or into the firing range classroom. Read and be familiar with your weapon’s owner manual. INSTRUCTOR CONTACT INFORMATION Shane O’Connor, Midwest Tactical 1-877-SWAT-TAC (792-8329)


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