NRA Firearms

Those Security Officers employed by Bayside Security Patrol Services, Inc. that choose to carry a firearm while on duty go through the National Rifle Association's Law Enforcement Firearms course. Bayside Security has one in-house firearms instructor and also uses a network of carefully screened out-of-house instructors. Only those officers that have gone through training with an approved instructor can carry a firearm while working for Bayside Security. Additionally, all firearms instructors that teach Security Officers must be approved by the Delaware State Police, Division of Professional licensing.

Initial Certification

Officers go through a total of 40 hours of classroom and live-fire range training before being certified to carry a firearm as a Security Officer. Once a Security Officer successfully completes their training they must then be approved to carry by the Delaware State Police, Division of Professional Licensing. If approved the Security Officer will receive a special license issued by the State Police.

Classroom training includes a combination of video presentations, lectures, and hands on training techniques. After classroom training the Officers proceed to range training where they get to put real life applications to the techniques they learned in the classroom and must shoot a total of 650 rounds at various targets, under various conditions.

Initial certification includes, but is not limited to, the following areas of study:

  • Fundamentals of Handgun Marksmanship
  • Handgun Handling Techniques
  • Firearms Safety
  • Liability Considerations, when can you shoot
  • Room Clearing Techniques
  • Flashlight Techniques
  • Stairwell Techniques
  • Weapons Retention
  • Field-Strip and Reassemble of a Handgun
  • Loading and Unloading of a Firearm
  • Tactical and Speed Reloading
  • Tactical Use of Cover and Concealment
  • Day Light and Reduced Light Conditions
  • 4-Step Draw
  • Weaver Position
  • Isosceles Position
  • Ready Position
  • Down and Scan
  • Immediate Action Situations
  • Feedway Clearance
  • Challenge Commands
  • Transition to Support Hand from Primary Hand
  • One-Handed Shooting
  • Shooting from a Kneeling Position
  • Shooting and Moving
  • Multiple Target Situations
  • Flash Sight Firing
  • Belt Line Firing
  • Speed Rock Firing
  • Side-by-Side / Beam-Up
  • Beam Parallel
  • Harries
  • Stacked Hands
  • Palm Squeeze
  • Support Side Shoulder
  • Reloading and Immediate Action
  • Pistol Incapacitation
  • Weapon Transition

Additionally, some of our Security Officers are also certified in the use of shotguns and/or patrol rifles. However, the Delaware State Police, Division of Professional Licensing does not allow Security Officers to carry shotguns or patrol rifles except under certain circumstances, which requires pre-approval from their office. Those Security Officers certified in shotgun and/or patrol rifles go through the appropriate NRA courses and training disciplines.


Security Officers must re-certify three times annually to maintain their firearms officer status. Re-certification includes both classroom and live fire range time. Additionally, during re-certification training the Security Officer must shoot a total of 150 rounds at various targets, under various conditions. Re-certification, just like initial certification, is carefully monitored by the Delaware State Police, Division of Professional Licensing and Security Officers that fail to maintain their three annual re-certifications lose their firearms officer status.