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RDS / Pistol Optic Armorer and Shooting Skills Class

  • 2 Mar 2024
  • 08:00 - 16:30
  • Will County Sheriff's Office
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To our ITOA membership,

We understand this course is very short notice, but the opportunity just came up to make this class available and we decided to move forward to make it happen. If there is continued interest, we will offer this in the future with advanced notice. 


Jeff Chudwin

The Illinois Tactical Officers Association, in cooperation with the Will County Sheriff's Office and NEMRT, is pleased to provide this Instructor Certification opportunity:

RDS / Pistol Optic Armorer & Shooting Skills Class
Will County Sheriff's Range

Saturday March 2, 2024

Registration at 0800 hrs. ends at 1630 hrs. 

COURSE DESCRIPTIONThis state-certified one-day, 8-hour program has been designed by Chief (ret.) Jeff Chudwin, Deputy (ret.) Kimberly Heath-Chudwin, and Chief (ret.) Daryl Howell to train law enforcement firearms instructors, department armorers, and individual officers how to select and properly mount duty handgun pistol optics – known as RDS or Red Dot Sights. The current trend in the adoption of these duty RDS-pistol optics requires an understanding of the mechanical issues related to the mounting and securing of the optic to the pistol slide. The types of tools, screws, adapter plates, and torque specifications that are the key to proper mounting will be a primary focus of this hands-on instruction.

Repeated range failures of these optics due to improper installation have been observed in law enforcement handgun skills classes that the authors currently instruct through the MTU system. Upon completing this course of study, the student officer will have the foundation knowledge of the required tools and specifications to mount and maintain the duty handgun RDS-optic properly. Additionally, the student officer will practice live fire sight in procedures for the RDS/duty handgun optic and engage in courses of fire that illustrate the usefulness and effectiveness of the duty handgun RDS-pistol optic.

Multiple examples of pistol optics, such as Trijicon and Holosun models, will be available for inspection and live fire. Demonstration pistols will include Glock, Smith and Wesson M&P, Staccato P and CS, and Walther PDP-F.

Various tools, thread-locking compounds, and mounting screws will be provided for demonstration and use by students during the class.

A list of tools to bring if the student has access will be furnished upon registration.

What to Bring:

1. Duty handgun that allows mounting of the RDS-type pistol optic.

2. Pistol Optic already mounted or pistol with optic to be mounted. The student officer must bring both the duty pistol and the RDS-Optical Sight.

3. Duty gun belt, holster, mag. pouch(s)

4. Three (3) pistol magazines minimum.

5. 300 rounds of factory ammunition.

6. Eye and Ear protection.

7. Soft Body Armor. Range rules require this.

8. Baseball-type cap to prevent brass from falling behind glasses (or cold weather beanie)

9. Pen and notebook.

10. FOOD AND DRINKS for lunch and breaks. We will eat on-site to minimize downtime.

11. Weather-appropriate clothing. The live fire range is an outdoor range with overhead cover.

If you have any questions, contact Jeff Chudwin at:

Current ITOA Member = $175.00

Non-Member = $215.00 (must select the non-member option at registration; includes your one-year ITOA membership)

Once registered and paid, you will receive a confirmation notice with reporting instructions and equipment list.

Registering for someone other than yourself? Contact for assistance.


This is an opportunity for tactical officers to gather together to compare ideas and experiences. Through education and networking, it was hoped that high-risk operations requiring the use of a tactical team would be made safer.

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