I'm working on building a Designated Marksman program for my agency. We are a rural Sheriff's Office in Kansas. I've spoke to admin briefly about the topic but for the most part they are long removed from the road and don't agree on the need, so I'm fighting an up hill battle. Speaking to some of my partners the primary need's we've observed are as follows;
We regularly serve high risk/narcotics warrants in our rural areas and frequently encounter driveway's in excess of 200 yards long. Being in the deer capital of Kansas every meth head in the county has a scoped option, while we are limited to AR's with red dots for a "long range" option.
The second scenario we've come up with is this, typically in a major incident (barricaded subject, hostage situation, etc) our department protocol is to contact a swat team from the city. Problem being that the nearest team is a 45 minute drive running code. In the meantime, we are the team, and if things escalate, we need to have the options available to address the situation.
I've been working on building my own scoped option as time and a leo budget will allow. Our agency is pretty good about recognizing that they cant always provide us the best equipment and will allow us to use personal equipment to certain extents. My plan so far has been to build my own kit and hopefully be able to demonstrate the necessity for a scoped option in the field during our trainings and through other trainings I've attended. If there is anybody else that has ran into similar issues or build a program I can use all the input I can get. Also looking for any tips on training/gear/equipment on a budget.
Current set up is a Rem 700 .308 with the heavy barrel option. Looking at the Vortex Viper PST Gen 2 or the Sig Tango 4 as a scope option (Fan of vortex, but have a good source on Sig that can help a ton with pricing). Will be in the market for a bipod. Any gear recommendations are greatly appreciated. I have a couple of teams I'm going to start travelling to train with soon, but I've got to get a functional kit going first.
Thanks in advance