Becoming an FNH USA Certified Instructor/Less Lethal Representative
Q. What is a FNH USA Certified Instructor/Less Lethal Representative?
A. FNH USA Certified Instructor/Less Lethal Representatives are part of a national network of regional instructors that service a specific geographic territory to provide sales and training in FNH USA less lethal products and conduct operator and armorers courses in other products in the FNH USA line. Additional duties involve law enforcement demonstrations, trade shows and other types of firearm industry events.
Q. As a FNH USA Certified Instructor/Less Lethal Representative do I work directly for FNH USA?
A. No. All FNH USA Certified Instructor/Less Lethal Representatives have their own businesses. FNH USA acts as means to develop new revenue streams, provide support and training and act as the fulfillment house for less lethal product sales.
Q. Do I need to have a background in law enforcement or military to be eligible?
A. No, but it is viewed as a great asset. Most of our clientele for less lethal products are law enforcement and private security. Having a working knowledge of the law enforcement profession certainly aids in opening doors and understanding the quote and ordering process. However, strong sales and presentation skills are a must.
Q. Are there opportunities to teach courses?
A. Absolutely, it is a requirement! All FNH USA Certified Instructor/Less Lethal Representatives must schedule a minimum of two courses per quarter. These courses will consist mostly of less lethal operator and instructor courses but the top performers will be trained to teach courses that encompass the entire FNH USA firearms line. Additionally, FNH USA Certified Instructor/Less Lethal Representatives are required to set up and facilitate product demonstrations showcasing products to law enforcement agencies and private security companies.
Q. Will I receive any type of training?
A. Yes. All FNH USA Certified Instructor/Less Lethal Representatives receive product training in the entire line of FNH USA products. Also, you will attend FNH USA courses and mentored to teach courses.
Q. Will I need product to demo and teach? How do I get the items I need?
A. Yes. All FNH USA Certified Instructor/Less Lethal Representatives will be required to maintain a product sample kit. The kits contain less lethal products and accessories as well as items needed to facilitate courses and demonstrations. The kits are heavily discounted to FNH USA Certified Instructor/Less Lethal Representatives and the payment is amortized over a 365 day period. The kits are available directly through FNH USA and can be ordered by contacting Bill Buie at firstname.lastname@example.org or (540) 288-8002.
Q. Will I be responsible for FNH USA firearms sales?
A. No. All firearms sales are handled directly by our team of FNH USA sales managers. FNH USA only sells firearms to distributors.
Q. Where do the contacts for sales and training originate?
A. Some contacts for sales and training will originate from FNH USA but FNH USA Certified Instructor/Less Lethal Representatives must develop their geographic territory through contacting agencies and security companies that operate in the specified territory.
Q. How do I process a less lethal product sale?
A. All sales orders follow a very simple process for payment and fulfillment.
- The FNH USA Certified Instructor/Less Lethal Representative takes an order from an agency.
- The representative submits a purchase order to FNH USA for fulfillment and shipping as well as an invoice to the agency for payment. The agency pays the representative directly. FNH USA will then invoice the representative for the distributor price of the items. The difference between the distributor price and the price to the agency is how the representative will make money on the sale.
Q. How do I set up courses, register students and get paid for teaching?
A. Setting up courses in a representative’s specific region is easy. Find a location to use or contact an agency that uses FNH USA less lethal products and request to host a course. Most agencies have classrooms and ranges. Course logistics can then be forwarded to FNH USA to be posted on the training calendar, Facebook page and Blog. Students will register and pay the representative directly. It is the responsibility of the representative to maintain an accurate roster and database of all students trained and submit that to FNH USA for compliance record keeping.
Q. Do I get paid for working trade shows and other FNH USA functions?
A. Yes. When working trade shows representatives will receive a day rate determined prior to the event.
The FN 303® Less Lethal Launcher
Q. Is the FN 303® a form of pepper ball launcher?
A. No. The FN 303® fires an 8.5 gram fin stabilized projectile containing non-toxic bismuth and a payload of PAVA powder, washable paint, permanent paint, or marking powder. The FN 303® projectiles are fired from a 15 round rotating magazine that will feed reliably from any firing position and is does not rely on gravity to assist in feeding like hopper fed launchers.
Q. Can I skip a FN 303® projectile?
A. Yes. The FN 303® projectiles are capable of being skipped off of hard surfaces. Various agencies have reported skipping projectiles off the floor or wall to the intended target. Check with your agency’s standard operating procedure regarding the deployment of skipped less lethal munitions.
Q. How many shots can I get from one fill of an air reservoir?
A. One 3000 psi. fill on the FN 303® air reservoir will allow the operator to fire approximately 80-100 rounds before a loss in velocity can be detected. Air reservoirs can filled via any SCUBA tank utilizing a standard Yoke valve and a FNH USA fill station adaptor.
Q. How often should the O-rings be serviced in the FN 303® operating system?
A. O-rings should be serviced a minimum of once per year or as needed depending upon use. FN 303®'s that are used and lubricated with the proper FN lubricant will go longer periods between servicing. Only new FNH USA O-rings should be used to replace used O-rings as the durometer is specific to the pressures associated with the operating system of the FN 303®. Over the counter O-rings will not withstand these pressures. Should you encounter an O-ring related air leak it is recommended that ALL O-rings be replaced at that time.
Q. Can the FN 303® be adjusted to fire projectiles at a velocity faster than the listed 280-300 fps.?
A. No. The regulator in the FN 303® operating system is designed to bleed air when the pressure exceeds that which will cause an increase in projectile velocity beyond 280-300 fps.
Q. What type of penetration power can I expect with the FN 303®?
A. The FN 303® can penetrate a standard house window glass, car window glass, hollow core doors, sheetrock and a variety of other types of medium. Agencies using the FN 303® have reported introducing the PAVA round in to a room with a barricaded subject firing through various types of construction and medium.
See the article on breaking car glass with the FN 303® at the FNH USA Training Blog here: http://www.fnhusa1.com/training/?p=22
Q. What is the range and accuracy of the FN 303®?
A. The FN 303® can easily shoot point targets to a distance of 50 meters. At 50 meters the projectile will impact the target at approximately 235 fps and deliver 16.1 ft lbs of kinetic energy. In testing, FNH staff has hit 10” steel plates at well over 60 meters. The accuracy of the projectile is derived from the rifled style external fins which cause the projectile to rotate as it leaves the barrel.
Q. Does FNH USA offering training on the FN 303® less lethal system?
A. FNH USA offers operator, instructor and armorer training at locations nationwide. Interested in hosting an FNH USA less lethal course? Contact Bill Buie at email@example.com or (540) 288-8002.
Q. What does compliance training mean? How does it affect me?
A. The best way to explain compliance training is to associate it to something you are probably very familiar with, CPR training. Upon completion of CPR training the trainer advises that a refresher course will be required in 2 years. The refresher course is designed specifically to refresh your skills and update you in industry trends and requirements. The training offered by FNH USA in association to the Less Lethal program is no different. End users, armorers and certified trainers are required to get back into the classroom and onto the range at least every two years to complete updates on industry trends and design or manufacturing updates. This re-training or re-certification program allows FNH USA to keep its valued customers on the cutting edge of the development related to FNH USA less lethal training programs and products.
In 2013 we will be launching an eLearning compliance-training program for FNH USA less lethal end users requiring re-certification. This program is designed with the intent to aid end users with a quick and easy way to update credentials without the cost associated to training travel.
Q. As an operator can I change from one type of projectile to another while in an active deployment?
A. Absolutely. The National Training Cadre with FNH USA has found that, depending on the application and the method of deployment, it is often beneficial to have your required FN 303® materials in a deployment vest. The tactical deployment vest is the best way to store needed items. We recommend carrying additional magazines. If you deploy with our clear impact projectile and find that you have a need to deploy PAVA powder, you do not have to remove the rounds from the magazine and reload with PAVA. Carry an additional magazine and simply remove the deployed round and reload with PAVA powder. If you want to mark a target, the same process applies. To facilitate this process it is best to have a round containing change from one projectile to the next is to have more than one magazine loaded.
Q. What is the easiest way to transition from one less lethal option to the next?
A. The FN 303® has a minimum maximum guideline for engagement. The minimum engagement is 1 meter and the maximum engagement is out to 50 meters
Q. As an operator am I limited to the fixed sites that come with the FN 303®?
A. No. You will find the adjustable collapsible sites that are standard with the FN 303® very accurate and applicable for out of the box deployment. You are pretty much limited to your imagination and your budget when adding additional site options and auxiliary lights.
We recommend the C-more systems for the FN 303®. They make it easy to get on target, adjust well to just about any type of light and the co-witnessing capabilities are an extreme plus.
Scopes, laser sights, red lasers, green lasers and strobes really make for an attractive and intimidating addition to the FN 303®. Keep in mind that all of these additions to the FN 303® apply to the FN 303 P® and F4 as well.
Q. How do I go about purchasing an FN 303® less lethal launcher system for my agency?
A. For pricing, quotes, product demonstrations and general less lethal product and training questions contact Bill Buie, Training Manager, FNH USA at firstname.lastname@example.org or (540) 288-8002 and he will put you in touch with a Certified FNH USA regional training and sales representative in your area.