Larry Nichols

Forensic Expert/Master Instructor Police Practices, Use of Force, Firearms Training Range Master/Chief Instructor, OSI Firearms Training Program

Larry Nichols is the Director of Firearms Training of the Officer Safety Institute’s firearms training program where he is a Rangemaster/Master Instructor in firearms and Use of Force. Mr. Nichols also serves as a Forensic Expert in firearms related issues.

Mr. Nichols has over 35 years experience as a professional firearms instructor, with over 30 years as a law enforcement instructor. He is internationally noted for his innovative and pioneering work in the planning, development and implementation of realistic law enforcement firearms training programs. In addition to being a published author, Larry is a charter member and current President of the California Rangemasters Association, a TREXPO Advisory Board member, listed in Strathmore’s “Who’s Who” 2003-2004 and has held the appointment of Region 7 training representative from 1994 to 1997 for the International Association of Law Enforcement Firearms Instructors.

Larry is certified by federal, state, national and internationally recognized institutions as a use of force, less-lethal and lethal force instructor. He has provided specialized firearms training for several thousand federal, state, county and municipal law enforcement officers. Mr. Nichols is also recognized as an expert witness by municipal, state and federal courts, and is a factory certified law enforcement weapons armorer. Mr. Nichols began his firearms training in 1963 with the United States Marine Corps, where he earned instructor ratings with several military small arms. He also is a decorated combat helicopter Vietnam veteran.

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