George Zeiss, 78, former special agent in charge of the FBI firearms training range at Quantico, died Sept. 22 at a nursing facility in Miami. He had a heart ailment.

Mr. Zeiss served with the FBI for 36 years, including assignments in Connecticut and Alabama. He was said to have trained more than 5,000 agents in shooting and self-defense techniques; his precision firing was photographed by magazines that included National Geographic.

He also was assigned to bring James Earl Ray, later convicted in the murder of Martin Luther King Jr., back from London for trial.

Mr. Zeiss was an adviser for the 1959 movie "The FBI Story," starring Jimmy Stewart. He also trained Efrem Zimbalist Jr. for the television series "The FBI."

Mr. Zeiss, who had homes in Miami and Falls Church, was vice president of client relations for the Wackenhut security corporation after he retired from the FBI in 1977.

He was a native of Philadelphia and a graduate of George Washington University. He received a law degree from Southeastern University.

Mr. Zeiss was a member of the Association of Former Special Agents of the FBI.

Survivors include his wife of 47 years, Kathryn McClane Zeiss of Falls Church and Miami; a daughter, Kathryn L. Single of Bridgewater, Va.; and two grandchildren.