Precision Rifle 1

Course description:

The long range precision 1 course is for the shooter who’s looking for an in-depth introduction to the basics of long range shooting. This course debunks all the myths by focusing on both the science, and the art of the discipline. By taking a systematic approach to the fundamentals of marksmanship and the mechanics of your equipment you’ll build a solid foundation of core skills that you can continue to expand on. Expect to have your limits pushed, and you’ll be able to gauge your progression every day through purpose-built shooting drills that reinforce key topics. Whether you’re new to long range shooting, or you’re looking for a tune-up, long range precision 1 is what you’re looking for.

Pre Requisites:

None, but you’ll be expected to possess a basic understanding of firearms safety and a willingness to learn.

What you'll learn:

  • Rifle manipulation and maintenance.
  • Optic manipulation. (Focus/Parallax adjustment, Zeroing)
  • The fundamentals of marksmanship.
  • Basic Internal Ballistics.
  • External Ballistics and Ballistic software.
  • How to estimate and read wind.
  • Range acquisition, estimation, and angular units of measure.
  • Known distance and unknown distance shooting.
  • Introduction to unconventional shooting positions.
  • Introduction to stress shooting.

The gear

Almost every one of our past students tell us that this course is a gear shake-down, meaning that what they once thought was a viable solution turned out to not be the answer.  With that being said we have a section of required equipment, and another section of equipment that is nice to have, but not required to attend and have a good time shooting the course.  Expect to learn a lot about your equipment and how it’s set up.  Please take a look at our question and answer page about gear.

Must haves

  • A rifle that is capable of at least printing a 1 Minute of Angle (1 inch) group at 100 meters/yards.
  • 400 Rounds of Match Ammunition  (See the ammunition and reloading policy page for details.) 
  • A magnified optic that has exposed target style turrets, a rangefinding reticle, and is mounted to the rifle with quality equipment.
    • Instructions on the optics’ reticle and mechanics are beneficial, as well as the proper tools associated with adjusting your optic.
  • Bipod (Preferably with the ability to adjust and lock the left/right cant of the rifle.)
  • Rear shooting support, also known as a "rear bag".
  • A rifle sling with the ability to mount the sling to the rifle.
  • Backpack, or bag to carry your range equipment.
  • Note taking material, to include fine-point colored Sharpie permanent markers.
  • Appropriate clothing for the weather.  We will shoot in any and all weather conditions.
  • Hydrating device along with plenty of water.
  • Lunch for all training days.

Nice-to-have, but not necessary

  • Spotting Scope.
  • Tripod with adjustable head.
  • Shooting mat.
  • Ballistic computer.  (We recommend Applied Ballistics Mobile).
  • Kestrel Wind Meter.
  • Laser range finder.
  • Spare magazines. (If your rifle is capable.).
  • Anti-cant device mounted to your rifle, or rifle scope. 

This being an entry-level course, you can expect to spend the majority of your time in a static shooting position within a close walk to your truck.  While the course itself isn’t physically demanding, the weather conditions will be so please be prepared.  You can expect a moderate amount of activity while we introduce you to stress shooting.