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Editorial Special: Precision Rifle Training Courses

By The Small Arms Review Editorial Staff

The following is a list of recommended Long-Range Precision Rifle training courses offered around the country. While the list doesn’t encompass all long-range precision rifle courses, the Small Arms Review staff hopes you find these suggestions useful.

1 | ACCURACY 1st

$350 per person per day
accuracy1st.com
CANADIAN, TX

Accuracy 1st has worked with Marine Corps and SOF snipers. Training is structured to fit the needs of the client. There are two facilities—one in the panhandle of Texas and the other in the SE corner of Utah. Owner Todd Hodnett chose these two facilities for specific reasons. The Utah facility offers one of the few true high-angle shooting ranges in the nation. The Texas facility (300,000 acres) offers excellent training in a high wind environment with terrain features; wind is the primary reason we miss at long range. It also features a 1000-meter, 360-degree range on one of its six ranges. Instructors are a SME for the Horus reticle. Military courses offered include: Basic Sniper; Advanced Sniper; High Angle; Instructor Classes; Designated Marksmen; and Ballistic software training. Civilian classes are also offered.

The Introductory Long-Range 1 is a 2-day class designed for the true beginner who needs to get up to speed with all the long-range lingo and methods. Students will spend 8 hours in the classroom and 10 hours on the range learning proper fundamentals and techniques that allow the shooter more success on the range. Learn how easy it can be and not in an intimidating environment. This course is fun for everyone and very educational.

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2 | BARRETT

$1,500
barrett.net
MURFREESBORO, TN

Barrett Firearms Precision Rifle training is a commemorative teaching method using lessons learned from marksmen and snipers throughout history. Students are expected to have a high level of basic firearms knowledge, long-range marksmanship skills and abilities to make long-range precision rifle shots.

The Precision Long-Range Course provides students with additional instruction in areas Barrett assesses as crucial to students’ weapons serviceability, long-term maintenance and success as precision marksmen. When students complete this program, Barrett assures they will have a chance to make those incredible shots in history using the newfound knowledge they’ve gained in the course. Tuition includes world class range facilities / range fees, lodging, three meals each class day and exceptional instruction. Class begins at 8:00 a.m. and generally lasts until 5:30 p.m. (If planning to travel home by air on the last day, be prepared to stay in class until 5:30 p.m.)

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3 | CROSSWIND PRECISION

$750
crosswindprecision.com
FRUITA, CO

Long-Range Precision 1 is a 3-day course that provides in-depth training in the fundamental skills needed to successfully shoot at distances up to 1500 yards. This course walks students step-by-step through each skill, explaining both the art and science to ensure that students understand how to achieve optimal shooting accuracy and deal with adversities commonly found in the field or at matches. A team of experienced instructors are on hand to answer questions and train students to understand the mechanics of their rifles and how to properly engage with the environment in which they are shooting. This detailed process provides a solid foundation of core skills that students can continue to expand on. With plenty of range time there are challenging shooting drills. While the Long-Range Precision 1 class is only moderately physically demanding, students will move around on rough terrain and haul gear over short distances. The most physically challenging aspects of the experience tend to come from the weather, so be prepared for Colorado’s rapidly changing conditions. This course begins at 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Thursday through Sunday. Students should have a basic understanding of firearms safety.

For those looking for sniper-specific training, Crosswind Precision offers a SniperCraft course. SniperCraft expands on the LRP1 curriculum with additional practical, real-world fieldcraft and sniper skills.

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4 | FRONT SIGHT

$2,000
frontsight.com
PAHRUMP, NV

Front Sight offers a 4-Day Precision Rifle course for those students who want to learn the skills required to make first-round hits out to and beyond 750 yards. Prerequisite classes include: Distinguished Graduate in the 4-Day Practical Rifle or 2-Day Rifle Skill Builder course AND attendance in the 1-Day Precision Rifle Fundamentals course OR have previously attended Precision Rifle. Students will NOT be able to take the course with two or more different types of ammunition. There are various age restrictions with this course.

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5 | GUNSITE ACADEMY

$2,250
gunsite.com
PAULDEN, AZ

Gunsite Academy’s Precision Rifle 7 7-day class covers all the techniques, tactics and procedures used by the sniper to get first-round hits on man-size targets out to 1000 yards.

Zeroing, data recording, ballistics and wind reading, observation and reporting methods, spotter / sniper communications, camouflage and movement techniques, moving targets and more are covered in detail.

Due to the amount of information in this course, it runs from Sunday through Saturday, which allows travel days on each end.

No bi-metal ammo can be used on steel. To check ammo, place a magnet against the bullet and if it sticks, the jacket or the core has steel in it and will damage steel targets.

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6 | JACKSON HOLE SHOOTING EXPERIENCE

$900 - $89,000
shootinjh.com
JACKSON HOLE, WY

Jackson Hole Shooting Experience aims to help shooters improve their skills with premium private instruction, whether beginner, intermediate or advanced. Long-range precision rifle instructors can be hired with a 4-hour minimum in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. Included in the Jackson Hole session can be several scoped .22 and .223 rifles, scoped long-range rifles in .308 Winchester, 6.5 Creedmoor, 7mm Rem Mag and a 300WM. Classes range from 4 hours to a customized, turnkey 1-week experience that includes transportation and 5-Star lodging. Senior Lead instructors include Shepard Humphries and Scott Austin. Students may use their own firearms, safety equipment and ammunition, or the company’s. Staff provides cold water, snacks, range fees, targets, range setup and cleanup as well as private instruction. Experiences can be arranged in many western states.  When instructors help plan students’ customized training, they can hone in on equipment needs. This firm caters to successful executives who seek the “best of the best” for their clients and families. This company does not manufacture or sell firearms or accessories; it prides itself on being objective and focusing on instruction. 

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7 | K&M PRECISION RIFLE TRAINING

$650
kmprecisionrifletraining.com
FINGER, TN

K&M offers a variety of precision rifle courses, from basic to competitive to advanced. Information for the basic course is provided here.

The basic course is a 2-day course designed for the novice marksman, but it is highly encouraged and recommended for those who have had little or no formal training to attend. A fast-paced course, it will begin with firearms safety and rapidly transition into equipment comprehension, fundamentals of marksmanship, basic ballistics, wind reading, range estimation, mover targets and target engagements to 1000 yards. This course will use the entire K&M Shooting Complex, fully taking advantage of the 12-plus ranges onsite. Students who complete the course will have a basic proficiency in firearm safety, marksmanship fundamentals, a combined knowledge of their personal capabilities with their equipment and systematic training methods for future progression.

Class sizes are limited to maintain a proper instructor to student ratio. A K&M student course material / data entry book is included with each course. Custom GA Precision rifles with Kahles 6-24x56i scopes (w / K&M’s / Shannon’s SKMR 3 reticles) are available for rental. Quantities are limited, so please purchase when registering. A sling, rear bag and bipod are included in house gun rental. Match ammunition is also available for purchase when renting a house gun. Bunk House accommodations are included at no additional cost to provide an enhanced learning experience.

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8 | MAGPUL CORE

$750
magpulcore.com
ROCK CASTLE, KY

The Long-Range Precision 1 is a 3-day course for those 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 student equipment, shooters will build a solid foundation of core skills that they can continue to expand on. Students will be able to gauge their progression every day through purpose-built shooting drills that reinforce key topics. The course is helpful to those new to long-range shooting and to those looking for a refresher. There are no prerequisites, but students will be expected to possess a basic understanding of firearms safety and a willingness to learn.

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9 | RIFLES ONLY

$1,800
riflesonly.com
a. KINGSVILLE, TX
b. FORT COLLINS, CO

Rifles Only offers various courses. Their signature course is the Precision Rifle I & II Combo course, which is good for any level of shooter. This course focuses on safety, fundamentals of marksmanship, recoil management, positional shooting, movers, trajectory and wind compensation, use and difference between cover and concealment, care of the precision rifle and optics and more.

For the advanced marksman, there is the High Angle Precision Rifle Training course offered in Colorado. This course spans 4 days, with 400-round count and is open to civilians, military, law enforcement and private security contractors. Students will spend the majority of the time angle-long-distance shooting. This class will be heavy on fundamentals, positional, platform building and alternate positions. This course takes place on three mountain ranches west of Fort Collins, Colorado.

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10 | STEVE REICHERT TRAINING

COST AVAILABLE UPON REQUEST
stevereicherttraining.com

This Precision Rifle Course is an intense 2-day course that focuses on the skills required to become proficient at engaging distant targets under field conditions. Basic rifle marksmanship fundamentals are the core of the course. Very little time will be spent in the prone position. Students will be on their feet 10+ hours a day. Be prepared both physically and mentally.

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11 | SURGEON RIFLES

$1,250
surgeonrifles.com
PHOENIX, AZ

The Precision Course is an intermediate training course and builds upon the foundation from the basic training course. Students will learn advanced wind reading, while engaging targets at long range. Day 1 is spent refreshing the basics and fine-tuning the students’ fundamentals. Classroom curriculum covers using hold-offs, advanced wind reading, use of ballistic computers and wind reading devices. Students learn quick formulas to convert wind readings into wind holds and increase their likelihood of 1st-round hits at longer distances. Day 2 is spent learning and testing lessons learned on wind reading. Students will spend hours reading wind and testing formulas while engaging targets at long range with a focus on mastering wind reading. By the end of Day 2, students should be able to read wind direction and have a working knowledge of identifiers that dictate wind speed and how to convert that for appropriate use and consistent hits. Day 2 has a night fire phase, which demonstrates the use of night vision optics lasers, infrared flood systems and thermals. Students will engage targets out to 800 yards in total darkness. Day 3 covers field shooting, alternate shooting techniques and extreme long-range shooting. Instructors will work with students to ensure they maximize the effective range of their rifle systems. Completion of the 2-day marksmanship course is a prerequisite for this course. Courses may be taken consecutively as one 5-day course.

Onsite lodging is available for $50/day. This facility is at the range where the training courses are conducted. This housing is “bunk house style” and will be shared rooms. Provisions should be brought to the facility if using this option.

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12 | THUNDER RANCH

$1,500
thunderranchinc.com
LAKEVIEW, OR

Thunder Ranch offers a Precision Rifle course (Texas in 2018) that extends the range from 100-1000 yards in the field. This course will extend students’ will to 1000 yards with primary focus inside of Danger Close distance (0-300). The primary focus is from the prone position, but drills will include field condition application from modified positions. This course is also beneficial for hunters to get data on their rifle at extended distances.

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This article first appeared in Small Arms Review V22N5 (May 2018)
and was posted online on March 23, 2018

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