Intermediate Scoped Rifle (1 day, 200 rounds)
Intermediate scoped rifle is designed for shooters who have a firm grasp on the fundamentals of rifle marksmanship, though no long range shooting experience is necessary. Instruction is geared towards 5.56 / 7.62 semi-automatic, magazine-fed DMR/SPR type rifles such as the AR-15 / AR-10. The skills learned in this class will be useful for any student looking for instruction in engaging targets out to 600 yards. Instruction is geared towards the tactical, law enforcement, competitive or military shooter, but can be applied towards those interested in extended range or varmint hunting as well.
Students will learn the skills necessary to maximize their odds of scoring first round hits on their target at extended ranges. Instruction will cover equipment setup, fundamentals of marksmanship as pertaining to precision-shooting, reading the wind, and using MIL/MOA reticles. Students will be introduced to ballistic software to calculate bullet drop and wind drift. With the guidance of experienced instructors, shooters will be shown how to “true” this data – providing them with the ability to calculate a reliable firing solution for long-range targets in any location, condition or altitude.
This class will run approximately 10 hours per day, with a short lunch on site.
-Fundamentals of basic rifle marksmanship
-External ballistics, ballistic calculators, dope cards
-Rifle setup (selecting and properly mounting optics, bipods, slings, etc)
-Shooting with a magnified optic (eye relief, parallax, over-magnification, etc)
-Proper use of a bipod
-Dialing elevation vs. holdovers
-Understanding MOAs and MILs
-Cold bore shots
-Calling misses & rapid follow up shots
-Engagements to 500+ yards (range specific)
-Maintaining a log book
-Spotter responsibilities and communication
-Elevated heart rate & shooting under stress
Students should have prior carbine training, with a solid grasp on the fundamentals of basic rifle marksmanship and weapon handling. Your rifle should be setup and zeroed prior to the start of class. Your first shot in the class will be a cold bore at 100 yards. If you struggle grouping or zeroing your rifle at 100 yards, please consider attending Carbine 1 prior to attending this specialized course. Students should be healthy and in reasonable physical condition as this course can be physically demanding.
Instruction is geared towards lightweight, magazine-fed, semi-automatic AR-15/AR-10 style rifles, however bolt guns can be used with an understanding of their different characteristics. Intermediate calibers, .223, 6.5mm, .308 are most appropriate for this class. Magnum caliber rifles, or ultra-light hunting rifles with thin profile barrels are not appropriate for this class.
Magnified optic. A quality, variable powered scope which allows you to dial elevation and windage and/or with a ranging reticle (MOA, MILS or BDC) is required. Low power varaible optics (1-6,1-8,1-10, and traditional rifle scopes (2-10, 3-15, etc) are good options. Please bring any tools you may need to adjust or re-mount your optic (allen wrenches, screwdriver, extra batteries, etc).
We will shoot no more than 200 rounds of ammunition per day. Match grade / duty ammunition is highly recommended. Reloads are allowed, but please be consistent in your ammunition choice. This is not the time to test various hand loads.
If you are shooting an AR-15 / AR-10 with a bipod, we recommend you have some shorter magazines (10 or 20 rounders). 30 rounders work great for supporting your position if you do not have a bipod.
Range gear (eye and ear protection). Soft ear protection is highly recommended to ensure a good cheek weld on your rifle.
Note-taking equipment or log book (pen and pencil / notepad at minimum)
Lunch, snacks, water, bug spray and sunscreen.
Other equipment that is recommended, though not required:
-Pack / ruck
-Spotting scope & tripod
-Laser range finder
-Kestrel /weather meter
-Ballistics app / ballistic calculator (recommended Applied Ballistics, or Kestrel Link Ballistics if using Kestrel)
*If you have questions about equipment, please contact us. You do not need to go out and spend thousands of dollars to attend this class. We have lots of extra equipment you can borrow if needed.