Sniper Central Precision Marksman School - Basic

Course Description
This course is intended as a primer to long range shooting and is focused on discussing the fundamentals of basic long range shooting skills. It is intended for the beginner to intermediate long range marksman but should offer some value for more experienced shooters as well. The course follows the path of data gathering at known distances and then moving to unknown distance shooting and will focus on range estimation, wind compensation and other skills useful for unknown distance long range shooting. While there are daily shooting competitions, these are intended to be fun and to add a little stress to test the skills gathered during the course, not as an outright competition. The course is taught in a manner to promote learning in a friendly manner with emphasis on quality shooting, not quantity. This course is open to LE, Military and Civilians. There is a decent amount of walking and other physical stresses including potentially hot and cold temperatures as well as wet weather, so please be prepared. We focus on keeping the class sizes small to promote better learning and full understanding of the principles being taught. The class is open to Canadians and other foreign students as well, but be aware that if you plan to bring and use your own firearm from out of country, there are ATF regulations that need to be followed. It is not difficult, but the paperwork does require a little bit of time to get approved from the ATF. Contact the ATF for more info.

A limited number of rifles, spotting scopes, and other equipment are available for rent.

Packing list:
Rifle capable of 1 MOA or better at 100 yards and capable of 800-1000 yard shooting.
Scope should have mil (or MOA) style reticle or other reticle capable of range estimation.
Bipod or portable shooting rest (sand bags).
Hearing and eye protection is required.
Most firing will be done from the prone position on the ground, bring a matt if you would like.
Canteen, thermos, camelback, or other device for holding drinking water.
Writing utensil and paper for taking notes.
Calculator for use in the field and on the range
Spotting scope (and tripod) per two person team, if you are coming by yourself, bring one.
Rear sand-sock recommended but not required.
260+ rounds of quality match grade ammunition, all the same load, preferably the same lot.
Wet weather gear
Compact red lens flashlight for low light shooting
Sunblock, hats, sunglasses, etc. Weather can be hot or cold and the range is at 5000ft elevation.
Food, housing, transportation to and from the range, etc. is your responsibility. The range is right outside of Butte Montana.

Butte Gun Club, Butte Montana

May 28 - May 31, 2014 - Class is Full
Jun 18 - Jun 21, 2014 - Class is Full
Aug 20 - Aug 23, 2014 - Class is Full

Cost: $450
$100 deposit due to reserve a slot.
The balance will be due before the class starts.

Primary Instructor: Melvin Ewing, Owner
  US Army Sniper School (Ft Benning), FBI SWAT Basic Sniper School (Resident school)
Assistent Instructor: Bryon Eyre, USAF Firearms instructor 10+ years

Range Use
Benches: Weds 1600-1800, Thurs 0830-0900
High Power: Thursday 1400-1700, Friday 0800-1000
Silhouette/Unknown distance: Friday 1300-1700 2100-2200, Saturday 800-1100

Class size: 10 shooters
223 Rem - 300 Win Mag (contact us if you plan to use .223)


1100 Registration
1130 Safety Briefing - Schuetzen House (SH)
1200 Introduction/Meet and Greet - SH
1300 Class: Fundamentals of long range marksmanship - SH
1400 Class: Ballistics, Zero, Log Books, Cold bore
1500 Range: Team Cold Bore and 100 Yard Zero - 100 Yard Bench
1700 Class: AAR, Weapon Maintenance - SH
1800 End of Day

0800 Safety Briefing, Morning Q&A - SH
0830 Range: Cold Bore, Competition - 100 Yard Bench
0900 Class: Long Range Shooting Positions, Individual & team - SH
1000 Class: Spotting, Trace, Team Communication and Exercises - SH
1100 Class: Wind Reading & Compensation and Exercises - SH
1200 Break for Lunch
1300 Range: Team Zero Confirmation and data gathering, 200 - 800 yards - High Power Range
1600 Class: AAR, Weapons Maintenance - SH
1700 End of Day

0800 Safety Briefing, Morning Q&A - SH
0830 Range: Cold Bore, Competition - High Power Range
0900 Range: 900-1000 yard zero confirmation and data gathering - High Power Rifle Range
1030 Class: Introduction to Unknown Distance Shooting - SH
1100 Class: Range Estimation and excercises - SH
1200 Brake for lunch
1300 Class: Alternate Firing Positions, Unsupported, Sitting, Buddy Assisted - SH
1400 Range: Unknown distance engagements, 200-500 Yards - Silhouette Range
1600 Range: Alternate Firing Positions, 200-500 yards - Silhouette Range
1700 Break for Dinner
2030 Class: Low Light Shooting - SH
2100 Range: Low Light Engagements, 200-500 yards - Silhouette Range
2200 Class: AAR, Weapons Maintenance - SH

0800 Safety Briefing, Morning Q&A - SH
0830 Range: Team Cold Bore, Competition - Silhouette Range
0900 Range: Unknown Distance Engagements 500-1000 yards - Silhouette Range
1100 Class: AAR, Weapon Maintenance, End of class - SH
1200 Depart

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Team shooting position

Individual shooting positions

600 yard firing line

Classroom work

Day1 100 yard shooting

Classroom excercises

Low light shooting

Alternative firing positions

800-1000 yard firing line

1000 Yard Target

All shooters are welcome

Unknown distance firing line

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