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.
The Long Range Precision Marksman – Basic course meets the requirements for Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) Accreditation (25 CEU’s). Contact us for more details if you need to obtain POST certification for your department.
A limited number of rifles, spotting scopes, and other equipment are available for rent.
- 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 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 mat if you would like.
- 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 sandsock recommended
- 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 exercise
- Sunblock, hats, sunglasses, etc. The weather can be hot or cold, Montana is known for all types of weather.
- Butte range is at 5400ft elevation.
- Polson range is at 3000ft elevation.
- Food and transportation to and from the range, etc. is the responsibility of the student.
- Sniper Central can arrange lodging for you, option is available during registration. (Read below)
Sniper Central has arranged discount lodging at each of the locations that we host these classes at. We try to arrange above average lodging to help make finding a place easier for the students. Feel free to click on the link below to read about the specific lodging arrangements for each class location. All payment and arrangements for lodging needs to be handled by the student, just mention Sniper Central when making your reservations and you will receive the discounted price.
All of our instructors are former military and/or Law Enforcement trained personnel with an extensive backgrounds in long range tactical shooting and firearms instruction. Take a moment to get to know each of our instructors and their background. We insure that ALL of our instructors are of the highest quality, easy to talk with, and that they have a true passion for teaching the art of long range shooting to all students.
All classes begin in the classroom
Known Distance Range: Day 1 1600-1800, Day 2 1300-1700, Day 3 0800-1000
Unknown distance: Day 3 1300-1700 2100-2200, Day 4 800-1100
Class size: 10-20 shooters (depending on location)
223 Rem – 300 Win Mag (contact us if you plan to use .223 or larger than .300 Win Mag)