Our first Long Range Precision Marksman – Basic class of 2019 was just completed yesterday and it was great! As sometimes happens in Montana, the weather did not cooperate with us and the temps never climbed out of the 50s and a few of the days it didn’t climb out of the 40s. We woke up on Wednesday to fresh falling snow, but none of it stuck around, so we counted our blessings. On top of that, the wind was howling most of the class, which actually provided some wonderful high wind shooting conditions for the students to learn in.
The one thing we can say is that the students were fantastic! They stayed motivated regardless of what the weather was doing and they were all eager to learn and it showed. Everyone was able to confirm their dope from 100 to 1000 yards and then they learned and began to master the art of unknown distance shooting. We keep our class sizes small so we can spend time with each shooter and it creates a very tight class as well and they really came together. We were very proud of them all.
We like to keep track of the equipment being used by students because it lets us track trends and the mix for this class had some interesting stats. Here is the break down for the rifles:
- 3 – Ruger Precision Rifles
- 3 – Remington 700s in various forms
- 2 – Tikka T3x A1 Chassis rifles
- 1 – Larue AR10 platform (6.5 CM)
- 1 – Custom AR10 – LE duty rifle (308 Win)
- 1 – GA Precision AR10 (308 Win)
- 1 – GA Precision custom built bolt action (6.5 PRC)
The breakdown of calibers was as follows:
- 6 – 6.5 Creedmoor
- 4 – .308 Win
- 1 – 30-06 Springfield
- 1 – 6.5 PRC
As you can see there were more 6.5 Creedmoor than any other cartridge which is showing how strong the trend is in the industry. The 6.5 CM bandwagon continues to be hot and the 6.5 CM does very well. Of the three competitions we ran during the class, one was won by the 30-06, one by the 6.5 PRC, and one by a 6.5 CM. Then a .308 nailed the impromptu fun target on the final day. On top of the cartridges, it was a little odd to have 3 semi-autos on hand. That is more than usual.
For the optics breakdown, it went as follows:
- 5 – Vortex
- 2 – Nightforce
- 2 – Leupold
- 1 – SIG
- 1 – US Optics
- 1 – Nikon
Vortex continues to be a strong player in the market and of course Nightforce and Leupold. We always have a few issues with optics during a long class like this and it was the same here. Even the higher quality stuff can, and does, fail.
All and all, a wonderful class. It was a lot of fun and we had a great mix of students. We had Civilian, LE, and Military from across the country. We only had one student from the state of Montana, which is about normal. We are excited for the next class in 31 days…
Sniper Central 2019