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Long Distance rifle training class

Long Distance Tips by Donald K. Burleson, OCD, ADD

December 2010

The North State shooting club notes that the North Carolina Adjutant General of the North Carolina National Guard notes that civilian participation in competitive shooting events helps to improve National Defense and Public Safety:

“The AG wanted more community involvement with the military so the club was designed to promote safe small arms skills, marksmanship and good sportsmanship through competition between military and civilian competitors.

Competitive shooting programs helps improve National Defense and Public Safety.”

We are taking heed and practicing our sniper skills on our home rifle range.   There are also custom rifle dealers who can set you up with a proper rifle.

There are several types of long range rifle competitions:

  • Conventional High-powered National Match  (prone, seated, standing)
  • Conventional High-powered Prone
  • "F" class" and the tactical match "sling" competitions.

A good sniper instructor (ex-CIA, Secret Service, etc) costs between $600-800 per day, and you can expect to spend $20,000-$50,000 on coaching to get competitive.

Book:  Understanding Firearm Ballistics

Telescopic sights must be "duplex" sights, with magnification to 20x for 1,000 yards and an objective size no greater than 40 mm.

Tools Required:

Fixed costs required for long distance shooting training: (about $20,000)

  • Rifle Range with pit.
  • Two Remington 700 308 caliber rifles
  • One Leupold 20x telescopic sight - duplex crosshair reticle (preferably 30 mm) objective.  The 50 mm objective may be too high and cause loss of cheek weld. Leupold VX-3 6.5-20x40 F.Duplex LR 30mm Scope Matte Model 66575.
  • One match grade iron sight.
  • Sling, coat and glove.
  • National Target Company targets (100 yard, 200 yards SR-C, 300 yards SR-3C).
  • Bullet reloading equipment.
  • Basic gunsmithing tools.

Ongoing costs

New Barrel every 1,100 rounds - $500





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