PAPM = Practical Application of Precision Marksmanship
Shooting long guns for accuracy goes back to the creation of the first firearms. Those that posses the ability and skill to make shots at long distances are held in high regard in the world. The traditions and skills are passed down from father to son and from friend to friend. Practical training for this skill can take an average shooter and let them reach out to distances before thought not possible. Applying the principles of marksmanship to a long gun can yield a very satisfying set of results. We are proud to introduce our take on developing the fundamental skills you will need to make this a reality in our “Practical Application of Precision Marksmanship” class.
We have partnered with a long time precision rifle professional to develop and offer a course designed to teach and re-enforce the basic skill and methods you will need to have a solid foundation. Part of describing a class is telling you what it is, Let me start by telling you what it is not. This is not a “Sniper Class.” Development of the skills needed to become a sniper is a long-term process. What we strive to bring to this class is a solid basis in fundamental marksmanship and intermediate range shooting.
The class is structured so that students can participate with rifles they already own. The purpose is to educate its participants in the common use of the principles of precision marksmanship. The course will be conducted at a distance of no longer than 600 yards which will enable participants to utilize systems that they possess regardless of caliber. All calibers .223 up to magnum calibers such as .338 Lapua can be utilized within this course. This course will cover the fundamentals of rifle basics, safety principles, and range safety.
The course will start with a discussion around safety including the four principles of range safety with a discussion around applying those principles to distance shooting, an ethical discussion about target engagement and making smart shots. Following the safety brief, fundamentals of marksmanship will be discussed. These fundamentals shall include sight alignment and sight picture, trigger control and breathing along with body position. Students will then be taught to find and confirm zero at 100 yards. This will be accomplished by shooting from the prone position in a supported manner. This support will come from a shooting bag a rucksack or a bipod. Students will be instructed the proper use and technique of said items. Once 100 yard zero has been confirmed. Students will then push out to longer distances under supervision of the instructor out to 200 yards. Discussions on ballistics, range estimation, and reading the wind will be given during throughout the class as appropriate.
As the class continues into the second day students will move to alternate positions. These positions will cover sitting, kneeling, standing, and supported standing. Proper utilization of the sling as a shooter support will be given as well as other shooters aids. Shooting stick monopods, tripods and other devices shall be trained and discussed as available. The final outcomes of the class are the ability of the students to successfully engage targets out to 5-600 meters. Additional outcomes are for the students to leave the class with a baseline of fundamentals that can be used either in the field.
Specific costs, class dates, and locations will be announced in the upcoming weeks.