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Basic Long Range Rifle #250- Group Class

Long Range Rifle Series – Basic Long Range Rifle #250


Class w/ Lodging Options




Course Syllabus

Welcome and Orientation to  Basic Long Range Rifle #250 – Introduction to the TPA Training Triad

1. Borescope your rifle to examine for copper fouling, then reexamine the bore after using the TPA bore cleaning method and tightening your rifle

2. Properly “dress” the rifle to facilitate bone supported/muscle relaxed shooting for a tight shot group

3. Study bullet-drop in inches conversion to Minutes of Angle (MOA)

4. Study the wind formula and how to dial the bullet into the wind

5. Dry fire the “sending the bullet” side of the TPA training triad in preparation to go to the rifle range

6. Safety

7. Transition to the rifle range for zeroing and “dial-up” discovery to 500 yards

8. Graduation

Basic Long Range Rifle #250

Welcome and Orientation to Basic Long Range Rifle #250 – Introduction to the TPA Training Triad

Your day begins in the classroom with an orientation to  Basic Long Range Rifle #250 and introduction to the TPA Training Triad. The Training Triad is the foundation of every course taught at Texas Pistol & Rifle Academy. The Training Triad has 3 sides that together help you shoot well. On one side is “mental & visual focus” – since your mind and eyes can only focus on one thing at a time, putting them in the right place is critical for good shooting. The next side is “sending the bullet”- here, the steps of a successful firing stroke are explained to help you deliver point of – aim point of impact shots. The final side is “good equipment” – this describes what characteristics are desirable in a long range rifle to make it shooter friendly, and also requires the rifle be clean & tight.

Borescope your rifle to examine for copper fouling, then reexamine the bore after using the TPA bore cleaning method and tightening your rifle

Every shot from your rifle leaves behind traces of copper fouling. As these layers build, the predictability of where the shot will hit the target, even with consistent reticle placement, diminishes. The TPA bore cleaning method teaches you how to remove all traces of copper that may interfere with your long range accuracy. This method also improves your barrel longevity and shortens the break-in period. You will clean your bore after every 10 rounds fired so you can maintain point of aim – point of impact accuracy. After cleaning, the action screws and scope rings are tightened. Each rifle must be “clean & tight” to perform at its peak – as required under the “Good Equipment” side of the TPA training triad.

The TPA bore cleaning method requires you to have a cleaning rod, caliber-sized brush, JB Bore paste, caliber-appropriate patches, bore guide, scope lens covers, and a cleaning solvent/oil solution. All these supplies are available for sale at TPA.

Properly “dress” the rifle to facilitate bone supported/muscle relaxed shooting for a tight shot group

A “dressed” rifle is outfitted with the accessories you need for bone supported/muscle relaxed shooting. This is critical in the “sending the bullet” side of the TPA training triad. Your properly dressed rifle should have a bipod, built-up cheek piece for proper eye alignment, scope bubble level, sling and a good set of shooting bags.

Built-up cheek pieces are provided during class. Bipods and scope bubble levels are available for sale at TPA.

Study bullet-drop in inches conversion to Minutes of Angle (MOA)

Compensating for how your bullet drops over the course of its flight path is essential for point of aim – point of impact shooting. You will learn how to compensate for bullet-drop over the course of its flight path by using the Minute of Angle (MOA) formula. Once you learn this formula you can estimate an MOA correction for the bullet-drop at a known distance.

Study the wind formula and how to dial the bullet into the wind

Compensating for how your bullet may shift left or right from wind is another essential part of point of aim – point of impact shooting. You will use the wind formula to compensate for bullet shift at different wind speeds and directions (values). Once you learn this formula you will be able to estimate wind corrections in MOA for a given wind speed, direction, and known distance to the target.

Dry fire the “sending the bullet” side of the TPA training triad in preparation to go to the rifle range

In the classroom, you will mount your rifle in the prone position, on your shooting bags, and begin to dry-fire the “sending the bullet” side of the TPA training triad. This firing stroke will give you a reliable and repeatable sequence for sending the bullet to the target. Combined with the “mental & visual” focus side of the TPA training triad, along with the “good equipment” side, you have a complete method for long range point of aim – point of impact shooting.

Safety

A thorough safety briefing is presented covering firearm safety rules. You will also be briefed on how to conduct yourself on the firing line, and when getting off the gun for cleaning your rifle.

Transition to the rifle range for zeroing and “dial-up” discovery to 500 yards

On the firing line at the rifle range, you will establish a 200-yard zero using targets at the No. 1 berm and the steel targets at the No.2 berm. Beginning at the No.3 berm, you will begin the “dial-up” discovery process for your ammunition and rifle. Although many ammunition manufacturers list bullet-drop data on their ammunition boxes, you must shoot the bullet to discover it’s true bullet drop at a known distance. Since each berm is progressively farther away, you will create a table that has your “dial-up” data at each berm distance, out to 500 yards This data is specific to your bullet, rifle, environmental conditions, and elevation. You will clean your bore after every 10 rounds fired so you can maintain point of aim – point of impact accuracy to 500 yards. You will also learn the professional rifleman’s shot announcement to communicate with your spotter, calling out the berm number of the target, the distance to the target, and your dial-up and wind correction in the rifle.

Graduation

At the end of the training day, you will participate in a graduation ceremony where you receive a certificate of completion for your training effort.

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