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Intermediate Long Range Rifle #350- Group Class

Long Range Rifle Series – Intermediate Long Range Rifle #350


Class w/ Lodging Options




Course Syllabus

Welcome and Orientation to Intermediate Long Range Rifle #350  – Review 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. Plot your “dial-up” data from Basic Long Range Rifle #250 out to 500 yards on quadrille graph paper, and record your reticle for the “hold-over” discovery course of fire

3. Introduction to “hold-over” and how to use it in your reticle

4. Introduction to out of position shooting, including shooting on sticks, using your sling, shooting without your shooting bags, and shooting seated with a 36” bipod

5. Safety

6. Transition to the rifle range to confirm your zero and “dial-up” data to 500 yards then repeat the exercise without using your shooting bags

7. “Hold-over” discovery out to 500 yards

8. Graduation

Intermediate Long Range Rifle #350

Welcome and Orientation to  Intermediate Long Range Rifle #350 – Review TPA Training Triad

Your day begins in the classroom with an orientation to  Intermediate Long Range Rifle #350 and review of 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.

Plot your “dial-up” data from Basic Long Range Rifle #250 on graph paper, and record your reticle for the “hold-over” discovery course of fire

In the classroom, you will plot your “dial-up” discovery data from Basic Long Range Rifle #250 onto 10-square graph paper. By recording distance to the berms  out to 500 yards on the X-axis (marked every ten yards), and the corresponding dial-up data in MOA, or clicks if you prefer, on the Y-axis, you will have a “flight-path” of the bullet out to 500 yards. On the opposite side of the paper, you will draw the reticle in your rifle scope large enough to record “hold-over” points.

Introduction to “hold-over” and how to use it in your reticle

“Hold-over” is the distance over the top of the target you must hold your reticle, with your dial-up set to zero, to get a hit on target. Here you will be introduced on the principles of “hold-over” and how using the “hold-over” method is faster than using your elevation turrets, especially in the field. Your reticle drawing will be used to record “hold-over” data during the “Hold-over” discovery course of fire out to 500 yards.

Introduction to out of position shooting, including shooting on sticks, using your sling, shooting without your shooting bags, and shooting seated with a 36” bipod

You will be introduced to non-conventional, but effective shooting methods other than the prone position. Your introduction to shooting sticks, often used in African Safaris, will help you take quick shots in the savanna. Your rifle sling can also be used as a shooting aid and you will learn how to use it also. Using a stable prone position, without the aid of shooting bags will be also be introduced. Finally, using a 36” bipod, from the seated position, will also be reviewed.

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 to confirm your zero and “dial-up” data to 500 yards then repeat the exercise without using your shooting bags

On the firing line at the rifle range, you will confirm your 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 confirm your “dial-up” data from the #250 Basic Long Range Rifle Course. Once confirmation is complete, you will repeat the exercise after review of how to shoot in the prone position without your shooting bags. You will be able to use your dial-up data during this course of fire. 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 use 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.

“Hold-over” discovery out to 500 yards

Beginning at the No.3 berm, you will begin the “hold-over” discovery process for your ammunition and rifle, with your elevation turret set to zero. Although many scope manufacturers list reticle hold-over data in their scope manuals, you must shoot the bullet to discover it’s true hold-over point in your reticle at a known distance. Since each berm is progressively farther away, you will plot the position of each target onto your reticle drawing at each berm distance, out to 500 yards This data is specific to your reticle, 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.

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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Executing the firing sequence of “sending the bullet” from the training triad before live fire pays dividends to your shooting performance