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Long Range University

NEW FOR 2014:  DATES, LOCATIONS, AND GUNWERKS TRAINING FACILITY
 

For the past seven years, we have offered just one level of training for all of our students.  For 2014 we are excited to announce our new 5000 square foot shooting range and training facility located on 250 acres of private land.  This new facility will allow us to tailor our training programs to specifically meet the needs of our clients.  For 2014 we have divided the content into three different levels of training.

Level One (L1) and Level Two (L2) are similar in the breadth of content, but where L2 focuses on the science to answer the why questions, L1 takes a more practical approach.  Level Three (3) is just hard core shooting in real hunting scenarios.  We have trained thousands of students to shoot long range. Some students enjoy the presentation and discussion of detail at the engineering level, but others just want to learn all the practical aspects of how to shoot long range. 

We have leveraged 7 years of long range teaching experience to craft a course curriculum that will keep you engaged for the entire two day course.  The air conditioned classroom and shooting room are only a few steps distant, which allows us to systematically build an understanding of long range shooting fundamentals by presenting concepts and applying them immediately on the range.  Being comfortable enhances the training experience.

The state of the art Gunwerks shooting range is instrumented with paper and steel targets, and cameras at each target.  The range also features wind measurement equipment that allows training found at only a few locations in the world.  The wind array measures speed and direction at several locations, and some very smart software can calculate a single wind value solution.  You will not be able to learn this much about wind at any other training venue in the country!

 

LEVEL 1
The main focus for Level 1 is to understand how to select the right equipment and set it up to shoot long range, including:  rifles, optics, ammunition, ballistic programs, trajectory validation, bench shooting gear and technique, and proper maintenance.  Each student will be supplied with a personal computer loaded with the G7 ballistic program to ensure complete understand and capability with this foundational tool.

If you choose a Bring Your Own Gun (BYOG) L1 course you will be shooting your firearm and ammunition.  We will assist you with the setup and use. A system using a turret, and capable of 1 MOA (1” at 100 yards) or better accuracy is recommended.  All other L1 courses will have a Gunwerks shooting system supplied with ammunition.  We use suppressors at our home location to provide an enhanced training experience.  All other incidental equipment is supplied.

 

LEVEL 2
The main focus for Level 2 is to understand the factors that cause errant point of impact.  From selecting the right shooting equipment and gear to using a ballistics program and understanding all of the input variables and options.  We will provide foundational knowledge that will help you understand the science of long range shooting.  This will make selection of gear easier, and you will gain proficiency in the operation of the ballistic program.  

The course will explore, in depth, external ballistic parameters, compensation techniques for environmental and sighting conditions, and wind measurement and estimation, and ranging techniques.  The course will also explore advanced terminal ballistics, bullet selection, thresholds of performance, max terminal range, and other topics to fully define how bullets work after impact.  Finally, the shooting training will utilize both the bench and field positions and equipment to explore additional point of impact errors and solutions. 

This course stands on its own.  There is no prerequisite for this course, however, you may choose to take a L1 course as preparation.  All L2 courses will have a Gunwerks shooting system supplied with ammunition.  We use suppressors at our home location to provide an enhanced training experience.  All other incidental equipment is supplied.

 

LEVEL 3
This course requires completion of either a LRU Level 1 or Level 2 course.  The format is different than the L1 and L2 courses--there is no classroom seminar!  We will debrief together early in the morning and at lunch and dinner.  The rest of the time will be spent shooting!  We will have multiple field shooting stations that allow the instructors to teach specific concepts about how to obtain first shot hits in real hunting situations.  

Everything about the course is directed to simulate real hunting experiences.  There will be timed firing, impromptu set ups, target locations and score keeping! Each student will be teamed up with two other shooters and an instructor, so “class” size will be small.  Only one student will shoot at a time, with one student spotting, and one on standby/preparation.  This maximizes one on one time, simulates a realistic shooter spotter interaction in field conditions, and allows time to observe after completing maintenance tasks.

The location contributes to the effectiveness of the course.  For 2013, our courses will be held at Ensign Ranch in Utah, just a short distance east from the Salt Lake City International Airport.  The course fee includes lodging the night before and during the course along with five awesome meals in the newly renovated lodge.  The high elevation, mountain terrain is perfect for experiencing real conditions. Wind, elevation, incline, and terrain all affect our ability to get on target first shot.  Providing the instruction while shooting in the conditions allows us to build a thorough understanding of advanced long range shooting topics by teaching concepts in situ.

Key elements of instruction include reading wind in mountain conditions, and compensating for multiple wind vectors, correcting for environmental and sighting factors, ultra long range shooting, and positional shooting.  Because confidence in your shooting system is key, we will also show you what to do in the field when you have equipment failure or malfunction.

Students will be responsible to bring their own rifle, ammunition, safety equipment, field cleaning and maintenance, shooting gear, and shooting rests/sticks--just like you are going to the field..  The concept for level three is to stress test your preparation and gear for a real hunting situation.  Shooting will be from user supplied platforms--bipods, sitting sticks, backpacks, etc.  If you would like advice on gear selection before the course, please call.  Bring (or ship) 200 rounds of ammunition.

 

Focused Topics for L1:

Equipment Selection and Setup
Fundamental External Ballistics
Using Ballistic Programs
Trajectory Validation
Zeroing a Ballistic Turret
Benchrest Shooting Gear and Technique
Rangefinder Basics
Programming the G7 BR2
Basic Wind Reading
Cleaning and Maintenance
Focused Topics for L2:

Equipment Performance
Advanced External Ballistics
The G7 Drag Model
Terminal Performance
Bullet and Ammo Performance
Introduction to Field Shooting
Advanced Wind Reading
Point of Impact Shift
The Role of the Spotter
Advanced Laser Ranging Technique
Focused Topics for L3:

Rifle Qualification
Multi Zone, and Vertical Winds
Practical Shooting Positions
Field Spotting Techniques
Field Zero and Verification
Field Maintenance
Shooting Under Pressure
Ultra Long Range Shooting
Using a Handheld Ballistic Computer

 


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