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The NRA Whittington Center’s Precision Rifle – School of 1000 yards Course introduces students to the fundamentals, equipment, and techniques required for success in precision rifle shooting. Topics will include optics selection use and adjustments, internal and external ballistics, fundamentals of marksmanship, environmental effects on ballistic, rifle cleaning and maintenance and more. This course is designed with the sporting rifle enthusiast, competition shooter, and hunter in mind.
Practical range training will include shooting targets at known distances, range estimation, various challenging courses of fire, ballistics calculation and application, effects of the wind and how to correct for it, maximum point blank range, meteorological effects on bullet trajectory, and firearms safety.
Our goal is to help each student exceed their comfortable engagement distance through the application of science and physics. As well as understanding the capabilities and limitations of their equipment and ammunition. Students will engage targets from 100 to 1000 yards, and beyond.
In the Classroom we will cover Internal and External Ballistic, Marksmanship, Optics and more. On the range we will get a 100 yard zero and data, then do some shooting exercises.
On the Cooper Range, Students will learn to gather velocity, environmental and other data. Applying and verifying the data we gather; Students will engage targets from 200 to 1000 yards, and beyond. Emphasis will be placed on the effects of wind, temperature, humidity, barometric pressure, altitude, and other factors on ballistics. The class will work in teams to learn shooter spotter relationships. We will apply data gathering and record keeping establishing DOPE (Data on Previous Engagements).
We will pick up where we left off at the Cooper Range with more shooting exercises such as multiple target transitions and timed engagements on multiple targets (match simulation). We will then return to the classroom for rifle cleaning and maintenance, followed by a final lecture and discussion.
- Course participants check availability to purchase an ammunition package with the appropriate round count.
- AMMUNITION PACKAGE IS RESTRICTED TO ONE PER PERSON PER COURSE.
- Rifles are available for rent but must be prearranged.
- If you would like to register more than one person for this course, please add it to your cart as two separate items.
Every guest must read and sign the online Waiver before they are allowed into the center.
Required and Suggested Equipment
Precision Rifle – School of 1000 Yards Course (subject to change)
Day 1: Classroom Instruction and Sight-In
8:00am-8:30am – Introduction
8:30am-9:30am – Internal Ballistics
9:30am-11:00am – External Ballistics
11:00am-12:00pm – Marksmanship
12:00pm-1:00pm – Lunch
1:00pm-2:00pm – Optics
2:15pm-5:30pm – Rifle Sight-in and Shooting Exercises Data Collection
5:30pm-6:00pm – Review and Discussion
Day 2: Teamwork & Known Distance Shooting
8:00am-9:00am –Team Exercises & Record Keeping for DOPE
9:00am-12:00pm --Known Distance Shooting 200-1000 Yards
1:00pm-5:00pm --Known Distance Shooting 200-1000 Yards
5:00pm-5:30pm –Review and Discussion
Day 3: Known Distance Shooting
8:00am-12:00pm – Known Distance Shooting 200-1000 Yards
12:00pm-1:00pm – Lunch
1:00pm-3:30pm – Known Distance Shooting 600-1000 Yards
3:30pm-4:30pm – Rifle Cleaning and Maintenance
4:30pm-5:00pm – End of Action Report
This schedule is tentative. Times are subject to change.
Course Cancellation Policy
A 30-day cancellation notice is required to cancel your Course registration prior to the first day of class in order to receive a full course refund. The NRA Whittington Center will not issue you a refund if you fail to cancel your registration before the 30-day time period.
Course tuition rollover. You may have an option to roll your tuition over to a future course provided it meets the following criteria:
Course cancellations and refunds are handled separately from any onsite lodging.
You can cancel your course by calling (575) 445-3615. Ask for the Whittington U training department, or email us at [email protected].
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Before arriving, every guest must read and sign the online NRA Whittington Center Waiver.
The Long Range Precision Rifle Course builds on the foundation and fundamentals learned and applied in Precision Rifle. We will gather 100 yard data, build a ballistics chart and verify it with field data from 200 yards to 1 mile, and beyond. Students will learn techniques for angle fire and alternate firing positions, how to work as a team, and much more.
This course builds on the foundation and fundamentals of Marksmanship and Ballistics and takes it to the next level. From gathering 100 yard data to applying the skills and knowledge to achieve the thrill of extreme range impacts. With the right equipment we will take you as far as 3700 yards. This course is perfect to get you ready for ELR competitions, bring your shooting partner, or come solo.
The Whittington U Precision Rifle Academy offers courses specifically oriented towards 1000 Yards and beyond, allowing for all centerfire cartridges and rifle platforms to be used. This Academy focuses on the caliber/cartridges and rifle platforms that are designed for engagements between 100 – 3700 yards.
Located near beautiful Raton, New Mexico, the NRA Whittington Center is home to the nation’s premier hunting, shooting, and outdoor recreation facility. The NRA Whittington Center is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and relies on the generous contributions of donors who want to preserve our heritage of freedom for the next generation of shooters and hunters.