By David Crane
david (at) defensereview (dot) com
November 21, 2016
Precision long-range shooting/sniping courses are some of the most interesting combat/shooting courses you can take. In 2015, DefenseReview (DR) took several, the most extensive of which was the US Optics Academy Long Range Precision I: Two-Day Precision Rifle/Long Range Interdiction (Sniping) Course in the California high country. Well, now APO Riflecraft, Ashbury Precision Ordnance’s training division, has its own precision rifle courses, the latest of which is APO Riflecraft 551: .308Win/7.62 NATO Field Shooting Clinic. Riflecraft 551 looks pretty extensive, where intermediate-level students learn how to get the most out of their bolt-action or semi-auto rifle and optics against both stationary and moving targets.
You can opt for either the Basic or Inclusive package. DR assumes the Inclusive package includes an APO precision bolt-action rifle, ballistic computer, etc. For the record, Defense Review would opt for the latter, since we’d want to use an APO rifle for the course.
The following information comes directly from the APO Riflecraft website:
“Riflecraft 551: .308 Win – 7.62 NATO Field Shooting Clinic – 1 Day
Have you tested your complete semi-automatic or .308 bolt gun precision rifle system out to 1000 yards under real world field conditions? Do you want to challenge yourself and build essential rifle marksmanship skills? Are you ready for a truly enjoyable precision rifle shooting experience?
This Field Shooting Clinic is designed for shooters with semi-automatic and bolt action .308 caliber rifles desiring to refine their long range shooting skills on targets sighted from 100 yards to beyond 1000 yards. This is not a “square range” shooting clinic. It focuses on shooter development as a system (e.g. shooter, precision rifle, optic, ammo, ballistic calculator) in a field shooting environment. Riflecraft Field Shooting Clinics are conducted entirely on the range, hands-on behind your rifle. This .308Win / 7.62 NATO caliber specific clinic will expose shooters to a variety of precision long range shooting equipment, wind and environmental conditions at all practical engagement ranges for the .308 Winchester cartridge.
Field Shooting Activities:
▪ Range Safety Briefing
▪ Rifle Safety Inspection
▪ Precision Rifle Setup
▪ Cold Bore Shot
▪ Scope Calibration
▪ Scope Box Drill
▪ Chronograph Your Rifle & Ammo
▪ FDAC & Ballistic Software Calculators
▪ Range Card
▪ Data Book – D.O.P.E.
▪ Spotter – Shooter Communication
▪ Zeroing & Grouping
▪ Come Ups
▪ Maximum Point Blank Range
▪ Danger Space Calculation
▪ Known & Unknown Distance Targets
▪ 100 to 1000+ yds
▪ Shooting Movers
▪ Troubleshooting Rifle Accuracy Problems
– Conducted Entirely on the Range
– Hands-on with Your Rifle!
– FDAC .308 Density Altitude Ballistic Calculator
– Variable Wind & Environmental Conditions
All Practical Engagement Ranges for the .308Win
Held in the Mountains of Central Virginia
– Intermediate Skill Level Program
– Demonstrated Proficiency in:
– Firearms safety
– Administrative weapons handling
– Precision rifle marksmanship skills
– FDAC .308 Ballistic Calculator (to keep)
– Lunch & Refreshments
– Shooting Benches & Mats
– Eye & Hearing Protection
Need everything included? No problem! Choose our Inclusive Tuition Program
Required Equipment (student provides unless using Inclusive Tuition Option)
The following equipment is required for this clinic (unless indicated as optional). You will be required to provide this equipment unless you elect our Inclusive Tuition which provides everything listed (excluding clothing & shoes) for the day including rifle and ammunition.
– .308 caliber rifle (bolt action or semi-automatic) in good and safe working order capable of 1 MOA accuracy or better
– Rifle scope with fixed or adjustable magnification and MOA or MIL adjustments
– 150 rounds of factory or precision hand loaded ammunition. M118LR or 175gr match ammunition is recommended
(Note: No steel core, AP or tracer accepted)
– Spare Ammunition
– Sound Suppressor (optional but recommended)
– Laser Range Finder (optional)
– Ballistic Software or APP w/PDA or Smartphone (w/charger & spare batteries) (optional)
– Hand Held Weather Station (optional)
– Slope Doper or Angle Cosign/Degree Indicator
– Shooting Sling
– Range Bag or Back Pack”
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