Interested in learning the precision shooting and fieldcraft skills used by military snipers? This 3-day class combines the fundamental skills and techniques of our long-range marksmanship course with training and practice in the basics of camouflage, hide-building, stealth movement, and navigation, culminating in a live-fire exercise.
In our intense 3-day SniperCraft 1 course, students will be exposed to the skills and mentality of a military sniper/counter sniper.
You’ll learn shooting fundamentals, such as ballistics, wind calls, environmental factors, and range finding, plus sectors of fire, sniper engagement sequences, 2-man operations and unit ops, and other tactics and techniques straight from the frontlines of the war on terror. We will conduct training in camouflage considerations and ghillie suit construction, choosing an FFP (Final Firing Position) also known as a “snipers hide,” stalking techniques and movements, and much, much more.
We will visit “lessons learned” in our counter sniper portion learning from knowledge, experience, and historical accounts. You will work in a team learning how to detect and announce target indicators, decide engagement priorities, and sterilize FFPs. Field sketches and range cards will be completed as well as FFP drills and object searches.
Taught by experienced instructors who have served on the front lines, this intensive course will train you how to think, operate, and shoot in the same way as our military’s best.
As with all of our courses, we will require students to submit a background check prior to the start of class.
This course held over a consecutive 3-day period from 0800 to 1700 hours each day (e.g. full days, Friday through Sunday). If you are coming in from out of the area, see our FAQs page for more information on travel and lodging arrangements.
LRP1 & LRP2
What you’ll learn
The principles of accuracy and fundamentals of marksmanship
Shot group analysis
Sniper rifle set-up and maintenance
Understanding and applying ballistics
Range estimation and field sketching
How to modify DOPE for varying environmental conditions
Balancing speed and precision
How to use a ballistic computer
Unconventional positional shooting
Sniper craft to include hides, ambushes, pop ups, movers, stalking, counter stalking & counter sniper, personal and gear camouflage with differing applications, visual range estimation and Mil-ing, IMT’s, shot calling, veg’ing for the environment, observation skills, reading wind, working alone or as a team, land navigation & terrain study, hide foregrounds and back grounds for sniper concealment, ghillie suit construction, etc.
What you need to bring
Rifle: High power bolt action rifle (6mm – 30 cal) or accurized semi-auto, sling and bipod. 5.56 SPR-style rifle is acceptable. Rental guns are available for an additional charge.
Quality tactical scope with mildot or range estimation reticle and externally adjustable turrets (e.g. Nightforce ATCAR or NXS, Athlon, Vortex, Leupold Mk4, Nikon Tactical, Swarovski, Zeiss, SWFA, etc.).
Your scope must have externally adjustable turrets in order for you to participate in this class. (Click here to learn more about externally adjusted scope turrets on our blog article.)
Bring your owner’s manual.
Minimum 70 rounds of match-grade ammunition per day. (77 gr strongly recommended for 5.56 SPRs)
Rugged, comfortable clothing, suitable for all weather conditions. We will shoot in any and all weather.
Small “go bag” or ruck sack that will be with you at all times. Your bag should have binoculars, water, snacks, elbow pads, knee pads, and ammo for the task. A good Camelback is highly recommended.
A shooting or exercise mat; anything that can be rolled up and moved with you.
Ear & eye protection, sunscreen, bug spray, and a brimmed hat (like a boonie).
Lunch, snack food, and a lot of water.
A small calculator.
Note-taking material, including notepad, pencil, and Sharpie.
Optional items: iPad or smartphone, belt magazine carriers; rifle cover (shemagh or towel); range finder; Camelback.
This course is significantly more physically demanding than our Long-range Precision courses. Applicants should be physically capable of hiking several miles per day carrying 20 pounds of gear, and crawling 50+ yards in 90+ degree temperatures (commonly seen in our May and August classes). Please talk with us ahead of time if you have questions, physical disabilities, or conditions that may limit your activity.