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CANCELLED — Rifle 125 (Basic Rifle) – One Day (Bozeman, MT)
Jul 16, 2022
Due to lack of interest, we have unfortunately been forced to cancel this event. If you are interested in attending one of our firearms training events in Montana, please let us know by email at .
Rifle 125 (Basic Rifle) Overview
Estimated Ammunition Required: About 200 rounds/day.
Rifle Requirements: You will need a safe rifle; any caliber but .22 LR saves money and does the job. Magazine-fed semi-automatic rifles generally work best for our classes, but any other type of rifle (tube-fed semi-automatic, lever-action, bolt-action, etc.) can be used as well. Bring whatever rifle you have and we will work with you.
Required Equipment: Please review our suggestions for appropriate Rifle 125 equipment and plan to bring the following:
- your rifle – LOANER RIFLES ARE NOT AVAILABLE at this event
- sling for your rifle (a 1¼” US GI sling, Magpul RLS, “Ching”, or M-1907 slings are strongly preferred as our instruction will be specific to these sling types; SOME loaner slings MAY be available at the event). Talon makes high-quality sling swivels (inch and quarter) that are comparable in price to their more cheaply made counterparts
- at least two magazines for your rifle, 8 (10 round) magazines are recommended
- a way to take notes; given the fact that we work thru all-weather “Rite In The Rain” notepads are a good option, as are spiral bound 3″x5″ cards found inexpensively at department stores when carried in baggies. Also, bring pencils/pens. Remember the “winner” is not the shooter who gets the highest score, but the shooter who brings home the most information and practices!
- hearing protection; recommend having both multiple sets of foam earplugs and headset type hearing protection on hand
- eye protection; clear or amber lenses recommended for peep sights and overcast weather, dark lenses for sunny weather
- plenty of your preferred method of hydration (both plain water and something to replace electrolytes you will lose via sweating is ideal); minimum 2 gallons per day, please. Nalgene-type water bottles and Camelback-type backpack hydration pouches refilled from bulk water work better and create less trash than disposable water bottles
- clothing appropriate for the weather (loose-fitting clothing, especially around the neck, is discouraged as hot brass can lodge against the skin and cause a burn)). Long trousers, long-sleeve shirts, and Boonie caps backed up by foul weather gear protecting from sun/wind/rain/cold/bugs are a smart way to go. Safety colors are always a plus. Boots preferred; no sneakers/sandals/open-toe shoes
- shooting mat, foam camping pad, carpet remnant, or similar; nothing inflatable. Some loaners may be available on a first-come first-served basis; please contact the Event Director beforehand to reserve
- kneepads, preferably with a plastic cap
- some kind of camp/folding chair is a must
- we have a working lunch; please bring something shelf-stable (bars/cans/pouches; or in a sealed container) and not too heavy. Snacks (granola bars, etc are better than loose chips-type) are also good to have
- sunscreen and bug spray are a must in field conditions!
- magic marker; contractor-grade Sharpie preferred
- knowledge of how to field strip and safely operate YOUR rifle
- ziplock baggies of all sizes are handy for waterproofing ammo/gear, and a MUST for packing out your trash
It is helpful that all ammunition is of the same type (i.e. same weight, type, manufacturer, etc) for this event. Standard velocity (approximately 1150fps) round nose 40gr (e.g., CCI Standard Velocity) target ammo often brings the best results. Shooting will primarily be at 25 yards.
Please have your rifle ready to go for this shoot with everything (sights/scopes/slings) attached. We are NOT gunsmiths/armorers, and cannot steal time from your fellow shooters to mess with your rifle.
Optional Equipment: The following equipment is not required but may come in handy at the event:
- case for your rifle
- stapler (and extra staples) to attach your target to the backer board
- tarps make picking up brass easier
- Tech Sights makes a GI-style peep sight far superior to stock iron sights for target shooting if your eyes are young enough to take advantage. Optics are a must for most of us old farts; A&A Optics is a great place to go if you have questions. Red/green/etc dot scopes are NOT recommended as the dot is usually larger than the target, obscuring it
- elbow pads
- cleaning supplies (bore snake, etc) are always smart to have
- white trash bag or white towel (cover your rifle to protect from rain/sun)
- in an event that challenges both shooter and rifle, it never hurts to bring a spare rifle
Loaner Firearms: NOT AVAILABLE at this event
Overview: This is our signature offering, based on traditional American riflecraft that teaches “Hits Count!” It is appropriate for a wide breadth of student skill levels. This course lays a sound foundation for students to shoot groups under time pressure from a variety of practical field positions. Rifle 125 includes classroom and range time learning to shoot rifles. Students learn:
- Rules for safe gun handling & range rules
- Rifle parts and operation & ammunition
- Shooting fundamentals: Five steps to firing each shot
- Natural Point of Aim
- Shooting from the prone, standing, and sitting/kneeling positions to include use of the sling
- Introduction to Sight Adjustments and basic calculation of minutes of angle
- 25 Yard “Morgan’s 13” Classifier
- 25 Yard Rifle Qualifier
The Midnight Ride of Paul Revere
Hear the true story of Paul Revere’s famous ride and learn about the events that immediately precipitated the Revolutionary War. Paul Revere did not ride alone – many individuals played crucial roles in the events of April 19th, 1775.
This history presentation begins with alarm riders warning “the Regulars are out!” You’ll hear about the dramatic stand on Lexington Green and the “shots heard ’round the world” at Concord’s North Bridge. The tale concludes with harrowing life-or-death choices made along the 17 mile “battle road.”
This exciting tale will be woven throughout the day’s marksmanship events.
Additional Range Information
Private road to access range, may be muddy in wet conditions, 4wd optimal.