I wanted to send a note your way to personally thank you, Bob and Mike for what I think is an essential course for any long range shooter. From the instructional components to the range time in the mountain, the experience was beyond my expectations.
Now as you know I occasionally hunt, but my handling of my rifle was just to be a responsible shooter, find my target, know my target and beyond, shoot straight and drop the animal. Then I would pass the rifle back to my husband and he did all the mechanics. I never even had to load my rifle, I never zeroed in a rifle, didn’t know a turret, what’s parallax, MOA, mils. Nothing. Never had to shoot an animal beyond 150 yards.
And then I get talked into this course, me, at the age of 53 when the brain cells are dying out quickly and CMS (can’t remember shit) is coming on strong. What was I thinking. But I’m not a quitter, although I came close this time. And then I’m presented with a Saber M700 for Mother’s Day, of course, lol. Purchased a Riton scope and boom, I’m ready! ????. SMH So now I’m months away from the shoot, I’ll get to know my rifle, of which NEVER happened. Fast forward I’m now three days before the course, I start planning my gear, bullets etc, All along the way I’m clearly thinking that this was a very bad idea. I am going to be ridiculous on the mountain.
D-Day- Saturday morning, after not sleeping because failure was convincing me my reach is beyond my grasp, I struggled out of bed and headed over to class. There’s Mike, Bob and you, all familiar faces, thank the heavens, I’m starting to relax. Then Mike starts talking about the components in the rifle and proper cleaning or was it why we shouldn’t clean our barrels. So I start taking notes, A LOT of notes. Two hours into it, an epiphany, it totally made sense why Mike started taking apart the rifles, showing the important areas to clean. I finally after twenty years of long gun shooting, I finally understood the mechanics. What we were truly learning whether intentionally or not from Mike was how to shoot from the inside of the rifles, or at least that was my take of it. Know your rifle, the brains the mechanics, the driving force of it. Brilliant Mike!
Now I’m drawing diagrams in my notes, I’m really getting into it. Learned the workings of the scope. It was truly amazing how much one can absorb and how many other facets in shooting this course can be an attribute towards.
I especially loved zeroing in at the range and although we were at 50, you dotted our target’s bullet placement with the black dots and we dialed in to specifically to hit the dot while still aiming for bullseyes. It was like a magic trick to me. I loved it.
Now I could not wait to get to the Mountain. Sunday could not come fast enough. And once on the mountain, seeing or rather, barely seeing the target, I’m taking deep breaths to regain my composure. All lined up, we start our ascent 100 yards, 259 and so on and so forth. Full disclosure, I was so slow, God bless Bob’s patience with me, but this was a huge game changer for me and as much I thought I was paying attention to detail, there’s was just too much detail to get used to all at once ????. But nonetheless it was an incredible experience, one I will never forget.
Now here’s where this course resonated in my head of how dynamic it was for me. Two days later, I’m home, now training for my Maine Moose bull hunt, I grab my 270 and my 338, but I think to myself, I want to check my zero on my 6.5 creedmoor. I get to the range, grabbed for my 6.5 first of course, and that’s where application kicked a field goal in my head. I’m solo at the range, no one to load, no one to tell the monkey what or how I shot. I’m shooting, reloading quickly, following my work through the scope. Paying close detail to my breathing, grip, aiming at my last shot. I stopped being the hedgehog sticking my head above the scope after every shot. I now know my rifle, I will group my shots. I’m comfortable. I got this! And yes sir I certainly did.
So what’s my take away here, I want everyone to know that Long Range Precision course should be a prerequisite to any one that hunts or anyone that really has the true infatuation of grouping their shots on the target within an inch of each other or keyhole.
I’m so over the moon happy to have taken the course. I have learned more in two days that seemingly felt like a minute long, than I have ever known about distance shooting. I’m confident my harvest in Maine will be successful and look forward to potential bragging rights of a 200+ yard dead on impact shot on a beast of a moose. The only upsetting part to this hunt is that I can not attend the 1.5 course. Count me in next time for sure.
I know this was a long love note. ❤️
All the best to you and the GFH family!