Civilian Marksmanship Program (CMP) Garand Qualification Clinic

Tuition: $45.00 members/$90.00 non-members 
Total ammunition required: 50 rounds  
Prerequisite: None 
Time: 8:30-4:00
Date: Contact us

Description: The clinic will provide a demonstration of the design and function of the M1 Garand as well as field stripping and reassembly of the Garand.  A shooting demonstration will be presented by the instructor over the 300 yard range.
Participants will be expected to demonstrate knowledge of safe gun handling, firearms familiarity, range procedures and range firing.
Participants will engage a course of fire over the 100 yard range.  Stage One 10 minutes for sighting in.  Stage Two Standing, 10 shots slow fire, in 10 minutes.  Stage Three sitting, 10 shots rapid fire in 60 seconds. Stage Four Prone, 10 shots rapid fire, in 70 seconds. Stage Five Prone, 20 shots slow fire, in 20 minutes.
Upon completion of the CMP Garand Clinic a certification of completion shall be issued which will entitle the bearer to purchase surplus rifles directly from the CMP.
Any bolt action or automatic rifle equipped with iron sights, rifles can be reloaded either via stripper clips or detachable magazine.  Service and match rifles are especially encouraged.  Caliber may range from .22 to .45.  No 50 caliber BMG allowed.  Hearing and eye protection are required. All safety rules apply and the range officer may disallow the use of any rifle if it appears unsafe. The use of slings is permitted.

Courses:
Class 285-A Long Range Rifle I (LLR-I) 

Tuition: $65.00 members/$125.00 non-members 
Total ammunition required: 140 rounds  
Prerequisite: willingness to learn
Time: 8:30-4:00
Date: Contact us

Description: The Long Range Rifle class will introduce the student to what is required to make a precise, accurate shot placement at range.  The practice of long range rifle shooting is comprised of the melding of the ballistics of the cartridge, the mechanism of the rifle and optics, and the skills of the rifleman.  All three elements must be in balance in the instant that you must make that all important shot, the first shot, precise, and perhaps the only shot.
The morning session of LRR-I will examine internal and external ballistics: Ballistic Coefficient, Sectional Density, Muzzle Velocity.  Caliber selection and its relationship to ballistics will be discussed.  There will be a review of optics, and discussion of Minute Of Angle adjustments, ranging techniques utilizing Mil dot or built in reticle devices.  Making scope adjustments for elevation and windage, calculation of holdover, reading the wind, and making wind correction relative to caliber/bullet ballistics will be presented.
Establishing your shooting position, trigger control, breath control, position stability, and follow through will be presented and practiced.
After discussion and demonstration of the three elements: ballistics-optics-shooter and there interaction is complete a course of fire will be conducted from 100 to 300 yards to apply those elements.  Rifles will be zeroed at 100 yards and the effects of scope adjustments will be noted for changes in elevation and windage.  This process will continue through 200 yard and 300 yard targets.  During this course of fire the beginnings of a “dope sheet” will be constructed.
The initial course of fire will be from the prone position.  From this position students will transition into a kneeling or sitting position.
Finally there will be a discussion and demonstration of proper cleaning procedures and equipment.
Appropriate equipment is a bolt action rifle of adequate power and accuracy equipped with a telescopic sight, good quality bipod that does not directly attach to the barrel, ora  soft rest.  A comfortable shooting sling such as a target sling or ching sling will be useful for shooting in the kneeling or sitting position.  The rifle should have sufficient mechanical accuracy for shooting at range.  Optics should be clear, bright, in focus and have sufficient adjustment at range.  Ammunition must be of sufficient quality to shoot minute of angle accuracy with sufficient remaining energy at extended range.

Class 285-B Long Range Rifle II (LLR-II) 

Tuition: $65.00 members/$125.00 non-members 
Total ammunition required: 140 rounds  
Prerequisite: Long Range Rifle I (LLR-I)
Time: 8:30-4:00
Date: Contact us

Description: This class is an extension of Long Range Rifle I (LLR-I) which is a prerequisite. (see course description for LLR – I).  In this class we will take the elements learned and practiced in LLR-I and apply them to distances out to 525 yards.  As range increases so do the effects of gravity and wind.  Students will have the opportunity to experience all factors effecting shot placement at increasing range and make corrections for wind, gravity and to correct poor shooting habits.  As these corrections are understood, implemented and practiced the student should become confident at taking long range shots at large and small targets.  The course of fire will include shooting paper targets, gallon milk jugs and silhouette targets from the prone, or sitting/kneeling positions.  After successful completion of the course a 100 yard shot will feel like plinking.

PRIVATE CLASSES

NRA basic classes for pistol, rifle, and shotgun are available to individuals or small groups by appointment.

The CMP Garand qualification clinics as well as the Long range shooting classes are also available to individual or small groups.  Cost is determined by the size of the group, contact us for more information.

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Paul Smeltzer, FFL Licensed Gunsmith
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INSIDE THE GUN 

Tuition: $25.00 members/$50.00 non-members
Total ammunition required: none
Prerequisite: None
Time: 1:00 – 4:00
Date:  TBA

Description: Each mini class will examine a popular firearm from past or present from a design and function perspective. We will discuss the unique engineering and design features of the subject firearm, demonstrate a complete disassembly and reassembly, discuss problems and positives about the firearm, and any aftermarket accessories or drop in parts available. This is a gunsmith course there will be no trigger jobs, or discussion of altering, parts or design. Participants may bring there own firearm if they wish to follow along with disassembly/reassembly.

WOMEN'S SHOOTING 101

Tuition: $75.00 
Total ammunition required: ammunition is supplied
Prerequisite: willingness to learn
Time: 
Date: Contact us


Description: The purpose of this one day clinic is to introduce women to the shooting sports and to provide women the opportunity to meet and interact with other women with similar interests. No prior experience is required and the only prerequisite is a desire to learn and to have fun. All necessary equipment will be provided, including firearms, ammunition, eye/ear protection, instructional materials and refreshments. This clinic will feature introduction and familiarization in the safe handling, operation, use and enjoyment of pistols, rifles, and shotguns to learn the fundamentals of shooting in a relaxed and fun environment. We will be shooting several different types, of firearms with different calibers of pistol and rifle cartridges as well as different kinds of shotguns and guages. Pre-registration is recommended but no one will be turned away. Participants under the age of 18 will require a parent or legal guardian to remain and to be present throughout the clinic. 
WOMEN'S CONCEALED CARRY PERMIT

Tuition: $150.00 
Total ammunition required: 150 rounds 
Prerequisite: willingness to learn 
Time: 9:00-4:00
Dates: Contact us
 

Description: This class provides the minimum training and certification required for the issuance of the Louisiana Resident Concealed Handgun Permit as well as satisfying the certification requirements fo issuance of the Florida Non-Resident Concealed Carry Permit. This class includes the basic training of the NRA Basic Pistol class and adds the training related to the responsibilities and obligations of persons who decide to avail themselves of the “shall issue” concealed carry permit. The legal aspects of this class are taught by a licensed attorney. Range instruction requires not only the minimum 36 shots at 6, 12, and 15 feet but include instruction in the presentation and utilization of a personal defense firearm in realistic scenarios. Any safe functional handgun can be used for this class however it is recommended that range instruction be conducted with the personal defense firearm you intend to carry. 
AR 15 Service Rifle Mini Camp

Tuition: $150.00 
Total ammunition required: 50 rounds minimum 
Prerequisite: None 
Time: 9:00-5:00 
Date: 

This clinic/mini camp will provide instruction and demonstration of a basic course of fire for CMP National Match type competition for the AR 15 service rifles. This clinic will provide instruction on the principles of shooting, zeroing, shooting position fundamentals, use of the sling, match rules, equipment, scoring, and keeping a data book. Paticipants will engage in a 40 shot course of fire as follows:   5 round sighting any position
 1. Slow Fire, prone - 10 rounds at 200 yards in 10 minutes.
 2. Rapid Fire, prone from standing - 10 rounds at 200 yards in 60 seconds. 
 3. Rapid Fire, 10 rounds sitting or kneeling from standing - 200 yards in 60 seconds.
 4. Slow Fire, 10 rounds standing - 200 yards in 10 minutes.

 Match portion of the clinic will follow CMP competition rules for M16 as issued military rifle. 
 Rules can be found at: CMP Rule Book 

The following service rifles would be appropriate for this mini camp: AR15 semi auto rilfe of .223 (5.56) caliber. Rifles are to use open sights only and must have slings. Magazines should have a 10 round capacity, larger round capacity is not neccessary, if used will not be loaded to maximum, no more than 8 rounds will be loaded at one time. All safety rules apply and the range officer may disallow the use of any rifle if it appears unsafe. 
Competition gold, silver, and bronze achievement pins will be awarded for shooting the necessary scores for the aggragate match. 
Rifles not adherring to the "as issued" specs will be scored, but not eligible for competition pins. 
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