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Pistol/precision rifle class recommendations

Discussion in 'Competitive Shooting' started by sprink, Oct 18, 2015.

  1. sprink

    sprink Battle Ground, WA Member

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    Not sure if this is the right place to ask but I'm looking to attend a defensive pistol type course soon and in the near future a precision rifle class that's hopefully with a 2 or 3 hour drive from the Vancouver/Portland area. Curious if anyone has any personal experience with any of the local schools. Also, what should I expect to pay for a class? I've seen some classes for precision rifle over $1000, kinda hard to swallow when I could buy another rifle at that price but if that's what quality training cost then I'll happily pay. Thanks for any help.
     
  2. Don H

    Don H Oregon Well-Known Member

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    I'm heading down to Thunder Ranch for mid-range rifle and then defensive handgun. You should check them out http://www.thunderranchinc.com/ I'll be there in early November and I think there are slots still open.
     
  3. sprink

    sprink Battle Ground, WA Member

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    Unfortunately I won't be able to attend any class until after the end of the year. But I'd really like to know what you thought of the classes when you return.
     
  4. Don H

    Don H Oregon Well-Known Member

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    No worries, I'll update this thread after the class... If I forget just holler.
     
  5. etrain16

    etrain16 Oregon Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    Oregon Firearms Academy. About 2 - 2 1/2 hours south of Portland. They have multiple classes for defensive handgun, defensive shotgun and defensive rifle/carbine. I took DH1 from them and I'm registered to take DH2 in the spring.

    I was very impressed with them. They were professional and obviously well qualified. I feel it was well worth the time and money and wouldn't hesitate to recommend them.

    I think to class was $250 and required about 350 rounds of ammo.
     
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    Wasniahc Issaquah Member

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  7. Bazooka Joe

    Bazooka Joe Lower Yakima Valley Well-Known Member

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  8. Joe13

    Joe13 NW of Vancouver Opinionated & Blunt Bronze Supporter 2015 Volunteer 2016 Volunteer

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    You could buy a lot of practice rounds and watch a bunch of YouTube for tips on how to improve for $1000.

    Or go make friends with the local long rang shooters at the clubs.
     
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  9. Don H

    Don H Oregon Well-Known Member

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    I just took the Thunder Ranch http://www.thunderranchinc.com/ Mid-Range Rifle course and it was worth every penny.

    Those instructors are awesome at what they do, teaching you how to run your gun and scope. I was hitting 700 yards with American Eagle .223 Ball with them calling wind.

    With those 24 hours of training I now know that I can easily hit 500 yards with my AR on my own, and even further with better ammo and a spotting buddy. I now know how to hold overs, doping, spinning the dials, range estimates, and how to use my Vortex Viper PST mrad scope. I know I could have never learned all that from YouTube.

    I'm going back there this week for Defensive Handgun. Can't wait!
     
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  10. Kimber Custom

    Kimber Custom Vancouver, WA Bronze Vendor Bronze Vendor

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    Come spend a weekend with me at Project Appleseed for $60.
     
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  11. sprink

    sprink Battle Ground, WA Member

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    When's the next local event? Thank you everyone for the recommendations. I'll hopefully signing up for one of them after Christmas.
     
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  12. Kimber Custom

    Kimber Custom Vancouver, WA Bronze Vendor Bronze Vendor

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    We will be at Douglas Ridge Rifle Club in Eagle Creek, OR Dec 12 & 13. Our first shoot in 2016 will be Feb 27 & 28. Our next full distance shoot (400 yards) will be May 21 & 22.

    Wolverton Mountain Gun Club is our closest venue to you (Ariel, WA); however, I don't have 2016 dates set up yet.

    Hope to see you on the line.
     
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    Rem725 Tracktown, OR Member

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  14. Lange22250

    Lange22250 Milwaukie Active Member

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    Lowest cost option for the LR rifle would be hooking up with these guys - http://www.tcgc.org/activities/600-yard-pronebench/
    They do have "clinics" that are better than 90% of the professional classes out there.

    OFA for PSTC with Gabe White are about the best you can do without going up to Insights in the Seattle area for defensive pistol. You should realize that a lot of the defensive side stuff is not actually about shooting but is just as if not more important.