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On the previous page, I mentioned the skills test
for PR1. It is a simple test (note I did not say easy) compared to all of
the others I've taken at Front Sight. For PR1, there are but 10 shots
fired and with no time constraints.
The above photo is my skills test target and in case you were wondering, my target was #10. The first four shots were all head shots and a single shot was taken from 100 yards, 200 yards, 250 yards, and 300 yards. I saw the 100 yard shot hit dead center in the and so I knew I was off to a good start. After that, I was relying completely on elevation and windage data accumulated during the previous days on the firing line. I wouldn't know the outcome until the remaining nine shots had been fired and we went down range to see our targets.
After the four head shots were finished, the remaining six shots were fired at the thoracic cavity. The first of the six was shot from the 350 yard line. After each shot was fired, we packed up our rifle and gear and moved another 50 yards further from the target.....just as we had done with each successive head shot. If you were counting body shots on the above target, you'll note that I'm two short. (oops) My data for windage (there's that reading the wind things again) at 550 and 600 yards was no doubt my down fall. Although I'm not positive, I believe the shot that is far left (almost off the target) was probably from the 500 yard line. The last two failed to connect with the target.
In summary, I was very satisfied with my performance.
I've still got some work in the marksmanship area that I need to address and
that will hopefully yield an overall improvement. Reading the
wind....yeah.....well, that needs work too.
The last half of day #4 was spent on Sniper's Point.
Sniper's Point is a location at Front Sight that overlooks a rather large
canyon/wash area on the property. There are 13 marker signs placed between
380 and 1000+ yards out from the point. These signs have one or more steel
targets near them. The purpose of this part of the course is to accurately
range the marker signs (they are a known height and width) with the ranging
reticle in your scope. After the range is determined, read the wind, dial
in the appropriate elevation and windage on your scope, and send your bullet
down range to the steel target.
It was getting late in the afternoon and as the sun got lower in the western sky, it because increasingly difficult with the sun shining in your face. Several of the shooters covered their head and scope with a towel, sweat shirt, etc. to block the sun. The students paired up to range the marker signs and then confirm their findings with the official GPS distances that had been recorded when the markers were installed. After that, the shooter/spotter pair took turns spotting and shooting. This continued, for the most part, until a number of folks ran out of ammo. For those that had brought extra rounds, the event was terminated when the sun hit the horizon.
So....that is pretty much the Precision Rifle 1 course as I saw it this past week at Front Sight, Nevada. I look forward to practicing here in Arizona as time allows. I just may go back for PR2 at some point assuming I can get this wind thing working for me. <grin> Until I do, I'll have to find a comfortable place here in the desert and set up a few targets to practice on.