a sniper school


February 1, 2011, 01:24 PM
Has anyone ever went to one of these sniper schools like blackwater, Rifles only, GPS? The reason i ask is because it seems interesting. I know alot about external ballistics and also have spent many many hours on the range in the USMC as well, so I feel it pointless to pay to learn some stuff again. So are these schools actually worth the money or is this stuff you pretty much can do on your own?

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February 1, 2011, 01:30 PM
I would venture a guess that if you really want to truly learn a skill set it is best to learn from someone who actually knows what they are doing. Rather than just watching youtube vids and reading books.

There is far more to being a "Sniper" than just shooting. Doesn't matter how good a shot you are if you can't get to the target without being detected.

February 1, 2011, 01:59 PM
ime, hanging out with really smart guys and getting to use the specialized ranges many of the schools you listed have, is worth the time and money and is a very enjoyable experience. you get to shoot from positions and at targets that most people don't get to do on their home ranges.

otoh, the folks in the class range from beginners to very experienced and the classes are taught toward the middle. So it can feel a little slow if you're on the high end, but it can feel like they're talking greek if you're on the low end. All a matter of perspective.

but, you never know when you'll learn something new while reviewing the basics.

i'd recommend researching the school carefully and talking to them at length about your experience and expectations. some seem focused on mil/leo and barely put up with average joes. others seem focused on average joes and competitions. some are a lot more physically demanding than others and are more like boot camp while others are like a shooters vacation.

(i'm not making value judgments there... just saying both exist and pick the one you're interested in)

February 1, 2011, 02:36 PM
Ya i think i will do a school after i get back. All my ballistics knowledge comes from the physics behind it and ballistic theory rather than actual long range shots unfortunatly. The farthest shots ive made are 500yd and thats with an M16 and M4, which is no where near my personal rifle. But i am not looking for the bootcamp thing i wont deal with that noise, im looking more for a school thats like the shooters vacation where you can learn how to effectively put rounds downrange at 1000 yd as well as concealment and stealth. Thanks guys.

February 1, 2011, 02:44 PM
If you have military experience with some long range shooting experience I would recommend checking out Central Virginia Tactical (http://www.centralvirginiatactical.com/).

Small classes, good facilities (pretty too), and you will be challenged regardless of your skill level.

February 1, 2011, 03:07 PM
What about this place, the guy is a member here and in your state.


I hear you on the no boot camp.

February 1, 2011, 03:48 PM
While a cop in Ohio, I got to train for several weeks at the Ohio Peace Officers Academy with Carlos Hathcock and two snipers from Virginia Beach PD. One of the highlights of my lifetime. Tis sad that he isn't around anymore, but while he was, he gave freely of his knowledge. I can only hope the schools that have popped up present instruction as professionally as he and his crew did.

February 1, 2011, 09:56 PM
i like the look of that central virginia tactical, It isnt too far from here and the prices or more reasonable as compared to the other places ive looked at.

Chris Rhines
February 1, 2011, 10:29 PM
Central Virginia Tactical is pretty highly regarded, and $900 for three days of one-on-one instruction is a hell of a deal.


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