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Sniper/Observer will challenge you over the 4 days of instruction.

Sniper/Observer

WHAT YOU ARE GOING TO DO IN THE CLASS

First round hits on diminutive targets at unknown distances, under mentally and physically challenging scenarios, is what Sniper/Observer will challenge you over the 4 days of instruction.


This is a rifleman’s class, and one close to Clint’s heart. Clint has spent the last 50 plus years devoted to constantly refining Thunder Ranch’s curriculum, and Sniper/Observer is the pinnacle course offering for precision rifle shooters that Thunder Ranch has to offer. It is a natural progression of the former Counter Sniper course with more lessons learned, changing environments, and technological advancements. We waste no time in getting you behind your rifle and building good data and firsthand knowledge to successfully engage reduced-sized targets at Known and Unknown Distances, under very short time frames and variable conditions.

The primary class emphasis is on shooting from Real-World locations –through loopholes, out of hidden, elevated and awkward positions on static and moving targets. You will use both natural and man-made hides, and know how to modify them to your benefit. You will better understand the roles of both spotter and shooter, and learn why each plays a vital role in making first round hits on UKD [Un-Known Distance] threats out to 700 yards.


The secondary emphasis, and equally important, is on the process of gathering information and relaying that information to those who need to know. What is important to you versus what is important to them?


Documentation is your friend here, and you will need to bring a DOPE book.


Learn by doing. You will be paired off into shooter/spotter teams, and given ample opportunities to experience both roles. By gaining valuable time-on-glass, you will truly understand the need for teamwork in this type of shooting.


This is both a mentally and physically challenging course. Sniper/Observer utilizes the entire facility over the 4 days of training. Your stalks will take you through our forested hills, and the exercises utilize all of our obstacles, including Punisher, Jungle Lane, and Ambush Alley runs. There’s also a challenging scenario to overcome from inside of the Terminator. You’ll be one of the few that will have experienced everything Thunder Ranch has to offer under one class setting. You will be hard pressed to find an equivalent course if you are a LE Sniper, MIL needing outside training, or a civilian who wants to maximize their base of knowledge.


Good scopes, mounted to a strong action, properly bedded into a quality stock are advisable. Ghillie suits and Tripods are recommended, but not necessary to attend. Bring them if you have them. Be SURE to have all tools required to maintain and repair your rifle system, as you WILL be using your gear under austere conditions.


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SNIPER/OBSERVER PREREQUISITES

You MUST have a Diploma/Certificate from Thunder Ranch Mid Range Rifle, HART, Counter Sniper classes or equivalent from another reputable school

WHAT YOU NEED TO BRING TO THE CLASS

  • Rifle capable of 1 moa. No muzzle brakes. Suppressors welcomed
  • Scope in MOA or Mils with the corresponding reticle. 3-18/4-16/5-25 etc. recommended
  • Sling
  • Bipod ie Harris, Accutac, Atlas, etc.
  • Shooting bags
  • Ruck
  • Nominal 500 rounds match rifle ammunition (nonfrangible)
  • Databook
  • Shooting mat
  • Sidearm and holster with retention with 100 rounds (frangible is not required.)
  • Eye and ear pro
  • Camo top and bottom (recommend built-in knee pads)
  • Veil
  • Boonie cover
  • Spotting Scope

Nominal Ammunition Needed: 500 rounds rifle -match -non-frangible/100 rounds pistol-non frangible

NO GREEN TIPS, MAGNUMS, TRACERS.

NO STEEL CORE, .338s, OR ZIP GUNS

As a friendly reminder when traveling with suppressors and SBRs…in case you get pulled over etc. You are required to have the appropriate documentation with you.


All Tuitions for Courses and Tutorials are to be paid in full at the time of registration. Please be sure of the class you want. There are NO REFUNDS and NO TRANSFERS.

ABOUT YOUR INSTRUCTOR

CLINT SMITH

Clint Smith, President, and Director of Thunder Ranch® is a Marine Corps veteran of two infantry and Combined Action Platoon tours in Vietnam. His experience includes seven years as a police officer during which he served as head of the Firearms Training Division as well as being a S.W.A.T. member and precision rifleman.


He left law enforcement to serve as Operations Officer for the American Pistol Institute where he was Dean of instruction and was instrumental in range and curriculum development for A.P

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ABOUT YOUR INSTRUCTOR

CLINT SMITH

Clint Smith, President, and Director of Thunder Ranch® is a Marine Corps veteran of two infantry and Combined Action Platoon tours in Vietnam. His experience includes seven years as a police officer during which he served as head of the Firearms Training Division as well as being a S.W.A.T. member and precision rifleman.


He left law enforcement to serve as Operations Officer for the American Pistol Institute where he was Dean of instruction and was instrumental in range and curriculum development for A.P


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