This course is designed to improve the shooter's overall practical marksmanship capabilities from mid-range out to 750 yards with a competition or duty carbine. Valuable training for 3-Gun competitors, police or military, this course makes full use of the BSR training facility's unique terrain and facilities. Training subjects include:
Carbine Marksman is not a typical broad-spectrum 3-Gun shooting course. Rather, it is training designed around hitting small, mid-range to appropriately sized long-range targets out to 750 yards. The focus is on sharpening real-world shooting, not rehearsals or gamesmanship. The goal is to make you more confident and reliable with your carbine at distance. The applications for these skills are various, but we fully intend to take you out of your comfort zone.
To enable better understanding of the principles of reticle shooting, a magnifying optic capable of identifying and engaging targets at up to 750 yards is required for this course. Your rifle must be equipped with a variable magnification optic with at least 1-3x magnification and a subtended reticle. Please research your particular reticle and have a print-out of it ready for class. Students will have the oportunity to run a 1x reddot sight on the final day if they choose.
This introductory course lays the foundation for long-range practical shooting and is intended for students with little to no experience in the discipline. The curriculum includes, but is not limited to:
PR-1 is designed for new students with foundational firearms knowledge and proficiency. To get the most value from the class and not impede the instruction, all students should be familiar with the rifle brought for the course and have a solid background in firearms safety. Equipment requirements can be found here. Ammo usage will be about 100 rounds per day.
This intermediate course builds upon the existing long-range shooting foundations to cover more advanced techniques and positional shooting. Instruction involves more in-context shooting opportunities and covers the following curriculum:
PR-2 assumes completion of PR-1 or equivalent long-range instruction and is primarily focused on field shooting rather than classroom time. Students will be allowed to confirm zero on the first day before moving on to data confirmation and coaching on advanced ballistics. The remainder of the course will focus on non-standard and compromised positions and more efficient prone shooting, both with barriers and on the canyon rim. Focus will also be placed on incorporating wind, reading splash (i.e., interpreting hits and misses) and data management.
To get the most value from the class and not impede the instruction, all students should be very familiar with the rifle brought for the course and have a solid background in firearms safety. Equipment requirements can be found here. Ammo usage will be about 125 rounds per day.
In addition to the primary rifle, PR-2 makes heavy use of .22LR rimfire training rifles as part of positional shooting training. This is to help reduce ammo costs and wear-and-tear on expensive centerfire barrels. If you have an appropriate .22LR trainer, we encourage you to bring it, but we also have demo rifles available. In either case, .22LR ammo will be provided at no additional cost.
PR-3 is a true competition/advanced skill-building course to prepare students for real-world NRL/PRS-style field matches as well as tactical and hunting scenarios. This course applies the experienced student's considerable knowledge and understanding of long-range shooting towards practical usage in popular long-range competition formats. Nearly all the instruction is done in the field, covering the following curriculum:
PR-3 assumes completion of PR-1 and PR-2 or equivalent long-range instruction. Only half a day will be spent on the flat range with an hour to confirm zero and data. The remainder of the shooting will be focused on application of new skills on the canyon rims. Student must have all necessary equipment, a zeroed rifle, a workable data card for this system and previous experience in natural terrain shooting, including target acquisition and engagement. Ammo usage will be about 100 rounds per day.
Equipment requirements can be found here.
The Hunter Series and Steel Safari Prep Course is a modified version of our PR-3 curriculum (see above) designed for the shooter who wants to take their field shooting to the next level. The focus is on preparation and execution of 4-5 minute blind stage competition, i.e. finding and ranging targets using a laser range finder, building one or more positions, managing ballistic data, correcting for wind and engage the targets with 1-2 rounds each for a perfect score. This course will equip you for pure, organic field shooting with blind starts and no rehearsals in challenging terrain. The entire three days will be spent in the field and is largely scenario-driven. If you’re training for a team event, bring a partner, and we will train you as a team. Topics stressed during this course include:
Unlike a standard PR-3, minimal time will be spent on the flat range and KD range to confirm zero and data. The majority of the time will be spent on the canyon rims.
100% payment is required to reserve a seat in any course offered at the JP Blue Steel Ranch, and this charge is non-refundable.
Late cancellations often result in vacant seats that could otherwise have been filled by eager students or groups. Additionally, late cancellations can create unnecessary escalation of overhead costs. We understand that unforeseen events arise (e.g., ammo shortages, COVID19, etc.), but it is ultimately the student's responsibility to take precautionary steps prior to class to avoid a cancellation. It is our goal to provide the best experience and value in the industry for every student. Because of this, we offer the following accommodations for cancellations prior to the class start date:
Rescheduled class date must be within twelve months of the original class date, and students may only reschedule once. Payment and charges apply to tuition as well as ammunition if purchasing ammo from the JP Blue Steel Ranch.
For students without a suitable rifle or those unable to travel with their rifle of choice, the JP Blue Steel Ranch has you covered. We have a limited number of JP loaner rifles available for student use during our courses free of charge. To ensure rifle availability, advanced notice is required if you intend to make use of one of our rifles.
Limited amounts of match grade ammunition is also available for purchase for BSR courses. Advanced notice and payment is required to ensure supply. Inquire about availability.