I’ve been seriously considering signing up for some more formalized training. I’ve learned a lot on my own by experimenting, but there just isn’t really a substitute for having a knowledgable coach looking over your shoulder and helping you with the little things. Since I don’t know anyone who I would place into such a category personally, I’m going to have to look elsewhere. There are two options before me, and I may just do both of them if finances allow.
There is an Appleseed shoot in August about an hour from where I live. The commute there and back for two days isn’t that big of a deal, as I’m already used to waking up at early hours (thanks, Air Force!). I already happened to have requested the required days off from work, and the $60 entry fee (plus ammo) is very affordable. I think this would offer great exposure to exactly the kind of shooting I’ve been doing.
Additionally, I noticed that rifles only is going to hold their five day Precision Rifle 1 & 2 combo course in the Sacramento area in October. If I really wanted to bear down into the brass tacks of precision shooting with extremely knowledgable and capable instructors, this would be the event. But, at $1550 registration, plus 500 rounds of .308, plus hotel and food, this would be stretching my ability to pay. I have to carefully consider the cost/benefit here. I’m not a sniper in some high speed military or LE unit. Such a course would really end up being little more than [expensive] fun. I have to wonder if I took all of that money and applied it to ammunition or a few performance upgrades to Gungnir (bedding job, barrel work, magazine, optic, etc.), would it be better spent?
In other news, Rifleslinger put up a target for his uses that I think I’m going to appropriate for mine. Its size and scoring system actually work out very well for my stated accuracy requirements. It also allows me an easy, and objective, way to score my shooting for any given range session.