American Rifleman - July 2014 - 60

MAGPUL

Wojcik's assistant instructor,Tim Estell,
works with a lady hunter who is learning
to shoot from the prone position.

Magpul and Wojcik understand that most hunters are short on two things-time and money-so
the challenge was putting together an educational,
affordable and short lesson plan. Students would need
to be fed information like it was coming out of a fire
hose and their days on the range could not be spent
lollygagging. The course is primarily offered just outside of Yakima, Wash., but can be taken to any suitable
range with enough students willing to learn.

Day By Day

Day one focuses on the fundamentals of rifle
marksmanship, equipment, ballistics and on obtaining a proper zero. Then students began obtaining
"DOPE" (Data On Previous Engagement) for their
rifle/ammunition combinations. During the exercise
they'll work out to about 800 yds. on steel targets.
While students are doing that and learning how to
read wind, Wojcik works the line tweaking technique,
answering questions, identifying equipment issues
and doing what he does best: teaching. All shooting
on the first day is done from the prone position; you
won't see a shooting bench in this class. The day ends
with more ballistic lecture and a valuable after-action
review (AAR) in which each student participates.
The final day starts with zero confirmation, more
prone shooting at steel and continued coaching from

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Wojcik and his assistant instructor, Tim Estell, who is also
a Marine sniper with combat experience. That allows
students to verify and fine tune their DOPE. Next, things
get interesting. For the rest of the day students are subjected to situations replicating what might be encountered while hunting. They'll shoot from standing, kneeling and seated supported positions. They'll use fences,
logs and a variety of objects for support. And, by the end
of the day, most will be getting hits on 12" targets out to
around 700 yds. The day closes with another AAR.
What I heard during that last AAR reflected the success
of the training. One student said prior to the class that he
felt his maximum practical range was about 200 yds. Now
he said he felt comfortable out to about 350 yds. Another
admitted his big, booming .300 Wby. Mag. might have
been a bit too much gun. And one young man honestly
admitted this was the most shooting he'd ever done in two
days, and that it was amazing what the instruction did for
his consistency and confidence.
I felt the proper instruction on how to shoot from the
positions other than prone was a tremendous asset.
Having hunted a lot, I've found that the prone shot presents itself the least. Being able to assume stable sitting,
kneeling and standing supported positions can make
or break your hunt. Shooting from those positions out
beyond 700 yds. and getting hits increases your confidence when shooting at more sensible hunting ranges.


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