What To Bring

B and A courses

  • Centerfire rifle capable of hitting targets to 1,000 yards in windy conditions (6 mm is the recommended minimum, .300WINMAG is the allowed maximum ).
  • Mounted rifle scope with adjustable turrets and ranging reticle, such as a mil dot or hashmark-style crosshair. Zeroed at 100 yards.
  • 150 rounds of match-grade ammo. No armor-piercing or tracer rounds permitted.
  • Bipod, butt bag, sling, detachable cheek rest.
  • Shooting mat.
  • Ear and eye protection.
  • Small calculator, notepad, pen/pencil.
  • Optional: Laser rangefinder; spotting scope. A shemagh can come in handy.
  • Small day pack for storing miscellaneous gear, including water, snacks, sunscreen, boo-boo kit, snivel gear, etc.
  • Dress in layers. Eastern Oregon mornings are cold, afternoons can be warm and windy, with nighttimes sometimes down to freezing even in summertime.

T course

  • AR-15 carbine (.223REM/5.56NATO) with iron sights or a quality non-magnified red dot optic. Zeroed for 50 yards. (If using a magnified optic, you’ll need auxiliary iron sights or non-magnified red dot optic.)
  • Centerfire semiautomatic pistol (typically 9 mm, .40S&W, .45ACP).
  • 400 rounds of rifle ball ammunition per day. M193 spec is ideal. No armor-piercing, tungsten penetrator or tracer rounds permitted.
  • 100 rounds of pistol ball ammunition.
  • Four rifle magazines.
  • Three pistol magazines.
  • Single-point sling (Magpul is recommended).
  • Holster (hip or drop-leg; no shoulder holsters, small of the back and the like.).
  • Pouches to carry and quickly access two carbine magazines and two pistol magazines on your person, such as mounted on a belt or chest rig. A dump pouch will come in handy.
  • Ear and eye protection.
  • Notepad and pen/pencil.
  • Knee and elbow pads.
  • Small day pack for storing miscellaneous gear, including water, snacks, sunscreen, boo-boo kit, snivel gear, etc.
  • Hot brass will be flying in close quarters, so dress appropriately: Ball cap, pants and long-sleeved shirt. A shemagh is a smart addition to help keep smoking cases from frying your neck or dropping down your shirt.

Details

Water – It will be hot, bring plenty of water to drink/cook with. If you have a Camelbak style bladder pack use it. I like using one as it keeps you hydrated. If you don’t have one water bottles work perfectly fine. Just remember to drink.

Food – Our advice is keep it simple. You will be surprised how fast time flies and how little time you will want to spend preparing a meal. MRE’s work well as well as any other camp style food. We also like canned soup/stew, simple stuff that just needs to be heated to eat. Try to get no more complicated than boiling water. But if you want to take the time to make a full dinner its up to you.

Snacks – Bring snacks to eat during class. You will have plenty of “downtime” to snack on things. Chips, quick sandwich, cookies, beef jerky, whatever you can just grab and eat. Something simple you can grab and eat without leaving the group works well so you can eat and not miss anything from the group.

Sunscreen – We are going to be in the sun all day.

Proper clothing / hat – Its gonna be hot and you can brave it with shorts but I would make sure to bring some form of long pants and decent shoes. We will most likely be in the brush a little bit and while not treachorous its not fun at all in shorts and sandles. A good hat will help keep the sun off your face. It can also get pretty cool at night so be prepared for that too.

Garbage bag – Its a simple item that most forget but bringing a simple garbage pack to put your trash in makes life so much easier. We want to leave the area like we found it. It is usually not an issue but we want to make sure we don’t leave a mess. Pack it in pack it out.

Headlamp / Flash light – A headlamp will make life easier for you at night. There is no electricity or lights so at night it is dark dark. If all else bring yourself a glowstick for a little light. It doesn’t take much light to get things done.

Shooting mat – If you have one bring it. It makes life on the ground a little nicer because you will be spending quite a bit of time laying on the ground behind your rifle. If you don’t have one improvise. If you don’t want to improvise you’ll survive without one.

Camp chair – Or anything to sit on. There will be lots of time not behind the rifle either observing or listening and having a chair to sit in helps make it a bit more relaxing.

Pocket knife – Should be a no brainer and I bet everyone has one with them anyways but if you don’t bring one you’ll be asking to borrow one constantly.

Shemagh – If you have one bring it. You will learn a couple helpful uses for it and with the sun shining you will use it.

Tent / Camping gear – Should be pretty much common sense but we are primitive camping. Its a nice level area but no running water or electricity. The ground has some lumps/rocks and you will find them under your tent/sleeping bag. Bring a mat or air mattress or something if you have one. It is also a bit windy at times so be sure to bring good stakes to hold your stuff down. Odds of getting rained on are slim to none but you never know so be prepared for anything.

Backpack – Just something to throw some ammo, water, snacks, etc. in. We will be spending most our time at camp so you will easily be able to go to your tent for stuff but we will spend a little time down the bluff so having a small pack or something to throw your stuff in makes life easy. Again, use what you have. Even a plastic grocery sack would be better than nothing.

Eye / Ear Protection – Must have. If you have tinted and clear/amber bring them both. You will change them throughout the day. Electronic muffs are nice but plugs will work if its all you got.

Rifle / Ammo / Etc. – Should be pretty obvious but to make the most of the weekend make sure your gear is ready to go. Plenty of good quality ammo. A functioning rifle that is as zero’d as you can get it. Good working bipod or a bag to shoot off of. A rear bag of some sort. It can be as simple as a sock filled with some material. You don’t want to start the weekend off and discover something isn’t right and waste the next couple days of quality instruction.

Cleaning kit – Doesn’t need to be fancy but something decent quality. Make sure to have brushes, patches, solvent, etc. A bore guide is recomended also. A boresnake is not a bad tool but you will want a decent rod style kit.

Binocs / Spotting scope – If you have either/both bring them. If you don’t I wouldn’t sweat it. Usually enough people have their own that they bring that everyone has a chance to use one. Again, doesn’t need to be super fancy, bring what you have.

Compass – If you got one bring it. If you don’t there is usually enough to go around. Again, doesn’t need to be fancy, bring what you got.

Notepad / Pen – Just some form of notepad and a writing utensil. Doesn’t need to be a fancy write in the rain booklet. A basic spiral notebook will work fine. Even some paper on a clipboard will work. You will just want to take notes, lots of them, and you will be going back and referring to them throughout the weekend. Again, it doesn’t need to be fancy but keep in mind it will be windy so something more than loose paper is nice.

Calculator – Unless you love paper math bring a calculator. Simple works. In fact, simple seems to work better in this area.

Overall try to keep things simple. This class is not a competition of who has the most expensive gear. You will learn through the weekend what works and what doesn’t and you’ll probably be surprised how some of the cheaper simple items work as good if not better than the high dollar gear. Bring what you have, make it work, and learn what you want/need for next time.