The Long Range Rifle

2019 Schedule:

August 25-26       

This Course is limited to Six Students who have completed the Introductory Class or are otherwise qualified to the satisfaction of the instructor

Suggested Donation for class materials and range maintenance:  $300.00

Location:  Durango, Colorado

Duration:  Two days


The Course provides an in-depth introduction to the somewhat arcane and perhaps mysterious art of the long range rifle. Introduction to the Long Range Rifle is the prerequisite course for the Long Range Rifle class.  This class is added to bridge the gap between student skills as hunters and perhaps competitors and the skills, equipment and ammunition needed for the Long Range Rifle.

PREREQUISITE:  Intro to the Long Range Rifle

Classroom:  (The classroom is on the Range)  Rifle and equipment maintainance; telescopic sights options and selection; shooting to higher and lower elevations (angles); equipment and dummy proofing your set up as may still be required.

On the Range:
Day One:  Chronographing your rifle/ammunition combination, zeroing the rifle; firing for accuracy, accuracy improvement; range finding; doping the wind; finding or checking your zero; obtaining DOPE at 200 yards and beyond, Shooting the Known Distance Course (200, 250, 300, 400 yards, and beyond).

Day Two:  Positional Shooting (standing, with and without sticks; kneeling; sitting; prone), Holding Over and/or Holding Under, Shooting the Unknown Distance Course.

Your Instructor:

Durango CO, Police Department standout (officer's name withheld due to current circumstances) has been in Law Enforcement since 1993.  In 1999 he joined the Department SWAT Team and because of his dedication to long range precision shooting he was made the SWAT Sniper. He has served as the Department Range Officer from 2000 until 2009.  In 2009 he was made the Department Range Master. 

In 2001 he began instructing the new snipers on the Team.  That year he was qualified by the New Mexico Police Officer Standards and Training Board (POST) as a Sniper Instructor and has been teaching Regional Snipers in that capacity. He has been certified from several schools to include Colorado POST as a Firearms instructor. 

Very knowledgeable and dedicated to personal improvement he has earned the Department positions of Armorer for the Glock pistol, Remington 870 shotgun, the Remington 700 tactical rifle and the Department AR-15’s since 2000. 

The Department relies heavily on (officer's name withheld due to current circumstances)'s  ability to teach such courses as Sniper Counter Measures, Handgun Instruction for Newly Hired Officers, monthly trainings for Department Snipers and the firearms portion of the Citizens’ Police Academy (a public outreach program). 

Additionally, he instructs in Building Clearing, Close Quarters Battle, Active Shooter situations, Shoot-Don’t Shoot Training, and has spoken before a Medical Conference on wound ballistics. 

An avid shooter of all firearms in accuracy intense situations including the hunting of big game, his knowledge of the firearm and the long range precision rifle in particular make him a very good choice in your quest to improve your shooting. 

ENROLLMENT:  You are enrolled upon receipt of the suggested donation of $250.00.  The check should be made out to ET Gwynn and mailed to:  PO Box 3956, Durango, CO 81302. 

Contact Tim at or at 749-3296


Rifle – center fire only, capable of shooting long range, reasonably accurate and sighted in (100 yard “0” minimum). 

Scope - Preferably with range finding capabilities and/or adjustable turrets but not mandatory. 

Ammunition:  200 rounds correct ammunition for your rifle (bring more, shoot more).  You will need to know the Ballistic Coefficient of your bullet.

Rests – Bipod or other means of supporting front of rifle (Bags, Packs, sticks)

Hearing protection: Plugs, muffs just so long as you can achieve a good contestant cheek weld on your stock and still protect your hearing.

Eye protection - Clear or tinted glass to keep blowing dirt and other foreign objects from your eyes.

Optional equipment:   

Optics - Binoculars and or spotting scope

Shooting mat / pad - Something that you can lay / sit / kneel on to stay dry and comfortable.

Food, water, extra clothing and rain gear, sun screen, sun glasses, contact cleaning stuff. other comfort items you might require.


You WILL have fun.