1000 Yard Qualifier
Tac Pro Shooting Center has available a 1000 yard rifle range for use by members and their guests. The range has known distance firing points at 300, 500, and 1000 yards as well as large open area firing points for unknown distance ranging and firing practice. This range is open to all shooters for use up to 500 yards without qualification.
To utilize firing points beyond 500 yards, attendance of one of the 1000 yards qualifiers is mandatory. The purpose of this activity is to ensure that everyone is a safe and competent shooter and that the rifle you choose, along with sighting system and ammunition, will maintain accuracy to a set standard at 1000 yards.
Frequently Asked Questions
How long is the course?
The qualification is about 2 hours, depending on the number of shooters. Starts at 10am.
What does the qualifier cover?
The qualifier is for the most part a Show and Tell. You are demonstrating your ability and the ability of your equipment. It is not instructional by design although coaching assistance is available. We want everyone to have an enjoyable experience. You need to demonstrate by example the following:
- Ability to safely handle your firearms.
- Ability to follow range rules and commands.
- A basic understanding of ballistics and trajectories.
What equipment will I need?
- A rifle and ammunition capable of striking a 20 inch diameter target at 1000 yards. This may be a gas operated rifle, bolt action, or in some configurations Contender based rifles.
- A sight system capable of 40 MOA elevation adjustment from a 100 yard zero. You may choose optics or open sights but optical sights are preferred by most shooters.
- Ammunition appropriate to the range. The most common example is the .308 Winchester. Many other cartridges are equally suited and are too numerous to list here. Call us when in doubt. Bring at least 50 rounds of ammunition. Maximum is limited by your vehicles load capacity. No .223 or 7.62x39 is allowed. ABSOLUTELY no Armor Piercing ammunition is allowed.
- A support method for your rifle. A bipod is the most often used, but a sling or sandbags are acceptable.
- A shooting mat of some type. The ground is cold/hot/wet/rocky, be kind to your body.
- A good spotting scope is nice, but not a requirement.
What is the course of fire?
We begin by confirming a 100 or 200 yard zero, then 300 yards, then 500 yards, then 1000 yards.
We shoot until each shooter is comfortable in their abilities. Once everyone has demonstrated ability at this range we move to the 1000 yard firing point. This is where a spotting scope is a good thing to have. At 1000 yards each shooter calls out the proper baseline adjustments to the sighting system. These adjustments are confirmed by the range officer prior to shooting. Holdover to compensate for lack of adjustment is not allowed. Shooters fire at one of several available targets at 1000 yards, and make adjustments to the sights as needed. You may fire as many practice rounds as needed to be comfortable. The final exam is firing into a 20 inch diameter target, this is where the 2MOA rule applies. You and your rifle must complete the final exam to qualify on the range. Range officers are available to assist you.
What disqualifies me?
- Major equipment failure.
- Inability or unwillingness to follow range rules and instructions.
- Inability of the shooter, rifle, or ammunition to hold a 2MOA group under observation
- Shooting over the berm.
- Not familiar with equipment or concepts.