Fairfax, Virginia - That's a view of the mountains from beautiful downtown Phoenix, Arizona. Taken during the 2009 NRA Convention, those mountains are close to where I'll be spending most of next week learning the ins and outs of rifle shooting from one of our Law Enforcement instructors Mark Fricke. Here's more on the class from Fricke's flyer:
The precision rifle is one of the most important law enforcement firearms used today. Properly deployed it becomes an effective tool for the law enforcement marksman. With proper application and tactics the rifle is the firearm of choice of the professional. American Firearms Training and Tactics is proud to offer this valuable course.
Using a Colt AR-15 rifle with a Leupold scope, I'll be spending three days sending approximately 300 rounds down range at distances of up to 1,000 yards. Camping under the stars in Wickenburg, Arizona, Mark promises to teach me (among other things) about carrying and firing positions, range estimation, effects of wind and weather on trajectory, up/ down compensation and firearm maintenance.
Now if I'm lucky enough to find an internet connection, then you'll be able to follow my progress right here on NRAblog. If not, well, then you're going to be buried with a deluge of rifle training posts upon my return.
Wish me luck