By Lars Dalseide | January 4 2013 12:49

Learning Precision Law Enforcement Rifle techniques from AFTT

AFTT owner Mark Fricke explains shooting positions to students during his Precision Rifle class in ArizonaAFTT owner/instructor Mark Fricke discussing shooting positions during his Precision Rifle class.

When I started working here at the NRA, I knew there would be a learning curve. The need to become intimate with the training, competitions, locations and lingo which surround the shooting sports. But I never thought I'd take as far as I did last March. That's when I enrolled in a Law Enforcement Precision Rifle class out in Wickenburg, Arizona.

The trip out to Arizona was less then encouraging ... record low temperatures, impassable back roads and the idea of sleeping in my SUV for the week were just a few of the obstacles. But it got better.

Temperatures rose to the 40s, my classmates helped out with the technical aspects and my shots started to find their target. Although my attempt to qualify with a Law Enforcement Rifle rating didn't go all that well, the experience was incredible. That's why my Precision Law Enforcement Rifle with American Firearms Training and Tactics is my #6 story of 2012.

NRAblog Editor Lars Dalseide shooting prone from the 100 yard line
NRAblog Editor Lars Dalseide shooting his Colt AR-15 prone from the 100 yard line

NRAblog Editor Lars Dalseide is in Arizona this week for a Precision Law Enforcement Rifle class. While there, he is providing daily updates of the experience here on NRAblog.

Wickenberg, Arizona - Day two at American Firearms Training & Tactics Law Enforcement Precision Rifle class started with the promise of 200 rounds. As Owner/Director Mark Fricke says, a guy can buy a hunting rifle and put less than 200 rounds through it in a lifetime. Ten shots to zero it in, two or three shots (if they're on target) during hunting season, another five to ten rounds to zero in for next hunting season and so on. We were going to best that total with today's training. There were plenty of smiles.

We were also promised 300 yards. Although less than 1% of all law enforcement encounters require the team's shooters to deploy more than 100 yards, that doesn't mean they should ignore the training required to make such a shot. But we weren't starting there.

Read the full Law Enforcement Rifle Training story here on NRAblog.

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