Creation of Long Range Shooting Facility at the VTC, Romney

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    • #95391
      Max
      Keymaster

        To be truly dangerous to your enemies, train at MVT.


        For those of you not on the Forum , you will not have been following this, so Ia am putting it up here.

        It has long been ‘received wisdom’ that we cannot do any long range shooting at the VTC in Romney, due to the tree coverage. However, having done some map studies ground and surveys, we are about to change that. We have a firing point and two target points at approximately 500 and 1000 yards. There is more possibility on that in the future, it just depends what trees / line of sight notches we plan on cutting.

        I began the cutting of notches in the trees last week. This weekend, I will be up there with some volunteers working on the new team bunkhouse,a and also cutting in the notches to allow these shoots to happen. In the photos below, you will see where I have rough cut in the firing point and the 500 yard point, at that time simply to confirm line of sight. Once we have these notches nicely cut in, we will place steel targets.

        We are not sure at this time exactly what long range shooting offerings we will make. That side is under development. When I cut the notches this weekend, I was up there for a SOF recon of the training site for a class, and showed the firing point notch to an experienced sniper, asking him: ‘Is there value in this.” He told me yes, because mostly people will shoot out to 1000 on flat ranges, but here we have the shoot going over a central ridge at 500 yards, and involving two valleys, which will produce interesting wind effects. In fact, the whole shoot is interesting and novel, with an amazing panorama form the firing point.

        We may offer something along the lines of a ‘long range workshop’ with John, who is a sniper instructor. At the very least, this is an interesting capability addition to the VTC.

        Below: first cut of the firing point notch, looking out at the approx. locations of the 500 and 100 yard ridges.

        Below: first cut of the 500 yard point, looking back at the firing point.


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      • #95392
        Pinky
        Participant

          very cool. I’d be up for a long range class there.

        • #95393
          veritas556
          Participant

            I’m in.

          • #95394
            Keeper
            Participant

              A long range work shop weekend would be good, never shot valley’s but lot of hills and flat land shooting/hunting thou.

              thanks for the update’s

            • #95395
              JohnnyMac
              Participant

                I’d definitely be down for some long range shooting with John.

                Now, I just need a precision rifle…

              • #95396
                Keeper
                Participant

                  Ruger 6.5 CM good weapon

                • #95397
                  JohnnyMac
                  Participant

                    Ruger 6.5 CM good weapon

                    That’s what I’m eyeing up!!

                  • #95398
                    Keeper
                    Participant

                      make sure it’s a Gen 2. most people I shoot with have replace the stock with a Magpul gen 2 PRS stocks. as for Bipods look at the Atlas ones $$ well worth it. Get good glass a least up to 25x power FFP, great for ranging targets and hold overs without dialing dope.

                      Tikka TAC A1 are great very smooth actions and very acc. less then 1 moa at distance.

                    • #95399
                      Robert
                      Participant

                        Sweet! I’ve been thinking since you first mentioned this how different the distance shooting will be up there versus down here.

                        Down here- flat as a pancake. The wind is definitely going to open up some learning curves up there. We shot in 30mph wind in Texas one time- that sucked, but it was a great opportunity to truly learn the wind more. However that also was FLAT. Up at VTC you could have some interesting wind combinations, hell yes this is going to be awesome!!!

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