April 15th, 2008

Williamsport Hosts 1K Benchrest School

From May 9-11, the Original Pennsylvania 1000 Yard club will host the nation’s first multi-day long-range benchrest school at its Williamsport range. For $200, up to 24 “students” will enjoy one night and two days of intensive training under the tutelage of some of the nations’ top 1000-yard shooters. On Friday night, May 9th, students will meet their mentors, including school director Frank Grappone, and will work on informal “homework” assignments.

Saturday morning, the class moves to the range for a full day of hands-on technical training. Topics will include precision reloading, load development, gun handling, use of chronograph, analysis of shooting results, gun cleaning, and target analysis. The Williamsport Club will provide the rifles, plus all reloading components–powder, primers, and bullets. Saturday’s training sessions are followed by a steak dinner, including in the $200 seminar price.

On Sunday, after an early training session covering bench set-up and match strategies, students will participate in a 1000-yard match, spending time both behind the trigger and in the pits. Instructors will explain how to read conditions, and will demonstrate target measuring and analysis after the relays. The program will wrap up before 4:00 pm on Sunday.

The 1000-yard Benchrest School is limited to 24 students. Gunsmiths Bruce Baer and Mark King, and many Williamsport Hall of Fame shooters will provide instruction. There should be no more than three students per advisor. Over the course of the weekend, trainees will receive 14-16 hours of quality “hands-on” instruction, plus actual match shooting time. This program is design for novice to intermediate shooters. For more information, contact School Director Frank Grappone, (517) 796-9622, frankgrappone [@] sbcglobal.net. Act soon, if you’re interested. Only a dozen or so slots are still available, and the sign-up deadline is May 1st.

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