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Inside Darrell Holland's Long Range Shooting School
Another aspect of shooting that can be easily overlooked is good follow through. Depending on the caliber and bullet you are shooting, after the trigger is tripped, the bullet will remain in the barrel for approximately .024 seconds and the rifle will recoil something like 3/8 of an inch. It is crucial that the shooter keep consistent control or tracking of the rifle during this time frame. The rifle must recoil uninterrupted for 3/8 of an inch for the shot to be good. If the shooter flinches, bi-pod recoils over a rock, or if one is using the rear bag improperly this can cause poorly placed shot. Smooth uninterrupted tracking of the rifle from ignition to impact is essential for accurate long-range shooting.

Long Range Shooting School

Bolt manipulation skills were an area I really enjoyed watching Darrell teach. His style is smooth, fast, and your head never leaves the stock. This is important in hunting because the animal does not always drop immediately, and a second shot may be required. When engaging multiple targets, proper bolt manipulation is the edge you want if you are competing or if your work requires you to protect others.

You will walk away with a good understanding of the Milliradian and Minute of Angle and will be able to reticle-range targets with your scope. The wind may not be your friend, but you will be given the tools to better understand it and to be able to dope it correctly. The student is also given a basic understanding of how bullet flight is affected by temperature, shooting at up/down angles, barometric pressure, and altitude. These concepts are all taken into consideration in a simple easy to understand way. Besides being presented with all the good information, you will also get to put the principles into practice. In so doing, you will enjoy the beautiful sound of your bullet ringing steel, and it will be music to your ears.

Long Range Shooting School

One cannot consider long range hunting without spending some time covering hunting ethics. Each student is encouraged to know their limitations with equipment, skill levels, and the conditions they find themselves in. There is a good amount of humor and hunting wisdom thrown in with stories to keep things interesting.

Coffee is always available in the classroom for those who need to hook up to the caffeine intravenously via the coffee cup. Lunch is eaten together as a group and is very enjoyable, both for the food and fellowship. There was always a spirit of teamwork and mutual encouragement in the two schools I helped with. You will make new friends, get to see and shoot some nice rigs, and have a lot of fun.

Darrell has a servant heart and gives himself completely to his students. I highly recommend Holland’s Long Range Shooting School. If you want to improve your long range shooting skills in the field for when that moment of truth comes, I would encourage you to give Darrell a call (541) 439-5155 or check out his website: http://www.hollandguns.com

When I asked him if he would be willing to open his school for specialty handgun shooters when I was there, his response was, “Yes!” Now, if I can get him to shoot a specialty pistol at long-range. Actually, he did this past spring and made a great 600-yard shot...of course!

Ernie Bishop resides in Gillette, Wyoming, where he serves as a preacher. He enjoys long range hunting for varmints and big game with handguns. Ernie also uses his specialty handguns in tactical style matches and in 1,000 yard competitions once or twice a year.

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