Practice on the 3rd of June 2023, Saturday at 6:30 am. We will begin shooting at the 200 yard line Standing Slow Fire and Sitting Rapid Fire.

                   Keep your data book up to date!

We have places for additional Junior members. if you are interested, call or come out Saturday morning and join us. We will provide all of your equipment, including an AR 15A2 rifle and ammo. You need only pay the $10 annual membership fee and dedicate yourself to come out to practices.

Your elevation and windage should be from your *DOPE in your data book from the previous yard line courses of fire.

*Data of Previous Engagement (DOPE)

All sighters (if given sighters) may be shot in any position. It behooves you to do it from the position you will be using in that course of fire.

Normally, we use the "Come Ups" of 2-1/2 minutes per 100 yards. As an example: if you had 6 clicks of elevation (6 quarter minutes [1-1/2 MOA] ) at the 200 yard line, then add 10 quarter minutes (for the 300 yard line), which will make a total of 16 clicks (quarter minutes), or 4 full minutes of elevation at the 300 yard line. Another 30 clicks of elevation for the 600 yard line (an additional 7-1/2 MOA [total of 46 clicks from zero, or 11-1/2 MOA] ).

(Minutes are:  Minutes of Angle [MOA]). 

All of the AR15A2's we use are in 1/4 minute clicks (4 clicks equal one minute of elevation).

A disparity of theoretical changes in elevation are unique in different shooters, rifles, sights, placement of your spot weld (cheek on comb of the stock), positions, and eyesight make for different changes to elevation and windage. Don't doubt your written changes in your data book, as if you were shooting well; using that data is the consistent data you need to follow. 

Make sure you have your DOPE (Data of Previous Engagement) elevation & windage already written in your data book for all 200/300/*500/600 yard line courses of fire (filled in before you get to the range).

*When we shoot at Rio Salado or South Phoenix Rod & Gun Club. They only have 500 yard ranges.

The "Come-Ups" from 200 yards should be 2-1/2 minutes (10 clicks up for the 1/4 minute sights) for each 100 yards (ie: 10 clicks up for each 100 yards).

All ammo will be provided for the 200 & 300 yard line practices.

Take it upon yourselves to adjust your sling for Sitting, Prone, and Standing positions. Try to come out for practice knowing how to put your sling on for your position. Make sure you know to give the sling a half twist away in order to allow the sling to have a natural curve against your wrist. We waste an immense amount of time getting our slings on. The more you practice this, will make you that much more comfortable in your positions. It will also improve your confidence, thus concentration in shooting.

Know how you want to set up your spotting scope for different positions. Do this along with your dry firing practice at home. In order to see any mirage; twist the  focus knob about an eighth of a turn to the left; after you have your true focus. this will enable you to see it much clearer. Also, you may use a point half way down range to look at mirage. This gives you a 50-50 look at what the mirage is doing.

You may call/text me as well, (Jerry) at

1-858-349-1311, for details. 

The Juniors shoot, Caliber .223 AR-15's, Service Category Rifles. We practice for both the Across the Course (ATC) NRA matches and the Excellence in Competition (EIC) CMP (Civilian Marksmanship Program) matches (also called the National Match Course [NMC]).

The badge is won by attaining a total of 30 award points accumulated by winning "Leg" points. Leg points are won by winning several matches. The most leg points that can be won at any one match are 10 for 1st place (Gold), 6 for 2nd place (Silver), and 4 points for 3rd place (Bronze). The points are only awarded for the top 10% of participants and apportioned by a set of Civilian Marksmanship Program (CMP) rules.

The Excellence in Competition (EIC)/National Match Course is a 50 shot course of fire, similar to the ATC. In this course of fire they shoot from the same positions, also using the sling in sitting and prone positions. No sighting shots are given. They must also go from standing to sitting, or standing to prone for the rapid fire courses. They shoot from the same yard lines as the ATC, 200, 300, and 600 yards. The EIC provides for the opportunity to eventually be awarded the coveted Distinguished Rifle Marksmanship Badge.

The CMP also awards medals with certificates for those individual leg events. There are approximately 2,000 rifle shooters in the nation, who hold this award, of which a small percent are junior shooters. Tyler Rico of Tucson, is one of the youngest holders of the Distinguished Rifle Marksmanship Badge.

The Across the Course (ATC) consists of 88 rounds, using the standing, sitting, and the prone positions. They learn to use a sling and will be shooting both slow fire and rapid fire at ranges of 200, 300, and 600 yards. 

The name of our junior shooters' team is the Whipper Snipers. It is a coed team. We have presently 4 members. We are looking for more. The age limit is from 14 through 20 years old, inclusive. However, there can be waivers for those who are younger, who show a maturity and knowledge of safety and marksmanship skills. For more information on our Junior Program, please contact Jerry Brooker at: 858-349-1311.

Most importantly: The following rules are necessary to know, understand, and use for anyone who would like to become a member of our Junior High Power Rifle Team Shooting Program the Whipper Snipers.

1. Treat every firearm as being loaded.

2. Never point a firearm at anything you do not intend to shoot.

3. Keep your finger straight and off of the trigger until you are ready to shoot.

4. Keep the safety on until ready to shoot.

Additionally, importantly: To make your rifle safe after a string of fire, or after any course of fire,

(1) Place the rifle on "Safe".

(2) With the bolt to the rear, rem​ove the magazine.

(3) Look in the chamber and ​both visually & physically make sure there is no round in the chamber.

(4) Insert your Empty Chamber Indicator (ECI) in the ejection port. Keep the rifle pointed down range. Stay in place on your firing point, until told to move off the line by the line official (Range Safety Officer [RSO]/Block Officer) (When the course of fire is completed)

Make this a routine procedure!


Breathe - take a normal breath

Relax - let your breath half way out, and hold it

Aim - at your target (check the number board) use proper *sight alignment on bullseye

Slack - take up the slack in your trigger

Squeeze/ (press) - holding tip of the front sight blade on/in the bullseye

Follow through! . . . boom, recoil, Follow through!

*. . . the tip of the front sight blade centered both vertically and horizontally through the rear sight aperture at 6 o'clock under the bullseye.