Nestled in the Finger Lake region of Upstate New York, Sniper’s Hide along with Long Gun Training put on a 3 day Precision Rifle Clinic for a group of eager East Coast Shooters. New York is not really known for precision rifle training, or any firearms training for that matter. But Curt Drewel has etched out a nice destination for shooters in and around the upstate New York Wine Country. Combined with the Taylor Farm Bed and Breakfast, this was a nice little getaway for both myself and the shooters in attendance. The Taylor Farm Bed & Breakfast not only hosted the shooters who traveled to the class, but also acted as our classroom and 100 yard range for my fundamentals eval. Later in the day we just had to walk out the back door to check rifles and zero. It’s really convenient being able to zero on site. Mr Taylor is retired Air Force and was super accommodating to the class. ??In the Taylor Farm conference room we hosted 13 shooters from as far as Tennessee, some local shooters, a couple from Long Island and finally Kurt Jr Jr from nearby New Hampshire. With a variety of skill levels present, we set off on Gay Road ending up on Gay Lane. Literally….
Down that lane, Long Gun Training has a 700 yard range, with a nice target package for us to train on. Also incorporated into the Class was the Reel Metal Moving Target System which performed flawlessly. It’s not easy to find a location with a moving target system so Long Gun Training along with Chris Reel created one. Very similar to the in Motion Target System, they had this set up at 300 yards for us to use. It’s a nice way to hone the shooters skill level. We dialed in our dope, worked the reticles, until, by the end of the weekend shooters were transitioning from mover to static targets across the entire range.
I really enjoy the mobile classes I put on, and having the option to hit the Northeast is a great way to meet new shooters and work on their fundamentals. The Sniper’s Hide classes focus on the basics, we evaluate each shooters up front then work on correcting any issues we find. The fundamentals are the foundation for all good shooting, so there is no proprietary voodoo being taught. The two biggest areas of difficulty for a student is trigger control along with follow through, and the moving target which exploits all of the students weaknesses. From an instructors perspective I saw improvement across the entire class. You can’t ask for much more than that.
The students make the class, and to say we fun would be an understatement. We had an awesome group of students and I really appreciate them coming out to take the class. I’m looking forward to doing it again next year. Many thanks to Long Gun Training for hosting me. Long Gun Training is very active in both civilian and law enforcement classes up in the Finger Lake Area, so check them out.
Heading to Upstate NY, it wasn’t all training. We made two really important side trips. The first was to visit the gunsmithing shop of long time friend Dan Shumway. Dan along with his son Danny were instrumental early in Sniper’s Hide life putting together the Savage “Ghost Dancer” project we did. Unfortunately Dan’s son Danny passed away 11 years ago, which was a huge loss to our community. Dan, honoring his son continued forward and opened up DarkEagle Customs. Many of you may know DarkEagle Customs for the aftermarket Savage magazines he creates. They are so good, even Savage recommends them. Locally Dan has gain quite a reputation for putting out tack driving custom rifles. A full service custom shop, Dan Shumway continues to grow his business honoring the path he and Danny started down such a long time ago. It was great visiting Dan, seeing the shop, and having him out on the range on Saturday. I highly recommend you check out DarkEagle Customs, he is a hidden Gem located in the hills of Watkins Glen. The New 6 DarkEagle is sure to impress.
Speaking of the Ghost Dancer Project, we could not help but mention the originator of the project, SH Member Greg Langelius. 15 years ago, Greg was the mastermind behind the project which took the discontinued Savage 10FP in 260REM and customized it to the “N’th” degree. A lot of firsts happened around the Ghost Dancer, which has since faded with time. While reminiscing with Dan, we couldn’t help but give credit to Greg for predicting the rise of the 6.5. At the time everything was 308, so much so Savage discontinued the sales of the 260REM for lack of interest. Now, it’s all about the 6.5, and Greg saw this coming 15 years ago. Today Greg has moved away from the Watkins Glen area, but if you read this Greg, you were absolutely right on all counts, kudos.
So we hit Rochester and Long Gun Training, traveled to Watkins Glen, my next stop was just outside Buffalo to Orchard Park. There I met up with Tom Irwin of Accuracy International, and Scott Siegmund of AINA for a behind the scenes visit to WIN Tactical. WIN Tactical is the barrel provider here in the US for Accuracy International Rifles and is paired with Super Stocks International who makes the AI Chassis here in the US. Very few people know there is a supplier of AI components in the US, so we wanted to shed some light on what was going on. Not to give too much away, we were given behind the scenes access to the WIN Tactical and SSI shop. Tom opened the doors and let our cameras in so look for a couple SH videos which will be coming out very soon. Barrels, Chassis, Cerakoting, it’s all done right here in the US.
Heading Home to edit.
Thanks again to everyone, it was a great trip. Curt Drewel and Long Gun Training has carved out a great set of locations to train on, so if you are stuck in NY, and still want quality Precision Rifle Training be sure to give him a call. Oh, and the Taylor Farms’ home made Grape Juice is to die for, I think 10 people killed 4 crafts worth each morning. For More Information check out: