First and Foremost!
We take great strides to be available for your questions, comments or suggestions. If you don't find what you need here, or just like to talk to a real person, please don't hesitate to get in touch with us.
The easiest method is to call or text Bobby Whittington at 580-585-1237. You can also email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Another option is to send us a post or message on the FaceBook page https://www.facebook.com/pages/Badlands-Tactical-Training-Facility/333728684754?ref=hl
Also, a lot of these FAQ's deal with gear and equipment selection and although we try to help you be equipped with the best possible equipment to enhance YOUR training time and money, we do understand that you may not be able to meet all the recommendations. We don't want anybody to not be able to train and learn due to a lack of equipment. Therefore, often times we have equipment which can be loaned out for use during classes including weapons, spotting scopes, armor, helmets, etc. So if you are worried about equipment requirements, please contact us and see if we can help!
Precision Rifle Sniper Classes
How good of a spotting scope do I need?
In order to fully appreciate and enhance your training experience at Badlands, we recommend you bring a high quality spotting scope and solid tripod. We understand that this is a hefty investment and realize that it might not be possible to buy the very best. However, a quality spotting scope will make your experience much more enjoyable and let you spend your time training instead of fighting with your gear.
A spotting scope needs to be in the 20-60X magnification range and preferably have a 60-80 mm objective lens. More power is not always better! We also prefer a straight eyepiece rather than an angled one, because it allows the spotter to be in the proper position related to the shooter.
What kind of ammunition do I need for the Precision Rifle Classes?
We recommend match grade ammunition for all of our Precision Rifle Classes. Reloads are fine.
Recommendations; Federal Gold Metal Match, Black Hills.
What rifle should I bring for the Precision Rifle Classes
As you know, there are a multitude of options in the precision rifle community. Something we have noticed in our years of doing this is that almost every gun will outshoot almost every shooter, every time. That said, there are many affordable rifles on the market which will perform very well for you. The Remington 700, the Winchester Model 70, the Savage 110/112 series, the Howa 1500 are all affordable and reliable.
What scope should I have on my rifle?
Man this is confusing, so many options. Our stance on this is that we need to learn the basics and how to employ them before we worry about the gadgets. Therefore we recommend either a fixed power or lower power adjustable scope, with the max power being no more that 15-18X. It is important that your scope has quality mechanical components as we will be twisting on the elevation and windage knobs a whole bunch. Much of our teaching is based on the standard mil-dot or mil-line reticle and we would prefer your adjustments be in minutes of angle (MOA). A first focal plane (FFP) scope is a very nice tool, but not a requirement.
It is imperative that your mounting system is of good quality. We recommend one piece picatinny rail type bases. Preferably with a 15-20 moa cant built in. Quality or tactical type rings which lock solidly on the pic-rail are also recommended.
We would recommend most scopes by Leupold, Super Sniper, Nightforce, Trijicon, Nikon, or Vortex.
Do I need a holster? What kind?
Yes, for all of our pistol classes, and any class which you may carry or use a pistol, a holster is mandatory.
Our recommendation for a holster will always be a strong side, belt type holster, supported by a SOLID leather belt. For some classes you may want to explore using your IWB or thigh holster, but for the majority of our classes, we find that the strong side belt holster is the easiest, and securest option available.
For a basic class, this type of holster is mandatory, again, at the basic level we are more interested in teaching fundamentals and safety than we are in learning to manipulate a specific holster.
The level of retention is up to you, we recommend at least a single retention device such as a thumb snap or SERPA style release.
We would like to stress the importance of a solid leather belt to support the holster, a loose or fabric belt will usually not support a pistol in a holster tight enough to the body to allow for either security of the weapon, or to facilitate an effective draw. The only exception would be in the case of a "riggers" type belt with Cordura or a similar material sewn into a solid backing to form a stiff belt.
Magazines and magazine holder?
A system to hold at least one magazine at the belt line is mandatory for all pistol classes. To facilitate a better training experience, the more magazines you can bring the better. This allows a better flow of time on the firing line as there is less time spent loading magazines, and more time shooting and learning.
We would prefer you be able to hold at least two, and possibly three magazines at the ready on the belt line at all times, and the rest can be readily accessible.
On the use of magazine loaders such as the LULA. We strongly suggest you bring a loading tool to help load magazines. This isn't an issue of how cool you are, it's an issue of time management. Loading 750-1000 rounds over a couple of days is going to tear up your hands at some point, torn up hands take away from your ability to stay focused on the fundamentals, and thus take away from your training investment. Bring a loader....
What pistol do I need to bring?
This question depends on your experience level. If you are coming to a basic class and have no pistol experience at all, we recommend a full-size, striker fired pistol such as the M&P, XD, or Glock. The reason for this is that at the basic level, we want to spend more time learning the fundamentals of marksmanship and safety than learning how to manipulate a complicated pistol.
If you have quite a bit of pistol experience, then bring what you are comfortable shooting, preferably a pistol you have shot before and you know is reliable.