High stress, high accuracy. Instructors test students with physical obstacles…

High stress, high accuracy. Instructors test students with physical obstacles like drainpipes and the “Squirrel Cage” while asking them to make shots out to 100 yards.

A recent trip to South Texas at the invitation of SureFire provided me with a fantastic experience and some great training. Hosted by SureFire, Bushnell, and LaRue Tactical, I was given a chance to learn from the “Carbine Helicopter Assault” course at Rifles Only.

Rifles Only is owned and operated by Jacob Bynum. Jacob has been operating as a trainer and competitor in the precision rifle world for years. He also hosts one of the premier sniper competitions. “Rifles Only” is a bit deceptive, as they offer pistol training and a good deal of carbine training, too. Some of their basic training includes precision rifles, carbines, executive protection and hand-to-hand combat. More advanced training like this Carbine Helicopter Assault course, team tactics, and high-angle precision rifle shooting are available to qualified students. Rifles Only is a full-service facility that provides training for civilians, law enforcement, and the military.

Sights, breathing, trigger control—good marksmanship fundamentals are truly put to the test in a moving helicopter. To kick it up a notch, students shot moving targets while airborne.

The facility is located in southern Texas, just outside Kingsville. There are a number of ranges, including a pistol/carbine range, one featuring moving targets out to 700 yards, a couple of 1,000-yard ranges, and one that extends out to 1,400 yards. They also have a fully functional shoot house and a 350-degree live-fire range. A three-story tower is available for angle shooting, and this worked out well as a platform for our fast-rope training. Their classroom is spacious and equipped with all the technology needed for presentations. A large work area is available, too, as well as a complete armory.

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