Wind Reading Seminar
Definition: Dy·nam·ic (adj) /dīˈnamik/ (of a process or system) characterized by constant change, activity, or progress.
Wind. The single-most difficult aspect of long range shooting to understand and grab ahold of. It’s the largest variable that we have to deal with as precision shooters, and it’s the definition of dynamic. There’s lots of ways out there to teach shooters how to call the wind, but we’ve decided to put together a 2 day package that focuses solely on understanding the dynamic of wind. We wanted to create this course because we’ve found that trying to communicate the process of wind reading and compensation to students while they’re learning so many other skills in another course results in a bit of a mental meltdown. When that happens, humans tend to just start going through the motions and that’s toxic for learning. We wanted to create a course specific to wind where we could focus on just reading wind and shooting in it.
There’s so many aspects to fluid dynamics that it’s impossible to cram it all into a 2 day package, and not geek out on the science of it. What we want to do is communicate to you what we’ve learned over the years that matters with wind. Getting into the minuscia of wind is kind of necessary to grasp the principals of it, but there comes a time where you just have to stop overthinking it and shoot. You’re going to miss, and probably a lot at first but missing is how we learn. You’ll come away with some valuable training tools that you can use to continue your eye/brain calibration, how to establish a mile-per-hour value for your particular rifle and ammunition, and how to interpret all the visual cues you can grab so you can make the most accurate first-round firing solution possible.
What you’ll learn:
- How to establish wind speed
- Wind speed training drills
- How to establish wind values and what the multiples are
- How to build a custom hasty wind number for your rifle and ammunition
- How to interpret mirage cues
- How to interpret other visual cues
- Understanding basic weather patterns for accurate forecasting
- Using technology to assist
- Micro-weather patterns and flows
This being a wind calling clinic, we’re going to want some specific tools to learn from, but luckily we’ve got a slew of instruments for your to use, courtesy of our friends at Gunwerks. Hit us up if you’d like to purchase one, we’ll be happy to offer a discount code for you! As for the rest of your shooting gear, it’s pretty basic stuff if you’ve been shooting for a while. This being a wind clinic, we’ll be doing a lot of prone shooting, working on eliminating as many variables from the shot as possible so we can focus on the wind call itself. Nothing super special with gear, outside of a bubble level which is mandatory for this course.
Overall, if there’s ANY question on the gear listed here, please don’t hesitate to reach out and ask us.
- A precision rifle capable of shooting at least 1 Minute of Angle groups at 100 yards.
- A magnified optic with exposed target style turrets. (Bring your manual and tools!)
- A scope bubble level. (This is mandatory gear for this course. You’ll learn why.)
- 2x Magazines (If your rifle uses detachable magazines.)
- A bipod, capable of Left/Right cant adjustments.
- A rifle sling. (We recommend the Magpul MS1 Sling.)
- 200 Rounds of Match Ammunition (Please view our handload policy here.)
- The Hornady 4 DOF Ballistic Solver application on your smartphone.
- Shooting mat (If you really need one….)
- Rear shooting support. (We recommend the Armageddon Gear Pint-Sized Gamechanger Bag)
- Rifle cleaning kit. (Watch this video here for what we recommend.)
- Notebook with pen, pencil, and black sharpie marker.
- Daypack capable of hauling all your range gear. (We recommend the Stone Glacier Kiowa bag.)
Personal Sustainment Items There is no such thing as bad weather, only a poor choice in clothing…
- Clothing appropriate for the weather. (We recommend a merino wool hooded sun shirt, long baggy pants, and a floppy hat.)
- Folding chair
- Water (Plan on consuming at least 1 gallon per day.)
- Food for lunch, and snacks if you need them.
Nice-To-Have’s (We have a lot of this gear available for shared/loaned use during the course.)
- Laser Rangefinder
- Spotting Scope
- Shooting Tripod