Question for you, when you sign up for a precision rifle course do you expect to spend the majority of you time as the shooter, do you look forward to learning how to spot and call corrections or are you surprised if the instructor splits you into shooter / spotter teams? More than once I’ve heard students say they don’t own a spotting scope or they don’t know how to effectively spot for another a shooter. During precision rifle courses I try to split students into teams so they can take turns as a shooter or a spotter. This encourages each student to learn MIL/MOA corrections first hand and develop a eye for spotting impacts and calling corrections. While it can be frustrating as you start to learn it’s a invaluable skill in the long run. Students had the opportunity to see the importance of shooter / spotter communication and calling effective corrections during last weeks Ashbury Precision Ordnance Riflecraft course. More than once I saw spotters get every bit as excited as the shooter when a team made a good correction and got a hit at extended ranges.


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Adam Wilson

Adam Wilson is a U.S. Army Sniper and senior NCO with multiple combat deployments, a background in reconnaissance and small unit operations. During his 18 years of military service he has held every MTOE slot in a Sniper section to include an assignment as the SEO/Sniper Section Leader for a forward deployed Infantry Battalion. He has utilized all currently issued U.S. Army Sniper weapons systems including the XM2010, M110 SASS, and M107. In addition to being a qualified Sniper he is a graduate of the Sniper Employment Leaders Course and the Army Marksmanship Unit’s Squad Designated Marksman and Rifle Instructor courses. Outside of the military he has obtained the NRA Pistol and Rifle Instructor certifications and served as a product consultant for several defense and firearms industry companies.

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