Here are some testimonials from past students I have had the opportunity to teach and train alongside. I’ve enjoyed sharing my knowledge and experience while teaching marksmanship training courses all across North America since 1MOA Solutions inception in 2011. Regardless of class size or topic I value student feedback and use it to continue to improve course content and presentation.
Precision Marksman January 2015
“Long range precision shooting has always been a skill I’ve wanted to learn. The problem is, I never had the proper range, nor did I have anyone to teach me. I’ve hung out on Sniper’s Hide forum for years off and on to try and learn some stuff. My problem is that I learn by doing or seeing. Reading words on a page just doesn’t soak in. Nor does it help to have someone talk at me for hours on end. As soon as everyone arrived on day one, we immediately headed out to the 1000 yard Known Distance range to get set up. We went over introductions to see where everyone was at. Most had some experience and it wasn’t their first rodeo. There were 7 of us total, with all of us being civilians. I was the only one who had zero experience. This is a good and bad thing. When the class has solid shooters, everyone pushes themselves to do better. The problem is, if you’re the weakest link, you can get left behind. Since I didn’t want to slow the class down I tried to stay out of the way as best I could. A lot of this was over my head initially and it didn’t start to make sense until the next day. As I was driving to work today I was adding up some formulas in my head that had stumped me and it finally clicked. So, I’ll know better for next time.
The weather was miserable with the temps in the 30s and light drizzle most of the day on TD1. It’s hard to caress the trigger back when you can’t feel your limbs. We started out confirming or setting up our zeros. We wanted a solid base to jump off from and if your zero is spotty then you’ll be pissing in the wind. We fired three five round groups, walking back and forth to check our hits every time. After that we pushed out to 300 yards and started shooting an IPSC style steel target. Once a hit was achieved, we would try our hand at picking off a 6″ steel plate set on a railroad tie. I think within one or two shots most were able to knock the 6″ steel plates off. We then moved back to the 500 and 700 yard berms and repeated the process. I know I hit the IPSC steel at those ranges, but can’t remember if I hit the 6” plate at 500 yards. I think only 2-3 guys managed to ring the plates at 700. I had never shot past 300 before, so it was a personal record to ring steel a few times at 700. At these longer distances we had Kestrels so aid us in corrections and setting up the correct elevation. From the website – “The Kestrel Applied Ballistics meter combines sophisticated environmental sensing features with long-range shooting ballistics information in one hand-held device.” Needless to say, using these is like cheating.
I struggled a lot on the first day. Like I’ve said before, it was a humbling experience. I’m not new to firearms or training. And I openly admitted my ignorance when it came to LR shooting. I just didn’t expect it to fly so far over my head like it did. Now keep in mind everyone is different. Out of 7 students I was the only one who was “slow”. So don’t let that scare you out of taking a class from Adam.
The second day we worked on positional shooting. The weather had warmed up to a toasty 40 degrees but the rain came down in bigger drops. It eventually stopped after lunch and it even got quite enjoyable after that. Suffice it to say, the prone is nice to get in to, but the world isn’t one big manicured lawn. There’s rocks, trees, cars, windows, and grass. Different positions allow you to maximize your environment. Kneeling, standing, or sitting can be very stable if using a few tricks and the correct technique.
After lunch we moved out to the UKD – or unknown distance range. To arrive at the final firing position we walked up a hill that overlooked the property. There were four 6″ plates set out at random intervals and we had to locate, range, and then shoot them. We would be working on range estimation. Adam had noted that this is one of four things that can get people kicked out of Sniper school. If your laser range finder goes down, how will you function? Do you pack up and go home? Wasting your hunting trip or blowing your hide site? Adam showed us a method to range using the hash marks in our scopes to figure out the approximate distance. This is when it all clicked for me. Adam had given me the formulas to convert mils to yards/meters. I was able to successfully range all four targets and make my hits. This made my day and I was walking on cloud 9. You couldn’t get me down after that. Each of us were able to get within a few yards. It’s important to note that a relatively small measurement can really throw you off at distance, so it’s important to take your time and do it right. Once these were taken care of we moved on to a reduced sized IPSC steel to complete the course. I was the last shooter and right before it got to me I started second guessing my estimates. For some reason I switched from 305 yards to 277 yards at the last second. I set up and pressed the trigger. I made a hit, but at the bottom of the target. I held at the neck line and pressed again. I hit center of mass and couldn’t be happier. When it was over Adam told us the correct distance – it was 316 yards. I was surprised I made the hit when he told me that. Goes to show you can fudge a little to a certain extent.
There’s a lot more than I didn’t include for the sake of time. This is a big chunk of text as it is. Would I recommend this class for someone else? Hell yeah. Next time it’s offered I’ll take it again. Adam is professional but he keeps it light with random jokes. The class was set at a steal of a price. Adam says he wants to make sure everyone that has the desire to learn, can. He mentioned more than a few times that he’s not doing this for the money, but for the sheer enjoyment of teaching.”
– M. Standard U.S. Army
Defensive Carbine June 2016
This is a quick after action review (AAR) of the Defensive Carbine course I taught at the Fire 4 Effect Weapon Systems in 2016. During the course students were introduced to alternate shooting positions, rifle to pistol transitions and the use of cover. They were encouraged to engage targets from both the primary and support sides throughout the afternoon. Some great points are made during the AAR about why we focus on certain things during training, other instructors to work with and always attempting to quantify your training performance. -Adam
Designated Marksman April 2015
This is after action review (AAR) of the April 2015 Designated Marksman course held in Eagle Lake TX. Honestly it felt more like a hangout than a formal class since it was essentially a couple of Veterans spending the weekend together and putting rounds on target. Matt and Trey did a great job of staying motivated, pushing themselves and surpassing previous limits. Watching the guys taking a headshot on a 600 yard target, hammering 1/4 scale silhouettes from 200-600 off of barricades and racing to determine the range to a unknown distance target to get a center mass hit were some of the course highlights. I had a great time teaching and shooting with both of them and can’t wait for the next class with these guys. -Adam
Precision Rifle April 2015
” I aimed at neck level, held right approximately one target width for wind, checked off all the blocks for fundamentals of shooting, exhaled, held my breath, and fired. At 1000 yards, I had enough time to recover from the recoil and get the target back in my scope before the round impacted. As I focused on the head, I saw a dark grey splotch suddenly appear on the target’s right cheek. Two seconds later I heard the satisfying ping of steel hitting steel. A no-talent, just average shooter with a hell of a rifle and two days of good instruction had just made a shot he would have called bullshit on if he had read it in a novel.”
Excerpt from Chris Hernandez’s after action review of a 1MOA Solutions Precision Rifle course. To read the rest of Chris’s AAR visit
Carbine Employment March 2012
“First I have to say the level and detail of instruction was unreal. Adam not only had recommendations on how to improve but he also has the credentials to back up why it works. We didn’t get into the weeds as far as the philosophy of gun fighting; we focused on the primary goal of putting a threat on the ground. Reloads, movement drills, multiple target engagements, and working to balance speed and accuracy were joined together to make a realistic training scenario. We also worked on my optimizing my equipment load out. Adam was never condescending and challenged me to concentrate on what works, is fast, and let me get rounds on target even under the worst conditions.
I recommend, any deploying Military, or LE element take the time to seek out 1MOA Solutions, and get a class booked.
My only other recommendation is to the shooters. Bring lots and lots of ammo. If you have rounds Adam will continue pushing you until you run out. Keep an open mind, eyes, and ears, and you will walk away wondering why you didn’t book earlier.
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-Major D. Gray U.S. Army (Ret.)