Lieutenant Colonel Jeff Cooper established the American Pistol Institute (API) in Paulden, Arizona, in 1976. He called the location chosen for this school “Gunsite Ranch.” This facility was initially focused on training civilians to use defensive handguns. Since then, the school’s name was changed to Gunsite and ultimately Gunsite Academy. The curriculum changed, too. Today, Gunsite teaches courses on almost every facet of firearms, including precision rifles.

Precision or long-range rifle shooting is very popular right now, and if you can swing the green, taking either the Precision Rifle 7 or Long Range Rifle class at Gunsite Academy is highly recommended. However, for those with a wallet that might be a bit thin right now, here are a dozen long-range shooting tips from Gunsite range master and long-range rifle instructor Cory Trapp.

This article was originally published in ‘Ballistic’ Spring 2017. For information on how to subscribe, visit

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