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Riflecraft 150 - Precision Rifle Fundamentals Course


Basic Tuition Package

$650 per person


*Inclusive tuition package includes rental of an APO Precision Rifle, required ammunition & support equipment - visit here to learn more

Note: a minimum of 6 participants are required to hold open enrollment courses.

2 Days

Beginners, take your first step towards becoming a safe and accomplished rifle marksman by enrolling in this 2-day course!  If the appeal and challenge of recreational target shooting, hunting wild game, or participating in long range rifle competitions interests you, then this course is the best place to start your

shooting sports journey.  Allow APO to warmly welcome you to outdoor rifle sports!

In this course you will learn about rifles, accessories and precision rifle marksmanship fundamentals in the classroom and on the range, building a solid foundation on firearms safety, safe rifle handling, & proper range firing procedures.  You will learn & practice the fundamentals of precision rifle marksmanship at ranges out to 300+ yards.  You will participate in educational classroom presentations, receive personal coaching on the firing line & engage in a safe enjoyable outdoor rifle shooting experience.  There are no physical strength or agility requirements and you don’t need any special equipment.  All we ask is that you bring a positive attitude, an accurate scoped rifle capable of

grouping 1” at 100 yards, 200 rds of quality ammunition, some enthusiasm & a willingness to learn!

This course is designed for the new rifle owner, novice or aspiring rifle marksman (or woman) on the safe use and operation of a scoped bolt action rifle.  Don’t have a scoped

rifle capable of grouping a least 3 shots inside one inch at 100 yards?  Want to attend the course?  No worries at all, APO has you covered.  We cordially extend you the use of an APO SABER-M700 Precision Rifle kitted with a premium Leupold optic for a nominal rental fee!  Youth accompanied by an adult guardian participant are welcome.  Lunches and refreshments are provided.  A Certificate of Training is awarded at the completion of the course.  Courses can also be organized for rimfire and Modern Sporting Rifles.

Riflecraft 150 Instruction & Training
  • Firearms, rifle & range safety

  • Student rifle safety inspection

  • Rifle orientation nomenclature

  • Understanding optical rifle scopes

  • Ammunition nomenclature, types & selection

  • Ballistics 101

  • Bolt action rifle operation

  • Rifle marksmanship fundamentals

  • Introduction to the sling & bipod

  • Rifle shooting positions

  • Introduction to the sling & bipod

  • Firing range rules & commands

  • Loading & unloading

  • "Sighting in" - zeroing a rifle

  • Clearing rifle malfunctions

  • Shooting from bench & prone positions

  • Live fire marksmanship training to 300 yards

  • Rifle care cleaning & maintenance

  • Safe & secure storage and transportation

  • Basic rifle qualification course of fire

  • Ancillary accessory equipment

Course Dates
Course Dates

Ashbury offers our Riflecraft Courses throughout the year at our Virginia facilities. We also schedule courses to fit the busy schedules of our many clients. If you would like to attend a course and have a scheduling conflict, simply call us and we will do everything we can to accommodate you or your group. Visit our Calendar Page or our At-a-Glance Page to review our current schedules.  Questions?  Please contact our Training Coordination Team or call 434-296-8600 and ask for the training department.

Class Size

This APO Riflecraft training course is offered at Spears Mountain in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Central Virginia south of Charlottesville. Students arriving by commercial aircraft may choose to fly into either Richmond Virgnia or Charlottesville Virginia – each about 1 ½  to 2 hour drive from Spears Mountain.  Dulles International and Reagan National Airports in Washington D.C. are about a 3 ½ hour drive.  Students may also choose to arrive in Lynchburg Virginia, a closer regional airport which is about an hour's distance from Spears Mountain.  Guests arriving by private aircraft will find excellent facilities at any of these airports. Visit our Travel & Accommodations page for complete information, including recommendations on hotels and other lodging options.


Should you desire, our Training Coordination Team stands at the ready to assist you with all your air and ground travel arrangements.

Class Size

Ashbury’s goal is to ensure that you have a positive hands-on RifleSports experience, so we keep our class sizes small. The Bolt Action Rifle Fundamentals course can accommodate up to 12 students. Riflecraft instruction is also offered in personalized settings for individuals, partners, parent-youth and small groups of friends or associates.

Included with Tuition
Included with Your Tuition

The Basic Tuition Package includes the course fee, handouts, course equipment listed below, lunch and refreshments.  Our Inclusive Tuition Package is designed for those who may not yet own a precison rifle or want the opportunity to shoot a premium quality APO precision rifle.  60 rounds of ammunition and any necessary support equipment is also provided. All that's needed is you!


Course Equipment

Course Equipment Provided
  • Shooting benches

  • Shooting mats

  • Rifle Rests

  • Spotting Scopes

  • Tripods

  • Eye protection

  • Hearing protection

  • Maintenance gear

  • Spare optics

  • Backup precision rifle

We ensure all of our students are fully outfitted with high quality equipment which will make your Riflecraft training experience positive and memorable. If you have any questions, please contact our Training Coordination Team or call 434-296-8600 and ask for the training department. We look forward to answering your questions! If you have a special needs, dietary restrictions, allergies or physical impairment please let us know, we’ll do everything we can to accommodate you! 


Required Student Equipment
Required Student Equipment

Here is a list of equipment you’ll need to fully participate in the Riflecraft 150 course. If you don’t have all of the equipment needed please let our training department know. Ashbury has complete precision rifle equipment kits and loaner gear for rent. You may want to consider registering for an Inclusive Tuition Package which includes all the gear you'll need for training. We also extend students discounted pricing on all firearms and shooting sports equipment.

Required Student Equipment and Gear
  • Rifle in good & safe working order *
    (1" accuracy @ 100 yards)


  • Rifle optic with fixed or adjustable magnification

  • 200 rounds of factory ammunition
    (no handloads, steel core, AP or tracer accepted)


  • Shooting sling (2 point recommended)

  • Range pack or backpack

  • 3 Magazines
    (if your rifle uses detachable box magazines)

  • Bipod

  • Season-appropriate outerwear

  • Foul weather gear

  • Athletic trainers or sturdy hiking boots
    (no clogs or open-toe footwear)


  • Hat with brim

*Calibers .22LR through .308Win - special accommodations are required for rimfire, magnums, super magnums and 50BMG

Recommended Gear
Recommended Gear

Riflecraft training is an active outdoor activity that takes place in the field under a wide range of weather conditions. So here is a list “nice to have” equipment that will make life afield much more comfortable for you.

Recommended  Gear to be Provided by Student
  • Sun glasses, spare eye glasses or contact lenses

  • Contact lense fluid

  • Eye drops

  • Binoculars

  • Camera

  • Rear bag

  • Hydration system or reusable water bottle

  • Insect repellent

  • Sun screen & lip balm

  • Knee & elbow pads

  • Tool kit complete with torque wrenches

  • First aid kit & OTC meds

Premium Package
Inclusive Package Included Rental Equipment
  • APO precision rifle with spare magazines *

  • Premium variable magnification rifle scope (Leupold, Schmidt & Bender, Nightforce, Tangent Theta/Premier or US Optics)

  • 200 rds of quality Hornady, Federal or Ruag Ammunition
    (centerfire ammo)

  • Shooting sling

  • Bipod
    (as required)

  • Electronic hearing & protective eye wear

  • Knee & elbow pads

  • Range bag or backpack

*Calibers subject to availability (.308Win, 6.5 Creedmoor)

Special accommodations and increased pricing are necessary for

magnums, super magnums and .50BMG

Inclusive Tuition Package

If you opt for the Inclusive Tuition Package for the course then you don’t have to worry about required student equipment, as we’ll take care of that for you! Here is a list of the rental equipment included in the Inclusive Package tuition fee.

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