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Frequently Asked Questions at Front Sight Nevada
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What type of rifle should I bring?
The short answer is, the gun you currently use, or plan on using. Bolt action rifles are the most popular, but all lever, pump, and auto-loaders are welcome. We only ask that every rifle be in safe operating condition, and chambered in a center-fire caliber.
Would I be allowed to take the course with a single shot, or "double rifle"?
Yes, you will be busy, but will definitely master rapid reloading techniques.
What caliber is appropriate to the course?
Any center-fire sporting, or military caliber LESS than 50 BMG is appropriate to the course. In the past students have used the 223 Remington, through the 375 Holland & Holland, along with the full-range of standard, and magnum cartridges in between. Keep in mind, that you will have the opportunity to shoot between 200-250 rounds in the two-day course. As always, no armor piercing, tracer, or incendiary ammunition is allowed in the course.
Do I need a scope on my rifle?
Most students use telescopic sights, or scopes. You are welcome to use iron sights if those fit your particular needs. We will teach you how to use both.
What brand of scope should I buy for my hunting rifle?
There are many manufacturers of optical sights, and some are definitely better than others. Here are some things to look for; a crisp, clear, bright image with well-defined colors and detail, generous eye relief that stays consistent between power settings on variable power scopes, and lenses and internal components that utilize anti-reflective coatings. Repeatable "click" type adjustments are desirable, but not entirely necessary on a hunting rifle. In optics, you generally get what you pay for, so buy the best scope you can afford.
How "big" of a scope do I need?
On a big game rifle, bigger does not equal better. For most applications, fixed power scopes of 6x or less, and variable power scopes in the range of 2-10x are plenty. Very large diameter objectives also require a high mounting system that may prevent you from getting a consistent, repeatable, solid cheek placement on the stock.
Do I have to have a sling on my rifle?
Yes. The sling is a safe method of carry, as a holster is to a handgun.
What kind of sling do I need?
A simple carry strap is the minimum to meet the course requirements. Other acceptable slings are the Military Loop, C.W., Tactical, and Ching slings. In this course, we will show you the differences and how to use them.
Is ammunition available at Front Sight?
Yes, ammunition is available for popular calibers like 223, 308, 30-06, and others. With the hundreds of cartridge/bullet combinations, the Pro Shop does not stock the full array of sporting calibers. Ammo can be ordered in advance through the Pro Shop, or drop shipped directly to the Pro Shop, for your convenience.
Does the course include a hunting simulator?
Yes. One of highlights on the afternoon of day two is an outdoor, live-fire, hunting simulator. Everyone has an opportunity to "hunt" representations of several species of big game animals in a setting of natural terrain and local vegetation.
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