Learn the fundamental techniques required to achieve first round hits out to 800 + metres in the field. The focus of the class is on marksmanship and technical manipulation skills in this increasingly popular discipline.
Intended for the beginner to intermediate long range marksman but offers much value for more experienced shooters. The course follows the path of data gathering at known distances and then moving to unknown distance shooting and will focus on range estimation, wind compensation, calculations and marksmanship disciplines; skills useful for unknown distance long range shooting. While the learning is intense, it is designed to be fun and to add a little stress to test the skills gathered during the course.


(This outline should not be considered to be a complete syllabus)

Course Objectives:


Principles of Marksmanship:

Set up Equipment/ Optics.

Shooting positions,

Body disciplines (cheek weld, breathing, trigger etc.) Manipulation. 

Cleaning and maintenance habits.

Pre-firing checks. Long range shooting equipment.

Ballistics, ammunition.

Wind drift and effect.

MOA / MIL definition.

Reticules/ Range estimation.

Atmospherics, temp, ballistic programmes.


Range Work:

Range Briefing, Procedures. Conduct. Range Commands.   

Establish 100m zero.

Use of the bipod/ sling and shooting aids. Position shooting. 

Data Books.

Process of the "perfect" zero. 

Cold bore shoot. 


Coach wind. 100m-800m.

Spotter drills. Calling the shot.                  

(UKD) and inclinations. Establishing estimated range, come-ups/holdover, up/downhill, 

Reading wind over terrain.

Course Length: 2 days
Course Fees: $950 incl gst
Ammunition: Minimum 200rds

Equipment and accessories needed for Precision Rifle Course.

A centre-fire rifle, repeatably capable of at least Minute of Angle accuracy (MOA) using the ammo you will use in the class. The rifle must be equipped with a sling, carry strap or loop style. Optics capability allowing use at extended ranges out to, and in excess of, 800m. The scope must have adjustments that may be moved by hand not tools (BDC’s or target knobs) The scope must have a suitable long range reticule. Mildot (Preferred) or duplex type (Dots, fine crosshairs, posts are all unsuitable) or scope equipped with externally adjustable turrets. 200 rounds of Match quality or proven hand load ammunition. Shooting mat / groundsheet. Rifle data book. Bipod or sandbag /rests, ammunition carrier, eye& ear protection, elbow & knee pads, range bag and cleaning equipment, jacket and or rain gear, stout footwear. Spotting scope or good binoculars recommended. Be prepared to carry all your gear from point to point (rucksack?!).





The Sparrowhawk Range Complex at Shenley Station is a registered private facility. The home of the Cave Pistol Club, recognised by the NZ Police and Pistol NZ. The facility, comprising of eight united ranges and simulators to facilitate handgun, practical rifle, sporting shotgun, assault rifle and combat shotgun and open country precision rifle.



Emphasis being on practical shooting, both paper and steel reactive targets are used.



Applicants are encouraged to provide their own firearms, their own ammunition also. . Firearms should be in a safe working condition.



If you are not suppling own ammunition we can provide an ammunition package for the course by prior arrangement.

If we are notified a specific Match ammunition package can be supplied.

Reloaded ammunition policy: Dedicated home loads, developed for Precision Rifle or  fully developed reloaded ammunition is acceptable. Do not use our courses as an opportunity to test or develope your home loads.



For first time students especially, bring an open mind and a sense of humour- and be prepared for the most enjoyable and most challenging days you’ve ever spent with a firearm. 



Hearing protection, safety glasses, hat, seasonal clothing, warm clothing, Boots, Wet weather gear (we don’t stop!), water bottle, knee pads, elbow pads (optional). A pack that you can fit all this in! An ammunition carrier is a useful addition, as is a belt or pouch carrier. Flashlight, small hand held intense (60 lumen minimum) flashlight with a rear button actuation switch is desirable. Quality flashlights are available for purchase by prior arrangement.



Comfortable accommodation (Homestead style) is available by request onsite. Cottage sleeps 12 people, is fully furnished with cooking utensils and cutlery provided. Students will however need to provide their own food and bring sleeping bags or bedding.

Price: $45 pp/night

Albury Inn is located 12km from the ranges and has firearms friendly accomodation.



It is your responsibility to inform us of any of the above to facilitate the continuity of the Course for both the students and the Instructors. Shooting with movement, under stress, requires students to have a reasonable level of fitness.


Our Instructors will endeavour to provide the best firearms and practical training in their field and are invited because; of their knowledge of the doctrine and communication skills along with their standing in associations involved their discipline. We endeavour to keep a student/instructor ratio of 3:1.



It should not be necessary to point out that firearms can cause severe inadvertent damage in careless hands. There are no “accidents” with guns – only negligence. You will be carefully and forcefully instructed in the principles of safe gun handling. Any student who unsafely or negligently discharges his/her firearm on or off the range during the Course will have their tuition fee returned and be dismissed from the Course.



A Release, Discharge, Indemnity form will be required to be filled out by all applicants, any visitor, observer or other persons not actively on the Course, on entering the property and prior to the commencement of the Course. A copy of which can be found Here



Most Sparrowhawk classes are graded as a measurement technique to let students know how their learning experience fits into the wide range of performances seen at the school. These grades are reflected on your certificates at graduation. Although there will be several formal range exercises tested, the overall grading is necessarily subjective due to the specialized performance-oriented tasks encountered in the courses. The grading process is heavily weighted against your marksmanship abilities. The extensive experience of the Rangemasters and Instructors in evaluating individual skills across the spectrum of performances is used to assign grades. Several advanced level classes are not graded due to the specialized nature of their content.

No one is required to accept a graded certificate.  If you prefer not to have a grade on your certificate, let your Rangemaster know at any time during the course.

Register/contact us

Contact us to discuss your requirements or register for a course.

Call 021 166 6843 or email us below.

Located on approx 3000 hectares of private land in South Canterbury at the edge of the Mackenzie basin we are perfectly positioned to take advantage of a wide variety of shooting opportunities and environments with both purpose built ranges and ad-hoc simulators tailored to training requirements.


Mailing address:


398 Blainslie Road

RD 17

Fairlie 7987

South Canterbury

New Zealand

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