Boomershoot 2016 Clinic and Field Fire

I received an email today from the Boomershoot Precision Rifle Clinic Instructor. He wanted me to post this guidance about the clinic and Field Fire:

30 March, 2016

Fellow Clinic and Field Fire Shooters!

This is my 18th year running training at Boomershoot and want this year to be as safe and enjoyable as past years.

Most of you have read this many times but for those who are new, please pay heed.

This year the Clinic will be using firing positions 60 and 61 which are mine for Boomershoot so the Field Fire people are free to set up on their reserved firing positions.

Field Fire will start at around 1030 on Friday. On Saturday it will start when I can ensure it is safe to shoot which should be around 0930.

Clinic Shooters need to arrive by 0845 and Field Fire shooters can come and go as they please. Do use the back way into and out of the firing line when we are hot so we can avoid having to cease fire continually.

Field Fire shooters must check in with us and get a wrist band showing they have registered and paid. If you want to shoot Field Fire but haven’t registered, see us and we will get you registered. If you show up and want the Clinic, we may or may not be able to take you but do ask.

We will have a cease fire for an hour starting around 1200.

We use a air horn to start and stop firing. One long blast means cease fire and two short blasts means you can load and shoot.

When you hear a cease fire, put your rifle on safe, unload, and come off the rifle.

In the past, people have seen something to warrant a cease fire and have been good enough to call ‘Cease Fire!’. If you hear someone call a cease fire, do so, put your rifle on safe, unload and come off the rifle. We will figure out what is happening and when it is safe to shoot again, we will blow the air horn twice. No one ever got in trouble for calling a cease fire on their own.

If you want to put out paper for a short range zero, please get me or one of my cadre to inspect its location before you blast. Your bullets must go through the paper and into the side of the hill where the steel targets are placed.

No tracer or incendiary ammo unless you get permission from me. I will have to get permission from Joe.

My steel targets are for .30 caliber and under. If you want to shoot your .338 and .50 cal at steel, you will need to bring your own steel.

Of course, soft lead black powder rounds are fine on any target. Blast away.

Before you go blasting at steel at the top of the hill (700 yards), ensure you have a zero so you don’t shoot over the hill top. In addition to our safety road guard, there are houses and farms down range on the other side of that hill so please, know your zero before shooting at those targets. If you shoot at those targets and your spotter sees no trace or splash, do not add elevation and try again. Go back to a shorter range target and make sure you are hitting it before going back to 700 yards.

At about 1500 each day we will do a cease fire and Joe with his assistants will place two small and one large explosive target along the 375 yard berm specifically for you and where you want them placed. We will bring spray paint so you can mark your targets. When I have ensured everyone is safe, we will shoot our targets. I give 15 minutes for you to shoot YOUR targets. After 15 minutes I will inform the firing line that any target left untouched can be shot by anyone (poaching). After about another 15 minutes I will call a final cease fire and we will walk the line ensuring everyone is completely off their rifles. Once I am convinced the line is safe, Joe and his assistants will put in the targets for the High Intensity shoot.

When you see how many targets are along the 375 yard berm, and that despite being painted, many look like yours. Please play by the rules as best as you can before I allow you to poach.

If you want to remove your rifle from the line; make safe, unload, visual inspection, then put it in your rifle case and remove it from the line.

If you want to maintain your rifle at your car or truck, remove the bolt and maintain your rifle at your car or truck.

If you are new to the Field Fire, you are in the minority. About 90 percent of Field Fire shooters have been to multiple Boomershoots and Field Fires. If unsure about something, ask one of them or one of us.

If you have questions, please feel free to write me at

Thank you!

Gene Econ

There are still positions available for Boomershoot 2016. Sign up here.


1 thought on “Boomershoot 2016 Clinic and Field Fire

  1. The class is well worth the price of admission.

    The instructors have Been There and Done That, are capable of dialing their instruction to match the skill level of their charges, and are honest about what you’re doing right… and wrong.

    I’d recommend it to anyone wanting to learn.

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