All classes offered at Gunsite Academy are held at the Gunsite Ranch in outdoor facilities and indoor classrooms. All students must be prepared for any weather conditions that occur. To check forecasts, search for weather in Chino Valley, Arizona.
PHYSICAL ACTIVITY IN OUR CLASSES
Gunsite training is not boot camp or commando school. Our classes involve light to moderate physical activity such as standing, walking about, holding a rifle or shotgun, or repeatedly drawing a pistol. Most classes include shooting from supported positions such as kneeling, sitting or prone. If you are physically unable to shoot from supported positions we will not require you to do so.
GENERAL REQUIREMENTS FOR ALL CLASSES
- High quality, shatterproof, eye protection is required. For classes with night shoots, clear glasses will be needed.
- Ear protection (plugs or muffs). Electronic, amplified ear protection is preferred.
- Elbow and knee pads are recommended, a shooting mat is optional; we do not provide them so bring your own or purchase one here if you would like to use one.
- We recommend factory ammunition. High quality reloaded ammunition is acceptable.
- We recommend flashlights with a rear pressure switch, such as those made by SureFire, for classes with night shoots.
- Clothing should be appropriate for the climate and time of year. We are located in the high Arizona desert at an altitude of about 4600 – 4800 feet; if you wish to check the weather forecast prior to your visit look up Chino Valley, Arizona.
- A hat or ball cap is required in all of our classes.
- Sunscreen and other protective clothing such as long sleeved shirts and long trousers are recommended.
Shoes or boots should be comfortable and provide good support. Trousers should be loose fitting to allow movement and have wide belt loops.
- All items are available in our Pro Shop.
- Heavy duty, serviceable handgun with good sights, a decent trigger and sharp edges removed.
- Heavy duty belt, holster (Out of the waistband), magazine carriers.
- Minimum of 6 magazines/speed-loaders.
- CQT requires all of the above and leather gloves.
- Serviceable rifle in calibers such as: .243, .308, .30-06, .270.
- If so equipped, a quality telescope properly secured and zeroed or bore sighted. You will be given an opportunity to zero your rifle the first day of class.
- Please call if you have questions about other calibers, or scopes and scope mounting.
- Ammo management device, i.e. gun/belt ammo carriers.
- Ear protection, rifle compatible.
HUNTER PREP SPECIFICS
- Same as above for Rifle but add all ancillary gear expected to be carried on your hunting trip, including day pack, water carriers (canteen, hydration pack), range finder, binoculars, etc.
- Serviceable carbine in caliber .223, .30cal, 7.62 x 39, 5.45 X 39, .30-30.
- Heavy belt, holster, magazine carrier, 3 pistol magazines and serviceable handgun.
- Minimum of 6 magazines for the carbine, with a minimum of two magazine pouches.
- Ear protection, carbine compatible.
- Pump or Semi-auto 12 gauge, 20 gauge shotgun Proper length of pull on the stock significantly reduces perceived recoil as it allows you to mount the gun properly. What that means is, when you mount the gun in the pocket of your shoulder in a weaver stance, the center of the pad of your trigger finger should easily reach the trigger. When the stock is too long, perceived recoil is greater. A ‘Youth Stock’ often works well. Contact our gunsmith for further details at email@example.com.
- Ammo management belt carrier
- Weapon mounted light will ease the night shoot
- Heavy duty Handgun
- 3 pistol magazines
- Ear protection shotgun compatible
PR7, PR Urban, and XLR SPECIFICS
- Have additional and extensive equipment requirements. A separate document is available from the student coordinator.
Please call (928) 636-4565 x19 if you have any questions about firearms, equipment or your training.