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Friday and Saturday
27 and 28 April 2007

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If you want to attend the Clinic, fill out the Registration Form and the Goals Worksheet and send them to Eugene with your check. (Clinic is full now.  Contact Gene to be put on the waiting list)

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Fellow Boomershooters!

Another year has gone by and Joe is ahead of schedule with his Boomershoot bulletin. Note that this year you can reserve specific firing points for the shoot itself. I already have two points, 54 and 55, which are centered up on top of the berm. If this year is anything like last year, we will make a whole bunch of noise and smoke.

I already have six ‘return shooters’ signed up for the Clinic so I got cracking on the Clinic bulletin. As in the past, if you are new to the Boomer Shoot – please read the AARs from the last clinics. I am sending the 2K6 AAR with this Clinic announcement. These yearly AARs will answer most of your questions. If you have any further questions, please call or write me and I will give you the best advice possible.

The cost this year will be $75.00 per person for one day and $130.00 per person for both days. If you have someone who will not shoot but who will be spotting only – they are still part of the clinic and must pay the same as the shooter. This is the only way I can keep the Clinic fair to everyone.

I will offer the ‘Field Fire’ only entry this year for anyone who does not want to attend the formal part of the Clinic and does not want any coaching. The cost will be $15.00 per shooter per afternoon. This will also cover one large and one small boomer at the end of the day. Field Fire shooters will not be allowed to set up before 1200 daily. For those who want to Field Fire only, contact me at and we will work out the details.


As with any type of training I run, no matter the audience, the intent remains one of learning. We believe that shooting is best learned through coaching and under conditions that do not place unnecessary stress on the shooter. Our shooters come from all walks of life and the success of the Clinic and Boomershoot is that we can leave the stresses of daily life behind and enjoy a weekend of shooting, learning, and conversation.

This year part of the Clinic Registration Form includes your personal goals for the Clinic. We believe that you get the most for your money if you achieve your own goals so this year I am requesting that you identify some shooting related goals that you want to achieve during the Clinic. In this manner, my cadre can focus in on your goals and make your experience one that will be satisfying, productive, and of course – extremely fun. This is a clinic. Not a competitive event and not a shooting academy. You will see new shooters, hunters, experienced competitive shooters, and families on the firing line, all enjoying the challenges of long range marksmanship.

We will be conducting our normal short classes for the benefit of new Clinic shooters and then will shoot steel targets from 375 to 700 yards. We break for lunch and shoot more steel until about 1500. Then we go down range and get one large and two small Boomers per shooter that Joe and his crew will place for the shooter. At about 1600 we will shoot these explosive targets and ‘clean up’ any that didn’t get hit. A short AAR completes the day.


0830: We will gather at 0830 to get signed in and to go over the safety issues concerning this firing range. Before we move onto the firing line – we will need to get into two person teams so sign up with your buddy or tell me and we will find another individual shooter to buddy up with.

0900 – 1000 Formal Instruction: We will have a short block of instruction on the following topics in order to get us started.

Safety Briefing – Range Rules that will govern our actions for the rest of the day.

Data Book Organization – I will produce and distribute to all clinic shooters a small data book for the Clinic. We will cover this data book so you can understand why it is designed the way it is and how to use it for your training. These little books are very good to use for getting and recording zeros and accuracy information.

Your Goals for the Day – We will briefly go over how setting goals for yourself will allow you to achieve success during the day and how my cadre can assist you if you desire coaching.

Wind Doping – I will emplace about ten wind flags on the range and we will use these flags along with a common sense method of doping winds to get us into the ‘ball park’.

1000 – 1030 Firing Position Demonstration: My Assistant Instructor and I will cover the following steps for all to see.

Rifle and Equipment Inspection: More than common sense – a necessity to eliminate any mechanical problems before shooting.

Establishing a Firing Position: We will take a look at someone’s bench position and a prone position in terms of making that firing position do as much of the work as physically possible.

Shooter / Observer Dialogue: Take my word for it, the ability of a shooter and his spotter to communicate very clearly is essential if you want to blow up boomers. This has been a weak point with many teams in the past and this year we will really attempt to get team members to talk with each other while shooting.

1030 – 1200 Spanking Steel I: Joe has some steel disks on his range and I will bring from ten to twenty additional steel targets of various sizes for you to shoot so you can gather information on the shooting conditions of the range and evaluate your loads for accuracy.

1230 – 1300 Lunch and Lessons Learned: All quiet on the firing line for our lunch. Bring your lunch or eat fast food from a fellow who caters to the Boomershoot every year. Enjoy the company and conversation of fellow shooters. We will gather and conduct a lessons learned for fifteen or so minutes before more shooting again.

1300 – 1530 Spanking Steel II: Get zeros, get zeros, and get zeros. Learn how to read trace, how to talk with a shooter, how to dope winds. Results will bring confidence and precision.

1530 - 1600 Issue Boomers: One large and two small per shooter – placed where you want them as long as they are inside Joe’s impact areas.

1600 – 1700 Shoot the Boomers!

1700 – UTC – After Action Review


If anyone is new to the Clinic and Boomershoot, look at the pictures of the firing area that Joe Huffman has in his web pages. There is a farm road running along the left flank and a farm house across this road. Bullets must stay in the impact area on the side of the hill and when the order to cease fire is given, it must be obeyed immediately. Here are my regulations concerning the Clinic.

Maintain full muzzle awareness at all times.

Load on the firing line.

Unload and make safe on command.

Finger goes on trigger only after barrel is pointed into the impact area.

You may remove your rifle from the firing line to clean and maintain at any time you wish. Take it on yourself to clear and remove the rifle while maintaining muzzle awareness.

If you insist on carrying a pistol, secure it to your body in a manner that prohibits it from pointing at anyone while you are in any position.


No .50 Caliber BMG rifles please.

If you want to shoot your .338 Lapua or Winchester, contact me at for specific rules.

Any rifle that is .30 Caliber or under is authorized. Best effects on Boomers seem to come from 6 and 6.5 mm cartridges.

No ‘Solids’, AP, or API bullets please.

Tracers are authorized only if Joe Huffman so authorizes their use.

Any Black Powder rifle of any caliber is authorized.

Any pistol is authorized. Just remember that our first bank of steel is at 375 yards.


It is hard to say what the weather will be like at the end of April. We have had sleet and snow, fine sunny weather, and a mixture of the above all in one day. Pack accordingly. Here are some reminders.

Rifle and Back-Up Rifle: It would be a pity to show up with one rifle and have mechanical problems that preclude your enjoying the Clinic. Bring a back up rifle.

AR or AK: After we have shot at our boomer targets, we sweep the impact area and finish off any that have not been detonated. An AR-15 or AK with a magazine or two of blasting ammo will let you have a whole lot of fun at the end of each day.

Back Up Optic: Another good idea.

100 rounds of Ammunition per Clinic Day

Spotting Scope: An absolute must if you are to learn how to dope wind and read bullet trace. If you have signed up as part of a two man team, make sure your team has at least one spotting scope of very good quality.

A Solid Rest for Your Rifle

Ear Protection: Required. I recommend some electronic ear muffs as we will be talking while others are shooting.

Clothing for Hot through Cold and Wet Conditions

Food and Water for Lunch

If you want to attend the Clinic, fill out the Registration Form and the Goals Worksheet and send them to me with your check. Sorry, I do not take credit card.

Thank you again and let’s have a great time in April!

Gene Econ
October, 2006

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Last updated: October 09, 2007