Spur Outfitters Annual Firearms Training and Writer’s Event

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In August of 2017 the Guninpho crew once again traveled to Saratoga, Wyoming for the 4th annual Spur Outfitters Firearms Training and Writer’s Event. We spent ten days teaching various firearms classes and testing firearms.  This was our largest event yet with over 200 students attending classes.  Ruger firearms again sponsored the guns and both the students and writers gave them quite a workout.  A big thanks to our other sponsors, Hornady, Black Hills, CCI, Birchwood Casey, MGM Targets, Galco Gunleather, North County Firearms and Sun Optics for their generous support.

The Ruger American Pistol in 9mm was a big hit during our handgun classes.
The Ruger American Pistol in 9mm was a big hit during our handgun classes.
Firearms training should be a fun time for all. The use of plastic training guns ensures everyone can learn safely.
Firearms training should be a fun time for all. The use of plastic training guns ensures everyone can learn safely.

For this year’s event, Ruger sent out a bunch of nice firearms for us to test. These included the Ruger American 9mm full sized pistol, SR22 Pistol, 10/22 Takedown rifle, Precision Rifle in 6.5 Creedmoor, American Rifle in 6.5 Creedmoor, AR-556 and American Rimfire rifles in .17 HMR.  We also had some of the new Ruger Suppressors, including the new Silent-SR ISB barrel for the 10/22 takedown.  Thanks to Hornady, Black Hills and CCI, we had plenty of ammo for everything.  We topped each of the long guns with Sun Optics glass and then went to the range for a long sight in session.  Spur Outfitters has created a great rifle range for the use of their staff and clients.  The range has paper and steel targets ranging from 50 yards to one mile so it makes it the ideal spot for testing any long gun.  They also have a 50 yard short range filled with MGM steel so there is plenty of room for handgunning as well.

Spur Outfitters takes firearms training seriously. So much so that even the bosses come out and take classes! Here, Instructor Bubba works with Thad and Kristen York on their handgun skills.
Spur Outfitters takes firearms training seriously. So much so that even the bosses come out and take classes! Here, Instructor Bubba works with Thad and Kristen York on their handgun skills.

We taught classes on topics including the handgun, AR15, long range rifle, youth rimfire and personal safety and home defense. Our students ranged from 5 year old children to octogenarians and thanks to Ruger, there was something that fit everyone’s needs.  The novice and elderly really liked the .22 pistols while most of the shooters found the Ruger American Pistol worked well for them.  Birchwood Casey provided everyone with eye and hearing protection as well as plenty of targets.  Overall, everyone had a great time in a safe environment.

Not all of our classes are on the range. Encampment High School asked us to bring our Personal Safety Class to them and we were happy to help. They graciously opened it up to anyone in the community.
Not all of our classes are on the range. Encampment High School asked us to bring our Personal Safety Class to them and we were happy to help. They graciously opened it up to anyone in the community.
Instructor Lew works with a student on knee strikes during the Personal Safety Class. The students were very motivated and the instructors were very sore!
Instructor Lew works with a student on knee strikes during the Personal Safety Class. The students were very motivated and the instructors were very sore!

In addition to the ranges, the guys had plenty of opportunities to test the guns in the field. The ranch is loaded with prairie dogs and the cattlemen and farmers are always looking for shooters to thin them out.  The Ruger Precision Rifles had no problem hitting the long range steel targets as well as popping their share of long range prairie dogs.  While the Ruger American Rifle isn’t designed to shoot the long distances that the Precision can, it still shot very well and is an excellent big game rifle or coyote gun.  The American Rimfire and 10/22 rifles had the biggest workout, though.  They were shot daily with plenty of varmints falling to their accuracy.  Ruger has always made outstanding firearms and this latest batch continues that tradition.

 

Our youth classes are one of the highlights of the week for our instructors. Jimmy's student really likes Ruger's new Silent-SR ISB 10/22 barrel.
Our youth classes are one of the highlights of the week for our instructors. Jimmy’s student really likes Ruger’s new Silent-SR ISB 10/22 barrel.
Our youth classes are always a hands on, one-on-one experience. While Tom works with this young shooter, Bubba calls out hits.
Our youth classes are always a hands on, one-on-one experience. While Tom works with this young shooter, Bubba calls out hits.
Scott works with Slayd Daley during our youth class. As good as Scott is, it helps that Slayd's parents have been taking Slayd shooting and hunting for most of his life.
Scott works with Slayd Daley during our youth class. As good as Scott is, it helps that Slayd’s parents have been taking him shooting and hunting for most of his life.

2018 will mark the 5th anniversary of the Spur Outfitters Firearms Training and Writer’s Event. If you are in the Saratoga area between August 18th and the 25th, please stop by and join us for great camaraderie and good training with some excellent firearms.

Resources:

www.spuroutfitters.com

www.ruger.com

www.hornady.com

www.black-hills.com

www.birchwoodcasey.com

www.sunopticsusa.com

www.galcogunleather.com

www.northcountyfirearms.com

www.cci-ammunition.com

www.mgmtargets.com

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John Russo is a life-long hunter, shooter and outdoorsman. He is currently a Police Sergeant from Southern California. He has been a SWAT Sniper, Child Abuse Detective and Homicide Unit Supervisor. As the leader of the Police Department's Firearms Training Unit, he has been teaching firearms for over 20 years. His credentials include a laundry list of certifications as an instructor and armorer on all types of weapon systems. John has been writing for various gun magazines for many years and has been published over 80 times on topics ranging from hunting, shooting, guns, training and law enforcement.