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Friday and Saturday
24 and 25 April 2009

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Hello All!

I have a number of people who I have already registered for the Field Fire portion of the 2K9 Boomershoot Clinic so here is the bulletin. I was waiting to see what the gas prices would be like before posting this as my biggest expense is the gasoline I eat up for a Clinic.

I am offering two types of entry again. The first is for shooters who want individual coaching throughout the day or days (Clinic shooters). The second is for those who just want to shoot and don’t desire coaching (Field Fire). Both the Clinic and Field Fire shooters will get the class in the morning and both will get one large and two small Boomers at the end of each day to shoot. This appears to be a good method of accommodating everyone who wants to shoot and it allows me and my coaches the ability to focus in on those who want coaching. Like last year, please allow me to reserve left half of the raised berm plus about twenty five yards of the flat area to the left of the berm for those who want coaching. I need to keep the shooters who want coaching within easy reach of me and my staff so the Field Fire shooters will have to find places to our right or left. We have never run out of room so don’t worry about finding a spot.

Cost for those who want coaching will be $85.00 per person, per day. Cost for ‘Field Fire’ shooting will be $45.00 per day.


Yes, I am still focusing my training on the individual goals of those who want coaching so if you choose to take the coaching we offer, please do tell me what your goals are for the Clinic and or Boomershoot. I already assume you are here to have fun so if you want coaching, give us some of your own goals that are focused on your performance. If you want assistance in determining your goals, write me at and title the message as Boomershoot Goals.

For those who are choosing to be coached, I 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. So if you think that the Clinic is some sort of para-military shooting event, a competitive event, or a force fed training event – think again. It isn’t and that is the key to its success. You will get from the Clinic what you determine to be of value to you – written out as your own individual or two man team goals. It is our job as coaches to advise and assist you in your own attainment of your own goals.

The Clinic is totally oriented towards achieving individual goals. This is accomplished through one on one interaction between the shooter / observer and me or my cadre. The hardest part for you shooters / observers will be identifying your goals for the Clinic! Without knowing your goals, we will have a hard time focusing our time and resources on your success. If you want our coaching, you got to have some goals. That is my only requirement aside from weapons handling issues. Got to have goals, so once again part of the Clinic Registration Form includes your personal goals for the Clinic. Remember, the Clinic is not a competitive event or a shooting academy. It is oriented on individual goals and our job is to see that (within reason) everyone who wants coaching achieves his or her individual goals.


Why change something that works! Here is our schedule for both Clinic days. We meet on the firing line each day as normal. Those who haven’t been to the Boomershoot or Clinic – you will see us very easily from the road. Just follow Joe’s directions to the shooting site.

0830: Sign in for everyone who wants Coaching and identify teams. I go with two man teams but won’t argue with anyone if they want to buddy up with more at a firing position. For those who desire Field Fire – show up any time you want but please find me and tell me you are here.

0900 – 1000: Safety briefing and short class. The class will cover your goals and how to attain them. We will offer any technical information you may ask for and will show you one way of working as a two man team engaging targets at unknown distances so you can see an effective way of both learning about this type of shooting and how to troubleshoot performance.

1000 – 1130: Shooting Steel.

1130 – 1300: Cease fire and break for lunch.

1300 – 1500: Shooting Steel.

1500 – 1545: Place one large and two small boomers per shooter where ever you want them as long as they are in an impact area (everyone).

1545 – 1600: Shoot your boomers!

1600 – 1630: Clean up.

1700: On site AAR.


Look at the Web Site: 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.

Black Powder rifles of any caliber are authorized.

Pistols are authorized. Just remember that our first bank of steel is at 375 yards.


Clothing for Hot through Cold and Wet Conditions: It is hard to say what the weather will be like at the end of April. We have had strong ice pellet storms, 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.

Food and Water for Lunch: Normally a gentleman and his wife set up a fast food trailer on site and serve food hamburgers and some seriously greasy onion rings. Keeps the firing line warm and provides interesting scents on the firing line.

If you want to attend the Clinic, fill out the Registration Form and the Goals Worksheet and send it to me with your check.

If you want to shoot Field Fire – just send in the registration form, without goals, with your your check. Or write me at my e-mail address and reserve a spot – then pay me at the site. Sorry, I do not take credit card.

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

Gene Econ
August, 2008

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Last updated: September 04, 2008