We’ve decided to launch a proper extreme range skills certification program. This is an exceedingly difficult test.
The Ballistic_XLR ELR Certification test is: 1 target, 1 shot, unknown range, 1 minute.
To obtain a Ballistic_XLR Long Range Rifleman Certification the shooter must record the whole test on video (from setup to target verification), post the video as private on YouTube and provide a URL to firstname.lastname@example.org along with a mailing address, weapon and ammunition description, muzzle velocity, the barometric pressure the test was taken under, and the firing solution used to receive your certificate. We will review the video and the data provided and award certifications accordingly.
A spotter/witness is required and shall be the designated time keeper and videographer.
Maximum time allowed once target emplacement is complete and shooter is near his emplaced rifle is 1 minutes/60 seconds. Inside this time you need to get behind the rifle, determine range to target via a ranging reticle (Mil-Dot, MSR, Horus-58, etc…), calculate a firing solution, adjust your sights and fire your shot. You pass if you hit the target.
The target shall be a steel plate of rectangular or “iron maiden” shape with a maximum width of 22″ in any dimension. Targets of larger size are acceptable if the target Vital Zone is marked off with masking tape that contrasts with the target. The target face shall be fully painted in a high visibility color such as blaze orange, white, yellow or red. A hit must clearly remove the paint from the surface of the target to count (so grazing hits on the side can count if the paint on the target face chips due to the bullet impact). Spall damage to the paint surface from surrounding dirt/rocks/debris does not count. It’s got to be a real bullet strike.
Once the target has been placed and the range opened for firing the shooter may approach the forward firing position but may not touch the rifle or assume the prone position until the start command is given by the spotter/witness.
At “start” the rifle shall have the buttstock and bipod on the ground with scope set to normal zero and at the lowest magnification setting, parallax shall be set at infinity, bipod shall be extended to minimum height. The shot must be taken with the abdomen, legs and feet of the shooter touching the ground. If you’re using a shooting mat and/or sandbags you can place them at the FFP ahead of time but you may not set the sandbag under the rifle stock or lay behind the rifle until “start” is called.
The bullet must strike the target face and remove the paint down to the metal.
You may not use 3-leg shooting support systems of any kind, shooting tables, mechanical rests other than bipods affixed to the fore end of the rifle or an extension of the fore end. The buttstock may be supported with a single sandbag which rests upon the shooting mat or the ground but is not mounted on any stand or mechanism and the fore end with a single bipod which is placed no more than 2 inches in front of the muzzle.
Ballistics calculation applications/tools can be used but don’t have to be.
You are not allowed any test/sighter shots against the test target.
This is to be a cold bore shot. You may not take any warm-up, zero check or sighter shots at other targets for 3 hours before the test. The first shot of record shall be from a cold bore.
You may not shoot the test more than once per day unless using a different rifle in a different chambering.
Ranging must be performed with: riflescope or spotting scope ranging reticle. Ranging may not be performed with: Laser rangefinders, theodolites, GPS, Maps or other devices of similar nature that will provide an absolutely correct number without shooter estimation.
This test was designed to be exceptionally difficult. The rules are not very detailed by design. You understand the spirit of this test is to judge your own abilities and you won’t get any benefit from lying to yourself by cheating. This is about taking pride in personal skill. Cheaters will be cheaters and we have no way of stopping that except to call out the obvious ones.
High angle shots are allowed as long as the shooter lays down behind the rifle with the abdomen, legs and feet of the shooter touching the ground.
If the first shot misses, the shooter does not pass the test.
First round hit @1500 yards or more in under 1 minute = BallisticXLR Legend Marksman
First round hit @1250 yards or more in under 1 minute = BallisticXLR Master Marksman
First round hit @1000 yards or more under 1 minute = BallisticXLR Champion Marksman
First round hit @800 – 999 yards under 1 minute = BallisticXLR Distinguished Marksman