Virginia Tactical - Participants' Testimonials
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"The Farm is a great place to shoot and Vern
is a wealth of knowledge. I don't care how much you
think you know or if you think you have done it all,
YOU WILL LEARN MORE when you get out there
with Vern. I recommend if you come anywhere within
100 miles of CVT and you have your rifle � make a
detour no matter what the cost is."
Defense Contractor - Iraq
"Vern is a very down to
earth, nuts and bolts shooter and instructor. While
he knows the intricate details of everything he does
and says, he won't overload you with details unless
you want them.
He has actually done everything he teaches, so he
knows what works and what doesn't. And he has the
trophies and world records to prove it. Hard to
beat this combination.
You can't shoot with Vern and NOT learn something
that will improve your performance.
All in all, it was a very, very informative couple
of days with a gracious host and a knowledgeable rifle
I plan on returning soon. I�ve gained an unbelievable
amount of info on the whole precision and long range
Next up for me is reloading, using the things I learned
had a whole boatload of handgun training from some
pretty good folks including; Massad Ayoob (on whose
staff I presently train), Marty Hayes, Clint Smith,
Ray Chapmann, Robby Barkmann, Bob Taubert, Chuck
Taylor, Tom Aveni, Bert Duvernay, Ken Good and Mark
Warner of Strategos Intl' (on whose staff I'm an
My rifle training was with USMC 19--, Parris Island,
SC, and then ITR at Camp Geiger, NC until I got
sent to Okinawa by way of Pendleton. I qualified
Expert w/ the MI Garand.
In my other life I'm a Police Psychologist. In that
capacity I have been asked to provide commentary
regarding "What does a sniper go through?" when
he has to take a shot.
Because I have had no direct training in "sniper"
work, I consulted Rod Ryan at Storm Mountain and
was admitted into what was, for me at least, a very
advanced sniper training course modeled after the
FBI Sniper protocol.
While I qualified (with a lot of assistance from
the instructors), it was clear to me that there
was a whole ton of information about the sniper
specialty that I was utterly stupid about. (Not
that Rod, his staff and my shooting partner didn't
do a good job helping me to learn - they did.
They did a helluva good job of it or I wouldn't
have qualified. I just realized that there is
a lot more to it than meets the eye.)
So it was in that context that I set about trying
to find a place that would help me learn how to
shoot at long range and learn the skills that would
stand me in good stead when asked difficult questions
about the Law Enforcement sniper's role.
Thanks to my contacts at Sniper�s
Paradise, I found Vern Harrison and Central
Vern is a genius instructor. He teaches all the
time; even when you're just riding along in his
truck, having breakfast, loading gear, whatever.
He started me from absolute scratch (because in
fact, that's where I was/am.)
He taught me how to mil range, use my logbook to
accurately acquire data, gauge wind, note the changes
in lighting and conditions as they would affect
the shot, get a good solid shooting position, maintain
a solid cheek weld throughout the process of acquiring
the target, load the weapon, chamber the round,
firing and following through; everything one needs
to fully understand the process involved in taking
an accurate, long range shot.
Vern teaches from the Socratic method. He never
gives you the answers! He asks the questions that
are relevant to the problem at hand. If you follow
his questions, they will lead naturally to the correct
Another critical element that exemplifies what an
excellent instructor Vern is stems not only from
his military record of having really �been there
and done that," but also from his willingness to
get down on the ground and shoot the same course
of fire as he asks his students to do.
Every good handgun instructor I've had has done
that. Vern puts his skills on the line in real time,
and demonstrates that no matter how difficult the
shot, it can be done, repeatedly and consistently.
Same with the other good men I've trained with.
Just to watch Vern shoot is an education in its
I'm certainly going back to train more with Vern.
(I am also going to learn how to reload for the
custom .300 WinMag that Vern is coaching me on how
For anyone looking for the ultimate "hands-on�
train-up, give a weekend to Central Virginia Tactical
with Vernon Harrison. Vern is "da man."
"For anyone never formally trained or unsure
about your skills in the tactical rifle arena, a trip
to CVT is definately worth making. Vern is one of
the most patient instructors you could ever hope for
and has a way of teaching you so that it really sticks.
Even if you are on the other side of the country,
if you can save up the money, take a trip, you will
never find a better man or precision rifle instructor
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