Beginner to Advanced Rifle Scopes Course

Learn everything you need to know about firearm scopes and optics with my rifle scopes course. By the end of this 4-week hands-on training program, you’ll know everything, from how to choose the right scope to shooting and everything in between.

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Hello, I’m Richard Douglas, and I’m offering an in-person training course where you will master every aspect of rifle scopes—from the fundamental principles to advanced applications. This course is designed for individuals who wish to dive into the world of precision shooting and scope technology in a hands-on, engaging environment.

Who is This Course For?

This course is designed specifically for beginners but also experienced shooters looking to refine their skills with rifle scopes. More specifically: 

  • New Firearm Owners: Those who have recently acquired a rifle and want to learn how to properly equip it with a scope will find this course invaluable. Starting from the basics, you will build a solid foundation of skills.
  • Outdoor Enthusiasts and Hunters: If you spend time hunting or engaging in outdoor shooting sports, this course will enhance your ability to select and use the appropriate scopes, improving your accuracy and making your experiences more rewarding.
  • Sports Shooters: Competitive shooters who want to gain an edge in their sport will find the advanced modules particularly beneficial. The course covers precision techniques and scope adjustments that can make a significant difference in competitions.
  • Firearm Hobbyists: If you have a passion for firearms and want to deepen your understanding of rifle scopes and optics, this course offers the technical knowledge and practical skills you need.

This course is perfect for anyone who is committed to learning and wants to master the use of rifle scopes, regardless of their prior experience or professional background. If you’re ready to take your shooting skills to the next level and become proficient, this course is for you.

Why Choose This Course?

Engaging, In-Person Experience

Unlike online tutorials or self-guided study, my course offers an immersive, in-person experience that provides direct interaction with me and real-time feedback. This hands-on approach is essential for mastering any skill, but especially for rifle scope handling and shooting.

Tailored and Interactive Learning

Each session of this course is tailored to meet the needs of those attending. I intentionally make my class size small. That way, you receive individual attention, making sure that all questions are answered and everyone can learn at their own speed. This personalized approach is something you won’t often find in larger, more impersonal settings.

Immediate Application and Real-Time Corrections

In this course, you’ll immediately apply what you’ve learned by practicing with various rifles and scopes. This real-time application is needed for reinforcing new knowledge. I’ll also provide instant feedback which allows you to make adjustments and understand subtleties that are often overlooked in non-interactive learning environments.

Expert Guidance

As a seasoned sharpshooter, hunter, competitive shooter, and experienced Marksman and CQB instructor, I’ve crafted a comprehensive curriculum that combines practical workshops, live firing sessions, and personalized coaching to ensure you become proficient with all types of rifle scopes. I also make complex concepts accessible and engaging. 

Course Details

  • Duration: 4 weeks (weekends only)
  • Location: Check schedule below
  • Course Fee: $1,499 (equipment and materials included)

Rifle Scopes Course Outline

This hands-on course is structured over four weeks, focusing on different aspects of rifle scopes. Here’s a brief overview of what we’ll be covering week-by-week: 

Week 1: Introduction to Rifle Scopes

  • Overview of Rifle Scopes: Learn the basics of what rifle scopes are, their purposes, and how they enhance shooting accuracy.
  • Components and Functionality: Dive into the anatomy of rifle scopes, exploring each component such as the tube, lenses, reticle, and adjustment knobs in detail.
  • Different Types of Scopes: Examine and handle various types of scopes including fixed, variable, tactical, hunting, and competition scopes. Understand the specific applications and benefits of each type.

Week 2: Optical Fundamentals

  • Magnification and Objective Lens: Engage in practical exercises to see how different magnification levels and objective lens sizes affect image clarity and field of view.
  • Lens Coatings and Light Transmission: Learn about the different types of lens coatings and their impact on light transmission and image quality.
  • Eye Relief and Field of View: Participate in exercises to experience the importance of eye relief and how field of view is affected by different scopes.

Week 3: Scope Mounting and Adjustment

  • Mounting Techniques: Get hands-on experience with the correct procedures to mount a scope securely and accurately.
  • Zeroing Your Scope: Practice zeroing a scope at various distances and learn about the concepts of minute of angle (MOA) and mil-dot reticles.
  • Making Precise Adjustments: Learn how to make fine adjustments using elevation and windage knobs under simulated field conditions.

Week 4: Practical Applications and Maintenance

  • Choosing the Right Scope: Use scenarios to determine the best scope for various shooting activities, considering factors like environment, target size, and distance.
  • Advanced Shooting Techniques: Apply your new skills in live firing sessions designed to improve accuracy and precision. Sessions will include shooting at different distances to master the adjustment and application of your scope under varied conditions.
  • Maintenance and Troubleshooting: Learn how to maintain your scope, troubleshoot common issues, and perform basic repairs to ensure longevity and performance.

Meet Your Instructor: Richard Douglas

I’ve been teaching firearms for over 10 years. And back in 2019, I created my own scope review blog to help make choosing the best optic for you easy. 

I’m not an ex-marine, law enforcement officer, or anything like that. However, my background encompasses roles as a National Defense Security Consultant, Firearms Instructor, and a ton of hands-on experience with Marksmanship and the effective use of Firearm Optics. My work has been featured in leading publications and firearm magazines like The Truth About Guns, The Trace, and The National Interest. You can learn about me here


Richard’s course transformed the way I approach hunting. I learned more in four weekends than I had in years of trial and error. His hands-on method made all the difference. 

Emily R.

If you’re considering this course, don’t hesitate. What makes this course different is how its hands-on. I’ve watched countless YouTube videos but never really understood the ins and outs of rifle scopes until I worked with Richard. It’s not just a course, it’s an investment in your skills. 

Mark S.

I signed up for Richard’s course to get more comfortable with my new rifle and scope setup. Not only did I leave feeling confident in my choices, but I also appreciated the personal attention Richard gave each participant. His expertise is truly impressive, and his teaching method is both thorough and engaging. This course is a must for anyone looking to master their scope. 

Joseph B.

Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need to own a rifle or scope to participate?

No, all necessary equipment, including rifles and a variety of scopes, will be provided for use during the course. But I do recommend bringing your scope if you have one. 

What should I bring to the course?

Participants are only required to bring nothing but their commitment to learn. All other materials, including rifles, scopes, and safety gear will be provided as part of the course. However, you are welcome to bring your own rifle and scope if you prefer to train with equipment you are already familiar with.

How many participants are in each course session?

To ensure a personalized and effective learning experience, I limit each course session to a maximum of 5 participants. This small group size allows for individual attention and detailed guidance from me during hands-on activities and discussions.

Is this course suitable for complete beginners?

Absolutely! In fact, this course is designed to take you from the very basics to advanced techniques, regardless of your current level of experience.

Are there any prerequisites for joining the course?

There are no specific prerequisites required to enroll in this course. It is designed to accommodate participants of all skill levels, from complete beginners to more experienced shooters. I start with the basics and gradually progress to more advanced topics, ensuring that everyone can follow along and benefit from the training.

Will I receive any materials or resources to take home?

Yes, participants will receive a comprehensive course manual that includes detailed notes on everything covered in the course, from basic terminology to advanced shooting techniques. Additionally, you will receive access to online resources for further learning and practice, ensuring that you can continue to refine your skills after the course has ended.

What is your refund policy?

All sales are final. Once registered, course fees are non-refundable under any circumstances. Please be sure of your commitment to the course before finalizing your payment.

Ready to Join?

Before you commit, read these two disclaimers:

  1. All payments are non-refundable.
  2. Participants must present proof of U.S. citizenship at the beginning of the course. Failure to do so will lead to dismissal from the course without a refund.

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