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Alias Training – John McPhee Aerial Marksmanship Training

Aerial Heavy Carbine Marksmanship course was designed to teach you to be “quick to shoot”, make the SHOT from a helicopter. Being accurate is final, but being accurate on the fly is better.

John McPhee

You will learn helicopter basics and safety considerations, the DOs and DON’Ts around helos. You will rehearse many shooting positions and techniques for making the SHOT. You will fly several courses of fire in progressive learning patterns to be as accurate and safe as possible as you become “quick to shoot”. Bring what you have; we will make you good with it. Learn to use your rifle, scope, reticle and any accessories for them. On the fly use hold offs, hold unders, and holdovers to increase your time to rapidly and accurately hit your target. You will shoot for score, for time and against your own skill to make the SHOT. Learn from your misses, where the shot went, why and correct for a hit in seconds or less. Teach you to correctly and rapidly reload, correct malfunctions and stoppages to get back in the fight on the fly.

Do these things while applying the Perfect Fundamentals of Marksmanship. Practice doesn’t make perfect, Perfect Practice Makes Perfect.

Topics covered:
Basics of the Heavy Carbine rifle
Weapon manipulation
Helicopter Safety
Weapons Safety
Load/ unload clear weapon
Ammo, overview
Fundamentals of Marksmanship;
Hold offs;
Mounting accessories

Required Gear;

*Large power scopes not recommended

– Optic 1-8 power variable (or smaller 1-4), with any reticle – Red dot scope w/ magnifier also acceptable
– Brass catcher
– Ballistic Eye Protection or Ballistic Goggles, Hearing Protection
– 4 magazines
– A way to carry 3 mags on your body or belt
– Kneepads
– Rifle sling
– Riggers belt (to safety line to helicopter)
– Safety Lanyard to hook to your riggers belt
– Self locking snap link
*Optional ballistic computer (will reference and use them)


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2 Responses to “Alias Training – John McPhee Aerial Marksmanship Training”

  1. Bill says:

    If it’s heavy and has a 8 power scope and a brass catcher, it’s no longer a carbine. I also hope that full fall protection would be accepted, a lanyard hooked into a belt is the bare minimum to keep you inside under normal conditions, not hanging out in rotor wash concentrating on breaking a shot from a banking bird.

  2. Chris says:

    Given the history that Mr. McPhee has, I am sure those safety considerations are going to be in place. I took a Tiger Swan Course at Ft. Bragg that he helped instruct. Shortly after that he came by my unit and gave a class on SSE. One of the most down to earth professionals that I have ever come into contact with who can teach anyone anything. Wish I could take another one of his courses.