Defense The EraThr3 Thunder Ranch Experience Steven Kuo June 10, 2015 What do you get when you combine the “nothing but the best” obsession of EraThr3 with the legendary Clint Smith and Thunder Ranch? You get something new to add to your bucket list. For those with the scratch to consider the EraThr3 Thunder Ranch Experience scheduled for 27 to 29 August 2015 in Lakeview, Oregon, you'll not only have a bad ass piece of hardware to bring home, you'll get top notch training with it in a cozy setting. If you haven't been paying attention, EraThr3 isn't just about gear, they're about lifestyle. So when they call it an experience, they mean it — the all-inclusive package includes the following: New EraThr3 “Clint Smith” Signature AR-15 with Optics Package PROOF Research 14.5-inch carbon fiber barrel Schmidt & Bender 1-4×20 PM Short Dot scope Custom Spuhr offset mount Magpul furniture and magazines 800 rounds Prime ammunition Three day Urban Precision Rifle course, taught by Clint and Heidi Smith along with the Thunder Ranch staff Three nights of lodging at the Fremont Inn Breakfast, lunch, and dinner 1 year subscription to RECOIL magazine The rifle is a variant of EraThr3's Project Anorexia limited edition builds, coined “The Skinny Gun.” It was designed with Clint Smith to be super lightweight, accurate, and simply deadly (or deadly simple, whichever you prefer). The upper and lower are billet and skeletonized to save weight. Titanium parts are used throughout, and the gas tube is even made of inconel. And the heart of the rifle is the match grade PROOF Research stainless and carbon fiber barrel. Add to this an S&B Short Dot in a Spuhr mount, and you can clearly see that no expense is spared. Note the trigger is an ALG Defense ACT — simple, reliable, and bulletproof, but not an expensive unit. Just as well, since trigger preferences are very personal, so if you have a favorite aftermarket trigger you'll have no compunction about swapping them. Thunder Ranch's new Urban Precision Rifle course combines its time tested doctrines of Precision Rifle and Urban Rifle. The new format addresses the surgical application of scoped rifles to urban and compressed environments. Most documented precision rifle shots are actually performed at shorter ranges in compressed timeframes — often at complex targets. The curriculum covers safety, use of cover and concealment, engagement of moving targets, hostage type targets, firing from elevated platforms, alternate and awkward firing positions, scenarios, and numerous other topics. For those of us who pack Cup o' Noodles and PB&J sandwiches for lunch, this will remain on the bucket list, as $10,500 is the price of admission for this rodeo. But for those with the means, there are just 12 slots available, so check out the details. To learn more about EraThr3, click through to see their rifles, handguns, luggage, and apparel. Explore RECOILweb:The Ashley Update: Firing a Hand Cannon, Matchlock, and WheellockNew: Tipton Gun Cleaning Maintenance MatsMossberg Introduces 12-Gauge Magazine Fed ShockwaveNighthawk Drop-In 1911 Trigger NEXT STEP: Download Your Free Target Pack from RECOILFor years, RECOIL magazine has treated its readers to a full-size (sometimes full color!) shooting target tucked into each big issue. Now we've compiled over 50 of our most popular targets into this one digital PDF download. From handgun drills to AR-15 practice, these 50+ targets have you covered. Print off as many as you like (ammo not included). Click here to get IMMEDIATE ACCESS to a digital PDF of this target pack!