Rogers Shooting School Stage Guides
by Todd Louis Green
Rogers Shooting School in Elijay, Georgia is considered by many to be one of the most challenging pistol courses in the country. Shot almost entirely against reactive steel targets that disappear if you miss them, Rogers truly pushes you to shoot at what they call “reaction time” speed. It pushes you out of your comfort zone and tosses you into a deep pool where you either sink or swim.
Perhaps the most famous aspect of the Rogers Shooting School program is “The Test,” which consists of nine separate courses of fire totaling 125 possible points. The test is shot at the end of each day plus an extra run on Thursday morning. When you graduate, the rating on your certificate is based on the best score you receive out of those six tries. You need at least 70 points to pass the course with a Basic rating. Hit 90 and you are Intermediate. Score a 110 or better at least once and you graduate as Advanced.
While the test is purposely devised to measure your shooting ability, like any course of fire there are little tips that can help you score an extra point here or there compared to shooting without a plan. Some people don’t want a plan, they just want to shoot ’em as they see ’em and make the experience as random and realistic as possible. Others will want to turn in their best possible score, and it is for them that these guides exist.
Train hard & stay safe! ToddG
(You may also wish to read the review I wrote of my previous trip to Rogers in 2008.)