Applied Ballistics Seminar – 2017



Bryan LitzBallistician Bryan Litz will be the primary speaker presenting material from: his books, the Applied Ballistics Lab, and experience shooting in various disciplines.

Nick Vitalbo – Owner of nVisti Tactical Innovations and Principle engineer for Applied Ballistics. Nick will be presenting on the state of the art in laser technology as it applied to rangefinders and wind reading devices. He will also be discussing implementation of Weapon Employment Zone (WEZ). 

Doc Beech – Technical Support Engineer for Applied Ballistics. Doc will be teaching how to use the included software AB Analytics. Doc will also hold hands on classes on using the Devices, Software, and Apps. This is your chance to get hands on instruction in the use of products integrated with Applied Ballistics.

Mitchell Fitzpatrick – Applied Ballistics intern, shooter on the Michigan and US Rifle team, Gunsmith at Lethal Precision Arms. Mitch discusses the elements, equipment and design of Extended Long Range (ELR) shooting.


Guest Speakers:

Emil Praslick III – Head coach of the U.S. Palma team and retired head coach of the U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit with 18 National and 2 World Titles. Emil will discuss tactics, strategy, and mindset for successful wind-reading in various shooting applications.

Eric Stecker – Master Bulletsmith and President of Berger Bullets. Eric will be presenting on precision bullet making technology.

Jeff Brozovich – Long Range Hunter and owner of Long Range Only. Jeff will be sharing his extensive experience with long range hunting and extended long range (ELR) shooting over the years. Including external ballistic predictions as well as terminal ballistic performance.

Ian Klemm – Shooter on the US Rifle Team and Senior Engineer for Vortex Optics. Ian will be discussing rifle scope design considerations, selection criteria, and use in long-range shooting.

Paul Phillips – Adjutant on the US Rifle Team. Shooter and Coach of Team Sinclair, Shooter and Coach on Applied Ballistics ELR Team. Paul will discuss team work, match preparation and the dynamics of spotting.

Other industry speakers are being invited to present on various topics related to ballistics and long range shooting. Check back as we get closer to the event day for updates.



To have an educational discussion on topics related to external ballistics. The seminar will be structured, but a great deal of time is allotted for questions and discussion. By the end of the seminar, everyone should be very comfortable with their understanding of how to apply ballistics in the real world to hit long range targets.


Instruction Topics:

Subjects are introduced from an academic first principles perspective. Once the scientific basis for the material is established, the ideas are further demonstrated with examples from instrumented live fire. We explain the science, and then present examples of the principles in action. The goal is that you’ll leave with an understanding of the subject matter, as well as a knowledge of how to apply it in the real world.

  1. Trajectory Buildup – Baseline Trajectory, Gravity Drop, Vacuum Trajectory, & Aerodynamic Drag
  2. Trajectory Features – Zeroing, Point Blank Range, Danger Space, & Uphill/Downhill Effects.
  3. Sights – Tall Target Test (Sight Scale Factor & Cant), Aperture Sights, Turrets vs Holding Reticles, & Extreme Adjustment for ELR
  4. Drag Modeling – What is a drag model, how is drag measured, how is a drag model used, & standard drag models.
  5. Ballistic Coefficients – What is a BC, G1 and G7, Curve Fitting Challenges (averaged BCs, segmented BCs), & Estimating BCs.
  6. Wind – Nature of wind, Mechanism of wind deflection (velocity scaling, lag time, wind deflection), near wind vs far wind, wind measurement, terrain and vertical wind, Wind strategies for competition, Wind coaching.
  7. Basic Stability – Gyroscopic Stability Factor, Twist Rate Effects (muzzle velocity, precision, & BC)
  8. Advanced Stability – Gyroscopic vs Dynamic Stability, Limit Cycle Yaw, Twist rate and Stability Effects in Transonic Flight, & Spin Decay
  9. Secondary Effects – Spin Drift, Coriolis, Aerodynamic Jump, Accounting for Secondary Effects in Ballistic Solvers
  10. ELR Shooting – Transonic effects, Secondary Effects, Critical Nature of (Ranging, MV Measurement, Drag Modeling, Wind), Equipment Currently Being Used & Bullet Selection.
  11. WEZ Analysis – What is WEZ, Confidence Environments, Precision (Wind, Range, MV), Accuracy (Sights, Trajectory Modeling, Secondary Effects, Calibration (Trueing)).
  12. Ballistic Solvers – Components (Interface, Solver/Simulation, Model), Potential Accuracy, & Walk through of use with technical explanation of inputs.
  13. Other Topics – Technology, Laser Range Finders, Non-Linear Divergence, & Much More.

*There Is No Live Fire Portion to Our Seminars*


Materials Included:

Full Library of Books + DVD Set – 275$ Value (Including the not yet released 3rd Edition of the Ballistic Performance of Rifle Bullets).

(New) ELR Shooting with Applied Ballistics educational DVD.

Applied Ballistics Analytics Software (Used during the course of the seminar) – 200$ Value

Binder with handouts, articles, utility sheets, and course outline.

Swag bag with goodies.


General Course Outline:

4 Hour Morning Block 

1 Hour Lunch

4 Hour Afternoon Block

1 Hour Dinner

Breakout Sessions on Specific Topics After Dinner

Each block of instruction has 10 minutes of open discussion time.



Spring – May 6th – 7th

Snowbird Cliff Lodge – 9385 S. Snowbird Center Dr. Snowbird, Utah 84092 (800) 232-9542




Fall – November 6th – 7th
Caraway Conference Center – 4756 Caraway Mountain Road Sophia, North Carolina 27350 (336) 629-2374

Fall Event Registration Link



600$ Registration Fee

Individual Travel and Lodging Arrangements must be made by the attendee. Breakfast, Lunch, & Dinner meal plan included in lodging arrangements. Commuter meal package also available (for those staying offsite). (Not Included) 


Cancellation Policy:

If we cancel the class: If the minimum attendance is not reached 3 weeks prior to the event start date. Notifications and full refunds will be sent to all who’ve signed up.

If you cancel: If you sign up then wish to cancel,  refunds minus the value of any products already received will be given up to a month before the event start date. After that point, a $100 deposit plus the value of any materials already received will be retained for late cancellation.



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