Class Duration
7 hours

The Defensive Rifle 1 course is designed for students who want to take their carbine skills from knowledge to practice. This class presents a highly practical and relevant set of skills for individuals using a rifle for self defense. This class can be helpful to new owners of semiautatic rifle platforms (like AR-15s) who want to gain some experience and confidence handling a rifle. Students with past experience or even other level 1 carbine classes may find a refresher of the fundamentals and some new tips and trick valuable additions to their existing knowledge.

Lessons Covered

  • Firearms safety
  • Loading, unloading, and reloading
  • Handling malfunctions
  • Basics of defensive rifle marksmanship
  • Multiple shots and follow-through
  • Scan and assess process
  • Threat identification
  • Use of cover and concealment
  • Movement with a firearm

Required Equipment

Students are expected to bring the following equipment. Anything else will be provided by the instructor. Students are expected to provide their own firearm and ammunition.

  • Payment for outstanding class fees (if applicable)
  • A semiautomatic rifle or carbine*
  • 3 or more magazines, 5 or more is recommended
  • 250 to 400 rounds of new, factory ammunition
  • Eye protection
  • Hearing protection
  • Appropriate clothing for an outdoor class
  • Plenty of water
  • Snacks and/or lunch

*A magazine-fed semiautomatic rifle in good working order. Our classes will discuss operation of AR pattern rifles, but any other platform is permitted.

**Try to bring more than 5 magazines if you are using reduced capacity magazines.

Optional, Helpful Items

  • A hat and sunscreen
  • Notebook and pen
  • 2 or more "snap caps" (dummy rounds) for practice
  • Additional ammunition in case the class has extra time
  • Additional magazines
  • Tactical equipment such as chest rigs, plate carriers, battle belts, knee pads, etc. are permitted as long as safety is not compromised.