Class Duration
7 hours

The Defensive Rifle 2 course is for students who want to advance their carbine skills beyond basic weapon operation and marksmanship. This class expands on practical skills for individuals using a rifle for self defense. Students will gain practice engaging targets while moving and making decisions. This class puts your Defensive Rifle 1 skills to the test while adding more tasks and objectives.


All students must provide proof of training in a level 1 rifle/carbine class prior to signing up for this class. All students must have already taken either the Pistol Basics class or the Defensive Pistol 1 class.

Lessons Covered

  • Firearms safety
  • Malfunctions part 2
  • Moving "off the X", before and after engaging
  • Transition to secondary weapon
  • Multiple threats
  • More advanced use of cover and concealment
  • Problem solving while engaging threats

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
  • A semiautomatic pistol with holster, magazines, and 50+ rounds of 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.