Class Duration
7 hours

The Defensive Rifle 3 course is for students who want to advance their fighting skills beyond marksmanship and simple stand-up fighting. This class puts the students in increasing adverse conditions in an attempt to add physical and mental stress while making decisions and engaging threats. Students will have to push their minds and bodies to succeed at this class.


Due to the nature of the class content, this class will practice enhanced safety protocols. Students will be carefully observed during the initial exercises for their instinctive control of their muzzle, safety systems, and basic firearms safety rules. Students who fail to observe any safety rule will be removed from the class prior to completion. Students who fail the safety evaluation may be eligible to retake the class or advised to retake the Defensive Rifle 2 class.

This class has a significant physical component. Students must be honest with their own physical limitations and level of fitness. This class may not be suitable for students with existing health issues. Please contact us prior to registering for this class if physically strenuous activities are concerning. Some activities include running, transitioning to prone and standing repeatedely, and other activities that present substantial stress and strain on the body.


All students must have already taken the Defensive Rifle 2 class.

Lessons Covered

  • Firearms safety
  • Increase speed of engagement
  • Rapid transitions between shooting postures
  • Transition to support side
  • Intro to tourniquet application
  • Shooting and reloading a rifle 1-handed
  • Clearing all rifle malfunctions 1-handed

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
  • A practice tourniquet (preferably a NAR CAT style tourniquet)
  • 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.