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Defensive Rifle



The prerequisite for attending our Rifle Training is the successful completion of “Pistol One” through “Pistol Four,” while using a semi automatic pistol.

Rifle One-Classroom Lecture

Subjects taught will include safety, the mission of the rifle, security of the rifle, external ballistics, zeroing, action types, stock fit, calibers, optics, sights, slings, bipods, accessories, calibers, balancing speed with accuracy, equipment requirements, elements of marksmanship, checking the condition of the rifle and the proper use of the safety. Action types will be compared and rifle ballistics will be discussed. Shooters will be required to demonstrate their knowledge of firearms safety

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Rifle Two-Classroom- Hands on training

Shooters will use dummy ammunition in order to safely learn loading, unloading, clearing malfunctions, operation of the rifles action, condition checking, operation of the safety, the use of the sling, high ready position, low ready position, trigger drills one through four, rapid assumption of eleven field shooting positions and skip loading the rifle. You will be required to demonstrate the safe and proper manipulation of the rifle as a prerequisite for attending Rifle Three.


Rifle Three-Live fire range

This class will focus on safe and efficient rifle manipulation, shooting positions, use of the sling and marksmanship. Trigger drills one through four will be conducted and skip loading will be used to reinforce fundamentals. Rifles will be zeroed and checked at several distances. Shooters will fire from all field positions excluding those shooters with physical limitations.


Rifle Four-Live fire range

One of the primary differences between casual shooting and combat shooting involves the speed of the shot. In rifle four you will learn how to speed up the elements of marksmanship and dramatically reduce the time needed to fire accurately. You will practice “snap shooting” and engaging multiple targets. Several techniques for transitioning from your rifle to your pistol will be demonstrated and practiced. Using cover and Shooting while moving, will also be taught. Firing from the close combat position will be practiced.

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In order to be considered for training you must fill out the following application in full. Once your payment has been sent ALONG with a copy of your CFP or CCW, you will be contacted to be notified of your acceptance into our program. IF you do NOT get an email confirmation, you have failed to properly fill-out this application.

The successful completion of the 4-day defensive pistol class with a semi-auto pistol is a prerequisite for all other 'range' classes" (ex Defensive Rifle, Lever Action Rifle, Combat Shotgun). Specific prerequisite information for each class is contained within the class descriptions under Classes & Courses.

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Detailed equipment list for the rifle course

This class was originally intended to be a general rifle course open to all types of rifles. It has however evolved into an AR-15/M4 course. We have a separate lever action rifle class and a bolt action rifle class. This Defensive Rifle class is now a civilian version of the five-day Patrol Rifle Course that I developed and taught for the LAPD.

A suitable AR-15/M4 type rifle–must be safe, reliable and reasonably accurate.

We specify an M4 type (16-inch barrel) AR-15 because the additional velocity of the 20-inch barrel would destroy our steel targets. If one person arrived with a 20-inch barrel we would have to move the minimum distance from 100 yards to 150 or 200 yards to prevent serious damage to our steel targets.

At least three twenty-round magazines are strongly preferable over thirty-round magazines. Thirty-round magazines will interfere with several shooting positions and sling manipulations.

An approved sling is required and a two-point sling is strongly preferred. A nylon carry sling will suffice if it is long enough. The sling techniques taught are based on a simple 2-point nylon military carry sling.

A shooting mat will be required. You may use a piece of carpet or a heavy moving blanket for a mat.

Elbow and knee pads are recommended and encouraged.

A rifle magazine pouch which holds at least one magazine.

A roll of electricians’ tape to secure the ends of the sling once the proper adjustment has been obtained.

300 accurate, safe and reliable factory rifle cartridges.

The number of rounds fired varies between individual classes.  

No ammo with any steel in the bullet such as Russian made.

No green tip military ammunition.

Even a small amount of steel in the bullet will damage the targets.

Projectiles containing steel have caused numerous brush fires.

We have experienced numerous problems with Wolf ammunition.

Wolf ammunition will not be allowed.

We suggest 55 grain FMJ made by a major American company.

This ammunition is only slightly more costly than foreign made ammo.

Rifle ammunition must all be of the exact same load.

Note: Any change in the load can/will change the zero.

Learning will be impeded if ammunition is changed during the course.

A suitable pistol such as the one you used on Pistol 1-5

Strong side butt to the rear holster with some form of retention.

At least three magazines for the pistol.

A pistol magazine pouch.

One hundred accurate, safe and reliable factory pistol cartridges.

Low power optics are optional. 3.5 power suggested maximum.

One to three power optics are preferred.

Shooting gloves with fingers exposed are recommended

Boots or sturdy high top shoes should be worn to protect ankles.

Critical Item: 16 A-Zoom dummy rounds. These are essential to our teaching methodology. We will use these during manipulation training (all day) during Rifle 2 in addition to other times. No other type of dummy rounds will be accepted.

Baseball cap.

Ear plugs and ear muff type hearing protection.

A field grade (thin) PAST shoulder pad worn under the shirt for calibers above .223 is recommended.

Both clear and dark shooting glasses.

A wide heavy duty belt that will fit your belt loops to support your pistol.

Trousers with belt loops are required.

Bug spray is recommended.

Sun block is highly recommended.

One gallon of water (minimum) for each range day per shooter.

A Sight adjustment tool for iron AR-15 sights.

Cleaning rod suggested should you need to clear a stuck case.

A pocket notebook to record all zeroing and range data.

A writing device (Pen/pencil) to record information in your notebook.

Bipods are optional and discouraged.

Military M16 bipods are not recommended.

Binoculars will be needed.

Spotting scopes are optional.

A pouch to secure empty magazines after use is optional-cargo pockets will suffice.

Cleaning kit is recommended.

Fire extinguisher is optional, please bring one if you can.

Personal first aid kit is suggested.

Call us if you have any questions.


Bipods NOT recommended

vertical grips on hand guard NOT recommended.

cheap optics NOT recommended.

Larry and Stacey Mudgett