Entry Level Carbine Course: Your Introduction to the AR-15 Rifle

Entry Level Carbine Course: Your Introduction to the AR-15 Rifle

The AR-15 is unquestionably, America’s Rifle. The modern-day musket, if you will, despite the vitriol of politicians and media talking heads who decry such firearms as the very embodiment of mechanical villainy.  Hundreds of thousands of these rifles are in the hands of law-abiding citizens across the country, doing duty as effective defensive tools, hunting arms for a variety of game (as the AR platform is available in numerous calibers other than 5.56 NATO), target practice, and collection pieces in general.  However, as with any firearm, training is critical to getting the most out of the platform, and indeed, maximum utility and simple shooting enjoyment as a whole.

This is where Bellevue Gun Club’s Entry Level Carbine course provides a valuable service, and one oriented specifically towards the new AR-15 owner that is coming in with little or no knowledge of the specifics of the design.  During this 4.5 hour course, new shooters will explore the inner workings of this ingenious design that dates back to the early 1960s, and through that breakdown process, gain insight into the proper maintenance, cleaning, and lubrication techniques to keep these rifles operating with outstanding reliability.  Reliability is an important criteria for any application, but particularly so for the defensive role, where it is an absolute.   That said, a properly operating rifle that you can’t make hits with consistently and accurately at reasonable ranges of engagement is similarly ineffectual, so a good portion of the class sheds light on the use of sighting equipment, to include both the traditional iron variety, as well as popular optics such as magnified reticle or red dot. 

Participants can look forward to walking away from the Entry Level Carbine course with a solid understanding of how to efficiently zero their rifles, regardless of which kind of sight system their particular firearm is equipped with–or may be later on–as they modify their setup to suit specific needs.  And, while rifle shooting is generally an easier task than pistol shooting, marksmanship technique still remains a critical factor to achieve maximum effectiveness on target; to that end, each student will get plenty of one-on-one coaching from the instructor in sharpening up their basics.  Naturally, proper and safe firearms handling will be emphasized from beginning to end.  

It is important to note that students of this class, unlike the first two pistol classes where rentals are provided, will need to bring a rifle of their own.  While rifle platforms other than the AR-15 can be brought, we discourage this, as one will get far less out of the curriculum, especially where mechanical understanding of the rifle and maintenance is concerned.  Instructors also want students to bring a two-point sling with the necessary hardware to get it affixed to the rifle, as sling usage will become increasingly important as training continues on to more advanced concepts.  A cleaning kit will also be needed, to complete the maintenance portion of the course.  At least 60 rounds of range-approved brass cased and copper-jacketed ammunition will suffice to get through the shooting portion, and it goes without saying that ear and eye protection is a requirement!

From this point, a plethora of successively more advanced rifle training opens up, starting with Carbine Fundamentals, which digs significantly deeper into pure marksmanship and operating techniques for efficient usage for the AR-15 platform.  


By:  Adam Keith. – RSO and Instructor at Bellevue Gun Club

If you, your family or organization is interested in private or group training please contact us.

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