Defensive Carbine-1 (DC-1): This is a basic level course designed to provide shooters with the knowledge, skills and attitude necessary for utilizing a carbine for defensive purposes safely. This course is 8 hours.




The skills covered in this class are:​​.

  • 4 firearms safety rules and how they apply in any defensive encounter
  • 5 fundamentals of accurate shooting
  • Zeroing fundamentals w/ optic and BUIS
  • ​Multiple skills drills
  • Initial load sequence (Administrative), Combat and Tactical reloads
  • Malfunction drills
  • Various shooting positions including standing, kneeling, sitting and prone


 Course requirements:

  • Please bring all carbines to class completely unloaded and in a case or gun bag and leave them there until instructed.
  • Must be 18 years of age unless otherwise approved.
  • Must be legally able to own and possess a carbine.
  • Must be able to provide photo identification to verify age and residency.
  • A carbine in good working condition- no sharing of carbines permitted between students.
  • Your carbine must have a sling - single, 2 point or 3 point are fine
  • 3 magazines
  • 300 rounds of factory new ammunition. ABSOLUTELY NO RELOADS, INCENDIARY OR TRACER ROUNDS
  • Approved shooting safety glasses- must fit over regular eyeglasses if you wear them. No safety goggles permitted.
  • Hearing protection- muffs preferred.
  • Baseball style cap with a bill (protects your face from flying brass).
  • Dress comfortable for indoors and outdoors wear layered clothes during winter months for outdoor courses.
  • Sturdy outdoor type shoes/boots for gravel and grass. No sandals, flip flops or open toe shoes.