Welcome to our Defensive Carbine general information page. The Defensive Carbine courses at 540 Tactical emphasize safe gun handling as well as teaching extremely practical skills that have been proven effective in the real world. First of all, let's set the record straight. the name AR-15 is not short for "Assault Rifle". The name AR-15 is short for the original manufacturer, ArmaLite. Not surprisingly, AR-15 sales have skyrocketed the past several years. The real question is, has education and training kept pace with sales. The short answer is no. 


A carbine is a great multi purpose gun that is highly effective for defensive purposes, hunting, sharpshooting or at the range and they are just plain fun to shoot. With the hundreds of carbines and dozens of configurations the possibilities are almost endless on what your carbine could be. So now that you have a carbine, it looks cool (and so do you) it's time to actually learn how to use it more effectively.

Our most popular course is Defensive Carbine-1. Combine this course with one of our Defensive Handgun Courses as well as a  Defensive Shotgun Course and you will have learned the best skills and tactics for the three major firearms categories. Of course, you can progress to Defensive Carbine-2 to further your carbine skills. Finally, we will be offering NRA First STEPS Rifle and NRA Basic Rifle very soon so stay tuned for more on these new classes.

Please take a few minutes and review the detailed course descriptions found on each class page and decide which one suits you best. We can't wait to train with you. Of course, please feel free to 
contact us via email or simply call with any questions.

Rifle / Carbine Courses