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Carbine: America’s Rifle Challenge (Bedford, IN)

Dec 10, 2016 @ 8:30 amDec 11, 2016 @ 4:00 pm EST

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Carbine Overview

Prerequisites: Suggested — Basic Rifle.

Estimated Ammunition Required: About 250 rounds/day.

This course is conducted as an NRA America’s Rifle Challenge clinic.  Students will learn modern defensive shooting skills on the AR platform. Attendees will experience shooting in multiple firing positions at varying distances.

Please contact the event director if you intend to bring a different type of firearm other than an AR-15; we can probably accommodate learning on your preferred platform but want to ensure you will not be frustrated.  All firing in this course will be within 200 yards with a focus on the close quarters environment from contact to 50 yards.

Students learn:

  • Rules for safe gun handling & range rules
  • Carbine parts and operation & ammunition
  • Shooting Fundamentals
    • Firing Stance:  Standing
    • Five steps to firing each shot
    • Zero rifles as required
  • Situational Awareness and Scanning
  • Rapid Magazine Changes (Tactical Reloads)
  • Short Range Marksmanship Techniques
    • Tailoring the five steps to firing each shot to the close quarters environment
    • Controlled Pairs
    • Recoil Management
  • Clearing Malfunctions/Stoppages
    • Emergency/Speed Reloads
    • Failure to Fire
    • Failure to Eject
    • Double Feed
  • Special Subjects (most one-day clinics will cover only a few of these — two day clinics will cover most or all)
    • Zeroing Carbines & Rifles
    • Carbine Trajectory and Zero Issues
    • Barricades
    • Movement
    • Kneeling Position
    • Prone Position
    • Use of the sling to support shooting stability
    • Natural Point of Aim
    • Firing from retention
    • Field Stripping & Cleaning the AR-15
  • America’s Rifle Challenge Skills Test

The Spirit of 1776

Picking up where “The Midnight Ride” concludes, the Spirit of 1776 traces the first full year of the American war for independence. From the high point of the Evacuation of Boston to the lows of early winter of 1776, follow the Continental Army as they are forced to flee across New York and New Jersey. Learn about the nearly insurmountable challenges they faced and the hope, faith and daring that pulled Victory out of certain defeat.

If you’ve ever wondered what it would be like to face down a huge amphibious armada invading New York City, shiver around a campfire reading about “summer soldiers and sunshine patriots,” or gamble it all on a desperate crossing of the Delaware River for “Liberty or Death” then you need to hear the Spirit of 1776.

This exciting tale will be woven throughout the day’s marksmanship events.

Additional Event Information

At this event, we’ll be able to shoot around barricades and practice engaging moving targets.

A non-denomination service will be offered early Sunday morning for those who are interested.

On Sunday afternoon, we will stretch out to 300 yards.  While our focus at this event is on closer range shooting, Bedford is a great facility with several hundred yards available which provides a great opportunity for an introduction to shooting at intermediate ranges.

Class will conclude at 5 PM on Saturday and 4 PM on Sunday.

Additional Range Information

Lunch will be available for an additional fee—please bring cash if you’re interested!

The Bedford Contingent charges a modest range fee of $10/day.  Please bring cash for range fees payable directly to the venue.


Dec 10, 2016 @ 8:30 am
Dec 11, 2016 @ 4:00 pm
$75 – $150
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The Bedford Contingent
3650 Springville-Judah Road
Bedford, IN 47421 United States
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Max Range:
300 yards
Centerfire Allowed:
38.954748 , -86.565678

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