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Defensive Carbine: America’s Rifle Challenge Weekend (Las Vegas, NV)

Feb 10, 2018 @ 8:00 amFeb 11, 2018 @ 5:00 pm EST

Defensive Carbine Weekend Overview

Prerequisites: None for entire weekend.  For Sunday only students, you must either (A) have completed basic rifle, (B) have some other training or competitive experience similar to basic rifle, or (C) have permission of the course instructor.  Sunday only shooters should be able to hold all shots within a 9″ paper plate under some time pressure standing at 25 yards, kneeling at 50 yards and prone at 100 yards, and should have a carbine with zeroed optic or sights.

Estimated Ammunition Required: About 300 rounds total

This course is conducted as a comprehensive introduction to the defensive carbine.  On Saturday, students will learn and review the fundamentals of basic rifle marksmanship, ensuring that they can accurately shoot from practical prone, kneeling, and standing positions.  Saturday will also include some classroom/lecture time  covering elements of NRA’s Refuse to be a Victim and/or Refuse to be a Victim will be woven into the instruction to help attendees develop a personal security strategy.  On Sunday, attendees will learn modern defensive shooting skills on the AR platform at an NRA America’s Rifle Challenge clinic.  Attendees will experience shooting in multiple firing positions at varying distances.

All firing in this course will be within 100 yards with a focus on the close quarters environment from 7 to 50 yards.  An AR-15 type carbine is optimal, but any semiautomatic magazine fed rifle will be suitable.  If attending only Saturday’s event, then any safe rifle is fine.

Saturday Basic Rifle Curriculum:

Personal Security Curriculum (Classroom/Lecture):

  • Mental Preparedness
  • Home Security
  • Physical Security
  • Self Defense Training
  • Psychology of Criminals
  • Principles of Crime Prevention

Sunday Carbine Curriculum:

  • Review Rules for safe gun handling & range rules
  • Carbine parts and operation & ammunition
  • Shooting Fundamentals – Modifications to the Standing Position
  • Confirmation of zeroes
  • Situational Awareness and Scanning
  • Rapid Magazine Changes (Tactical Reloads)
  • Short Range Marksmanship Techniques
    • Tailoring the”ABCs” 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 (we will cover only a few of these as time allows):
    • Carbine Trajectory and Zero Issues
    • Barricades
    • Movement
    • Firing from retention
    • Field Stripping & Cleaning the AR-15
  • Carbine Skills Test

The Midnight Ride of Paul Revere

Hear the true story of Paul Revere’s famous ride and learn about the events that immediately precipitated the Revolutionary War.  Paul Revere did not ride alone – many individuals played crucial roles in the events of April 19th, 1775.

This history presentation begins with alarm riders warning “the Regulars are out!”  You’ll hear about the dramatic stand on Lexington Green and the “shots heard ’round the world” at Concord’s North Bridge.  The tale concludes with harrowing life-or-death choices made along the 17 mile “battle road.”

This history will be woven in with the weekend’s other events.

Additional Event Information

You may sign up for the entire weekend, or only the portions that interest you.  This weekend class will be suitable for families, but Sunday’s class material will include content of a factual “PG-13” nature relevant to employment of a defensive carbine that may not be age appropriate for all children.

Additional Range Information

Do not pay range fees to Clark County Shooting Park.  Your ticket includes all CCSP fees.  We will be on the firing ranges at the Education Center for the live-fire portions, and inside the education center building for the classroom portion.


Feb 10, 2018 @ 8:00 am
Feb 11, 2018 @ 5:00 pm
$70 – $160
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Chris Seidler


Clark County Shooting Park
11357 North Decatur Boulevard
Las Vegas, NV 89131 United States
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Max Range:
100 yards
36.3453 N , -115.2146 W

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Clark County Shooting Park


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