What to Bring—Rifle 223 (Carbine)

The most common question we are asked is “what to bring?” This page provides some guidelines that will ensure you have the best experience at one of our events. The specific products and vendors below are just suggestions or examples of a type of product that may work well for you. There are many other similar gear options.

All Events

  • Our volunteers are neither gunsmiths nor armorers; please ensure your firearm is safe and functional!
  • Eye and ear protection is required at all events.  We highly suggest electronic ear protection as it makes it easier to hear instruction and line commands.
  • Use only the correct ammunition for your gun. Most guns have the proper ammunition type stamped on the barrel. Do not shoot without the proper ammunition. Revere’s Riders strongly suggests the use of factory ammunition. Handloads are generally not necessary at our service-rifle and pistol inspired events—originally these events were intended to be fired with bulk issue “ball” ammunition!
  • Dress appropriately for a day outside at a firing range (closed-toe shoes, high neck shirts, long sleeves if weather allows, etc). Our events occur rain or shine. Dress for the weather!
  • Avoid loose-fitting clothing, especially around the neck line. You don’t want hot brass going down your shirt!
  • A hat with brim will keep the sun out of your eyes and deflect any hot brass headed towards your face.
  • Bring a pad and paper for taking notes.
  • Bring a pen or marker for taking notes and marking your targets.
  • You may want to bring gloves. They protect your hands in inclement weather and also keep your hands from getting torn up working through drills.
  • A towel or mat is useful for using in the prone position as well as covering your firearm in inclement or hot weather during breaks.
  • A folding chair is nice to have during lunch and history presentations.
  • For full day events, pack a lunch (note that a few events will provide lunch; the event listing will specify if lunch will be provided).
  • Bring snacks and water. Proper hydration is essential—in the summer plan on one quart per hour as a rule of thumb and supplement your water with sports drinks, salty snacks, etc.

We have a selection of recommended general safety equipment on the What to Bring–All Events page.

Rifle 223 (Carbine)

Most important is to bring a safe and functional rifle. If you haven’t cleaned your rifle, setting aside time before the event to clean it would be a good idea. If you have doubts about the safety of your rifle, now would be a good time to have it looked over by a qualified gunsmith or armorer.

  • AR-15: The default assumption is that students will bring an AR-15 style carbine. If you bring a different type of carbine or rifle please coordinate with the event director. If ammunition cost prohibits you from attending, most learning can be accomplished on a rimfire trainer but there may be some activities not well suited to rimfire.  A shorter, lighter barrel configuration is most suitable (such as a 16″ A2 or pencil profile barrel) but a wide variety of rifle configurations are viable.
  • Sights/Optics: Ideal sights are GI-style iron aperture sights, a red dot optic (such as an AimPoint), a low-powered fixed optic of no more than 4X power (such as an ACOG), or a variable power optic of 1–4x or 1–6x power.
  • Sling: The carbine should have a two point sling. A USGI web sling is ok, but you may prefer a sling with adjustable length such as the VTAC 2-Point adjustable sling.
  • Magazines & Gear: Students should bring at least four magazines (six are preferred). Students should be able to carry at least one magazine in a quick, accessible manner: pants with an appropriate pocket on the support side, a magazine pouch, or a belt magazine carrier are fine. Additional magazines should be able to be carried in pockets or pouches. If you use duty gear (chest rig, load bearing belt, etc) for work or competition bring your normal gear. Instructors may have some loaner gear for carrying magazines.
  • Be Ready to Move: The firing line will move back and forth as you shoot at different ranges from 7 to 100 yards.  We will revisit the gear line periodically between drills to grab fresh ammunition and hydrate but you may want to have a few comfort items in your pockets (snacks, chap stick, etc) in addition to your magazines and ammunition as described above.
  • Mat or Knee/Elbow Pads: We may be spending some time in the prone position and you may want to bring a shooting mat or knee/elbow pads for comfort.

Recommended Rifle 223 Equipment

Below is a list of equipment that our instructors have found to be functional, durable and useful: