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Carbine for Self-Defense

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Carbine for Self-Defense

October 28, 2017 9:00 am
October 28, 2017 4:30 pm
36603 State Hwy 59, Stapleton, Alabama 36578   View map
(251) 554-0965


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PRICE $125 which includes the range fee.

A 50% (AT LEAST $67.50) non-refundable deposit is due at signup, the remaining balance due 2 days prior to the class (NO LATER THAN NOON THE WEDNESDAY BEFORE A SATURDAY CLASS).

It’s estimated that well over half of AR-15 owners’ have never shot or even taken there carbine out of the box.

This useful and fun course will consist of both classroom and range time. While geared towards the AR-15 and clones, if you have an IWI Tavor, and AK-47. 9mm AR-15 or Beretta Storm we can accommodate you. Just drop us an email as different tools are required for those weapon systems.


To teach you how to field strip, clean, sight in and use your AR-15 or clone for sport and to use this popular firearm for self-defense. The classroom portion course will be inside working on tables so that you will understand how these carbines operate. This will enable you to break them down, clean them, and even replace parts. The range portion will teach you how to sight in and shoot your carbine both in a sporting or target situation as well as learning to shoot on the move. 

THE CARBINE FOR SELF-DEFENSE is an 8-hour course which is divided into four phases.  Phase 1 and 4 are conducted in the air-conditioned classroom. Phase 2 and 3 are conducted on the adjacent range (provisions made if raining).


NRA Certified Instructor Circuit Judge Rusty Johnston and NRA Law Enforcement Instructor Adam Strange. 1 


  1. None, other than to be 18 years old or if under 18 and 16 or over be accompanied by a parent.
  1. An AR-15 or clone shooting any caliber. We recommend not using the .22 caliber conversions as you need to get the feel of your carbine shooting the ammunition that it was designed to shoot. An AK-47 as long as you are familiar with it. Other Carbines accepted are: 9mm AR-15’s, Beretta Storm. Tavor. Contact us if you want to bring any other carbine.
  1. Minimum of Three (3) magazines with a capacity of at least 20 rounds or more. One magazine should be 20 rounds as often a 30 round magazine will interfer with shooting prone. Avoid using Promag or Promag Industries (don’t confuse with Magpul, which is good but limited to rifles). If you can’t find a magazine for your Carbine at McCoy or locally, try: There shipping time is normally 3-5 days if the order is placed before noon. Order either Magpul PMAGS or Brownell’s own bands:

078-000-113WB AR-15 Magazine SS 223/5.56 30rd Aluminum Gray

Mfr Part: 2002004 or Sale30/RD AR15/M16 W/CS SPRING MAGAZINE

078-000-107WB AR-15 223/5.56 Magazine CS Aluminum 30rd Gray

Mfr Part: 200210 or a magazine that the manufacturer or your carbine either sells or recommends.

  1. A weak side high rise “Magazine Pouch” which will hold at least one AR-15 or similar magazine on your belt. In lieu of this, if you have pants like 5.11 Tactical which

have multiple accessible deep pockets on your weak side that will hold at least one magazine, that will work. Here is an example of a magazine pouch from Brownells:


  1. A good belt that will hold your holster snug such as a 5.11 training belt in1.25 inch or 1.5 inch wide.
  1. Long pants for men and women unless the high that day is forecast to 90 degrees or above. Pants, like some 5.11, in which knee pads can be inserted into the knee area or actual knee pads, such as these BLACKHAWK! Advanced Tactical Knee Pads V.2 which are highly rated and inexpensive. Any color will work

  1. Comfortable shoes but not sandals or open top shoes. Comfortable boots are best but not necessary.
  1. 500 rounds of .223 or 5.56 brass (7.62 x .39 can be steel) or bronze full metal jacket ammunition (check your Carbine) or ammunition appropriate for your Carbine (9mm, 7.62 x .39) manufactured within the last 10 years. No reloads, remanufactured, or ammunition manufactured in Russia, Ukraine, The Philippines, Mexico and China. There are plenty of excellent foreign companies that manufactured ammunition which is good to excellent. Ammunition from these companies is perfectly acceptable (as long as it is not steel): Fiocchi, PMC, Sellier & Bellot, and IMI. 2
  1. Sack lunch and beverages to stay hydrated such as water or Gatorade (depending on the weather: one or two 16-ounce bottles).


9:00 am Complete registration in classroom


9:15 am-9:45am

  • Review of Safety and Range Rules; Overview of what we plan on accomplishing. Review of all student’s equipment


  • Update of any changes in self-defense law. Pros and Cons of Carbines for self-defense. What they can do and what they can’t do. Legal implications of using a Carbine

10:30am – 11:30am (depending on class size)

  • Breaking down your carbine. Understanding how it functions, how to clean it, how to maintain it and how to reassemble it. Malfunction Drills

11:30-12 Noon LUNCH

  • Eat, drink and be merry!


12:15pm-1:15 pm

  • All carbines sighted in


  • Shoot prone
  • Shoot standing
  • Shoot on the move engaging targets
  • Use of cover, concealment to engage targets
  • Malfunction drills
  • Shooting on the moving using “good guy”, “bad guy” and “hostage” targets



  • Wrap up. Short and simple test and evaluation
  • Class ends when everyone is comfortable in the areas we discussed and practiced, generally about 4:30pm depending on class size.


1 This is not an NRA Class because, in our opinion there is no one NRA class that will accomplish these goals.

2 Ammunition amounts and running out. The Range store sells most types of .223 and 5.56 ammunition. Additionally, we can sell you what you need at our cost. So, don’t bring 5,000 rounds over a concern that you will run out.


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