Defensive Carbine 101

The Defensive Carbine 101 course is designed to expose students to an efficient method of defending themselves with a semi-automatic rifle during personal defense encounters. We put a strong focus on personal defense around the home and vehicles, as well as staged rifles in the workplace. The DC101 course is physically challenging, with a lot of activity and a high round count.

Students will fire around 500 rounds during a 1-day course or 1000 over a two-day course and around 100 handgun rounds during the 2-day course.

Topics Covered:

  • Four Points of Contact with Rifles
  • Balancing Speed and Precision
  • Reloading In the Context of an Emergency
  • Primary, Secondary, and Tertiary Aiming Methods
  • Defensive Shooting Positions: Standing, Squatting, Kneeling & Seated
  • Lateral Movement 
  • Transitioning to a Sidearm (2-day course)
  • Counter Ambush Response with a Slung Rifle
  • Shooting around Cover & Concealment
  • Unorthodox Shooting Positions (2-Day Course)
  • Fundamental Carbine Malfunction Clearing (2-day course)

Required Gear:

  • AR15 or AK Style Carbine, loaners available on request
  • Sling
  • 500 rounds of ammo
  • Knee Pads are optional
  • A way to carry spare magazines on your person (a pocket is fine)
  • Ear and Eye Protection


1-Day $250
2-Day $350

Course Eligibility:

General Public / Law Enforcement / Military / Private Security
No Prerequisites for the one 1-day course, but you should be somewhat comfortable with your rifle. For the 2-day course, a student must have completed at least one of our Defensive Handgun 101, 102, or 360 courses. 

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