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Basic Carbine




8 hours

About the Course

Learn from the professionals how to run a carbine. Our instructors currently provide carbine training to SWAT teams.  In this 8-hour class, we start with the fundamentals and then move to techniques to efficiently load/unload, clear stoppages, and transition to the pistol. We end the day addressing multiple targets and hitting targets on the move. 


Topics to be covered:​

  • Fundamentals

  • Loading/unloading procedures

  • Clearing stoppages

  • Transitions to pistol

  • Decrease split times and multiple targets


Required equipment:

  • Pistol with 2+ magazines

  • AR-15 Pattern carbine with quality sling and 2+ magazines (no AK, Tavor, etc.)

  • 400 rounds of carbine and 100 rounds of pistol ammunition

  • Eye and ear protection

  • Rain gear, if applicable

  • You must have an outside-the-waistband holster.  Inside-the-waistband, appendix or SERPA holsters (index finger retention systems)  are NOT allowed on the range. No exceptions.

Your Instructor

Dan Butler

Dan Butler

Dan retired from the FBI after 24 years of service. He is skilled in crisis management, criminal investigation, intelligence, and law enforcement training. His assignments included SWAT Senior Team Leader (tactical commander), Weapons of Mass Destruction Coordinator, Chairman of the Bay Area Terrorism Working Group (BATWinG) and Supervisory Special Agent. Over the last 20 years, he has provided tactical/firearms instruction to hundreds of local, federal, and foreign law enforcement officers. He is certified as a firearms instructor by multiple agencies including the California Department of Justice. Dan has a Ph.D in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from the University of California and is a nationally-registered Emergency Medical Technician (EMT).

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