We had nine shooters participate in our First Steps Carbine program at Markham Park. The class was comprised with a mix of shooters who had experience from otherÂ disciplines and wanted to become more familiar with a carbine. This group brought a mix of AR pattern rifles. All but 1 were 5.56 carbine length barrels ( 16″). Only one had a compensator as opposed to a flash hider. One shooter brought a 7.62 carbine. 5 of these rifles had a mix of Red Dot sights. Most were Aimpoints. The others were Eotech. There were 4 shooters that ran iron sights. One shooter ran a borrowed gun while he waited for his NFA paperwork.
The course starts out with a classroom session discussing Safety, Nomenclature, Cycle of Operation, Field Stripping and cleaning, Load & Unload procedures, Slings, and 3 of the basic firing positions the students will use on the range.
We also had our Carbine Match Director Kevin stop in and spend 30 minutes on our carbine night events.
After lunch, the class broke for the Range portion which started with a review of the procedure working with a RSO to Load and Make Ready and Unload & Show clear procedures.
After that the class fired 3 round groups to establish or verify their rifles were sighted in for at least a 50 yard zero. The exercise underscored the importance of fine tuning their shooting positions in order to fire groups that were sufficient to zero a rifle.
At the end of zero, the class transitioned to reload drills, a coupleÂ evolution’sÂ of kneeling drills, and capping off drills from the five yard line and understanding holdover.Â Using the combination of classroom and range time, each of the students were able to leave at the end of the day as a better carbine shooter and possessed a better understanding of the way their rifles fired.
One final note was as the day wore on, the rifles became lighter as some of the students realized the added weight and placement of some accessories were unnecessary for the fundamentals of marksmanship.
The instructors Â (Clint and Rick) and range officers (George) who presided over this class each felt the group all came with a positive mindset and were good students. This made the class enjoyable for everyone involved. A special thanks to our President Roger who bought lunch for everyone, and Brian ( our Safety Director) who stayed after the IDPA match to help out.