The defensive rifle has stood for centuries as the bulwark in opposition to criminals and tyrants. In its current form, it represents a system that is easier to shoot well, is more accurate, and more decisive at EVERY distance compared to a handgun. In .223 Remington / 5.56 NATO caliber it actually penetrates LESS in tissue and building materials with appropriate ammunition than all commonly used pistol calibers. Rifles are generally more adaptable to lighting accessories, optical sights, and a huge variety of ammunition designed for specific purposes. Smaller statured people typically find rifles far easier to shoot well than pistols and hard kicking shotguns. For these reasons and many others, law enforcement agencies around the country are shelving the 12 gauge shotgun as their primary long gun in favor of modern "patrol rifles." Rifles are ideally suited for defense of the homes and businesses of American citizens.
Although the United States was once considered "...a nation of riflemen", that has waned in the past half century. Traditional instruction in the use and employment of riflery has almost disappeared outside of select military units. We are diminished as a People and a Nation as a result. This course lays the foundation for the practical use of rifles as protective tools, and introduces concepts to take home and begin one's journey as a new breed of American rifleman.
Topics covered in this one day, 8 hour course include: safety and proper handling principles, proper maintenance, ballistics (internal, external, & terminal), wind and weather effects, loading, unloading, & reloading, establishing the sights 'zero', holdovers & hold-unders, handling positions, live fire from contact distance to 50 yards (the average infantry combat rifle engagement in the 20th century was 25 yards), field positions, malfunction clearance, movement with rifles, discussion on useful sights, lights, ammunition, and accessories, plus more !
The Four Firearms Handling Rules are emphasized at all times:
1. Always treat a firearm as if it were loaded
2. Never point a firearm at anything you are not willing to destroy
3. Keep your finger off the trigger until you are on target and have made the decision to shoot
4. Be sure of your target and what is beyond it.
ITEMS TO BRING:
1. AR-15, AK-47, SKS, M1A, M1 Garand, or similar rifle in any defensive caliber. NOTE: Illinois law currently does not allow select fire weapons or suppressors except for specifically exempted military and law enforcement weapons.
2. rifle sling to allow weapons to be hung safely, two point attachment preferred
3. minimum of 3 standard capacity magazines for ARs, AKs, or M1A; 5 or more clips for SKS and M1.
4. at least 400 rounds of factory practice ammunition in the appropriate caliber; no "green tip" penetrator, tracer, incendiary, or armor piercing ammo, please.
5. eye and ear protection
6. ball cap or hat, long sleeve shirt, full length trousers, sturdy shoes or boots
6. water &/or fluids, lunch, appropriate gear for comfort, required medications
7. sun screen, bug spray, and rain gear as appropriate
8. Illinois FOID card or drivers license
The instructor will provide:
Good coffee, snacks, targets, target pasters, classroom handouts, a certificate of successful completion upon meeting course requirements.
***NO RIFLE AMMUNITION OR MAGAZINES ALLOWED IN CLASSROOM***
*Concealed carry pistols are welcome in class, but MUST remain holstered unless the unlikely, but imminent need for self defense arises*
NOTE: training is open to only non-prohibited persons as defined by the ATF who are legal U.S. citizens or lawful permanent residents ('green card' holders) per ITAR restrictions (22 CFR 120-130).
Members and supporters of domestic or foreign terror organizations are NOT welcome, and will depart immediately if encountered - may we suggest a one way trip to North Korea.