Basic Carbine Level 1

Firearm Training Course

  • Just completed Carbine 1, once again another excellent course from 88 Tactical. Kurt was an excellent instructor with a wealth of knowledge. As a lifelong shooter I thought I had the skills for most situations, boy was I wrong! Not only did Kurt help me with my shooting “style” I also found several issues with my weapon set up. Highly recommend this course to everyone.

    Brian K.
  • Excellent experience at Carbine 1. From one firearm instructor to another, job well done. I would recommend 88 Tactical to anyone wishing to expand their knowledge and skill set in an open minded, reality-based program.

    Cole S.
  • Completed the Carbine Level 1 class in Tekamah this weekend. I may not be a professional but my instructor would say, "I'm better than less better." Extremely professional or proficient. I highly recommend anybody that owns an AR/M4 to take this class. You will not be disappointed.

    Jason B.
Class Difficulty
Beginners welcome – no experience necessary for this class.

Carbine level 1 builds on the Intro to Carbine course geared toward personal protection. Carbine Level 1 is a basic course that is appropriate for individuals that have no carbine experience as well as for those who have some carbine handling experience, but are interested refining their skills and becoming more proficient with the AR-type platform.

This 8-hour course is available in a 1-Day Session at 88 Tactical’s outdoor Tekamah Training Facility, or in a 2-Day session (4 hours each evening) at 88 Tactical’s Range & Readiness Center in Omaha.

Participants will review gun safety and discuss equipment considerations, ammunition, and accessory setup for AR-15 rifles.  From there, students receive an in-depth lesson on the fundamentals of rifle marksmanship, which includes an instructor demonstration followed by student dry-fire practice.

For the remainder of the training, participants head to the range to confirm zero and perform a variety of tactical shooting drills designed to improve carbine/rifle familiarity and marksmanship for for self-defense.

All 88 Tactical training courses are built on the core concept of Reality Behavior-Based Conditioning© (RBBC). RBBC was developed from this maxim: “the study of behavior is as important as the study of tactics.” 88 Tactical courses condition an appropriate crisis response that maximizes performance while working with, instead of against, a person’s survival-oriented instincts and intuitions.

Topics Covered:
  • Safe use and storage of a carbine
  • Basics of ballistics and zeroing
  • Fundamentals of marksmanship
  • Carbine manipulations: load, unload, immediate action, remedial action
  • Zero at 25-50-100 yards from the prone supported position
  • Prone, kneeling, and standing engagement
Equipment Requirements
  • Carbine (AR-15, M-4, or AK) with sling and case
  • Eye and ear protection appropriate for the range
  • 3 magazines with pouches for carry
  • 250 rounds of factory ammunition
  • Knee pads, elbow pads, and shooting mat highly recommended
  • Spare batteries for any optics and the user manual for the optic
Eligibility Requirements

Must be at least 16 years old and have a valid government issued I.D.

Cancellation Policy

Students who cancel or reschedule a minimum of 72 hours prior to the start of a class will receive a full refund in the form of store credit. Cancelling or rescheduling less than 72 hours in advance or “No-Shows” will result in forfeiture of 50% of payments and fees (50% will be returned in the form of store credit). 88 Tactical reserves the right to cancel any course offered due to weather or unforeseen circumstances. If this happens, all students will receive a full refund or credit applied to another class.

Rate – $150

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