Intro to Carbine | 88 Tactical Beginners Rifle Training Course

Intro to Carbine

Beginner Firearm Training Course

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

Intro to Carbine is perfect for people who are new to semi-automatic rifles or those who are considering buying an AR-type carbine. This 3-hour course covers the basics of modern semi-automatic weapons, focusing on the characteristics of the AR platform and shooting fundamentals. This training also covers a weapon’s accessories, such as prism scope vs the traditional red dot tubes. It is highly recommended that carbine users consider a “dot” optical sight on their carbine. Make sure to bring the user manual for your scope or optics and carbine. Use of scopes for long range shooting is not covered in the class, but is covered in our Precision Rifle classes.

88 Tactical recruits and retains the industry’s most experienced instructor cadre from the special operations military, law enforcement, and fire and rescue – many of whom continue to serve today. Our instructors will answer all the questions a new shooter may have and will suggest equipment that will make your shooting experience more enjoyable.

This course consists of a short lecture, demonstrations, dry-fire practice, obtaining a zero, and manipulation shooting exercises focused on introducing the shooter to defensive shooting.

Topics Covered
  • Safe use and storage of a carbine
  • Carbine operation and accessories
  • Basics of ballistics
  • Fundamentals of marksmanship
  • Carbine manipulations: load, unload, immediate action, remedial action, corrective action
  • Zero at 25 yards; prone or from bench
  • Basic standing position
  • Weapon inspection and maintenance
Equipment Requirements
  • Eye and ear protection
  • Carbine (AR-15, M-4, or AK)
  • 2 magazines
  • 50 rounds of quality ammunition
Eligibility Requirements

Students must be at least 18 years old, unless accompanied by a parent or guardian. The student or parent/legal guardian signing the waiver must have a valid government issued I.D. No previous training required.


Lunch, dinner and snacks are available for purchase at the Ammo Box Café inside the Range & Readiness Center.

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 – $60

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