By: Phil Chaney, Mobile Training Team Instructor
How to conduct a systematic check of your rifle starting from the rear and working your way forward: sling, stock, sights, and lights.
Training Tip – How to Conduct a Proper Rifle Check
Check the placement. Multi-point adjustable slings are great, but traditional placement really only works for static shooting. It can be problematic in dynamic situations where maneuverability is important. If you want to move to a high carry/high ready position, bump the gun over, do a bilateral transfer, etc., it’s tough while in the sling. That’s why we recommend wearing the sling around your neck, so you have maximum maneuverability. If you need to go hands-on, you can do a quick swim motion with your arm and get yourself back into the sling, if needed.
Check the adjustment. When storing the rifle in a case or in a cruiser, most people move the stock forward so it’s as short as possible, but forget about it before they go into the fight. Make sure to bring the stock back out to your desired position – snap the gun up a few times to make sure the placement allows for a natural cheek weld.
Remove the dust covers. Check the illumination of the dot on your sight and make sure it’s right for the environment you’re going into.
Test your weapon-mounted light to make sure it’s functional, but also make sure it doesn’t wash out your optic light.
If you have a suppressor on your rifle, give it a quick hand crank to ensure it’s secure.
Keep it simple and keep it consistent.
The 88 Tactical Mobile Training Team uses ADM rifles with Steiner Optics.
CARBINE (AR-15) TRAINING COURSES AT 88 TACTICAL
INTRO TO CARBINE
Intro to Carbine is perfect for people who are new to semi-automatic rifles or those who are considering buying an AR-type carbine.
BASIC CARBINE (AR-15) LEVEL 1
During this 8-hour course, participants will review gun safety and discuss equipment considerations, ammunition, and accessory setup for AR-15 rifles.
BASIC CARBINE (AR-15) LEVEL 2
Basic Carbine Level 2 builds on the fundamentals of defensive shooting presented in Level 1.
INTERMEDIATE CARBINE (AR-15) LEVEL 3
Students will develop speed and precision while taking tactical measures to ensure their safety and make better decisions in complex environments.