Close Quarters Carbine

This two-day course is our third level rifle offering, and is designed to train the student in the use of the rifle/carbine in “urban, inside the house or across the street situations,” primarily distances from 3 to 25 yards.

Subject matter includes movement, moving targets, 360-degree awareness and target engagement, along with multiple targets, low light shooting, search techniques, and moving and shooting in the dark. We also include transition to handgun drills and other stress exercises in this course.

**Starting in 2024, this class will be replaced by our Level 3: 2-Day Pistol Carbine which will incorporate some changes as well as more pistol shooting**

Prerequisite: Successful completion of our Level 2: Tactical Rifle course along with Level 2: Defensive Handgun. NOTE: We cannot waive these prerequisites due to the complex nature of the drills and scenarios the student will be asked to participate in.

Note about .308 caliber rifles in Close Quarters Carbine class: There is a component of this class incorporating extremely rapid fire/high round count firing drills, and we believe the .308, while a great battle rifle cartridge, is not suitable for this class due to the recoil of the rifle and the effect it has on the shooter in these particular drills. We strongly urge a .223 caliber rifle, but if you choose to go with the .308, at least have the good sense to get a PAST recoil pad for your shoulder! Additionally, lever action or bolt action rifles are not suitable for this course.

$100 discount for retakes. Must register by phone to receive discount.

Close Quarters Carbine Equipment List:

  1. Semi-automatic rifle with at least five magazines. We have seen that .223 rifles of the AR-15 configuration do best in this class, though others have done all right, also. Please note that fixed sights operate on parity with guns equipped with optics in this class.
  2. 600 rounds (800 recommended) rounds rifle ammunition and 20 rds. pistol ammo (50 recommended).
  3. Handgun, belt holster and magazines.
  4. Rifle sling.
  5. Ear protection (you may want plugs and ear muffs) and wrap-around safety glasses (eye protection)
  6. Kneepads.
  7. A billed baseball cap
  8. Clothing appropriate for a considerable amount of time outdoors.
  9. A pen and notebook
  10. Your lunch and beverages.
  11. Note: If your rifle is equipped with an optical sighting device, please bring the owner’s manual for the device to aid in sight-in and adjustments.


On Action Target BT-5 Target (Orange Center) // SKU # BT-5R/S

Test One: Marksmanship Test

Test One, Part A (100 Yards): Starting standing, student shoots 10 rounds prone in 60 seconds. May use sandbag or bi-pod.
Test One, Part B (50 Yards): Student shoots 2 rounds standing without support, 2 rounds right side cover right handed, 2 rounds left side cover left handed, 2 rounds kneeling, and 2 rounds sitting. Total of 10 shots. Time: 90 seconds 
Scoring: To pass, student must score as follows:
With irons or unmagnified optic: 190 points, (Out of possible 200)
With magnified optic: 195 points (Out of possible 200) 

Test Two: Close Quarters Carbine Skills 

Using 3 targets, spaced 2 yards, edge to edge.

Test Two, Part A (25 Yards): Starting with a magazine with exactly 6 rounds, the student fires 2 rounds on each target, reloads and fires 2 rounds at each target again in 15 seconds. 
Test Two, Part B (15 Yards):
String One: Student fires one shot to the body of each of three targets, in 3 seconds. Repeat 3 times.  
String Two: Student fires two shots to the body and one at head, at first of three targets, in 3 seconds. Then repeat on target two, and repeat on target three.
Scoring: To pass Test Two, all hits must be in the 9-ring, with 3 hits in head, (inside the non-scoring border). 

NOTE: 50 rounds total. All shooting starts from low ready (45 degree), safety on, finger indexed on frame of rifle. All timing is done via electronic timer or stop watch, with reaction times not included in times to complete drill.


Event Date 06-02-2018 9:00 am
Event End Date 06-03-2018 5:00 pm
Capacity 12
Individual Price $525.00
Location Firearms Academy Range

Venue - Firearms Academy Range

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