Practical Carbine

Our Practical Carbine program is a beginner to early intermediate course. We demonstrate and teach the skills necessary to take the student from “some familiarity” with an AR-style carbine, to a point where they have built confidence in deploying the carbine.

The Practical Carbine class is taught in Paducah, Kentucky.

Practical Carbine

The program is built upon OpSpec Training’s process-oriented marksmanship style of instruction to where the student not only learns to draw and shoot, but also learns how to train for success. With a lot of one-on-one training built into the program, the class size is limited to 10 students.

This one day, eight hour course covers …

  • Winning mindset
  • Why solid gun handling is important
  • Safe gun handling
  • Loading, unloading and reloading your carbine
  • Mechanical Offset and why mastering it is crucial
  • How to use cover and concealment
  • What to do if you have a malfunction
  • Multiple shots

Required Equipment

  • AR15 “pattern” rifle (SCAR and SIG556 are fine), or a modern pistol caliber carbine (PCC)
  • Three or more reliable carbine magazines
  • A usable sling
  • Cleaning and maintenance equipment
  • At least one magazine pouch to store extra rifle magazine. (A chest rig with or without body armor is fine.)
  • Eye and ear protection

A quality red dot sight strongly preferred/recommended. Round count is approximately 250 rounds. Students should also review the What to Bring – Carbine Class page.


This is an introductory class to using a carbine. Students should have taken a basic rifle safety course and have some with their firearm and gear.

What to Bring

First, review the general overview of What to Bring to a Carbine Class.

For this specific class, you’ll also need to bring:

  • Rifle with sling and red dot sight
  • A minimum of three magazines with carrier
  • 250 rounds of ammunition

Course Fees

Course fees vary depending on location and are subject to change. The fees will be listed for classes when the dates are announced.

Please contact us if you have any questions regarding course fees, group rates or law enforcement exclusive programs.


Classes listed are not in date order. If none are listed, we do not have any on the schedule at this time.

Sorry, no classes on the schedule at this time.