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

The course fee for Practical Carbine is $100.


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