Basic Tactical Carbine Course

Introductory Level - 3 days

Saturday, Sep 26, 2020


Saturday / Sunday, Oct 3 - 4, 2020

Daily starting time is 9:00am

Course Administrator
Peter Georgiades

Enrollment Form and Credentials

Pitcairn-Monroeville Sportsmen's Club

This three-day course involves 23 hours of instruction. It is designed as a first-level of formal instruction for law enforcement and civilian personnel who wish to attain a greater level of competence in the use of AR-15/M-16 carbines and rifles of similar design. Topics which will be covered include:

Gun Handling with the AR‑15 System: Proper manipulation and handling of rifles of this design; correct procedure to clear malfunctions, and idiosyncrasies of AR-15/M-16/M-4 carbines (and their clones).

Mind set and the psychology of armed conflict. Decision-making and maintaining control in bad situations are critical skills, and take practice. When confronted with a dangerous, fast-moving situation is not the time to try and “figure it out.” So, we do as much decision-making as we can in advance.

Basic firing positions. Including introduction to tactical employment of them.

Fundamentals of tactical movement when employing a carbine. This includes gun-handling while on the move.

Problems of trajectory, zeroing and sighting the AR‑I5. Both iron sights and optics.

Characteristics, tactical advantages and limitations of carbines as personal defense weapons. This includes research data on external ballistics and wound ballistics, a review of the types of ammunition available, and tactical advantages/disadvantages of the .223 and .30 Cal. cartridges.

Review of current Pa. law on the use of deadly force. (Provided by a licensed attorney.) These weapons can shoot faster than one can think, so it is critical that one have a firm grasp on legal limits and sources of civil liability before deploying one of these rifles. Your political views do not count.

Prerequisites: None. It is, however, expected students will have a basic familiarity with rifles. All participants must be 18 years of age. Proof of no criminal history is required (see link to credentialing form).

Cost: $300.00 (plus $30 in range fees for people who are not members of the Pitcairn-Monroeville Sportsman’s Club). Includes instruction, range fees, targets, range supplies and written materials. Students to provide their own ammunition, personal gear and meals. (We recommend packing a lunch, and brining plenty to drink.)

Course Format: Lectures (approximately 6 hrs.), and live-fire exercises (approximately 17 hrs.). There will be an objective skills test at the conclusion of the course. Each student will need a minimum of 400 rounds of ball ammunition, knee pads, elbow pads and a mat to put on the ground.

Instructor: Rangemaster will be Peter Georgiades. Mr. Georgiades, a practicing attorney in Pittsburgh, is a graduate of the Gunsite Training Academy Law Enforcement Carbine Instructor Certification Course, the Marksman’s Enterprise Instructor Training (3 day) Program, as well as the Gunsite Training Center’s Tactical Carbine, Advanced Tactical Carbine, Special Carbine Seminar and Tactical Rifle courses, Urban Carbine School and many other firearms training programs. He is certified to instruct by the NRA (rifle, pistol, shotgun and personal protection), and is a member of the International Ass'n. of Law Enforcement Firearms Instructors (IALEFA). Mr. Georgiades is the primary instructor in PFDC carbine and personal firearms tactics courses, and has been teaching since 1995.

Class Size: In order to maintain a close instructor-to-student ratio, enrollment will be limited to 8 students.

Equipment Requirements:

There is certain equipment which is REQUIRED in every course. One may not proceed in the course without the following:

Ear protection and Eye protection. Eye protection must be clear in classes that include night shoots.

Cap or hat with baseball-style bill. This is to prevent ejected brass from another shooter's rifle from falling between your eyewear and your eye, burning you. It is important gear.

Firearm, clean and zeroed. We do zero during the course, but getting the zero close before class saves time.

At least three magazines. 20 or 30 round – either will work.
Knee and elbow pads. The inexpensive kind worn by skateboarders, or pads worn by carpenters and carpet layers are fine.

Magazine holster or pouch which is worn on the support side (“weak hand” side) of your belt. BDU pockets and M-16 pouches will get you through, but do not work very well.

400 Rounds of "Ball" Ammunition. We recommend students use one brand of ammunition throughout the course. Different brands and loads of ammunition will significantly affect the “zero” of AR-15’s, and may distract or confuse you in a course such as this. We also suggest students avoid the very cheapest ammunition and reloads. “Match grade” ammunition is unnecessary (and would be a waste of money), your investment of time and money in this course does justify the use of reasonably consistent ammunition. No incendiary or tracer ammunition.

A carry strap or sling. We run a “hot” range, and rifles must be slung unless they are racked, grounded or in the shooter's hand on line. Any strap or sling which allows the rifle to be carried muzzle up or muzzle down is fine. No slings which hold the muzzle in a horizontal position while being carried (M-60 style) are permitted.

There is other equipment that is not required, but which we know from experience will enhance your experience of the course. We therefore recommend you bring the following:

Optic or reflex sight. Iron sights are fine for this course, but a reflex (“red dot”) sight will be better. If you use an optic, it should be of a low-power type (e.g., 4X magnification or less). Higher power scopes will not work well.

Soft drinks or water to drink while down on the range. There is no water on the range itself, and the Club house is too far to run back and forth. No alcohol of any kind is to be consumed within eight hours of the start of any course session or at any time during the course.

Back-up rifle. A second rifle is also a good idea, if you own or can borrow one. Firearms do break, and we cannot stop the course to make repairs. Even if we had time, parts may not be available, and many repairs cannot be accomplished in the field.

Complete bolt assembly. If you do not have a second rifle, a complete bolt assembly will enable you to swap bolts as a 60 second repair to most rifle malfunctions.

Binoculars. Any size or power.

A ground cloth, shooting mat or other cover (such as an old blanket). To cover the ground or concrete shooting pads upon which you will be periodically sitting or lying.
Camera. Many people find it helpful to photograph shooting positions, or take pictures for fun.

Sight-adjustment tool for iron sights on your particular rifle. These are available at gun shows for about $5.00 - $25.00.
Gloves. Either shooting gloves or light work gloves.

Wear substantial shoes and "work clothes" or fatigues. You will be on the ground and may get dusty or muddy.

We do not recommend anyone purchase a lot of expensive equipment for this course. One of the purposes of the course is familiarization, such that one should be in a much better position to decide where to spend money after the course. To the extent possible, we recommend one should use what he has for now.