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Tactical carbine training

Discussion in 'Black Rifle Forum' started by Johnspark, Jun 11, 2011.

  1. Johnspark

    Johnspark Grumpy Fish

    Dec 16, 2005
    Southeastern U.S.

    I'm getting ready for an upcoming carbine training class.

    I've got ammo, first aid, meat treats, and two bipods.(not shown)

    What else do I need?
  2. Pvt.snoballz


    May 13, 2008
    how are you gonna look cool without a rail, flashlight, laser and scope on that boring old thing? youll need some oakleys too.

    lol :) seems youve got your bases covered...personally you might wanna think about a camelbak that can be mounted on the back of the vest, you will get a little hot. some inserts for your boots might be a good idea too.

    take pictures (take a camera if they allow it) and have fun!

  3. mvician

    mvician Lifetime Member

    Jun 8, 2007
    NW Indiana
    First find out the requirements of the class you are taking. Then plan from there.

    Find out what type of ammo is accepted, they won't want you putting holes in their steel targets if any are used in the class.
  4. Get your gear sorted out before class. Make sure slings dont interfere with mag pouchs, etc.. That way you wont be fighting your gear and you will learn much more. Keeps you from being "that guy".
  5. JPP


    Aug 12, 2010
    I just took a combat carbine class. I brought ammo, 7 mags, my rifle and water to drink. Thats all I needed and didn't lack for anything.

    I carried my rifle (no sling) for 9 hours, shot open sights, fired 480 rouds that day.
    Keep it simple. If the SHTF, you may not have time to gear up like SEAL team 6.

    Just go, have fun and learn. Stick to basics.
  6. AK_Stick

    AK_Stick AAAMAD

    Jan 20, 2004
    Alaska, again (for now)
    Do you have some military or police training already?

    If not, I'd say do not take the vest, and/or anything except whats on the list.

    The reason is this, you do not know what you're doing setting it up, and you're likely going to be fighting your equipment when you should be learning.

    If you do, then I'd say, get yourself a sling, and a camel Bak or some sort of hydration bladder, and rock on.
  7. RyanNREMTP

    RyanNREMTP Inactive/Banned

    Jun 16, 2007
    Waco, Texas
    What the others said. Keep it simple. I would throw in some lube in a pocket, some ear protection and drink plenty of water and Gatorade or Powerade. Knee pads if getting on the ground.

    Also I would look for feedback from others that have taken that particular course and see what they said. Also plan for all types of weather, not just what is forecasted.
  8. PlasticGuy


    Jul 10, 2000
    What class is it, where is it being taught, and who is teaching it? That info will help us make better suggestions.
  9. Johnspark

    Johnspark Grumpy Fish

    Dec 16, 2005
    Southeastern U.S.

    I do have training, being former military and all, but I haven't practiced in a long time. I've got the hydration bladder attachment for the vest, I just don't have it on in the pictures.

    There are lots of schools here in Georgia that I'm considering. Firearmz in Carrolton is one, the other is Spartan Tactical in Jasper. I don't know who the "go to" guy is, so I'm just looking at the websites and what is closer to the house.

    Thanks for the info so far.
  10. lawman800

    lawman800 Juris Glocktor

    Hey, I am jealous. We don't have the same brand names out here in SoCal, mainly because the laws make it so that civilians don't have access to the same type of rifles that can be used in a fun way.

    We have laws which require a fixed 10 round magazine on semi-auto rifles that have certain evil features so AR's are included.

    I took one carbine course which was more fun than real training focused and I really felt for those that had to carry a CA neutered AR. The mag changes with a tool and 10 round limit really killed their fun factor when it came to running and gunning.

    But back to your Q, keep it simple. Don't be that guy that gets all super tactical geared up like your local Navy Ranger HALO SEAL Delta Army Nightcrawler Marine PJ Combat Controller Air Force LRRP Force Recon Coast Guard Scout Sniper and then can't get his head out of his ass long enough to figure out his own gear to learn what it being taught.
  11. M&P15T

    M&P15T Beard One

    Apr 7, 2011
    Arlington, VA.
    Those types of classes sound like a lot of fun. I will definitely have to get to one a.s.a.p.
  12. PlasticGuy


    Jul 10, 2000
    I think Tiger McKee is teaching relatively close to you. He was one of the top trainers at Thunder Ranch, and is now running his own school. That would be my top pick. When you choose a class, they will give you a recommended list of gear and ammo. That will be a good start. Then you can add/modify from there.

    My basic list when going to a carbine class is this:
    1) Proven and properly sighted in rifle
    2) Spare rifle if possible
    3) 6-12 magazines (more is better)
    4) 25% more ammo than suggested by the instructor, tested for function in my rifle
    5) cleaning kit, and tools for sight/optic adjustment
    6) Tactical vest or belt mounted mag pouches
    7) Water and sunscreen

    This is my "always" stuff. I add to it depending on what class I'm taking and where I'll be.
  13. K. Foster

    K. Foster

    Feb 19, 2002
    Every school provides a list of required gear. Some extras that are good to have are: More ammo than required. Extra magazines. If possible, an extra gun. The most important thing to have is an open mind and a willingness to learn.