Primary Carbine

(Requires Course Registration Form)

This course will provide a foundation of weapon handling skills, tactics, and combat mindset required to effectively deploy a carbine in an armed confrontation. Shooters of every skill level will benefit from this comprehensive carbine-fighting course. The two days of training are fast paced and mentally challenging.

Bill Davison is one of the rare instructors who have made a living at operational arms.


Day one will be principally conducted in the classroom. Instruction will include comprehensive discussions on:

  • SafetyThe definition of a carbine
  • Caliber and ammunition selection
  • Accessorizing the weapon and shooter to properly deploy a carbine
  • The response of the mind and body to the stress of an armed encounter
  • Marksmanship fundamentals
  • Combat mindset

The lecture will be followed by an extensive range session intended to affirm correct marksmanship fundamentals and establish the correct zero for the carbine/cartridge combination. Shooting will range from point blank out to 200 yards.

Establishing a zero and solid marksmanship fundamentals.

Day two will include a thorough introduction to shooting positions including how and why to assume them, given a particular tactical situation. This will include the introduction of time limits to develop the student’s ability to assume a stable position and deliver effective fire on target under pressure. Stoppage drills are a potentially life saving skill. Murphy loves a gunfight. Stoppage drills will be thoroughly taught and reinforced using both classroom and live fire practice.

Classroom instruction on stoppage drills using drill rounds provides the basis for developing this life saving skill set.

Shooting on the advance in the final course of fire.

Shooting effectively while moving toward the weak hand side is a vital skill.

The final course of fire requires several immediate actions drills, transition to holstered handgun.

Equipment – Carbine - New, untested, or fresh from the gunsmith weapons are not recommend. The most prevalent weapons in the class are AR types in 223. DPMS, Rock Rover, and Bushmaster, to name just a few manufacturers, perform well. Vintage military carbines, AR pattern 308s, and lever actions have been used effectively in the course. Any serviceable rifle caliber carbine with good quality sighting equipment is acceptable. Bring at least 6 high quality serviceable magazines. Bring a magazine pouch that carries a minimum of four magazines on the thigh, belt, or vest. A functional sling is required. The typical round count for this class is between 1000 and 1500 rounds. Be certain that the ammunition you bring for the course functions well in your weapon before getting to the class.

Equipment – Handgun - New, untested, fresh from the pistolsmith weapons are not recommend. Bring what you carry. All weapon types are welcome. We believe that most students are best served by a standard capacity (13 plus rounds) 9mm pistol. Fine examples include the Para-Ordinance P18.9, Browning Hi-Power, Glock models 17, 19, and 34. Loaners are available. Bring a minimum of 4 hi-cap or 7 single stack magazines. The typical round count for this class is between 250 and 500 rounds. Be certain that the ammunition you bring for the course functions well in your weapon before getting to the class. A sturdy gun belt, kydex or leather outside the waistband holster, and a double magazine pouch are required.

The weather in north Texas can be extreme. The temperature in the summer months can exceed 100 degrees. Dress in loose light colored clothing and wear a wide brimmed hat. During the cooler months the temperature can range from the low 90s to well below freezing. Be prepared for anything. We suggest dressing in layers. We shoot rain-or-shine so bring rain gear. Bring two pair of comfortable shoes in case one is soaked by rain, mud, or sweat. Although this is not an athletic event the course is physical. Kneepads and shooting gloves will contribute to your comfort. Bring paper and pens for taking notes. Eye and ear protection are required. Suntan lotion, Ibuprofen, band-aides, first aide tape, and a lawn chair are a good idea.