The class I took was a half day private lesson at Combative Weapon Solutions. My instructor was Rom (I think his first name is Justin). If memory serves me, he's with the 82nd Airborne. So this guy isn't a weekend warrior. He's the real deal. I was sort of worried that he'd be so uber alpha that he'd be more than a little condescending trying to teach a chick. But Rom was AMAZING. I felt like I was dying out there in the Texas in July heat (which was my own fault for not wanting to get up for an morning session instead of an afternoon session) but it didn't throw Rom off at all. We got through the material, in fact way more detail than I'd hoped to cover, and he did it with a consistently positive attitude no matter how much trouble I was having. He was awesome. Just a genuinely really nice guy with an incredible amount of knowledge. It was by far the best carbine instruction I've received. Combative Weapon Solutions has a first class training program that is totally female friendly.
Here's what was covered:
- Anatomy of a carbine
- Loading and operation of carbine
- Zeroing rifle and zero body position (I had some major issues with this which I'll talk about in a second)
- Fundamentals of stance and positioning
- Trigger management (the same stuff you learn in pistol class)
- Reloading mechanics
- Clearing malfunction protocols including:
- failure to feed
- failure to eject
- double feed
- bolt over ride
- Moving fundamentals with a loaded carbine
- A ton of firing drills
The rest of the class was an absolute blast. I was so exhausted from the zeroing exercise that I wasn't able to do as well as I'd liked to have done, but I am definitely going to take this again. It really improved my confidence with my carbine in a environment where I set the pace. I definitely want to take their group carbine classes too.