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PRACTICAL

RIFLE

PRACTICAL RIFLE
3 DAY COURSE

When talk turns to if you could only have one gun ," most people look to either a shotgun or their bolt or lever gun.  Randy Cain of Cumberland Tactics will be giving his well-known, three-day special course on the use of “hunting rifles” as “that one gun.”  For those who love rifles, and think they can use one, this course is an opportunity to really be put through the paces, by a professional, using one’s every-day “hunting rifle.”

The course includes 24 hours of formal instruction on the use of bolt, lever-action or pump-action action rifles, including practical marksmanship at distances from 5 to 300 yards, and the tactical use of these rifles for personal defense when repeated, quick shots may be necessary.  Mr. Cain shows how these guns were designed to be operated under field conditions, what can be done with them, and how to keep them running under demanding conditions.  If you like shooting, it is a lot of fun.  

 

While it may seem odd to consider “hunting rifles” for personal defense in this age of lightweight auto-loading rifles, it may be that we won’t always have access to AR-15’s, AK-clones and M-1’s.  Many believe “hunting rifles” will be among the last to be officially restricted.  But even if that never happens, the fact is one cannot carry every gun he owns in an emergency.  What if you have to pick just one to cover all situations?  

This course is suitable for the person who wishes to utilize the rifle as a defensive tool, as well as the hunter or recreational shooter.  The tactical drills in this course fall into line with the 'tactical rifle' or 'urban carbine' type courses in which magazine-fed are typically used.  Negotiating those drills with a bolt-action or lever gun will give the student the confidence that comes with a superior level of gun-handling and manipulation skills. 
 

LEARN
THE TRUTH

“If you only have the time and money to take one rifle course, this should be the one.  When it is time to take the shot, it is only you, your rifle, the cartridge you select, and the target.  You will get the hit or you won’t, and conversation will not help you.  This course will show you the truth, and will either mate you to your rifle for life or send you off looking for a new gun.”

 – Peter Georgiades, Executive Director, F.I.R.E. Institute.

  • Cost
    Cost: $475 (which includes a $75 range fee). Payment in full is required upon enrollment, and becomes non-refundable 30 days before the course date. If the course is cancelled for any reason, a full refund will be provided to you.
  • Course Format
    Course format: Lectures (approximately 5 hrs.), and live-fire exercises (approximately 18 hrs). There will be objective skills tests throughout the course.
  • Instructor
    Instructors: The Rangemaster is Peter Georgiades. Peter has 25+ years’ experience teaching firearms and defensive tactics. He has been certified to instruct by the NRA (rifle, pistol, shotgun, and personal protection), the State of Arizona (issued CCW Instructor Cert. No. 8769268), and by OSG as a contact distance defense instructor. Peter’s training as an instructor (as distinct from firearms training) includes the Gunsite Law Enforcement Carbine Instructor Cert. Course, Marksman's Enterprise 3-day instructor courses (carbine and pistol), and the LLC "Contact Weapons Defense Instructor" program. His most important training, however, has been working hundreds of hours directly under experienced, professional instructors. Other experienced range officers will assist. The instructors and staff have collectively accrued several thousand hours of formal training from experienced, professional firearms instructors.
  • Class Size
    Class size: In order to maintain a close instructor-to-student ratio, enrollment in this course is limited to 12 students.
  • Prerequisites
    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. Holding a current Pennsylvania License to Carry Concealed or in a Motor Vehicle, or a license to practice a regulated profession which requires one not have any criminal history (such as a license to practice law or medicine, or a nursing license) will suffice.If those are not available, you can get a certificate of no criminal history from your local police department or Sheriff (the cost is under $20).The lead instructor is the final arbiter of whether the credentialing prerequisite has been satisfied.
  • Physical Requirements
    Physical Requirements: Because this course is designed to assist YOU to plan and make decisions using the resources YOU actually have; we will work with you in whatever condition you are in. The elderly or one with a physical disability may not be able to assume one or more of the shooting positions we cover, or perform one or more of the exercises. That’s okay. This course is not designed for training ninjas. Just notify the Rangemaster of any particular disabilities you may have. If you cannot do it one way, we will find another way. We expect you to refrain from attempting any exercise that is beyond your physical capability.
  • Equipment Requirements
    The only equipment specifically required for this course is an inert training guh ("red gun" or "blue gun"), a holster for your training gun of choice, and a study belt to support the holster. No live weapons (firearms or otherwise) are permitted in the training area. There is other equipment that is not required, but which we believe will enhance your experience of the course. We therefore recommend you bring the following: Soft drinks or water to drink while in the classroom. (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.) Camera. Many people find it helpful to photograph positions or techniques, or take pictures for fun. Something with which to take notes.
  • Credentials
    Credentials: A current Pennsylvania License to Carry Concealed or in a Motor Vehicle is sufficient. A a license to practice a regulated profession which requires one not have any criminal history (such as a license to practice law or medicine, or a nursing license) will also suffice. If those are not available, you can get a certificate of no criminal history from your local police department or your County Sheriff (the cost is under $20). The Rangemaster is the final arbiter of whether the credentialing prerequisite has been satisfied.
  • Certificate
    Certificate: A certificate of completion is awarded to all who complete the course successfully. This course does satisfy the continuing education requirement for NRA law enforcement instructor certification.
  • Course Location:
    The June 28 - 30, 2024 session of this course will be held at the Greater Pittsburgh Gun CLub, 920 King Road, Bulger, PA 16109.

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.

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

  • Firearm, clean and zeroed.

  • A good quality holster which is worn on the dominant hand (“strong hand”) side of the shooter, and attaches firmly to a belt.  (You must wear a belt in this course.) The holster must cover the entire trigger and trigger guard on the weapon when the weapon is in the holster, and must remain open when the weapon is removed from the holster. No shoulder holsters allowed.

  • At least three magazines (or speed loaders for revolvers). We prefer you have three, in case one malfunctions during the course.

  • Magazine holster or pouch which is worn on your belt, on your support hand ("weak hand") side. BDU pockets do not work well.

  • 600 Rounds of "Ball" Ammunition. We recommend students use one brand of ammunition throughout the course. While “match grade” or “carry” ammunition is not necessary (and would be a waste of money), we do suggest students avoid the very cheapest ammunition and reloads. Your investment in this course does justify the use of reasonably consistent ammunition. No incendiary, tracer, armor piercing, or other exotic ammunition is 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:

  • 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.

  • A bag lunch if you don’t care to go out for lunch. There are no food vendors on the club grounds, but there are several fast-food dining establishments within 10 minutes of the Club.

  • Back-up handgun. A second handgun 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.

  • Gloves (either shooting gloves or light work gloves).

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

This course is sponsored as a public service by the Firearms Instruction Research & Education (FIRE) Institute, a Pennsylvania nonprofit corporation.

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 “HAVING A GUN AND THINKING YOU ARE ARMED IS LIKE BUYING A PIANO AND THINKING YOU ARE A MUSICIAN”

Col. Jeff Cooper  (U.S.M.C. Ret.) 

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