Defensive Carbine program:

NCCSC is proud to include in our Firearms Training programs a unique course developed and conducted by one our members, Frank Tait, certified NRA firearms instructor and Shoot Boss of the Appleseed program.

The Defensive Carbine class is designed to develop in the students the basic knowledge, skills and attitude essential to the safe and efficient use of a Carbine for protection of self and family.

This is a moderate intensity class with emphasis on marksmanship and familiarization with common techniques used to employ a Carbine in a self defense situation. For this program a carbine equates to any semi automatic rifle with a barrel 18" or shorter.

  • Carbine Safety
  • Nomenclature
  • Dis-assembly / Assembly / Maintenance
  • Proper Lubrication/Cleaning
  • Sight types, optics
  • Zeroing optics and iron sights.
  • Magazine selection
  • Sling Use
  • Ammunition
  • Stance, Mount, Trigger Control
  • Reload techniques
  • Malfunction clearance techniques
  • ·Firing from behind Barricades
    • Position shooting – Standing
    • Ballistics including mechanical offset at shorter distances.
    • Using Backup Iron Sights and Dealing with Failed Optics
  • Engaging Multiple Targets
  • Shooting while moving
    • Drills include one-shot, 2-shot and 3-shot strings at varying distances from 7-50 yards, with reloads and malfunction clearances as needed.

Cost is $100 per class with registration limited to the first 12 paid students per class. Class will be held no matter the weather.


To see the NCCSC calendar for available dates and links to register: CLICK HERE

The class will start in the clubhouse.  Shooting will be on the 50 yard bay.

To Register – email or call Frank Tait or 610.624.1495

Helpful information

You may find the links to these examples of carbine slings and gear to carry your magazines useful:

Here is the target we will be using

 Please bring the following:

  • A good attitude and a willingness to learn
  • Serviceable Carbine (defined as any semi automatic rifle with a barrel 18" or shorter) zeroed for 50 yards. An AR type is STRONGLY recommended.
  • A red dot optic with BUIS is recommended - iron sights or low magnification scopes are fine
  • 300 rounds of serviceable rifle ammunition.
  • 3 to 5 dummy rounds appropriate to your rifle; we have .223/5.56 & .308 ONLY
  • A serviceable sling. A 1 or 2 point tactical sling is best, but you MUST have a sling
  • Minimum 3 serviceable rifle magazines. Please mark your mags so they are easily ID as yours.
  • The ability to carry at least 2 rifle magazines on your body; mag holders, pouches, vest or pants/coat pockets are OK.
  • Eye protection and ear protection
  • Baseball style hat
  • Clothing and footwear appropriate for the weather
  • Shooting gloves are optional, but highly recommended
  • Water, electrolyte replacement and food. We will break for lunch but you are on your own for food.

Range Hours

Mon - Fri: 9:00 a.m. - Dusk
Saturday: 9:00 a.m. - Dusk
Sunday: 10:00 a.m. - Dusk

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