AR-15 Operator’s Course (Level 1)


Operator’s Course (Level 1)

Shooting Skills Development


AR-15 owners who are looking for more experience, to gain knowledge and improve their shooting skills on the AR-15 Rifle.



The curriculum is designed for entry level to intermediate shooters in the safe and efficient use of a carbine rifle. Classroom instruction and practical exercises on the range will provide the student with a solid skill set in basic shooting fundamentals and rifle manipulation. More experienced students will refine their current skill set in order as to progress as better shooters.

Participants should be prepared to train in all weather conditions. This program is challenging and participants should come to class with an open mind and a good attitude.

Training days are 8 hours, 8:30 am to 5:00 pm, with 30 minutes for lunch. It is highly recommend that you bring your lunch as you will have no options within 15 mins of the range. It is also recommended you have snacks, some will be available such as power bars and granola bars. Otherwise, please bring your own.

Length & Price: 2 days. $420.

AR-15 Operators Course

Topics, Concepts and Skills:

  • Carbine and equipment selection discussion
  • Carbine/Rifle safety considerations
  • Marksmanship fundamentals
  • Zeroing procedures (irons/optics)
  • Ready positions
  • Loading and unloading considerations
  • Sight holdover techniques
  • Practical application drills
  • Shooting Positions
  • Shooting and moving
  • Emergency action drills
  • Weapons maintenance

Prerequisites and Physical Requirements

  1. Student should be prepared to train in all weather
  2. Student must possess the physical strength and stamina to fire their firearms in prolonged shooting drills.
  3. Student should be physically able to get up and down from standing, kneeling and prone positions.

Required Equipment

  • Carbine/rifle with sling .223/5.56
  • Three magazine minimum
  • Magazine Pouch
  • Sturdy belt at least 1.5” wide
  • Cap with brim (baseball or boonie style)
  • T-Shirt with crew neck collar (no V-necks)
  • Long pants (no shorts)
  • Light hiking boots or running shoes.   NO open toed shoes allowed on Range!
  • Hearing protection (available upon request, no charge)
  • Wrap around eye protection (available upon request, no charge)
  • Water bottle or hydration system
  • Sunscreen / Bug spray
  • Foul weather clothing
  • Note taking materials
  • 600 rounds of range ammo (available for purchase at BRM with advanced notice)

**If you do not possess any of the above gear/ammunition, please contact Kevin as far out from the course date as possible**

Optional Equipment

  • Knee and elbow pads
  • Long sleeve ‘Sun’ shirt (can be button type)

Teaching Style:

At Blue Ridge Marksmanship, we help you to gain a better understanding for your firearm. We help your gun handling abilities improve and we teach you ‘a way’ to shoot. There are millions of ways to fire a gun and hit a target, we will help you find the best one for you, not hammer you into ‘the way’ to shoot.

North Carolina’s Premier Shooting School