Defensive Rifle 1.0 is an introductory course to familiarize students with the safe and effective operation of the semi-automatic modern sporting rifle. The curriculum is specifically geared toward civilian use of these rifles as defensive arms. If you own a modern sporting rifle, you should get some defensive rifle training.

Participants will learn:
-The foundational principles of shooting the modern sporting rifle, including stance, grip/mounting, sight acquisition, trigger press, and follow through.
-How to load, unload/clear the rifle, as well as proper use of a sling
-Defensive mindset, shooting to stop the threat, shot accountability
-Quick and efficient reloading of the rifle
-How to clear common malfunctions and quickly get back into action
-How to properly identify and shoot from cover and more.

Note: Participants must possess and present a valid Massachusetts LTC (resident or non-resident). Students should already practice excellent gun safety and be familiar with how their firearm functions. Also, this course requires physical activity, including periods of rapid movement and kneeling. Please be realistic about your abilities.

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Upcoming Class Dates:

Saturday, June 29, 2024 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (5 spots open)

Price: $180 per student ($160 for DF&GC members). After submitting your registration form (below), you will be contacted regarding payment. We accept Venmo and credit cards. Do not pay until contacted with either a credit card or Venmo invoice from us. Payment is typically due within 24 hours of invoicing in order to reserve your spot in the class.

This class is held outdoors at Danvers Fish & Game Club in Middleton, MA, and both club members and non-members may register to attend.
If you have questions about this class, contact

(Please be sure to read over the equipment requirements before registering.)

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Some articles to help you prepare for this class:
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