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Basic Fighting Carbine  #250 – Group Class

Fighting Carbine Series – Basic Fighting Carbine  #250 – Group

Course Syllabus

Welcome and Orientation to Basic Fighting Carbine #250 – Introduction to the TPA Training Triad

  1. Safety
  2. Gun Handling & Zeroing
  3. Prone, Kneeling, and Standing Positions
  4. Marksmanship Under Stress (Accelerated Heart Rate) & Handgun Transitions
  5. Practical Exercise in the Shoot House
  6. Graduation

Basic Fighting Carbine #250

Welcome and Orientation intro to Basic Fighting Carbine #250 and the TPA Training Triad

Your day begins in the classroom with an orientation and introduction to the TPA Training Triad. The Training Triad is the foundation of every course taught at Texas Pistol & Rifle Academy. The Training Triad has 3 sides that together help you shoot well. On one side is “mental & visual focus” – since your mind and eyes can only focus on one thing at a time, putting them in the right place is critical for good shooting. The next side is “sending the bullet”- here, the steps of a successful firing stroke are explained to help you deliver point of – aim point of impact shots. The final side is “good equipment” – this describes what characteristics are desirable in a fighting carbine to make it shooter friendly.


A thorough safety briefing is presented covering firearm safety rules. You will also be briefed on how to conduct yourself on the range and in the dugout area where you will store your gear and ammo.

Gun Handling & Zeroing

Your fighting carbine must be properly zeroed to perform well. You will zero for optic (magnified/holographic) and iron sights at 100 yards. Zeroing includes instruction on the functions and handling characteristics of the AR-15/M4 platform.

Prone, Kneeling, and Standing Positions

Various circumstances may require you to shoot from the prone, kneeling or standing positions. Here you will learn how to properly position your body for using the fundamentals of marksmanship bone supported, muscle-relaxed shooting to get good hits on targets. The fundamentals of marksmanship will be reviewed for each position.

Marksmanship Under Stress (Accelerated Heart Rate) & Handgun Transitions

Your fighting carbine is an incredible close-quarter weapon when handled properly. Here you will learn to use your fighting carbine inside of 7 yards in a series of timed drills designed to create accelerated heart rate and train marksmanship under stress. Due to the pace of this phase, you will also learn 2 types of reloads and transitions to the handgun. A review of gun handling from the Defensive Pistol Series – Basic Handgun #250 (prerequisite) will begin this phase. Transitions between a primary and secondary weapon is a critical skill for defensive shooting. Here you will learn how to safely transition from your fighting carbine (primary weapon) to your handgun (secondary weapon) when your fighting carbine is empty or malfunctioning.

Practical Exercise in the Shoot House

At the Shoot House Range you will be taught how to “cut the pie” and move through a structure as you engage targets inside. Cutting the pie is an important skill for defensive shooting, especially in the home.


At the end of the training day, you will participate in a graduation ceremony where you receive a certificate of completion for your training effort.

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