AR-15 Fundamentals

AR-15 Fundamentals

Range Time’s AR-15 Mini Fundamentals course is designed to introduce responsible gun owners to the safe handling, proper maintenance, and effective use of AR-15-style rifles and to bring awareness to the usefulness of this platform in the context of civilian home defense and defense of life. Classroom instruction covers topics such as basic AR-15 nomenclature and function, cleaning and maintenance, and accessorizing the AR-15, while live-range instruction will provide students with an understanding of how to safely and effectively operate an AR-15, confirm zero, and engage in practical and cumulative drills.

Course Objectives

  • Demonstrate an understanding of the safety rules both in the classroom and on the range.
  • Understand the history and misconceptions surrounding the AR-15.
  • Identify the basic parts and functions of an AR-15
  • Demonstrate how to load and unload an AR-15.
  • Understand how to safely break down an AR-15 for routine maintenance and cleaning.
  • Describe the advantages (and disadvantages) of various accessories and support gear options.
  • Learn the basics of shooting an AR-15, including proper stance, grip (four points of contact), and trigger control, and prepare to demonstrate those skills on the range.
  • Learn how to verify zero on an AR-15 and recognize its importance and use.
  • Identify the advantages and disadvantages of using an AR-15 around the house and for home defense. – Exhibit proficiency in the safe handling of an AR15 and competency of drills on the range.

Target Audience

Those looking to refresh or reinforce the skills needed to improve their ability to use an AR-15 for defensive, sporting, or recreational purposes

Length of Course

  • 1.5 to 2.5 hours classroom presentation
  • 3 to 4 hours on the range

Course Materials for Students

  • Reliable AR-15 (zeroed prior to class) with optic or BUIS
  • Sling (preferably 2-point) — MUST HAVE!
  • 3+ magazines
  • 200 to 300 rounds of ammunition
  • Hearing protection (preferably electronic; ensure student can see down sights with ear pro on)
  • Eye protection
  • Clothing that allows user to shoot from kneeling/ prone (i.e. knee pads/shooting mat)
  • Magazine pouch (or belt, chest rig, plate carrier, jeans with back pockets)

For all new customers please go to to fill out a waiver. For more information please call 302-804-4003.

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