Defensive Carbine - Level Two Class in Tucson,
Fourteen students attended
two days of defensive shooting classes taught by Steve
Fisher of Michigan Defensive Firearms Institute.
MDFI was invited by Tucson
Guns and Western Artifacts, a gun store on Tucsons
East Side. The classes were held north of Tucson at
Pistol Club Shooting Range. The two days were divided
into four parts, day one was Defensive
Pistol Level Two, followed by a Low
Light Pistol Class in the evening. Day Two was Defensive
Carbine Level Two followed by an full evening of Low
Light Carbine instruction. All the students learned
a lot and skills improved. Here are four reviews of
the two days of training along with some links and
info on the instructors and hosts. If these reviews
make you curious about firearms training, do some research
and plan to attend a class. Firearms training is great
fun, and it could possibly save your life one day !!
Defensive Carbine - Level Two
8 Hour training.
Limited to 12 participants.
This is a fast-paced class
that will leave your barrel red hot.
This class takes off where Carbine Level
This class is not for everyone. You will
get dirty during these drills as you learn
up to date tactics that work in the real
CPL or other pistol marksmanship certification.
Carbine Level One or equivalent.
Start with basic warm-up drills.
Shooting on the move.
Various kneeling and prone positions.
Use of cover.
Transitions to handguns.
Carbine (Pistol caliber carbine may be used.)
1,000 rounds of carbine ammunition.
200 rounds of handgun ammunition.
Minimum of 3 magazines.
Something to hold magazines on body.
Handgun and holster (no cross-draw or shoulder
rig holsters will be allowed.).
Snacks and drink for 8 hours of training.
Centerline Classes: Lunch can be bought at the
gun club or you may provide your own.
We started a bit
later on day two. After shooting well into the
night, then driving home, we all needed a bit more
time to rest. So we started about 10am. As Steve
went over safety and range rules, then we got right
to confirming our zeros at 50 yards
Most students shot
AR15 variants. Most of them shot well. One student
shot just an AK47, and two others brought both
an AR15 and an AK47. The AKs worked fine and shot
well and only a few few ARs had failures
of the students were dead on and just confirmed
their zero, while a few needed two attempts to
get theirs sighted in at 50 yards
started with the basics as he did in the pistol
course, then the class progressed to more elaborate
drills utilizing those basic skills in combination
at the speed the shooter felt comfortable with
techniques are controversial, or not widely agreed
upon. Steve showed us a few of these techniques,
like the movement of the carbine to the off side
shoulder with a strong side grip for a quick shot
from around cover. Then Steve addressed why some
schools don't agree on the technique. he left it
up to the student to incorporate these or not
Some other skills
the class touched on (and practiced) was single
side shooting and multiple targets
When a unique jam
or malfunction happened we would take a break from
shooting to see how to clear
tension from the bolt face is usually what's needed
on serious jams on the AR15 platform. A pocket
pliers or straight blade knife were best for clearing
fine accuracy was not stressed, students would
tape any hits outside the center ring on the cardboard
targets, so they could keep track of any shots
made outside that area during drills
We broke for lunch
as a group and did more elaborate drills in the
afternoon, like this ladder drill
these drills were more complex and potentially
dangerous, students ran through them one at a time.
This allowed both Steve and Casey to watch each
run and offer coaching. It also allowed the rest
of the class to learn from other students
many classes held in a pro-gun state, students
brought some unique gear like this Surbu super
short 12 gauge and full auto M-16. Students were
able to shoot some of these to test them out
While most of the
the class used an AR a few students shot the AK47
and had no issues 'keeping up' with the class at
the distances we shot
This was Day Two of a Two
Day visit from MDFI in Tucson AZ
Michigan Defensive Firearms Institute is a Michigan-based
training company that has been providing real-world
firearms training to military, law enforcement,
and qualified civilians since 2001.
Classes available for groups or individuals,
beginners or advanced training.
brought down to Tucson by Tucson
Guns and Western Artifacts.
Thanks to Bob, Scott and Shane. Also big thanks
to the guys who also helped out by driving the
Michiganers to and from the airport and to the
range, to dinner, to the gun shop, etc.
We all look forward to seeing MDFI in
Tucson again soon
Confederation of Tactical Shooters
a sport in which Civilian rifle owners along
with Military and Law Enforcement professionals
can practice 'real world' shooting skills in
a sporting venue that has not been offered by
any other shooting discipline or association.
promote the safe practical, proficient use of
rifles. To foster sportsmanship and camaraderie
among rifle owners, and to support and defend
the Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms.
you interested in shooting an ACTS match?
Come down and
check us out. Visitors are welcome,
just check in at the office and let the range
officers know who you are and they will get you
a tour of the ranges, and you can talk to
the shooters and see how the stages are shot.
We are all proud of our safety record (zero
incidents) and are happy to answer questions.
If you live in Phoenix, Casa Grande, Benson,
Serria Vista or anyplace else within
driving distance. Come on down and shoot with us.
You will literally have a blast. It's
not like shooting at any range you've
shot before and the skills you'll learn could one
day save your life.