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Defensive Rifle I

Defensive Rifle I

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Course Length: Two Days


Course Description:  

Defensive Rifle I builds on the Defensive Rifle foundation, focusing on critical accuracy in less-than-ideal situations against less-than-ideal presented threats, fully exploring the three dimensional threat and the unlikely nature of a traditional point of aim.

This class focuses almost exclusively on movement, problem solving and compromised points of aim, avoiding the more static, fundamentals-focused shooting seen in Defense Rifle.  This course is moderately physically demanding and the tempo is higher than some students may have experienced before; applying as much stress as possible to hone skills on the gun under closer-to-real-world circumstances.  Marksmanship requirements under as realistic as possible conditions drives the two day course.


Topics instructed include:


  • Real World safety

  • Information Theory and Occam’s Razor

  • Carry condition

  • Rifle deployment and utilization

  • Optical and holographic sights

  • Traditional shooting positions

  • Austere shooting positions

  • On cover/off cover shooting

  • Negotiating angles

  • Off-axis shooting

  • optic failure

  • Catastrophic malfunctions

  • Forced dominance transitions

  • increased distance engagements

  • Magazine reloads (emergency and tactical)

  • Immediate and remedial action for malfunctions

  • Rapid target engagement

  • Threat anatomy


Course Cost: $400.00




Rifle with 5-7 magazines

Handgun with 3 magazines


Iron sights (BUIS) and optics (if used)

Rifle sling

1000 Rounds rifle

200 rounds handgun

Ear and eye protection

Min one magazine pouch (PCs may be used if desired)


Optional (recommended) gear:





Field cleaning kit

Basic maintenance tools

Knee and elbow pads

Additional magazines for all weapons

Rifle magazine belt pouch or chest rig


Class size: Minimum of 10, no more than 15


Prerequisites: Previously attended Sage Dynamics Defensive Rifle or attended a comparable course from a recognized school.

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