3-Day Fighting Rifle Applications, with a side of Handgun (Whitehall, MT)

Date(s) - 04/08/2022 - 04/10/2022

Private Range near Whitehall, MT

“3-Day Fighting Rifle Applications, with a side of Handgun”
April 8 – 10th, 8:30 am – 5 pm’ish

Near Whitehall, MT

This 3-day training event will focus on rifle/carbine training, while also adding the secondary weapon of a handgun for those who already have the skills to use a handgun. It will be taught by Defenders USA’s Adam Winch, and possibly one other instructor. Adam’s bio can be found on the Defenders USA website under “About Us”.

Anyone who does not already have the needed handgun skills is more than welcome to register and attend but will only be using a rifle or carbine.

There is an extensive 3-day Handgun course the previous weekend at the same location so anyone from that course will automatically be allowed to carry and use a handgun in this course, as we will know for certain they are highly skilled with a handgun by the time they arrive at this course.

For those who do not attend the previous weekend’s handgun training, this course will immediately start with a short handgun test that must be passed in order to assure us they are sufficiently skilled to also used a handgun as their backup weapon during this course.
This is a fighting rifle / carbine skill building course and not a handgun training course, so we will not have time to add in all that will be needed to get the shooters up to speed on needed handgun skills during our three days in this course.
If the handgun qualification is not passed, the handgun will not be allowed and only a rifle / carbine will be allowed for that shooter for the three days of training.

Also, a note on the price of this course: This thee day course always cost a lot more. The cost of this course is so low simply because it is being brought to some absolutely wonderful people in the Whitehall and Helena areas that we at Defenders USA love deeply and because they are providing lodging for the instructors. Hence, this course is several hundred dollars less than what it should be…so when you see this course elsewhere, it will never be at such a price again.

This Fighting Rifle Applications training course is a high-caliber course developed to help prepare and train anyone in the efficient defensive and fighting use of the AR-15 or other fighting rifles / carbine platforms within the context of reality.

This three-day training experience will teach beginning to advanced combat-focused long gun shooting, handling, ballistics & zeroing, manipulation, fighting with a rifle, defensive concerns and posture, close quarters fighting to long range precision shooting, and a lot more. It is filled with live fire on the range and honing rifle / carbine fighting and shooting skills, while also addressing legal and physical concerns related to using this type of platform in close quarters and urban environments. We consider this course to be moderately physical. Most students think it is a fun, challenging ball-buster that takes a lot of mental engagement. Either way, this training course will push each student to develop expertise with the rifle, no matter what each’s abilities and limits.

Most will bring an AR-15 / M4-based weapons platform but we often see other platforms during this course, such as the AK variants, the Tavor, Styer, and other bull-pups, the Mini-14, M-14, AR-10, and others. We’ve had 9mm, .45, .223, 5.56, 7.62, .308, and other calibers in this course. We’ve even had a lever-action rifle in this course (a fantastic defensive rifle in the hands of a trained user).

No rifle? We might be able to arrange a rental rifle and magazines for you to use (970-986-0774).

Needed items:
– Rifle / Carbine with open sights and/or optics
– Three or more magazines
– 1200 rounds or more of ammo (We may have 5.56 / .223 ammo available for purchase if needed. Please contact us if you need it for this course).
– Eye & Ear protection
– Non-alcoholic beverages & any food / snacks you may want (it’s easiest to bring all food for the day, as there isn’t any food available nearby and we will not have time to leave the range to get to go get food.)
– Appropriate clothing and gear for outdoor environments (rain / cold weather gear, sunscreen, bug spray, head cover, etc.)
***Note: a sling on your weapon is a must, and we generally suggest a quality two-point sling. We will do a lot of transitioning to secondary weapons so feel free to bring a handgun, holster, magazines, handgun ammo, etc.
***Note: If you have any questions acquiring or about your own weapons, related gear, or ammo, feel free to contact us.

Optional Items:
– magazine carriers and any other desired gear related to rifle carrying, use and shooting
– a camp chair
– sunscreen and / or bug spray
– appropriate clothing for the projected weather that day (we will be shooting in the rain or snow, as only nearby lighting will stop us).

Friday will be all about the basics of rifle handling and shooting, starting with zero’ing once the handgun tests is over. This is day will be about accurate, efficient use and shooting from close distances to long range, building speed with accuracy. This training will be perfect for the complete beginner who may have never handled a rifle before but it will also be excellent for those who’ve been shooting for a long time, as we will really cement in solid, excellent fundamentals to create better shooters out of even highly experienced shooters.

Saturday will be about building even more speed, higher accuracy, use of cover, unconventional positional shooting, movement, multiple target engagement, small group and team tactics, medical considerations, cognitive processing and target engagement under stress, and more.

Sunday will build on the previous days, adding close quarters fighting and shooting (CQB), weapons retention, tactics, vehicle close quarters fighting and shooting (VCQB), and a lot more.

This will be an intense three day weekend of training, with a lot of qualifications and testing, always pushing the abilities once rock solid safety and fundamentals have been built into each shooter with their respective weapons.

Come ready to learn, shoot a lot, question a lot, and do a lot. This isn’t a tea and crumpets course. You will learn to fight, really fight, within the context of reality with your weapon, and fight hard. You’re body will feel it after the first day; proof you did something good, challenged yourself, and learned great stuff. The goal is to develop confidence, skill, accuracy, speed, and efficiency with your rifle.

The range is on private land northeast of Whitehall, MT and north of Cardwell, MT on Hwy 69, several miles north of I-90, and the Hwy 69 and Hwy 2 intersection. We will meet at:
330 Hwy 2 East
Whitehall, MT 59759
Once some introductions and basic formalities are taken care of there, we’ll guide you to the range location.

Feel free to contact us if you have any questions about weapons set up or gear you have questions about.

Adam Winch



Registration are closed for this event.