Rifle 1, also known as the Thomas Duston Carbine Course, is the first in our three part modern rifle shooting series.

Rifle 1 is a one day course focused on the foundational skills needed to deploy the modern carbine in a defensive context. Students will improve their proficiency in firearms safety, firearms handling, fundamentals of marksmanship, loading, unloading, managing malfunctions, and more.

Particular focus is placed on safety, fundamental marksmanship skills, knowing your zero, and your accuracy and hold at different distances. Students will have the opportunity to test their shooting ability at distances from 5 yards to 200 yards. Students will also know their holds at different ranges, the offset of their sights at closer ranges, and how external ballistics come into play at longer ranges. Alternate firing positions as well as shooting behind cover are covered as well.

As part of our continued effort to pass on American history and tradition this course is themed around Thomas Duston. In March of 1697 in then colonial America but present day Haverhill, Massachusetts, Thomas Duston found his town and family under attack by a raiding party of Abenaki from Canada. At the time the French and the British were engaged in King William’s War, and it had become common for raiding parties of Abenaki to kill or capture English Puritans and sell them to their French allies as house slaves. Thomas Duston, while working in his field, saw the raiding party and quickly responded by grabbing his rifle and getting eight of his children to safety. He was not able to get his wife Hannah and their newborn daughter Martha and her nurse to safety as they were taken captive by the Abenaki raiders. Thomas Duston’s wife, Hannah Duston, later became famous in colonial America for her intrepid yet controversial exploits while escaping captivity and was the first woman in the United States to have a statue made of her.

At it’s core this course focuses on building the fundamental skills you would need to defend your family and get them to safety. Being able to shoot straight and group small, knowing your zero, your offsets, and holds are fundamental skills for any rifle shooter but especially in a defensive scenario.

This course culminates in a static rifle shooting competition.

Who can attend?

All U.S. citizens 18 years of age or above that are legally allowed to own or possess a firearm.

Required Equipment:


2-3 magazines

Eye protection

Ear protection

A good sling

Required Ammunition:

Minimum 400 rounds

Additional Info:

This course typically runs from 9AM-3PM unless otherwise stated. There is no lunch break so bring your own drinks and snacks.

Please wear clothing suitable to the weather.

Email with any questions.