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Introduction to the AR Platform Class

Class Location:  CRPC Action Shooting Facility, Bay 2
Class Time:  9:00am - 1:00pm

Lead Instructor:  Tobe Gagnon, Certified Firearms Instructor

Instructor Contact:


This Introduction to the AR Platform class has been designed to educate students who are both new and experienced with AR-Platform firearms.  In this class students will learn about the history of the platform, how it was designed to function, common and useful upgrades, and will be taught how to safely disassemble, clean, lubricate, function check, load, operate, unload, and store their AR-Platform firearms.

This is a hybrid style class. The first half will be lecture-style where students will have the opportunity to learn, ask questions, and take notes. The second half will be conducted on a hot range where students will practice good safety and technique while zeroing their rifle and building good muscle-memory through basic exercises.

Member Fee - $80 - non-refundable
Non-Member Fee - $100 - non-refundable
Cancellations must be provided in email to and no later than November 17, 2023. Registration fees for cancellations made after that time will not be refu


Items required for this course:

  • AR-Patterned firearm
    • Can be of any caliber, including the Pistol Caliber Carbines (9mm, 22LR, etc.)
    • Sling strongly recommended, but not required
  • Tools specific to your firearm, optic, and/or accessories
    • Bring any tools that came in the box when you bought it (firearm and/or optic)
  • A minimum of 2 magazines
    • More recommended
    • Magazine holster strongly recommended, but not required
  • Empty Chamber Indicator (ECI)
  • A minimum of 100 rounds of ammunition
    • 150 rounds of ammunition recommended
  • Adequate eye protection and hearing protection
    • Wrap-around style eye protection strongly recommended
    • Use of both ear plugs AND electronic ear muffs
  • Proper attire to accommodate weather
    • The class is outside and will take place rain or shine, hot or cold
  • Seating, snacks, and hydration
    • On-site seating is limited, so please bring a chair (camp-style is best)
    • You will be responsible for your own food and beverages
    • Proper hydration is often overlooked, so please bring more than you think you will need
Saturday, November 18, 2023, 9:00 AM until 1:00 PM
ASF Ranges
9130 Kensington Drive
Waxhaw, NC  28173

Additional Info:
Event Contact(s):
Tobe Gagnon
Tracy L Todd
Registration is closed - Event is full
Payment In Full In Advance Only
Available Slots:
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