Basic Carbine Operator (BCO)

Basic Carbine Operator (BCO)

If you own a quality AR15, with the right sights and ammunition you have a firearm capable of hitting a man sized target at 500 yards and beyond.  Does your current skill level allow you to take advantage of this?


Purpose:  The goal of BCO is to properly ground you in two areas:

  1. The administrative techniques required to competently handle the carbine and keep it running; and
  2. The marksmanship techniques necessary to realize its full capabilities using the standard shooting positions.

You must be a US citizen to attend this class.


Administrative :

Dates:  TBA

Location:  Lee County, SC

Prerequisite training: NONE

Physical requirements: LIGHT

Start / Stop Times:  8 am to 5 pm both days (Registration begins 7:30 am Day 1)

Cost:  $250

  1. 50% deposit is required to hold a seat. Classes are kept small and there is a cut-off.
  2. Full-time LEO: $125
  3. Active duty military & SCARNG: $0

PayPal OK or send personal check or money order to the address below.

Duration:  16 hrs


Equipment Requirements:

  1. AR type carbine in 5.56 NATO
  2. ‘Two point’ sling (NO single point slings unless an agency or department requirement)
  3. Sustainment Equipment (cleaning kit, lube, spare batts, etc.)
  4. Four magazines (min) and the ability to carry at least one of them on the body
  5. 400 rds carbine ammunition (Call if you have M855 / Green tip)
  6. Safety gear
  7. ball cap (visor okay)
  8. hearing protection
  9. ANSI or mil-spec rated wraparound eye protection
  10. Lunch, snacks, meds (Ibuprofen is your friend), whine stoppers, etc.
  11. Hydration
  12. Usual defensive handgun setup


Optional, but recommended:

  1. Bug spray, sunscreen and other seasonal equipment
  2. Rain gear (training will continue in the event of rain)
  3. Note taking stuff
  4. Folding chair
  5. Elbow / knee pads (ask)
  6. IFAK / ITK (see Note 4 below)


Classroom topics include:

  1. Safety
  2. Nomenclature
  3. Operation
  4. Maintenance
  5. Ancillary gear selection: slings, lights, optical sights, magazine carriers, etc.
  6. Ammunition selection


Range topics include:

  1. Administrative loading & unloading
  2. Fundamentals of marksmanship: Position, breath control, grip, sight alignment, sight picture, trigger control, follow through
  3. Standard positions: Prone, kneeling and standing
  4. Stoppages: Emergency, speed and tactical loads; Type 1, 2 and 3 malfunctions


Practical exercises include:

  1. Zeroing: 25 and 100 yards
  2. Precision shooting from 7 to 250 yards using the standard positions
  3. Speed shooting at 7 and 25 yards
  4. Clearing malfunctions
  5. Carbine standards (See Note 1 below)


BCO Notes / Opinions / Loves / Hates:

(1) Carbine standards are located here:

(2)  Single point slings are allowed only if required by your department or office.  Three point slings are strongly discouraged.

For two point ‘tactical’ slings, consider:

Viking Tactics (the two point ‘bungee’ sling looks promising as well)

Blue Force Gear

There may be others as good or better, but these are the ones we have first-hand experience with and can recommend.

(3)  This is a basic class and learning to use the iron sights that came on the gun is a basic skill.  Bring your optical sight for Day 2 if you wish, but don’t go buy one for the class UNLESS you’re of a certain age:  If you’re in the ‘second half’ of life (40 YOA and up), you will greatly benefit from some sort of optical or red dot site (RDS).

In non-magnification choices, the Vortex ‘Sparc II’ is a good economical RDS, but for a serious rifle, the two best choices for non-magnified RDS are the Trijicon MRO or Aimpoint T1 / T2.

For magnifying optics, there are many good choices.  Exercise your google-fu.  Just be sure it’s a true 1 X power on the bottom end.

(4)  An IFAK (Individual First Aid Kit) can be bought at any good drugstore or may be put together by the individual.  An IFAK is often called an ‘owee’ kit.  It’s for minor stuff like cuts and scrape and blisters, etc.  Most store-bought IFAK’s don’t include ‘Moleskin’ by Curad.  Get some.

An ITK (Individual Trauma Kit) is for serious stuff like a GSW and contains things you can’t buy at Wal-Mart.  We recommend North American Rescue’s CCRK:

IMPORTANT:  Practically every item in the CCRK requires training to use properly.  We recommend all good people have an ITK and training in its use whether they come to one of our classes or not.



Paladin Training, Inc.

POB 12752

Florence, SC 29504 / / 843-618-1381