Follow-up: Changes to Carbine Curriculum
Last edition I wrote about studying under Paul Howe ofCSAT and noted we’d probably be making some mods to the BDC curriculum. Last weekend we conducted a Basic Defensive Carbine class that included some of those changes and the feedback was universally positive. Consequently I’ve decided to go ahead with plans to introduce a brand new carbine training class in 2013: Basic Carbine Operator (BCO).
A little history
The BDC curriculum was designed to meet the needs of the average student. Most people who buy a carbine (any gun) for protection never get any formal training at all. Of the small segment that decide to get trained by a professional, most who attend a basic class never go beyond that by attending an intermediate level class. Interestingly, of those that do go beyond basic, the percentages are higher that they will go on to advanced training.
Fact: The more training you get, the more you want.
Still, most stop at the beginner’s level, not appreciating that ‘training’ is a never ending, ever advancing PROCESS.
With the realization that, training-wise, this was probably going to be my only opportunity to equip this person, the intention of BDC was to give that typical student enough training to keep the carbine running against the most common stoppages, hit a man sized target inside the average self-defense distance, and have a basic understanding of defensive tactics. BDC is as much of the mix of gun-handling, marksmanship and tactics that we could fit into a two-day class.
The same rationale applies to the curriculum of our Basic Defensive Handgun class.
The new class, Basic Carbine Operator, is designed for the person who wants to gain the most familiarity with the carbine and be the best shooter he can be in two day’s training. While BDC is a mix of technical and tactical, BCO is almost entirely technical. The intent of BCO is to thoroughly train the student how to operate the gun, keep it running, and hit a target out to 100 yards using the standard positions; prone, kneeling and standing.
A comparison of BCO & BDC
BDC: 1 to 25 yards
BCO: 7 to 100 yards
BDC: Threat recognition, decision making, movement and clearing malfunctions
BCO: Marksmanship and clearing malfunctions
Standard firing positions
BDC: Primarily standing with much emphasis on movement
BCO: Standing, kneeling and prone
Use of cover
BDC: Yes, plus unconventional firing positions
BCO: Yes, as it relates to the standard firing positions
Transition to handgun
Optics / Red Dot Sights
BCO: Day 2 only (irons on D1)
Weapon lube and maintenance
Still undecided is whether or not to make BCO a prerequisite for BDC. There are many good reasons to do so.
There’s enough good material in this class to make attendance worthwhile for even graduates of our higher level carbine classes. It never hurts to revisit the basics.
I’ll keep you posted.