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Old 02-18-2013, 10:09 AM
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Default AAR: Falcon Ops Carbine Manipulation 1.0 - great class

If this post is tl;dr for you, here's the short version:

Take the Carbine Manipulation 1.0 class with Falcon Ops. They care about making you a better shooter and they have the teaching and communication skills to do it.

Bumping this because I took the class again (18 May 2013) and it was awesome. No need to start a new thread - most of the information is the same.

I hadn't taken a carbine class since Feb (ammo is expensive, if you hadn't heard) so I was pumped to get out there.

Even though I was repeating the class I didn't repeat the instruction. By that I mean I had so much to learn and develop from the first class that I still benefited by taking the course. You would have to be very advanced and well drilled in the fundamentals not to get some value out of the class.

Curriculum was roughly the same the second time, although we had more time and were able to cover a bit more material over the course of the day. We also got to work on steel targets in the afternoon, which I enjoyed. It was fun to go from precise aimed fire on paper and then switch to steel, expand the target area and pick up the pace a little bit. Plus shooting on steel is fun.

I had upgraded some of my gear in the past couple months so I was a lot more comfortable during the class. That's another big benefit of classes like this: you get to test your gear and see if it works for you.

Superb class, great instruction. Highly recommended.

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AAR: Falcon Ops Carbine Manipulation 1.0

I participated in the courses offered by Falcon Ops this past weekend: Pistol Manipulation 1.0 and Carbine Manipulation 1.0. I’ll do an AAR on PM 1.0 in a different post. Class was 8 hours, cost was $150, and we had 18 students for 4 instructors. Recommended round count: 500 rounds. I will try and cover stuff that isn’t available on their website, so for more info on their backgrounds go there.

Falcon Ops is Charles Ferrara (aka Voodoo) and Anson Beck (aka Hollywood). Additional instructors for the weekend were Hoss and Senior. (I forget their actual names. I do remember that Hoss had a kydex holder for his can of Skoal, which I thought was funny.) I will use their nicknames here because that’s what they call each other.

The style is very informal. They don’t take themselves too seriously at Falcon Ops. I don’t mean unprofessional – they do not mess around on the range and safety is priority number one at all times. Their communication style is technical but very informal; they like to joke a lot during the lecture portions, partly to make it fun, and partly to check if you are paying attention. Their presentation and organization is very polished.

Also, they swear a lot. Like, a ****ing ton. If you can’t handle 4 letter words (8 letter, 16 letter, **** who can keep track the way Hollywood talks?) then this is maybe not for you. And you would be missing out, because the quality of the instruction is excellent.

What constitutes quality instruction? The ability to effectively communicate and demonstrate complex concepts. At this they excel.

Important: Listed required equipment is a modern sporting rifle with at least 5 mags, some mag pouches. You will have a better experience if you bring or borrow 20 or 30 round magazines. Good luck finding those now, but Falcon will let you borrow theirs so if that’s an impediment it can be worked around. If you have 10 round mags, bring a lot, and even then, figure on borrowing some and practice your emergency reloads before you get there. It will help you get the most out of your training.

Topics covered over the course of the day (partial list, from memory; note that some topics, like trigger control, were touched on throughout the day):
  • Mindset
  • Fundamentals of firing a rifle from the prone position – body position, rifle position, breathing.
  • Battle Sight Zero (BZO), we zeroed for a 50 yard point of aim/point of impact. We were able to do this on a 25 yard range using their proprietary targets, a valuable skill if you have limited access to outdoor shooting ranges.
  • 7 fundamentals of marksmanship
  • Sight over bore and adjusting for sight over bore at close range
  • Three types of reloads, with live fire practice
  • Vulnerable target areas for humans
  • Proper practice techniques
  • Basic care and maintenance of the AR-style rifle
  • Transitioning from shooting standing to kneeling
  • Trigger control
I can’t speak for everyone but the training was very useful for me. A further testament to the value of the class was alumni attendance. Roughly 1/3 of the class was alumni, working the fundamentals.

Suggestions for improvement:
Bring mags like I mentioned above. The teaching itself moves at the pace of the slowest student. That’s good for the students and also safety. With a range of skills it’s possible that some may feel like it’s too slow. If so you can discuss it with the instructors and they will adapt your instruction accordingly.

Beyond that I don’t know what I would improve. They have a program and it starts with the fundamentals that you work from the ground up.

See you out there.

Last edited by Case; 05-20-2013 at 8:24 PM.. Reason: Repeated course - added info
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Thanks Case, it's appreciated, and it was nice to have you! -Stash

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I too attended the class. It was fantastic. I honestly have nothing but good things to say. These guys really have something good going here. Their instruction was on point and everything they taught makes sense from a real world and functional standpoint. This class really showed me how much I need to learn. I have been shooting pretty regularly for the past 6 years and always felt like I knew how to use my weapons. This class opened my eyes to the fact that I am lucky I have never had to use a firearm to defend my life because I do not know how to effectively address all of the potential malfunctions, reloads, and situations that could arise.

Outside of the fundamentals and technique they teach it was the delivery that really stood out to me. You can tell these guys really enjoy what they do and they work hard to make sure you are working hard. They really pushed me. But at the same time always made sure that safety was paramount. I got called out once for almost sweeping someone and they caught it immediately were up my A** about it (which I respect and appreciate). That was really important to me. Great work guys. I just can't wait to go back for my next class!!

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Old 05-20-2013, 8:26 PM
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Bumping this because I took the class again (18 May 2013) and had a blast. Updated my original post with some new AAR info. Great class.

It was good to see some familiar faces. Looking forward to the next one.

See you out there.
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