How to Use Army-style drills to master the basics of handling a semi-automatic rifle

This feels like basic training all over again. If you were in the military, you know what we mean. Only this isn't the Army training you to be a sharpshooting solider, it's a militiaman teaching you how to be a concerned citizen of the United States of America… one that can accurately use a semi-automatic weapon.

As Thomas Jefferson once said, "Every citizen should be a soldier. This was the case with the Greeks and Romans and must be that of every free state."

This video's basically a beginner's course on gun handling, with the gun in question being an AR-15. Just don't call it a gun amongst current or former military personnel— they don't like the word. It's a rifle… or a weapon… or an AR-15. That's it. Plain and simple.

Learn the basic of handling this weapon, along with other popular firearms like the M-4 carbine rifle, the one most Army personnel use. There are a lot of things you can do to improve how you handle a weapon at the range (or in combat), to accomplish conservancy, i.e. not using all of your ammunition. And you can gain firearm familiarity and basic confidence without even firing a shot!

Currahee shows you some great drills for mastering your AR-15 (or other rifle), including:

* Dry-firing drills
* Reloading drills (with & without retention of the magazine)
* Trigger-squeeze drills (using the dime & washer drill)
* Clearing malfunctions (jams, misfires, etc.)

If you were in the Army, this is all too familiar. Clearing malfunctions will involve something every soldier knows by heart— SPORTS, which stands for Slap, Pull, Observe, Release, Tap, Squeeze.

As for the reloading drills, Currahee uses 30-round mags, which are the standard with AR-15s, M-4s and M-16s, but you should check with your state for legality. In California, you can't have magazines over 10-round capacity.

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