Perimeter Defense Rifle

If you live in the country or even on acreage at the edge of suburbia, it’s important to remember that threats aren’t always two-legged, and not always aimed against you or your family. They may be against your livestock, or they might come from predatory animals. Those who’ve lived in those areas know that it’s not unusual to need to deal with things like rabid animals (threatening both kids and pets), as well as human predators who think that people who live outside of the city limits are easy pickings.

Sometimes the handgun isn’t the best tool to keep your family and your home safe from such a wide range of predators. The rifle — be it a lever action, a modern sporting rifle like the AR-15, or a futuristic bullpup like the Steyr AUG — is an efficient and powerful tool for personal and family protection. It’s designed to be effective at ranges beyond those you normally associate with a pistol.

The rifle has significant virtues as a homestead defense tool: the sheer power it commands, the precision with which that power can be delivered,  and the capability to quickly project that precise force at a distance that’s impractical for a handgun make it a formidable tool. Perimeter Defense is all about using that tool to keep a threat from getting into your personal space.

So many rifle courses today teach using the rifle as if it were nothing more than a big pistol. The rifle isn’t a handgun and shouldn’t be treated like one!  Perimeter Defense Rifle is different, because it doesn’t try to apply handgun techniques to the long gun; instead, it maximizes the rifle’s capabilities and teaches you how to take advantage of them.

In Perimeter Defense you’ll learn how to handle the rifle to control the power it generates, to take advantage of its enhanced precision capabilities, and to quickly deliver rounds on target at any plausible distances. This is the class that can teach you how to do so most efficiently and effectively!

You’ll learn:
  • How to store and retrieve your rifle for quick response
  • Handling your rifle efficiently, regardless of the type
  • Best methods for carrying the rifle
  • Reloading techniques
  • How to deal with malfunctions
  • Getting the rifle into immediate action regardless of how it’s being carried
  • ”Snapshooting” and its relation to self defense
  • How to make the most of your sights, no matter what they are
  • Modifications – the useful and the silly
  • Best ammunition choices for rapid threat incapacitation
  • Shooting from close in to medium range
  • …and more!

Unlike most long gun courses, this class isn’t based on military or law enforcement techniques or doctrine, but on a hard-nosed assessment of the unique challenges of family defense at home and the best, most efficient ways of dealing with those challenges.

Who Should Attend?

Anyone who has a rifle or anticipates the need to use a rifle for home defense. It’s especially well suited for homeowners on larger-than-average size lots and for those who live in rural areas. This class has a moderately high level of physical activity, and you will be repeatedly getting into and out of shooting positions such as sitting, kneeling, and squatting. (Depending on the needs of the class, we may also elect to do some shooting from the prone position.)

This class is suitable for any defensive rifle, from the pistol-caliber lever actions through the .308 autoloaders. You’ll learn where your rifle’s strengths and weaknesses are, where you can improve your own performance, and whether hardware changes might make a difference in your defensive preparations.


The only prerequisite is a good grounding in safe gun handling, and an understanding of how your rifle functions. (If you don’t know how to load and unload your rifle, we suggest taking an entry-level course from a local instructor before signing up.)

What do you need to bring?
  • Your centerfire rifle
  • 250 rounds of ammunition (some ranges may have specific ammunition requirements; details when you register)
  • If your rifle has detachable magazines, bring at least (2) magazines
  • Clothing appropriate for the weather (we do not cancel classes on account of rain!)
  • Beverages (water, juice, sports drinks; at least (1) quart/liter per day, more in hot weather)
  • Lunch (if the range does not have restaurants close by)
  • Note-taking items (notebook and pens/pencils)
  • Eye and ear protection (electronic hearing muffs are highly recommended)
  • Knee pads are recommended to prevent injury!