September 23, 20238 hours
Live Fire; Gun Rental AvailableAges: 10 and older

You own the most popular rifle platform in the United States!  Now it’s time to learn how to operate it like it’s an extension of yourself.  In the AR-15 Fundamentals course you will gain an understanding of the usefulness an AR-15 provides for civilian defense while receiving cutting-edge AR-15 training through in-person classroom learning and range training.

Course Topics:
  • Fundamentals of AR-15 marksmanship
  • Zero verification
  • Accessorizing and maintaining an AR-15
  • Efficient operation of an AR-15
  • How to recognize your capabilities with an AR-15
  • The importance of round trajectory and mechanical offset for close encounters
  • How to improve skills and precision with an AR-15
  • Specifically designed for training at 5-10 yards, the average distance of self-defense incidents
Classroom Instruction

During this portion of the course you’ll learn about basic AR-15 parts and functions, cleaning and maintenance, and accessorizing your rifle. This course is designed to teach you how to operate your AR-15 safely and properly, whether for recreation, hunting, sports, or personal defense.

Live-Fire Instruction

Get hands-on experience when learning about safe and effective operation of your AR-15. During live-fire instruction, you’ll cover concepts like “confirmation of zero,” while engaging in practical and cumulative drills that apply to the defense of yourself, your loved ones, and your home.

How is this AR-15 Training Different?

Training for Real Life

Most AR-15 training courses are high-intensity, high-speed, and aren’t focused on the civilian market. Our goal isn’t to train you like you’re part of an elite tactical unit, rather, we provide instruction that builds a strong foundation for students of all experience levels.

Student-Focused Philosophy

This is a knowledge-focused course, meaning, the only requirement needed to attend is a willingness to learn. Certified Instructors explain the “why” behind the fundamental skills of safe and effective AR-15 operations, giving you a holistic understanding of what’s being taught.

Builds Confidence and Competency

We focus intensely on building your skillset and familiarity with the AR-15 platform, which boosts confidence in your own abilities. A foundational understanding of the platform, paired with a boost in confidence, helps ensure you are better prepared in the event of a dynamic critical incident.
Live Fire Exercise
  • students will complete live fire training at a professional range (indoor or outdoor)
  • students will complete a nationally standardized shooting qualification
  • live fire exercise facilitated by USCCA Certified Instructor(s) / Range Safety Officer(s)
What to bring*
  • lunch
  • pen & notebook
  • AR platform rifle you intend to use (Instructor(s) will perform a safety inspection on all personal rifles prior to use)
    • slings are required. (2-point slings are preferred)
    • rifle must have an optic (LPVO, red dot, ACOG, etc.) or iron sights
      • remember, this course is designed for training at 5-10 yards
    • This class is specific to the AR platform. AK’s, bullpups, and other platforms are not accepted.
  • 400 rounds of ammunition
  • 3 extra magazines (30 round)
  • magazine pouch
  • hearing protection (electronic preferred)
  • eye protection
  • close-toed shoes

* Rifles along with eye and/or ear protection are available for rental.  Ammunition is also available for purchase.
Please contact us via or by calling (812) 660-1411 for options/rates and to make a reservation.

Students will receive
  • Course completion certificate

Our Instructors

I have been a firearms instructor for much of my adult life, not as a full-time position, but in addition to my primary occupation as a technologist. I spent eight (8) years in the U.S. Navy where I was part of the pilot program for what is today the Individual Augmentee program. While today IA sailors are combat trained by the Army, my class was trained by the Marine Corps. (Semper Fi!) During this time I received the Navy Expert Pistol and Navy Expert Rifle Medals. I did one deployment serving in Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, and Iraq during Operation Desert Shield and Desert Storm. Upon my return I was tasked with anciallary duties as a Firearms Instructor.

Later, I joined the Brermerton Police Department in Bremerton, Washington as as Reserve Police Officer and attended the Washington State Criminal Justice Training Commission’s Reserve Law Enforcement Academy. After serviing as a patrolman for a little over a year, I was again tasked with Firearms Instructor duties, focused on the annual re-certification of reserve police officers and sheriff deputies.  I served four years as a reserve/part time police officer.

I have been a firearms instructor for nearly 30 years and fully realize that in order to be the best instructor I can – to help people develop into safe and compentent gun-owners – I need first to be a good student myself.  Firearms competency is a perishable skill – if you don’t use it, you loose it!  To that end, I typically attend 1- 2 trainings per year from some of the top instructors around the US (Gunsite Academy, Sig Sauer Academy, Masaad Ayood Group, Rob Pincus, (I.C.E./CFS), Haley Strategic, etc.) and continuously incorporate what I learn into my courses.

In his book As a Man Thinketh, author James Allen wrote ‘Circumstance does not make the man; it reveals him to himself.‘ (Allen, J., 1903)  We can have a discussion about how “deep” that statement is, but to keep it lite — You do not want to be found wanting in your self-protection skills when faced with an armed intruder to your home.  That’s the wrong ‘circumstance’ for your lack of training & skill to be ‘revealed.’

One must not only learn the basics, but commit to on-going training including situational training.  Going to the range to plink a few rounds once a month is NOT training; it’s just shooting; most likely, amounting to nothing more than reminding you what recoil feels like.  While all of our courses have a distinct focus, you will also leave with next steps and recommended exercises so when you do go to the range you can work on maintaining and improving your skills.

Unfortunately being skilled in firearms alone is not enough in these times.  The litigious nature of our current society has many gun owners scared; scared about what may happen should they find themselves in a situation which forces them to draw, let alone discharge, their firearm.  This is why in 2021 I decided to becomes a certfiied Instructor of the USCCA.  Their Conceled Carry and Home Defense Fundamentals course has become the ‘gold-standard’ training for those planning on carrying conceled.  Not only does the course teach the basics of HOW to to shoot, but also provideds excellent instruction on the legal aspects of knowing WHEN to shoot and WHAT to do (and not do) after.

Welcome to Proeliator!  I appreciate you being here and and look forward to a long relationship with you.
Remember our motto:  “Vincit Que Se Vincit” – “He conquers who conquers himself

~ Mark

Dr. Burgard is a life-long 2nd Amendment supporter, a Benefactor Life Member of the NRA, a USCCA and NRA Certified Instructor in multiple diciplines and a proud member of the FBI’s Infraguard organization.  Mark received his PhD in Computational and Data Sciences from Chapman University in Orange, CA. (And no, that doesn’t help him shoot any better. 😊)

USCCA Instructor Certifications:

  • Concealed Carry & Home Defense Fundamentals
  • Countering the Mass Shooter Threat
  • Ultimate Concealed Carry Experience
  • Woman's Handgun & Self-Defense Fundamentals
  • Emergency First Aid Fundamentals
  • Children's Firearms & Safety Fundamentals
  • Marksmanship Simplified: Foundations of Handgun Coaching
  • Range Safety Officer

NRA Instructor Certifications:

  • Basics of Pistol Shooting
  • Basics of Rifle Shooting
  • Basics of Shotgun Shooting
  • Home FIrearms Safety
  • Refuse To Be A Victum
  • Personal Protection Inside the Home
  • Personal Protection Outside the Home
  • Range Safety Officer

NRA Law Enforcement Division Certifications:

  • Handgun Instructor
  • Shotgun Instructor
  • Tactical Shooting Instructor
  • Tactical Shotgun Instructor
  • Patrol Rifle Instructor
  • Precision (Scoped) Rifle Instructor

Navigate 360 Certifications:

  • ALICE Certified Instructor
    (Active Shooter) 

Illinois State Police Certifications:

  • Concealed Carry License Instructor
    CCT#:  CCT21K181

ALERRT Certifications:

  • The Civilian Response to Active Shooter Events

Circumstance does not make the man;
it reveals him to himself.
James Allen, Author, As A Man Thinketh

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