Mattawa, WA: Recce Carbine & Scoped Carbine Courses at Maughan Ranch

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Mattawa, WA: Recce Carbine & Scoped Carbine Courses at Maughan Ranch

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Course Descriptions:

Recce Carbine Course: 

The Recce Carbine Course is a (3) day tactical firearms training based on the fundamentals of gunfighting and small unit tactics utilizing a "Recce" AR setup (variable or fixed powered scope, 14.5"-16"-barreled AR platform, preferred). Shooters will be challenged executing various courses of fire and maneuvering in a mountainous environment (ranging from 10-500m). Additionally, Shooters will be presented with optimal techniques and procedures in setting up and employing their Recce carbine and associated kit (light weight pack and load bearing belt/vest). 

Course Requirements: 

  • Shooters are required to have successfully completed a basic AR course prior to attending this course.

  • All Shooter’s MUST possess a mastery in safe weapons manipulation and the clearing of malfunctions with the AR platform. (This is not a “beginner course”).

Course Subjects/Topics covered:

  • Gun fighting tenets

  • Range estimation

  • Truing

  • Fire & Maneuver techniques

  • Identifying Points of Domination

  • Implementation of cover and concealment

  • Ballistics

  • Target discrimination

  • Observation of engagement feedback

  • Methods of target engagement (10 to 500 meters)

  • Establishing a hasty range card

Recce Carbine setup requirements:

Carbine Optics:

Shooter’s Carbine must possess a fixed or variable powered optic (i.e. MK6 1-6, MK8 1.1-8, ACOG, etc.) suited for mid-range engagements out to 500 meters. The Carbine setup must also provide a close range or CQB capability with the use of an “off-set site” (i.e. Delta Pro, Dueck RTS, etc,) mounted on the handguard, primary optic, or at the 12 o’clock position on the upper receiver.

Carbine barrel length

Ideal barrels lengths for the course are 14.5” or 16”. That being said, shooters can run an SBR with a magnified optic and offset sites or an SPR with an 18” barrel, MK6 3-18, and offset sites.

Carbine Caliber(s)/ Ammo Requirements:

  • 5.56, .308, 300BO are authorized calibers for this course (Please contact us if you desire to run a different caliber than listed).

  • 600 rounds of quality ammo are required for the Recce course (i.e. Hornady 73gr ELD-M 5.56). Absolutely NO RELOADS!

Additional Carbine requirements:

  • Bi-pod

  • Two-point sling (i.e. Vickers tactical sling)

  • (3) 30 round AR magazines (at a minimum)

  • Flash Hider or suppressor only. NO MUZZLE BRAKES PERMITTED!!!

Scoped Carbine:

Scoped Carbine is a three-day shooters’ experience designed to bring the physical, mental, and technical aspects of gunfighting off of the square range and into a rugged, rural environment where shooters learn to maximize the capability of their carbine/AR rifle.  Buck Doyle brings over two decades of observation and experience on and off the battlefield in teaching students to shoot, move, and communicate—from the gunfighter’s perspective.  With Eastern Washington's rural & scenic topography as a backdrop, students will go from engaging targets at CQB to maximum effective range of their weapon system.  Developing full-field situational awareness and addressing the variables of physical and mental duress, shooters will understand what it takes to master the fundamentals of marksmanship in a practical, real-world environment.

Subjects covered include zeroing/truing, range estimation (Accuracy 1st 12” Rapid Engagement Formula), utilizing practical supported/non-supported shooting positions from cover and concealment, fire & maneuver, observation methods with a rifle scope, atmospherics, and accurately engaging targets from under 100 to 800+ meters.  Maughan Ranch, in Mattawa, WA provides ample space for multiple courses of fire--including long distance, fire & maneuver, & high angle shooting.

Equipment needed:

Serviceable carbine/AR 15 (5.56, 30cal)

Rifle Optic (recommended: F1, variable powered with H27, H59, Tremor 2 or 3 Horus Reticle)

“Off-set” sight, i.e., RTS (Dueck Defense), RMR, Aimpoint, etc. (for CQB courses of fire)

500 rounds ammo (300 rounds must be match grade)

Bi-pod & Sling (2-point, i.e. Vickers’ Tactical)

Rifle cleaning gear

Shooting Mat

Rear Bag

Note pad and pen/pencil


Knee pads

Elbow pads (optional)

Day pack (small pack to carry during the day containing water, snacks, wash cloth, etc.)

Ballistic eye protection

Ear protection (electronic ear muffs)

Appropriate clothing suited for weather & running in micro terrain

Light weight boots or trail running shoes

Strong belt (1.5” to 2” wide) that will support additional weight ie loaded magazines

Ball cap or bush cover (sun protection)

4 magazines for your weapon system (20 and/or 30 round capacity)

1 magazine pouch/ war belt

Retention pouch to retain empty magazines

Additional equipment:

White Light/ Head lamp

Sun screen

Lip balm


Face towel