ARP 129 - Carbine Training with Steve Fisher of Sentinel Concepts


Welcome to Episode #129 of the AR15 Podcast. We’re joined by Steve Fisher of Sentinel Concepts this week to talk about carbine training. Now you’ve got a fancy rifle built, how do you develop the skills needed to safely and effectively put rounds through it?

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Main Topic:  Carbine Training with Steve Fisher of Sentinel Concepts

  • Steve’s Background
    • Law Enforcement
    • Magpul
    • Sentinel Concepts
    • Why train?
      • But my dad taught me how to shoot a duck.
      • Typical costs?
      • Different ‘types’ of classes?
      • Basic/Intermediate/Advanced?
      • Finding a trainer/course
        • How big should the trainer’s beard be, at a minimum?
        • Local listings
        • Online forums
        • Youtube
        • AARs
        • Facilities vs Individuals
        • Reputable/safe?
        • Qualifications/background/applicability to your situation?
        • Prepping for class
          • Proficiency
          • Range bod
          • Read AARs!
          • Gear that goes pew
          • Gear that supports you
          • Class
            • Get to know other students
            • Take notes!
            • It’s not time to show off
            • Hydrate, hydrate
            • After Class
              • Keep in touch
              • Write AARs!
              • Review your notes
              • Did anything fail on you?
              • Other Questions for Steve?

Otis Technology:

May 18: @spillicious

May 25: @msr300blk

June 1:  Billy W. - @bigbiller on Instagram

June 8: Chris Inouye

June 15: David Michaelson

The fine folks at Otis Technology have sent over a mountain of rifle maintenance tools and cleaning kits for the AR-15 and AR-10.  We’ve been tasked with giving them away.  Watch for the special posts on Facebook and Instagram to get a chance to win some of the awesome products made by Otis Technology.  We’ll give away a complete MSR Cleaning kit in either 5.56 or 7.62 in the middle of each  month up until Christmas, when we’ll give away a complete Otis Technology Elite Cleaning System to one lucky listener.  During the alternating weeks, we’ll be giving away a host of Otis tools and cleaning supplies.


Dan V: I'm sending a pic of my 1st ar and 1st ar build.  I kept it basic...but I'm prouder than heck of myself for doing it all from scratch and no experience with guns.  It's an anderson lower and a Surplus Ammo rifle kit...SAA is from the seattle area.  Anyway, a buddy of mine I teach with and I bought identical kits and with a youtube video...built our own ars.  Very fun and very cool.  The scope is off of an old mosin kit I bought, but it might as well be a schmitt and bender to me.  Now that I'm acclimated to builds, I will continue to do more.  I think an ar 10 would be fun.  How about a podcast with build info particular to those building their first ar 10?  The pics will be on facebook because i don’t know how to attach them here.

Michael C: Hey Reed, just listened to you on Handgun Radio podcast, which is one of my favorites. I live in Grand Prairie, and own a P938 and P250, both of which I love. The P938 is my daily carry gun. If you want to shoot these things, just let me know - I can meet you somewhere and turn you loose with them (and anything else I have - STI 1911, Walther PPX, Firestar 45, FN HP, S&W SD9 VE, etc).

joelfrederick:  Great Job!   The intro is good, the podcast audio quality is noticeably improved.

Austin L: First off let me say I’m a huge fan of the show and really appreciate the content you provide. I have used a number of the pointers you gave during my first build a couple months ago, which I posted and tagged you in on Instagram under my lightweight 5.5 pound AR. But now I am looking at 3 more builds, one in the works and 2 in planning. The current one in progress is a DPMS pattern AR-10 in 308, 16 in barrel and trying to be light and very accurate, possibly adding a 6.5 upper to to it later on. The next 2 are a 6.5 Grendel and a heavy hitter such as 450 bushmaster or 458 socom but would like your input on the best route to go a far as accuracy, parts availability and cost for the Grendel and the heavier build. As well if would be great to get advice on what I can do to improve accuracy other than buying the most expensive parts or an already build gun.

In conclusion I would like to request you contact Steve Adelmann of Citizen Arms for an interview. I have bought a couple Ar’s from him, one in 7.62x39 and one in 5.56 and he is an absolute wizard when it comes to an accurate AR. The 7.62x39 groups well under ¾ inch at 100 yd and rings 14 inch steel out to 600 yd, and the 5.56 groups .40 inch at 100. All  of these are with factory loads, and none are the huge heavy contour guns which is why I would love to hear his input along with yours.

Thank you guys for a great show and please keep them coming

Chiforce MediaCatapult: Thanks for all the great info & interviews with Josh Waldron i have hearing loss from a lifetime of hunting..great show guys

Randall F: With the massive popularity of The Walking Dead, you would think that if they re-released the Colt Python, it would single-handedly rescue that company.

@dylan.h.cave: I’m attending a carbine training course this afternoon.  My double rifle case is packed tight with two rifles.  Two rifles that I cleaned the night before like a ritual.  This morning when I went to retrieve the case, I looked at the patch affixed there and I felt a swell of pride as it reminded me that I built both of the rifles inside.


@rebel_ar15: REBEL ARMS CORP RBR-15s Mod 2.  Done in Woodland HD by @weaponworksllc.  Getting a good mechanical break-in.  Loving this AR! Photo by @lionhartemk


@gunguyradio: Experimenting with some Kydex .. . . Maybe another new company around the corner :)