3 Rivers Tactical Training Solutions, Inc.

Pittsburgh, PA

The Pittsburgh area's premier firearms and tactical training provider.

April 28, 2013 - Intro to the AR-15

Over the past several months we have seen a tremendous amount of new gun owners in the United States, with many of these individuals purchasing AR15 carbines.  Intro to the AR15 is 3T’s eight hour, introductory level course for those individuals who have no prior, formal training on the AR15 carbine.

Many years ago a firearms instructor once said “I can go out tomorrow and buy a piano.  It doesn’t mean that I’m now Billy Joel.”  The same mentality applies to gun owners purchasing firearms they are not familiar with. 

While owning a firearm is a right, and you won’t find stronger supporters of the 2nd Amendment anywhere than us here at 3T, it’s also a very serious responsibility that is not to be taken lightly.  Bottom line - responsible gun owners get professionally trained.

Intro to the AR15 Prerequisite:  None

Topics Covered:

  1. Firearms Safety Rules
  2. History of the AR15 / M16
  3. AR15 Nomenclature
  4. Cycle of Operation – Gas / Piston
  5. Zeroing / Mechanical Zero
  6. Loading / Unloading
  7. 6 Fundamentals of Carbine Marksmanship
  8. Use of the Mechanical Safety
  9. Malfunction Clearing
  10. Selection of Mounts, Optics, Lights, Lasers, Slings, etc.,

Required Equipment:

  1. AR15 series carbine with a sling.
  2. 150 rounds of ball ammunition.
  3. A minimum of 2 magazines.  The more magazines, the better.
  4. Iron sights are required on ALL weapons.  Optics are optional.
  5. Eye and ear protection.

Cost: $150

Please do not hesitate to contact us with any questions about the equipment required for this course.

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In accordance with ITAR regulations, only United States citizens will be accepted into 3T classes.

All classes end with a night shoot on day 1.  The class hour vary upon time of year.  You will be notified of the class hours specific to your class approximately 2 weeks before the class. Range locations are subject to change.


  • Any customer who has registered for a course, or has made a down payment on a course, can cancel their registration or down payment and receive a full refund if 3T is contacted no less than 60 days prior to the start of the course.
  • If a customer cannot attend a course they have registered for, and there are less than 30 days before the start of the course, the customer will be allowed to reschedule for any of the same courses remaining on the schedule.  Even if the class the customer chooses to reschedule to is full, the customer will be allowed to attend that class. 
  • If 3T must cancel a course all customers who have signed up for, or made a down payment for, the cancelled course have two options to choose from:
  1. Customers can receive a 100% refund.
  2. Customers can reschedule to a later course of their choice.  Customers who choose this option will be compensated with a gift certificate good for one free day of training, redeemable at any 3T class of their choice.  Even if a course is full, the customer will be allowed to attend the course they choose. The gift certificate can be used to attend a 1 day course free of charge, to receive a 50% discount on any 2 day course, or to receive a 33% discount on any 3 day course.

If you have any questions about this policy, please contact 3T at info@3riverstraining.com or 412-925-0818 prior to registering for any course.