Firearm Training:
Low Light Recce Carbine

Q Ranch: Raton, New Mexico

Firearm Training: Low Light Recce Carbine

Follow Through courses at Quintanilla Ranch—or “Q Ranch” as we like to call it—is all about the experience! Located outside of Raton, NM, the ranch sits on 50,000+ pine covered acres, where shooters will be provided with first-class mountain lodging in an authentic hunter’s lodge, as well as delicious chef-prepared meals & snacks. (see photos, left). For detailed lodging/site & questions, contact: [email protected]


The Low Light Recce Carbine Course is a (3) day/night tactical firearms training based on the fundamentals of gunfighting under the cover of darkness. Shooters will be challenged executing various courses of fire and maneuvering utilizing white light and night vision in a mountain environment.

Course Requirements:

    • Shooters are required to possess their own night vision goggles and weapons mounted laser device (I.e. PEQ15)
    • Shooters are required to have participated in tactical night vision training, ie former military, Law Enforcement, Night Fighter course, etc.
    • Shooters must possess a mastery in moving with NV goggles, operating weapons mounted VIS/IR laser, and operating their AR platform and optic.

Course Subjects/Topics covered:

    • Gun fighting tenets
    • Range estimation
    • 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

Firearm Training – 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, .224 Valkyrie, 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. Frontier 55gr FMJ or 62gr FMJ). Absolutely NO RELOADS!


Additional Carbine requirements:

    • 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!!!

Gear List:

    • Bump Helmet
    • Night Vision goggles
    • Rifle mounted IR laser (i.e. PEQ15)
    • Rifle mounted White Light source
    • Day Pack (to patrol/walk carrying snivel gear, magazines, etc.)
    • Chem Lights (disposable or battery operated)
    • Gloves
    • Eye protection
    • Hearing protection
    • Sub-load belt or load bearing vest (to retain magazines)
    • Light weight hikers or trail running shoes (students should take seasonal/winter weather into consideration)
    • Tool (i.e. Leatherman)
    • Rear bag

Optional Gear:

    • Clip-on NV
    • IR illuminators (hand held)

Total Cost of each course is $2,500: 

Two separate payments are required. 

$1,500 for Lodging at Q Ranch Hunter’s Lodge, Chef prepared meals (3 squares + snacks), and Range fees (paid to Q Ranch prior to the start of the course).


$1,000 for Tuition – paid upon registration at


Pay Food & Lodging Here

Low Light Recce Carbine Course – Lodging at Q Ranch Hunter’s Lodge, Chef prepared meals (3 squares + snacks), and Range fees.

Available Dates

Once you’ve checked out you’ll receive a link to visit Buck Doyle’s site at to pay for tuition. (You must pay for tuition at the time you reserve your lodging.)