Jeff Cooper once said, "The Rifle is the Queen of Weapons".
This was of course in reference to the chess piece that can do anything well, and to the surpassing of all other pieces. And it is in that vein that I try and make my rifle program a complete presentation of the rifle and not simply a "long range" school, or a "CQB" school. Rather we wish to address everything that a rifle can do. And incidentally, I do not go along with the notion that a 308 is a rifle and a 223 is a carbine. All my rifles are rifles...regardless of caliber. And since my focus in studying the rifle is from an anti-personnel point of view, all my rifles are assault rifles...as much as that may annoy the liberals and frustrate the gun apologists.
Unlike the pistol or the shotgun (sort of), the rifle is not a defensive weapon. The rifle is for attack and assault. It exists to allow the user to project force and enforce his will on his adversaries. Hardly the "sporting artifact" of the Guns and Ammo generation, today there are more AR-15 rifles sold than all the wood stocked Bambi-baggers put together...and in our "time of war" that is a good thing.
A rifleman should be able to stand up and hit a target at 200 yards. But he should also be able to hit close range adversaries while running at speeds that would never be approved of at the "sportsman's club". A rifleman should be able to drop on his belly, dope the wind, dope the distance and smack the crap out of an unsuspecting terrorist across the canyon to the limit of his cartridge. And he should be able to conduct a movement to contact with his team, ambush the target with coordinated and timed fire, and run away without having a cardiac episode. The rifle is a physical weapon...the queen of weapons, and those who wield the rifle should be up to the capabilities of the weapon.