Defensive Shotgun

Defensive Shotgun

During this intensive course students will become familiar with proper shotgun manipulation in real world defensive situations. Instructors will provide a complete understanding of the limits of its range based on types of ammunition used and guide students through malfunction clearing and live fire drills. The defensive use of the pump-action or semiautomatic shotgun requires a thorough understanding and appreciation of its capabilities, handling and limits.

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Duration: 2 days / 16 hours (6hr classroom / 8-10 hrs range).


  • Applications for the Defensive Shotgun
  • Action types
  • Cycle of operation
  • Optional equipment and after market accessories
  • Ammunition types
  • Carry methods and handling techniques
  • Loading and unloading
  • Foundational shooting techniques
  • Use of cover
  • Immediate action (functioning) techniques
  • Multiple shot techniques
  • Multiple target techniques
  • Maintenance


This is an intermediate level class. The student needs to know and be able to demonstrate safe gun handling, weapon system familiarity, foundational marksmanship skills, and working from a holster. We strongly recommend shotgun intermediate and handgun intermediate at a minimum or equivalent to attend the course.


Estimated round count:
50 rounds buckshot (00) / 50 rounds rifled slugs / 200 rounds birdshot (#6)
150 rounds handgun

Equipment List:

  • Reliable shotgun w/ sling (pump or semi-auto)
  • Semi-Auto Pistol in one of the following calibers: .380, 9mm NATO, .357 SIG, .40 S&W, or .45 ACP
  • Belt mounted, dominant side holster and 3 magazines minimum
  • Magazine Pouches
  • Sturdy Belt at least 1.5” wide
  • Footwear and clothing suitable for rapid movement in any weather
  • Hat with a brim, knee and elbow pads
  • Wraparound eyewear, polycarbonate lenses or non-shattering prescription glasses
  • Earmuffs and earplugs

Tuition includes the following:

  • Course manual
  • Certificate of completion

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    “Jorge, I just wanted to thank the end of your CHL class you told everyone that if we ever needed assistance with the paperwork or if we had questions to call you or e-mail.
    I had a problem with my every day carry handgun... I asembled it incorrectly...Well I called you in a panic. You walked my thru how to clear the problem, you where so calm and took you time walking me thru the problem...You did not need to help me, but you did. Thanks.”
    ~by Gil L. Leander, Tx.