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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