Defensive Shotgun

The shotgun is one of the most effective and versatile weapons available to the average private citizen or police officer. It is also the least understood and most under-utilized weapon system. Learn how to properly select, modify, feed and operate the defensive shotgun for optimum effectiveness. This intensive one day course will teach you efficient techniques for handling and shooting the shotgun under stressful conditions. Topics covered include:

  • Firearms safety, including considerations specific to shotgunsShotgun Training
  • Historical context and development of the defensive shotgun
  • Selection of the fighting shotgun
  • Modifications and Accessories
  • Ammunition selection and capabilities
  • Patterning for optimum performance
  • Nomenclature and mechanical operation
  • Shooting technique
  • Loading/reloading techniques
  • Safe storage and ready conditions, including cruiser ready
  • Care and maintenance

Students will need 150 rounds of birdshot, and 50 rounds of buckshot. We will have some properly set up loaner shotguns available. For questions, contact Tom Givens, To find a class near your or to register, please see our Eventbrite page.