This course is designed to introduce the shotgun owner / shooter to the art of defensive and practical shotgun shooting.


Students should know and be able to perform all aspects of safe firearm handing. Students should be able to load, unload and clear all malfunctions and understand the basic workings of their shotgun.


-Shotgun and firearm safety fundamentals

-Range safety and protocol

-Accuracy and skill development

-Shooting and moving

-Various shooting positions

-Loading and unloading techniques

-Reloading drills

-Multiple targets

-Home defense

-Malfunction drills

-Cover and concealment

-Cleaning and maintenance


-Quality, reliable “tactical style” pump action or semi-auto shotgun, 12 or 20 gauge (Mossberg 500/590, Remington 870, Ithaca, etc.) .

-Ammunition dump pouch (optional)

-Sturdy belt at least 1.5” wide

-Footwear suitable for rapid movement and turning with good ankle support.

-Clothing suitable for training in any weather/terrain. Layers suggested.

-Quality eye and ear protection

– knee pads (optional – but recommended)

-notepad and pen for taking notes.

– An open mind, humble, willing to learn attitude!


300 rounds of 2 ¾ bird shot/ game load #6, #7, or #8 shot.***

25 rounds of 2 ¾ buck shot

25 rounds of slug