Defensive Shotgun

8-10 Hours, 120 Rounds as specified

This course addresses the safe and effective employment of the defensive shotgun. Topics include: defensive mindset, safety, handling, gauges, action types, sighting systems, loading, unloading, reloading, select loading, patterning, slug zero, carry methods, ready positions, cover and concealment, and tactics. Shooting is conducted from 1 to 100 yards and scenarios utilizing outdoor simulators are extensively used.

A 12 or 20 gauge short barreled, repeater with rifle or ghost ring sights is ideal, but any shotgun capable of multiple shots will suffice. A butt cuff or side-saddle ammunition carrier is suggested as spare ammunition on the gun is very helpful. A sling is also strongly recommended.

Equipment Recommendations

  • Suitable shotgun
  • Ammunition as required
  • Pouch, bag, shell belt, or carry system for shot shells
  • Light pack or range bag
  • Cleaning kit
  • Ear protection – electronic muffs strongly recommended.
  • Eye protection (both tinted and clear lenses are useful)
  • Clothing suitable for weather
  • Rugged shoes or boots
  • Cap with a brim
  • Lunch / drinks
  • Notebook / data book for shot recording
  • Optional comfort items (rain gear, camera, sunscreen, knee/elbow pads, etc.)

Required ammunition

  • 90 rounds of shot load. Some form of buckshot recommended, #00 is most commonly used. We will allow show loads from #0 through #4, birdshot is not allowed.
  • 30 rounds of slugs