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Tactical & Home Defense Shotgun

Basic - Engaging threats with the tactical shotgun.

Duration: 1 day (8 hours) of classroom & range



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There are no upcoming classes scheduled for this course.

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This course is designed for beginners with little to no experience with shotguns.  It is designed to provide a comprehensive understanding of the shotgun and the unique role it plays in the tactical arena and home defense.

The difference between buckshot, birdshot and rifled slugs will be explained. The focus will be on the .12 gauge shotgun, however different calibers such as the .20 gauge, .10 gauge and .410 will be discussed as well.

Participants will fire a .12 gauge pump action shotgun after the classroom material is complete, using all 3 ammunition types.  The course will begin in the classroom and will include theory and dry-fire drills and then progress to live fire training on the range.

Transition to/from handgun and shotgun will also be covered.

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Topics Covered

  • Fundamentals of shotguns
  • Various gauges of shotgun
  • Types of shotgun shells
  • Basic handling
  • Combat reloads
  • Transitions to/from handgun
  • Skill-building exercises and drills
  • Shotgun for home defense
  • Types of shotguns

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Expectations and Outcomes

Students will develop confidence and skills in the application of the shotgun in home defense and tactical situations.

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Basic, Intermediate, In Home Defense Training, Shotgun

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Documentation Requirements

None required.

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  • Basic handgun skills
  • Handgun with holster
  • 100 rounds of handgun ammo
  • Shotgun (preferably 12 gauge)
  • Shotgun Shells
    • 100 birdshot shells
    • 10 buck shot shells
    • 10 slugs