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Defensive Shotgun


Duration: 20-24 hours (10-12 hours classroom, 10-12 hours range)



Jason MacGregor

Instructor Bio

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BY APPOINTMENT ONLY (we are purposely driven to make your class as personalized for you as possible, therefore we onnly do small classes - generally 1-4 people at maximum with very rare exceptions given to already proficient groups of people).

Your personal course date is always scheduled on demand, as with all of our classes, in order to provide you with maximum flexibility. Contact us to schedule your course today! A non-refundable deposit of $100 is required at the time of scheduling your class. These classes may be rescheduled one time. I will do my best to accommodate you and your schedule.

This is not an NRA course. This is designed to be a foundational course which I have found benefits you in a PROPER introduction to self defense with a shotgun. This course gives you the knowledge required to go forward and take additional advanced instruction from us or our training group/network (referral/s to other instructors I know and trust to give you the best training and value), including hourly one-on-one instruction. This class has been developed from experience and addresses the vast majority of questions for using a shotgun in self defense, and puts you far ahead of the curve compared to the many 4 and 8 hour courses offered around the state of Colorado. Defensive Shotgun is taught by an experienced instructor who will teach you:

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Topics Covered

  • What are the qualities of a good defensive shotgun;
  • Recommended loadout for using a shotgun defensively;
  • Shotgun ammunition selection;
  • Shotgun zoning and patterning;
  • Guidance in selecting the proper gauge, ammunition, carry method, and storage/deployment options;
  • Weapon presentation and shooting from a low ready position, high ready position, field ready position, and weapon slung position, maintaining strict safety and basic and advanced shooting skills.
  • Weapon malfunctions and reloads, "running the gun".
  • Written exam and practical shooting exam.
  • I stress the importance of continuing education through books, instruction through other instructors, and practical shooting events whether for competition or for recreation.

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Expectations and Outcomes

1.  The student will have accomplished the course content.

2.  The student will have a very good concept and realistic assessment of what is needed to be improved going into future training.

3.  The student will have the ability to intelligently discuss the topic of defensive shotgun usage, firearm setup, and ammunition selection with friends and family.

4.  The student will be able to recognize the safety and skill level of fellow shooters.

5.  The student will be able to have a good start to be able to successfully attend shooting competitions commensurate with performance and continued follow-up training on the range.

6.  The student will obtain a course completion certificate with course content listed on it.

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Basic, Intermediate, Active Shooter Response Training, In Home Defense Training, LEO / MIL / SEC Courses, Scenario Based Training, Shotgun

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Documentation Requirements

Student should provide proof of completion of NRA Basic Shotgun Course and/or very similar course.

The instructor requires a copy of your Government Issued ID once you register.

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  1. Come prepared with a lunch if possible, appropriate clothing to be outside for the Range Session, and (non-alcoholic) drinks at your discretion. If we are shooting at an indoor range I will arrange this and advise students accordingly.
  2. Our policy on loaded firearms in the classroom, is that if it shows up in a holster, it must stay in your holster. For Classroom Days: If you want to use a firearm in the classroom portion of the class, an instructor will check to ensure it is unloaded, if you forgot to unload, an instructor will unload it for you to ensure no negligent discharge/s occur. For Range Days: We will be starting the range day unloaded and will only be handling weapons under direction of instructor/s.
  3. Bring note-taking materials (pad, pen, pencil).
  4. Please bring a 3-ring binder, as I have a lot of handouts that are already 3-hole punched for your convenience and augments my instruction to you.
  5. Please bring a method of payment (check, cash, or credit card on-site - if paying by credit 2.75% will be added) unless you prepay - which is preferred, which if you do, please send a check to Rocky Mountain Law Enforcement FCU, 700 West 39th Ave Denver, CO 80216 payable to Jason MacGregor or MacGregor Specialties, LLC. A receipt will be given no later than start of class, once payment is confirmed.
  6. Come with an open mind and plenty of questions! Restrooms or at least places to relieve yourself inconspicuously, safety procedures, and all reasonable accommodations for environmental considerations, bathroom facilities can be expected to be handled.
  7. For NRA Shotgun: Ammunition will be provided. For my (non-NRA) Shotgun Classes: Please bring your shotgun/s (if you already have one) and at least a minimum of 200 rounds (if you don't have a shotgun, please bring at least 100 rounds 12 gauge birdshot, 30 rounds of buckshot, and 20 rounds of slugs. All ammo should be Federal or Winchester factory loaded ammunition for NRA Basic Shotgun - do not bring reloaded ammo unless you are shooting it in your own firearm).