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Shotgun Home Defense

Basic - Using the shotgun for home and self defense. Capabilities and Myths.

Duration: 4 hours. Classroom and live fire range



Date Location Class Size Class Time Instructor Available Spaces
August 15 Saturday
Norvelt, PA
5 - 5 Students 5pm to 9pm Jim Gregg Class Full
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This course will explore the incredible capabilities of the shotgun as a defensive tool.  Based on configuration and ammunition the shotgun can dispatch any living threat on the planet and is a great choice for home defense.  Students will learn basic and emergency  loading and reloading techniques, defensive shooting stances, home intrusion defense tactics, dim light shooting, maintenance and more.

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Topics Covered

  • Universal Safety Rules
  • Mechanisms of operation of all common types of shotguns 
  • The gage system and different types of projectiles, ammonia for home defense
  • Outfitting with accessories
  • Shooting positions and holds
  • Dry drills / loading and reloading
  • Live fire drills daylight
  • Live fire drills dim light
  • Live fire multiple targets
  • Ballistics demonstration
  • Debrief and critique

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Expectations and Outcomes

  • Understand the best safety practices for using a shotgun at home or for self defense
  • Appreciate what different projectiles do and the purpose for them
  • Recognize the capabilities of the shotgun for home defense
  • Shooting from natural and unconventional positions
  • Developing more efficient reloading skills
  • recognizing light and its affect on shooting
  • live fire skills scenario test

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Basic, Intermediate, In Home Defense Training, Scenario Based Training, Shotgun

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Documentation Requirements

18 year old PA Resident or 14 with paid parent.  Persons ineligible to possess firearms are not permitted in this course.
This course has some physical demands and participants should evaluate their level of fitness and ability for recoil. 

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  • 12 or 20 gage Shotguns only
  • pump or semi, smooth bore barrel suggested
  • Double barreled coach guns, Mossberg Shockwave and Remington Tac 14 are permitted for adult shooters
  • No other gages or single shot guns
  • Weapon mounted lights, side shell carriers and slings are preferred but not required
  • Eye and hearing protection
  • Long pants and sturdy shoes
  • 25 rounds of standard field or tap load shells for the firearm
  • 5 rounds of slugs
  • 5 rounds of 00 or 000 buckshot or similar self-defense load
  • Comfort items such as sunscreen, bug spray etc.