8 Hour Training

The shotgun may be the most misunderstood small arm in the modern defensive arsenal. It is an excellent tool capable of superior precision at ranges exceeding 100 yards. Inside distances of 20 feet, where 91% of gunfights take place, the shotgun reigns supreme. Join us and learn!

Course Content

  • Loading, Unloading, and Reloading
  • Sighting and Sight Picture
  • Fighting Platforms
  • Target Acquisition – “Snapping In”
  • Ammunition Selection
  • Cover & Cornering
  • Shooting On the Move
  • Engaging Multiple Threats
  • Personal Safety and Survival
  • CQB (Close Quarters Battle)

Equipment Needed

  • Pump or semi-automatic shotgun with 350 rounds field loads (birdshot), 10 rounds 00 buckshot, and 10 rifled slugs
  • The shotgun MUST HAVE a sling attached.  A muzzle-down carry in front of the body is preferred using a tactical sling such as the Vickers sling, VTAC or Viking Tactical, Magpul, and others.  Traditional hunter or “soldier carry” over one shoulder with the muzzle up is permitted, but adds difficulty during some drills.
  • Method to carry at least 24 rounds.  A dump pouch such as the Maxpedition Rollypoly MM (3x6x8 unfolded) is suggested.
  • Safety glasses, hearing protection, cap with brim, knee pads
  • Comfortable clothing and footwear suitable for training outdoors.

Fitness, Mobility, and Physical Activity

Participants should be in good physical condition and capable of moderate physical activity. The ability to fire from the kneeling position (knee pads required) will be addressed. Participants should be able to move (walk) forward, backward, left and right with the shotgun in a shouldered position for short periods of time. Our curriculum involves repetitive drilling with the shotgun from a combat-ready firing position so reasonable upper body strength is required. You need not be an athlete to participate, but note that those who are significantly overweight, nicotine dependent, or in poor aerobic health will have difficulty mastering the concepts presented.