Defensive Shotgun Course
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 50 yards.
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.
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
Shotgun Course Equipment Recommendations
Ammunition as required
Pouch, bag, shell belt, or carry system for shot shells
Light pack or range bag
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.)