Topics that this class will cover include:
- History of the defensive shotgun
- Differences between a hunting shotgun and a tactical shotgun
- Shotguns vs rifles for home defense
- Gear and accessory choices
- Safe storage and deployment of the shotgun
- Controlling recoil for fast follow-up shots
- Reloading and ammo management
Either a pump action or semi-automatic shotgun is suitable for this class. The tactical or defensive use of the shotgun is radically different from its use in bird hunting or clay pigeon sports. As such, it demands a different setup compared to a hunting gun.
Your shotgun should have a shortened or adjustable stock for maximum effectiveness. If your shotgun has a tube magazine, you should also have some method of storing additional ammo on the gun such as a butt sleeve or a receiver-mounted shotshell carrier. If you have a box magazine-fed shotgun, bring at least two magazines as well as some way to store a magazine on your beltline. Shotgun slings with ammo loops are not recommended for this class.
“FIREARMS” SUCH AS THE MOSSBERG SHOCKWAVE OR REMINGTON TAC-14 OR SHOTGUNS WITH A PISTOL GRIP AND NO STOCK ARE NOT ALLOWED IN THIS CLASS
The effective range of those guns is far shorter than a shotgun with a stock, and as such, they are not compatible with what the techniques taught in this class. There will be no refunds issued if you show up to class with inappropriate firearms or ammunition.
The barrel length of your shotgun should be between 18 and 22 inches. Barrels longer than 22 inches will be cumbersome and awkward in our context. A shotgun with a barrel and a stock less than 18 inches long is a Class III firearm. If you legally possess a short barrel shotgun, feel free to use it in class.
You will need approximately 100 rounds of birdshot. We prefer #4, #5 or #6 shot for training use. Really small shot, like #7 ½ or #8 spreads out really quickly. Larger shot, like #4 more closely mimics buckshot at the distances we will be using.
PLEASE DO NOT BRING ANY STEEL SHOT TO THIS CLASS
If you show up with shotshells full of steel shot, you won’t shoot. It’s as simple as that. We do this for safety reasons, and it’s just another one of the ways that a tactical shotgun differs from a hunting shotgun.
You will need approximately 20 rounds of buckshot. We prefer standard load eight or nine pellet 00 Buck. Magnum loads only increase the recoil and will beat you up to no advantage. Standard velocity 00 Buck will do just fine.If you want absolute maximum performance I suggest Federal Premium 8 pellet 00 Buck with the Flite Control wad.