This course is designed to prepare the defensive shotgunner for the safe handling and use of this specialized weapon.
Shotguns not only provide an excellent means of self-defense, they are also used for hunting.
Defense Training International focuses on the basic principles of shotgun shooting for defense (serious) use, but these same skills equally apply to hunting.
You will learn how to safely load and unload a shotgun and how to safely store it for defense use in the home.
Our goal is to teach you how to quickly acquire a target and allow you to respond appropriately. In addition, you will learn how to reduce stoppages.
DTI recommends using a twelve gauge but twenty is also acceptable. Nearly any quality shotgun will do, but we would like you to have a good deal of experience handling a suitable defensive shotgun. John recommends the Remington 870 pump and 1187 autoloader, the Beretta 1301 autoloader and the Benelli Super 90 autoloader, and the Mossburg 590 pump, all in the law enforcement version. Barrel length should not exceed twenty inches. We do not recommend the Winchester pump or autoloader, nor the Ithaca pump or autoloader.
Your shotgun must have a stock, either fixed or folding. Shotguns must also have slings, as we will be running a hot range.
Optics, particularly non-magnifying red-dots, are recommended (but not required)
You will need 75 rounds of shotgun ammunition, 50 buckshot (any size), 25 slugs (any brand).
We recommend 00 buckshot in the standard, nine-pellet loading. Federal, Remington, Winchester and other reputable manufacturers produce this load in great abundance, as it is the standard used by most law enforcement departments. Other sizes of buckshot are acceptable, but 00 renders the best performance. We do not recommend any of the magnum shotshell loading, 2 3/4" or 3". Magnum loadings are very uncomfortable to shoot and offer little benefit in return. We do not recommend birdshot, nor reduced-recoil loadings. You need to practice shooting the real thing!
“Flight-control” buckshot ammunition (employing wad-retarding technology) is acceptable and recommended, but not necessary for our Course. The benefit it provides is mostly unrealized at the distances we shoot.
If you do not have a shotgun and will not be able to acquire or borrow one for the class, let us know.
This is typically a 1-day course, but can be set up as 2-days.
Please consult the Schedule for a location and time which would be best for you.