Defensive Shotgun-1 (DS-1): This is a basic level course designed to provide shooters with the knowledge, skills and attitude necessary for utilizing a pump action shotgun for defensive purposes safely. This course is 4 hours.



*Rental gun/ammo available for $145 with advance reservation.

The skills covered in this class are:

  • 3 conditions of all guns
  • 3 places your shotgun should be- and never anywhere else.
  • 4 firearms safety rules and how they apply in any defensive encounter
  • 5 fundamentals of accurate shooting
  • Muzzle orientation for administrative and defensive purposes
  • 4 stages of threat awareness
  • 5 responses to a threatening encounter
  • 5 physiological reactions to a threatening encounter
  • Defensive mindset fundamentals
  • 4 point presentation
  • Verbalization skills


 Course requirements:

  • Please bring all pump action shotguns to class completely unloaded and in a case or gun bag and leave them there until instructed. Please do not bring a semi-automatic shotgun to this course.
  • Must be 18 years of age unless otherwise approved.
  • Must be legally able to own and possess a shotgun
  • Must be able to provide photo identification to verify age and residency.
  • A pump action shotgun in good working condition- no sharing of shotguns permitted between students – ideally, we suggest the gun you use for personal/home defense.
  • Your pump action shotgun must have a sling.
  • 50 rounds of factory new shotgun ammunition- nothing larger than size 6 target, trap or birdshot. ABSOLUTELY NO RELOADS.
  • Approved shooting safety glasses- must fit over regular eyeglasses if you wear them. No safety goggles permitted.
  • Hearing protection- muffs preferred.
  • Baseball style cap with a bill (protects your face from flying brass).
  • Dress comfortable for indoors and outdoors wear layered clothes during winter months for outdoor courses.
  • Sturdy outdoor type shoes/boots for gravel and grass. No sandals, flip flops or open toe shoes.