Defensive Shotgun I (8 HRS)


Do you keep a good scattergun around the house in case of criminal intrusion? Do you really know how to run that shotgun as if your life depends upon it? If you want to, then check out this course offering. We will cover the pros and the cons of this highly effective defensive tool. There are those who think this platform has lost its relevance in the day of the carbine. Here is the truth, the shotgun is the only platform capable of delivering multiple high velocity projectiles of substantial ballistic capability onto the target with a single shot. No other commonly available defensive firearm can produce that kind of ballistic effectiveness in just one application.

Reliable modern defensive shotguns are welcome (12 gauge recommend, 20 gauge versions permissible). This course is designed around the Remington 870 and Mossberg 500 series platforms. Berettas and Benellis are also welcome (Kalashnikov type shotguns can come too).  We seriously dig the Beretta 1301 Tactical series – they are the “new hotness”. This is not a 3 Gun type shotgun course.


4H Range
Culpeper, VA

Off Rt 15 across from General Winder Rd. Exact location provided after registration.



Topics Covered

  • Justified Use of Force
  • Mindset
  • Firearms Safety
  • Fundamentals (Hold Control, Sight Picture & Trigger Control)
  • Recoil Management
  • Loading & Unloading
  • Select Loading
  • Zero and Patterning
  • Live Fire Drills
  • Malfunction Clearance
  • Ammunition Selection
  • Use of Cover or Concealment
  • Qualification Course of Fire

Equipment Needed

  • Reliable Shotgun (short barrels are welcome – required legal documentation must be on hand!)  Bead only shotguns may be used, but we highly recommend rifle sights on shotguns slated for serious defensive use.
  • This course focus will be on rapid sighted fire against multiple targets. We find that a traditional full butt stock works best in that role and is what we recommend. Rifle type stocks with pistol grips are OK. Pistol gripped shotguns are a breaching tool, and do not constitute a good first choice as a serious defensive tool. Due to safety considerations during handling, pistol gripped only shotguns will not be permitted in this course.
  • Side Saddle (not required but highly recommended). Get a VangComp Velcro attached, you won’t be disappointed.
  • At least 250 Shotgun shells - break down follows (more is better):
    • 200 shot shells 7 ½, 8 or 9 Shot light target loads recommended
    • 50 shells of 00 Buck – low recoil recommended! Federal Flight Control 8 or 9 Pellet recommended – 8 Pellet preferred
    • 10 1 oz Slugs – low recoil recommended. Fiocchi 1 oz low recoil preferred
  • Ability to keep at least one box (25 shells) on your person. If you think you need kit for this course, please go see Chief, Jimmy and Bolt at F3 Tactical. We have made gear recommendations to them for you on some items they regularly keep in stock.
  • Not required – but recommended good tactical sling. Without a sling you will be required to ground your shotgun regularly
  • Ballistic rated eye protection, ear protection (electronic amplified recommended) and baseball cap
  • Knee pads (optional, but recommended)
  • Water for hydration


  • Lunch is included.
  • It's highly recommended to bring a chair.
  • This is an outdoor range, so the only restrooms are Port-A-Johns