Shotgun Skills for Home Defense

This weekend, we taught our first ever "Shotgun Skills for Home Defense" course. Seven students came out to train, two of whom had never fired a shotgun before.

We had a mix of Remington 870s and Mossberg 500s in a variety of configurations and barrel lengths. The course allowed each student to focus on the following skills using their own equipment:
- A detailed cleaning and disassembly of their firearm
- Loading and unloading the firearm
- Patterning of buckshot out to 25 yards
- Engaging targets to 50 yards using slugs
- Multiple target engagements
- The use of cover and concealment

We shot a mixture of paper and reactive steel targets so that students had feedback in real time.

I'd like to thank Claude Werner, "The Tactical Professor" for letting me pick his brain on how to run a good home defense shotgun course.  Shane Gosa, who learned to run a shotgun from Colonel Cooper, also contributed to the course with guidance and insights.


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