SAFTD Defensive Shotgun 1

The goal of the Second Amendment Foundation Training Divisions “Defensive Shotgun 1” course is to provide the student with a solid foundation in basic knowledge of shotgun safety, various types of shotgun, an understanding of ammunition and how it functions, shooting fundamentals and an introduction to defensive shooting skills.

A person new to the use of a firearm for personal defense typically has a broad range of questions and is faced with learning a number of skills that are critical in the use of a firearm – in this case a shotgun – to defend themselves, their family or someone in their charge. Defensive Shotgun 1 is specifically designed to provide a person new to shotguns the opportunity to gain that knowledge and learn those skills.

A number of topics will be covered in “Defensive Shotgun 1 - Introduction to the Defensive Use of a Shotgun. These include but are not limited to:

  • Safe handling of your firearm.
  • Safe Storage of your firearm and ammunition.
  • Basic components of a shotgun
  • Types and Operation of shotguns including pump, semi-automatic, break-open, etc.
  • Working With A Natural Defensive Stance
  • Integrating The Color Code Into Your Life
  • Finding Your Balance of Speed and Precision
  • Clearing Common Stoppages
  • Progressive Shooting Drills
  • Definition of Cover and Concealment
  • Use of Cover
  • Shooting From Low and High Barricades
  • Selecting a Shotgun and Ammunition
  • Cleaning and Maintain your Shotguns

Required Equipment

  • A modern, serviceable shotgun, (pump or semi-auto shotgun recommended) in 12, 16 or 20 gauge
  • Ear and Eye protection (electronic muffs preferred).
  • Sturdy Shoes, Long Pants, Shirt With Higher Collar
  • Ammunition: Factory fresh ammo only. NO RELOADS or specialty ammo.
  • 50 shells (7 1/2 or #8 shot) and 25 shells that are #5 shot.
  • Shotshell carrier (either weapon mounted, belt or shotshell pouch)
  • Comfortable clothing, knee-pads (optional but recommended).
  • Hydration system or Bottled water.
  • Baseball Cap

Course length is a full day, typically 8-10 hours including a 1-hour lunch break. There are short breaks throughout both the classroom session and shooting range drills.