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DEFENSIVE
SHOTGUN

DEFENSIVE SHOTGUN

3 DAY COURSE

This course includes 24 hours of instruction in the fundamentals of using a pump or auto-loading tactical shotgun for personal defense.  Topics to be covered include:

  • The purpose and functions of a shotgun in relation to other weapons systems.

  • Myths and misconceptions.

  • Ammunition types, how to select proper loads, combat loading and combat load selection.

  • Safe manipulation of a tactical shotgun.

  • Stocks and accessories, and how they fit.

  • Methods of carry and transportation.

  • Manual of arms for tactical shotguns.

  • Proper mounting, recoil control and weapon retention.

  • “Patterning” a defensive shotgun.

Students will “pattern” their guns on paper at various ranges with buckshot, and zero the guns with slugs at 25 and 75 yards, with emphasis on a “working zero.” 

Practical drills at various ranges will be conducted to enable the students to understand the patterning characteristics of their specific gun and ammunition, learn the zones of application, and train them to be able to maintain continuity of fire, managing their ammunition as they go. 

 

Mr. Cain describes his course as follows:

Our concept of this ubiquitous and often misunderstood weapon is entirely devoted to its use in the antipersonnel mode. We do not teach "wing shooting". Our training is designed to clarify both the versatility and the limitations of the weapon. The syllabus covers tactical manipulation, patterning characteristics, the mount, deployment in both indoor and outdoor situations, use of the sling or carry strap, ammunition selection, and transition from shoulder fired weapon to handgun. A 3-day course.

  • Cost
    Cost: $475 (which includes a $75 range fee). Payment in full is required upon enrollment, and becomes non-refundable 30 days before the course date. If the course is cancelled for any reason, a full refund will be provided to you.
  • Course Format
    Course format: Lectures (approximately 5 hrs.), and live-fire exercises (approximately 18 hrs). There will be objective skills tests throughout the course.
  • Instructor
    Instructors: The Rangemaster is Peter Georgiades. Peter has 25+ years’ experience teaching firearms and defensive tactics. He has been certified to instruct by the NRA (rifle, pistol, shotgun, and personal protection), the State of Arizona (issued CCW Instructor Cert. No. 8769268), and by OSG as a contact distance defense instructor. Peter’s training as an instructor (as distinct from firearms training) includes the Gunsite Law Enforcement Carbine Instructor Cert. Course, Marksman's Enterprise 3-day instructor courses (carbine and pistol), and the LLC "Contact Weapons Defense Instructor" program. His most important training, however, has been working hundreds of hours directly under experienced, professional instructors. Other experienced range officers will assist. The instructors and staff have collectively accrued several thousand hours of formal training from experienced, professional firearms instructors.
  • Class Size
    Class size: In order to maintain a close instructor-to-student ratio, enrollment in this course is limited to 12 students.
  • Prerequisites
    Prerequisites: None. It is, however, expected students will have a basic familiarity with rifles. All participants must be 18 years of age. Proof of no criminal history is required. Holding a current Pennsylvania License to Carry Concealed or in a Motor Vehicle, or a license to practice a regulated profession which requires one not have any criminal history (such as a license to practice law or medicine, or a nursing license) will suffice.If those are not available, you can get a certificate of no criminal history from your local police department or Sheriff (the cost is under $20).The lead instructor is the final arbiter of whether the credentialing prerequisite has been satisfied.
  • Physical Requirements
    Physical Requirements: Because this course is designed to assist YOU to plan and make decisions using the resources YOU actually have; we will work with you in whatever condition you are in. The elderly or one with a physical disability may not be able to assume one or more of the shooting positions we cover, or perform one or more of the exercises. That’s okay. This course is not designed for training ninjas. Just notify the Rangemaster of any particular disabilities you may have. If you cannot do it one way, we will find another way. We expect you to refrain from attempting any exercise that is beyond your physical capability.
  • Equipment Requirements
    There is certain equipment which is REQUIRED in this course. One may not proceed without the following: · Ear protection and Eye protection. · Cap or hat with baseball-style bill. This is to prevent ejected brass from your or another shooter's rifle from falling between your eyewear and your eye, burning you. It is important gear. · Firearm, clean and zeroed. We do zero during the course, but zeroing before class saves time. · At least two magazines. We prefer you have three, in case one malfunctions. Either 20-round magazines or 30-round magazines will work fine in the course. Extended magazines or drum magazines are impractical. · Knee and elbow pads. The inexpensive kind worn by skateboarders, or pads worn by carpenters and carpet layers, are sufficient. · Magazine holster or pouch which is worn on the support side (“weak hand” side) of your belt. BDU pockets and M-16 ammo pouches will get you through, but will slow you down. · 750 Rounds of "Ball" Ammunition. Almost all shooting will be inside 50 yards, so there is no need for “match grade” ammunition, and its use would be a waste of money. By the same token, your investment of time and money in this course does justify the use of reasonably consistent factory ammunition. Different brands and loads of ammunition will significantly affect the “zero” of AR-15’s, so we recommend using one brand of ammunition throughout the course. No incendiary, tracer or armor-piercing ammunition is allowed. · A carry strap ("sling"). We run a “hot” range, and rifles must be slung unless they are racked, grounded, or in the shooter's hands on line. Any strap or sling which allows the rifle to be carried muzzle up or muzzle down is fine. No slings which hold the muzzle in a horizontal position while being carried are permitted. · A ground cloth, shooting mat or other cover (such as an old blanket), to cover the ground, upon which you will be periodically sitting or lying. · Sight-adjustment tool for iron sights on your particular rifle. (These are available at gun shows or mail order for between $7 and $25, depending upon the type.) There is other equipment that is not required, but which we believe will enhance your experience of the course. We therefore recommend you bring the following: · Optic or sight. Optics are optional - iron sights are fine. If you do use an optic, it should be of a low-power type (e.g., red-dot, or less than 4 X magnification). Higher power scopes will not work well. · Soft drinks or water. There is no water on the range itself, and the Club house is too far to run back and forth. No alcohol is to be consumed within eight hours of the start of any course session or during the course. · Lunch. Lunches and soft-drinks may be purchased at the Club, or you may pack your own. · Back-up rifle or complete bolt assembly. A second rifle is a good idea, if you own or can borrow one. Firearms do break, and we cannot stop the course to make repairs. If you do not have a second rifle, a complete bolt assembly will enable you to swap bolts in the AR-style rifles, as a 60 second repair to most malfunctions. · Something with which to take notes, binoculars, gloves, camera, sunscreen, folding chair.
  • Credentials
    Credentials: Proof that you are 18 or older and have no criminal history is required. A current Pennsylvania License to Carry Concealed or in a Motor Vehicle is sufficient proof of no criminal history. A a license to practice a regulated profession which requires one not have any criminal history (such as a license to practice law or medicine, or a nursing license) will also suffice, as will law enforcement officer credentials. If those are not available, you can get a certificate of no criminal history from your local police department or your County Sheriff (the cost is under $20). The Rangemaster is the final arbiter of whether the credentialing prerequisite has been satisfied.
  • Certificate
    Certificate: A certificate of completion is awarded to all who complete the course successfully. Because this course satisfies the continuing education requirement for NRA law enforcement instructor certification, if you are in that program and need the credits let us know and we will issue you a letter verifying your participation.
  • Course Location:
    The June 28 - 30, 2024 session of this course will be held at the Greater Pittsburgh Gun CLub, 920 King Road, Bulger, PA 16109. This is located 25 minutes from downtown. Thier web site is www.shootgpgc.com.

Equipment Requirements

Ammunition requirements:   250 rounds of Birdshot, 50 rounds of Buckshot, 125 Slugs, 50 rounds for one’s Handgun.

Recommended Shotgun:  A proven brand and of simple configuration, smooth bore (not rifled) with no added choke devices.  The stock should be FIXED, with a length of pull (distance from the face of the trigger to the center of the recoil pad) at 13” or less.   Barrels of 14 to 20 inches are best.  Rifle sights are recommended, although an Aimpoint red dot sight is also acceptable for this course.

Other required equipment:  There is certain equipment which is REQUIRED.  One may not proceed in the course without the following: 

  • Ear protection and Eye protection. 

  • Cap or hat with baseball-style bill. 

  • A sling or carry strap. We run a "hot" range and shotguns must be slung unless they are racked, grounded or in the shooter's hand on line. Any type sling which allows the rifle to be carried muzzle up or muzzle down is fine. No slings which hold the muzzle in a horizontal position while being carried (M60 style) are permitted. 

  • A ground cloth, shooting mat or other cover (such as an old blanket), to cover the ground upon which you will be periodically sitting or lying. 

 

There is other equipment that is not required, but which we know from experience will enhance your experience of the course. We therefore recommend you bring the following: 

  • Soft drinks or water to drink while down on the range. There is no water on the range itself, and the clubhouse is too far to run back and forth. No alcohol of any kind is to be consumed within eight hours of the start of any course session or at any time during the course. 

  • Gloves (either shooting gloves or light work gloves). 

  • Wear substantial shoes and "work clothes" or fatigues. You will be on the ground and get dusty or muddy.

 

This training is provided as a public service by the Firearms Instruction Research & Education (FIRE) Institute, a non-profit corporation organized under the laws of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

This course is sponsored as a public service by the Firearms Instruction Research & Education (FIRE) Institute, a Pennsylvania nonprofit corporation.

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 “HAVING A GUN AND THINKING YOU ARE ARMED IS LIKE BUYING A PIANO AND THINKING YOU ARE A MUSICIAN”

Col. Jeff Cooper  (U.S.M.C. Ret.) 

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