DEFENSIVE SHOTGUN

PFI, Inc. offers the following Defensive Shotgun instruction:

DEFENSIVE SHOTGUN I

TUITION:  $400.00
PRE-REQUISITE: YES (SEE PRE-REQUISITES SECTION BELOW)
DURATION:  16 HRS (2 DAYS)
AMMO REQUIREMENT:

  • 150 ROUNDS (BUCKSHOT)
  • 30 ROUNDS (SLUGS)
  • 200 ROUNDS (HANDGUN)

This TWO DAY, 16 hour course is an introductory for the first time shotgun student or students with little or no formal training.

A shotgun is the least understood, but a most versatile weapon system. It is a powerful, self-defense weapon for civilians, law enforcement and military personnel. These weapons can provide the defender with a greater psychological advantage. And have devastating results when used to stop an attacker from contact distance, and with training, out to 100 yards.

In this course students will review firearms safety, applicable gun handling and manipulation skills specifically for the shotgun. Drills will emphasis the foundational operating procedures for the shotgun and employ them to a defensive/tactical environment. Though it’s a shotgun course, students will still carry a handgun as transition drills will be used.

PFI recommends pump-action shotguns such as the Remington 870, or the Mossberg 590. For semi-automatic shotguns, PFI recommends the Remington 1187, or Benelli’s M-2 or M-4. These shotguns should be in their respective ‘law enforcement’ version to ensure compactness and robustness. But, any quality shotgun can be used.

Shotguns should be 12 or 20 gauge. As this course is emphasizing the use of shotguns for personal defense, no barrel lengths over 20 inches, and have a full or folding stock. Each shotgun is required to have a sling.

PFI highly recommends shotguns mounted with a Side-Saddle and/or stock mounted ammunition carriers; as well as on-person mounted ammunition carriers. A belt mounted “loop” style carrier will suffice. Students will reload from these ammunition carry devices.

 

Shotgun ammunition recommendations/considerations:

Generally, PFI does not recommend the use of bird shot in training. The premise in training is to use what you’ll use for defensive purposes. But, if that’s the bulk of what the student possesses, we can work with that. PFI highly recommends standard 00 buck (9 pellet) load for the bulk of a student’s training. Sometimes known as the “Tac-9” or “Tac-Load,” these shotgun rounds are a good self-defense round, and are in current use by most law enforcement agencies. These rounds are widely available at most gun shops.

Shotgun ammunition is found in 2 3/4’ or 3” lengths. Ensure the chosen round fits your shotgun and functions in auto-loaders. Magnum loads are not generally recommended for extended training periods (unless the student wishes) as they add too much unnecessary recoil; and beats up the shooter. Students will pattern their shotguns with their chosen self-defense round.

Additional course-specific equipment needed:

    • Shotgun: .12 or .20 gauge
    • Shotgun Ammunition: see above
    • Properly mounted Side Saddle – highly recommended
    • Butt stock and/or belt mounted shotgun ammunition holders (highly recommended)
    • On-person ammunition carrier (ex: belt-mounted, vest, thigh-rig)
    • Sling: Two-point or three-point
    • PAST Pad – for shoulder protection (Magnum model recommended)
    • Elbow and/or knee pads
    • Binoculars (optional)
Topics to be covered:

  • Classroom lecture/demonstrations
  • Review safety rules and range procedures
  • Shotgun types and operating systems
  • Shotgun sights and optics
  • Shotgun configurations and accessories
  • Ammunition selection
  • Shotgun shooting techniques
  • Zeroing the shotgun with slug ammunition
  • Patterning the shotgun with buckshot
  • Loading and unloading
  • Speed & tactical reloading
  • Slug change out drills
  • Multiple targets
  • Moving with the shotgun
  • Transitioning to handgun
  • Sling techniques
  • Long-gun weapon retention
DEFENSIVE SHOTGUN II

TUITION:  $400.00
PRE-REQUISITE: YES (SEE PRE-REQUISITES SECTION BELOW)

DURATION:  16 HRS (2 DAYS)
AMMO REQUIREMENT:

  • 150 ROUNDS (BUCKSHOT)
  • 75 ROUNDS (SLUGS)
  • 200 ROUNDS (HANDGUN)

This is a TWO DAY, 16-hour course that takes the student shotgun shooter beyond the foundational level of training and moves into a more defensive/tactical arena.

After a review of safety rules and range procedures, students will verify and confirm their basic gun handling skills and marksmanship abilities with handgun and shotgun.

Students will experience more advanced and complicated drills to enhance decision making and gun handling skills. Movement with the shotgun in tactical scenarios in individual and team drills will be added. Also, the use of cover, distance shooting (out to 100 yards), multiple target, and hostage situation resolution will be presented.

The same drills will be done during low light/night shooting environment. Weapon mounted tactical-lights are highly recommended.

The shotgun and ammunition recommendations are the same as in Defensive Shotgun I

Additional course-specific equipment needed:

  • Shotgun: .12 or .20 gauge
  • Shotgun Ammunition: see above
  • Properly mounted Side Saddle – highly recommended
  • Butt stock and/or belt mounted shotgun ammunition holders (highly recommended)
  • On-person ammunition carrier (ex: belt-mounted, vest, thigh-rig)
  • Sling: Two-point or three-point
  • PAST Pad – for shoulder protection (Magnum model recommended)
  • Elbow and/or knee pads
  • Binoculars (optional)

 

Topics to be covered:

  • Classroom lecture/demonstrations
  • Review of safety and range procedures
  • Confirmation of gun handling and marksmanship skills
  • Cold Shot/”Hero to Zero” drills
  • Moving with the shotgun
  • Shooting on the move
  • Multiple target engagement
  • Low light/night shooting
  • Low light rolling thunder drills
  • Distance shooting to 100 yards and beyond
DEFENSIVE SHOTGUN III

TUITION:  $400.00
PRE-REQUISITE: YES (SEE PRE-REQUISITES SECTION BELOW)

DURATION:  16 HRS (2 DAYS)
AMMO REQUIREMENT:

  • 200 ROUNDS (BUCKSHOT)
  • 100 ROUNDS (SLUGS)
  • 250 ROUNDS (HANDGUN)

This TWO DAY, 16 hour course will take the shotgun student to a very high degree of training and expectations with the shotgun in a defensive/tactical environment.

The roots of this course are in LAPD’s Shotgun Instructor Training School (SITS), Tactical Slug Shotgun Program (TSS), and other training from LAPD’s specialized units.

The instructor has pulled the applicable portions of his experience as a SITS Instructor, and Slug-Cadre member, and additional specialized training, for this course.

More challenging shooting drills involving decision making, multiple targets, and more, will be added. Hostage situation resolution drills will be in the curriculum. Also, students will use cover, such as vehicles, and use them to their advantage.

Tactical movement, shooting on the move, team tactics, and hostage scenarios will be done in daylight and in low-light/night environments. Students will experience several scenarios requiring to transition to handgun. And if the student carries a back-up/secondary handgun, it will be used.

The shotgun and ammunition recommendations for this course are the same as in Defensive Shotgun I (DS-I).

As with all of PFI’s advance firearms training courses, this course may be more physically demanding than others. Any student with physical limitations will be accommodated. Students may chose not to participate in any activity that may aggravate any current or past injury.

Additional course-specific equipment needed:

  • Shotgun: .12 or .20 gauge
  • Shotgun Ammunition: see above
  • Properly mounted Side Saddle – highly recommended
  • Butt stock and/or belt mounted shotgun ammunition holders (highly recommended)
  • On-person ammunition carrier (ex: belt-mounted, vest, thigh-rig)
  • Sling: Two-point or three-point
  • PAST Pad – for shoulder protection (Magnum model recommended)
  • Elbow and/or knee pads
  • Binoculars (optional)
Topics to be covered:

  • Classroom lecture/demonstrations
  • Review of safety rules and range procedures
  • Review of Defensive Shotgun II skills with shotgun and pistol
  • Live-fire drills with tactical movement with the shotgun
  • Shooting from and around obstacles/cover such as vehicles
  • Low light/night shooting drills & scenarios
  • Hostage situation resolution in a low-light/night shooting environment
  • Transitioning from shogun, to handgun, to back-up

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PRE-REQUISITES?

When specified above, some courses will require experience and skill sets taught in preceding PFI course modules, or other accredited organizations. Current law enforcement and military personnel and current concealed carry permit holders may be exempt.

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