Defensive Shotgun Operator 1-4

Defensive Shotgun Operator 1-4

Defensive Shotgun Operator is a series, made up of four one day classes. This course teaches the student gun fighting techniques and covers operation and manipulation of a Shotgun. Defensive Shotgun  focuses on fast and precise shooting from Contact to 25 yards with Buckshot  and 100 yards & beyond with slugs.  This course is designed for combat shotguns and will cover pump, semi- auto and magazine fed shotguns.  The Shotgun is the most versatile and violent weapon system available.  It is also the most complicated.  Course teaches not only the proper shooting fundamentals of the combat shotgun, but also looks in depth on keeping the gun running.  If you’re not shooting, you will be reloading.

Topics to be covered

Level 1: Stance, grip, recoil control, sling setup,  Cruiser Ready/Safe,  proper unloading methods, combat reloads, speed reloads, patterning, Slug sight in, shot placement, search & asses, carry positions, gear selection.

Level 2:  Select Slug, shooting positions, intro to shooting from cover, target transitions/multiple target engagement, turning to targets

Level 3: Moving to target, moving and shooting, alternate shooting positions, support side shooting & manipulations, Stress Shoot

Level 4: Introduction to Shoot House, Stress Shoot, Extended Distance, Team Movement, Course Qualification Shoot

Required Items

Open mind and willingness to learn

Serviceable Shotgun, pump, semi-auto or magazine fed

3 serviceable magazines for mag fed shotguns

100 rds birdshot, 50 rds buckshot, 25 slugs,  per day

Side Saddles are highly recommended

Shot shell holder or caddy.  You may opt to load from a cargo pocket or drop pouch (not highly recommended)

Belt capable of holding caddies/mags and extra ammo

Red Dots and Rifle sights are welcome

Ear & Eye protection (electronic ears recommended)

Suitable clothing for outdoors shooting


(Prepare for minor weather, more thin layers is better than one thick layer)

Water (there is no running water at the range)

Sack lunch (there is no time to leave the range for lunch)


Recommended items



Shooting gloves

Shooting Mat/Pad/Blanket

Sand Bag/Bench Rest

Sun block / Sun screen

Camp / folding chair

Cleaning Kit

Sun Shade

DSO1-4 is 8 hrs per level @ $150 per day. Book 2 or more days and get $25 off per day. Groups of 4 or more receive same discount. May not be combined.

To reserve your spot contact or call us @ 720-984-8762