Shotgun Fundamentals

This course is specifically designed for the new shotgun owner who would potentially like to explore the shotgun as a defense tool, and eventually continue to the SIG SAUER Academy Defensive Shotgun Course.

This course is NOT geared toward a shotgun’s application for sport, hunting, skeet, or trap shooting.

This introductory course provides students with the basic knowledge and skills necessary to safely handle, load, fire and unload a pump action shotgun. Students will be guided through various shotgun and equipment options when selecting one for defensive purposes. Time is spent both in the classroom and on the range in a comfortable learning environment. Students will also be guided through shotgun manipulation drills and range exercises designed to increase personal comfort level and develop a solid skill base. Learn why the shotgun is such an extremely versatile and effective tool. With the proper fundamentals the shotgun’s recoil will be much more manageable and the shotgun will become much more

Prerequisite

None.

Course Outline
  • Responsible firearms ownership and applications of the shotgun
  • Safe use and handling of the shotgun
  • Potential dangers (penetration, ricochet, misidentification, accidental discharges, etc.)
  • Shotgun selection and support equipment review
  • Types, components, and purposes of modern shotgun ammunition
  • Administrative loading and unloading of shotguns
  • The fundamental of basic shooting techniques
  • Shotgun manipulation skills
  • Marksmanship fundamentals
  • Slug zeroing
  • Buckshot patterning
  • Static shooting position drills
  • Practical application drills
  • Preventative maintenance (cleaning, maintenance, inspection and safe storage)
Equipment List
  • Clothing suitable for training in any weather
  • Footwear suitable for rapid movement and turning
  • Knee and elbow pads (optional based on student comfort)
  • Wraparound eyewear, polycarbonate lenses or non-shattering prescription glasses
  • Hearing protection


Shotguns will be provide for use by the SIG SAUER Academy, no personally owned shotguns can be used for this course. Tuition includes free loan of firearms, holsters, safety glasses and hearing protection at the Epping, NH location.

Ammo
  • Estimated round count: 75 rounds bird shot, 20 rounds 00 buck, 10 rounds slug
  • For Epping, NH courses, non-toxic, non-jacketed FRANGIBLE ammunition may be required – call for clarification
  • Lead core ammunition to be used on steel only
  • No green/brown tip, armor piercing, or surrogate rounds to be used on steel at any time
  • Ammunition is available for purchase from the Epping facility only

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