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Study Groups are flexible cost, high quality opportunities to train in a casual small group environment with a variety of subject matter experts and fellow students of a variety of skill levels. Study Groups are a hybrid between private custom training, which can be prohibitively expensive, and open enrollment group classes, which can be busy and chaotic and inflexible. If you have flexibility, enjoy the social aspect of our training, and you want to train in a semi-private and more intimate manner for a wide variety of topics, consider joining our new Study Group program.

To join this Home Defense Shotgun Study Group, please submit $1 using the online checkout on this page, and contact Brian at info@monarchdefense.org for questions.

10am till your wife/girlfriend/husband/boyfriend/mother/father/pimp/madam/dog/cat/iguana/fish calls you for the third time asking where the hell you are. Likely well after it gets dark.

Our facility is located in the Diablo Range, one hour and thirty minutes east of downtown San Jose, and one hour and thirty minutes south of Livermore. No, we are not in San Jose city limits; Yes, San Jose is the nearest city, hence the location is listed as San Jose. No matter which direction you come from, there will be roughly 1 hour of fairly technical and winding mountain roads for you to navigate. Suck it up buttercup. Not willing to make the drive? Try golf instead! Think the drive takes too long? Drive faster! (My record is 45 minutes from east San Jose)

We’ll meet at the facility and have a chat about the role of shotguns in modern human conflict and self defense. We’ll look in detail at the ammunition to study how buckshot, birdshot, and slugs work, and how to choose the proper ammo for your purpose. 

We will set up steel and paper targets, practice loading, manipulation, and movement drills to become familiar with the weapon system’s controls. Then we will go hot for warm up and patterning, and finally progress to high intensity gunfighting training in the dark.

We will go as far into the material as you want, and go as fast or as slow as you need.

Students should be familiar with firearm safety, but there are no other prerequisites. It would be better to take Firearm Safety and Self Defense first if you are brand new. Otherwise, it will be like drinking from a firehose. If you have a bunch of experience, this day will still be like drinking from a firehose.


Required Equipment:
Water, snacks, lunch, sun screen, close toe shoes, eye and ear protection. Dress for outdoor activity (we hold class rain or shine).

You may bring and shoot your personal shotgun if you wish, or I can supply one for you free of charge. I have limited amounts of ammunition on hand to share with you, but much of my stock was destroyed in the fire. Contact me directly in advance to borrow gear or source ammo.

You should bring enough ammo for the day’s training. How much is that? I don’t know, take your best guess.


As with all study group classes, this class is funded by donation. For tuition, suggested donation to the instructor is anywhere from $40 to $150 per person. Cash, check, Venmo, PayPal, Google Pay, girly giggles, etc are all accepted.

The registration fee is $1 per person, which we will collect right here on the website.



How can I contact the organizer with my questions? Brian Wang is the event organizer. He can be reached at 408-892-5460 or info@monarchdefense.org

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Sunday 10/18