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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.



As with all study group classes, this class is funded by donation. For tuition, suggested donation is somewhere between $50 and $250 per person. Venmo to brian-wang-11 or PayPal to info@monarchdefense.org or google pay to the same. The registration fee is $.01 per person, which is symbolic of your commitment to attend, and binds us to the relationship of teacher and student.

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. Those who sign up will receive driving directions in greater detail.

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:

Pen and Paper for taking notes. 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 we can supply one for you free of charge. We can also supply ammunition, and you just repay us for whatever you use. Make a notes in the comment box if you need guns or ammo. 

You should bring enough ammo for the day’s training. How much is enough? How many licks does it take to get to the center of a tootsie roll pop?


Brian Wang is the event organizer. He can be reached at 408-892-5460 or info@monarchdefense.org.

Additional information


Thursday March 25th, 2021 at 9am, Friday June 11th, 2021 at 9am