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Introduction to Defensive Shotgun will allow you to master the foundational concepts of castle doctrine, home defense, choosing and purchasing a shotgun, loading, unloading and firing a shotgun aggressively and dynamically in self defense. If you have just bought your first shotgun, are interested in owning one, or are interested in beginning your journey in tactical firearm training, this is your opportunity to get started in a safe, thorough, and beginner friendly manner. There is no prerequisite. It is offered three times per year.


Firearm Safety and Self Defense highly recommended.



As with most all of our classes, this class is funded by donation. For tuition, a suitable donation amount is anything between $50 and $250 per person.

It is free to borrow weapons and equipment.

If you need us to supply ammo, we can provide it to you at market rate. If you have questions, you can contact Brian at, or call 408-892-5460.


Typically we meet at 9am and train until we finish. Classes go at the pace of the median student, and if folks have a lot of questions or are struggling to grasp the material, it may take longer. It depends. I will try to get you guys finished at 7pm, but plan to clear your calendar of distractions and to be here all day, heading home after dark. In the summer months, we may start later in the afternoon to maximize our training in the cooler sunset hour, and avoiding the heat of the midday.


Our facility is located in the Diablo mountain range, one hour and thirty minutes east of downtown San Jose, and one hour south of Livermore. Those who sign up will receive an automated email with driving directions in greater detail.


What is a shotgun, what does it do, and what we do with it
Use of force doctrine
Loading and unloading procedures
Shotgun wound ballistics and human anatomy
How to choose shotguns and ammunition appropriate for your needs
Fundamentals of stance, swing, and recoil management
Buckshot science and patterning
High speed/high stress dynamic drills
Engaging moving targets in the dark

Required Equipment:

Pen and paper
50+ rounds of birdshot or target load
25 rounds of buckshot
Slugs are optional but not required
Snacks and lunch
Sturdy shoes
Sturdy outdoor clothing (We train rain or shine)
Eye protection
Ear protection

Recommended Equipment: 

Salty snacks
Folding chair
Leather work gloves

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. Make a note in the comment box during checkout if you need gun or ammo, and specify what gauge. 

Keep it simple; Bring whatever you have and we’ll make it work.


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

Additional information


Sunday February 6th, 2022 at 9am, Saturday June 18th, 2022 at 9am, Saturday October 8th, 2022 at 9am