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Fighting Shotgun 1 will introduce you to the foundational concepts of castle doctrine, home defense, choosing and purchasing a shotgun, loading, unloading and firing a shotgun 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.


I highly recommend you take Firearm Safety and Self Defense before taking this class.



To sign up, you will pay 1 cent. This is a symbolic gesture that signifies your commitment to attending, and binds us into the relationship of teacher and student. You can pay the tuition for this class as you see fit; Generally speaking any amount from $50 to $250 is acceptable. You send tuition via Venmo to Brian-Wang-11 or Paypal to, or bring cash in person. We also take trades for ammunition, etc. If you have questions about ammo availability and cost, or our class-by-donation system, call 408-892-5460.

If you cannot make it to your class, email me and tell me as early as possible so that A) we can remarket and try to fill that spot before the class, and B) I’m not left wondering where you are when its 9:30 on the morning of class and I’m worried you got lost or in a car wreck, exercise some simple courtesy and let me know if you can’t make it.

In general we will meet at 9am and train until we finish. Classes go at the pace of the median student, so we may be done in 8 hours, or we may be done in 10 hours, and if folks have a lot of questions or are struggling to grasp the material, it may take longer. It depends. 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 do we do with it
Review rules of engagement
Normal loading and unloading procedures
Cruiser ready loading procedure
Shotgun wound ballistics and human anatomy
Discussion on gauge, barrel length, choke, shot size, pellet count, and ammunition types
Fundamentals of stance, swing, and recoil management
Patterning buckshot
Gun sizing, setup, and accessories
High speed/high stress drills

Required Equipment:

Pen and paper
50 rounds of birdshot or target load
25 rounds of buckshot
Snacks and lunch
Sturdy shoes
Sturdy outdoor clothing (We train rain or shine)
Eye protection
Ear protection

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 during checkout if you need guns or ammo. 

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 May 30th, 2021 at 9am, Saturday July 24th, 2021 at 1pm