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While Brian is away, most classes will be facilitated in a study group format led by experienced and qualified students who volunteer their time to provide their expertise and instruction. Study groups are flexible, casual, and high-quality opportunities to train in an intimate small group environment with subject matter experts and fellow students of a variety of skill levels.

Introduction to Fighting Shotgun Study Group (FS1) will introduce and build proficiency in 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, Introduction to Fighting Shotgun Study Group is your opportunity to get started in a student-paced, thorough, and beginner friendly environment.


Firearm Safety and Self Defense


This class is funded by donation. A recommended donation amount is $125 per person per day, but we will accept anything between $50 and $250 per person per day.

Ammo for this class is separate from tuition, and if you need us to supply ammo, please include a note during checkout or contact us at


9am-5pm (unless otherwise communicated by the volunteer instructor)

We can only teach the class at the students’ pace. If you wish to attend this class, you must stay until we end so that we may debrief, turn in borrowed equipment, and clean up. Clear your schedule, and expect to be in class for the entire day. Students leaving early is a huge distraction, unfair to others, and it wastes time for everyone.


Valley of Orion, in the vicinity of Mount Hamilton and San Antonio Valley. 1 hours east of San Jose, 1 hour south from Livermore. Detailed directions will be emailed to those who sign up.


What is a shotgun, what does it do, and what we do with it
Review use of force doctrine
Review Castle 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

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
Refillable water bottle

We can supply you with a rifle. Just add a note to the comment field when you are signing up that you need a set of gear. There is no charge for this.

You can bring your own ammo or use ours, please specify in the order notes during checkout. There is a charge for using our ammunition.

Recommended equipment: 

Brimmed hat
Change of clothes
Spare socks
Extra jackets and weather appropriate clothing
Folding chair
Knee pads

Cancellation Policy: 

There is no penalty to reschedule your class as long as you provide written notice at least 1 hour before the start of class by email to Your credit is good for 1 year. We do not provide refunds.


Additional information


Saturday June 18th, 2022 at 9am, Saturday October 8th, 2022 at 9am