This course will teach you efficient techniques for handling and shooting the shotgun under stressful conditions for self-defense.

Austin Sure Shots: Austin, TX
Defensive Shotgun Level 1

April 2nd, 2016

Condition-1 is hitting the road to bring defensive shotgun training to the Ladies of the Austin Sure Shots in Austin, TX!
The shotgun is one of the most effective and versatile weapons available to the average private citizen. It is also the least understood and most under-utilized weapon system. Learn how to properly select, modify, feed and operate your defensive shotgun for optimum effectiveness.

Training will include:

Shotgun Selection/Set Up
Ammunition Selection
Ready Positions
Shooting techniques
Patterning the gun
Administrative Loading/Unloading
Speed/Combat Reloading
Slug Transition
Multiple Targets

Class Requirements:

  • Minimum 100 birdshot shells
  • 10 slugs
  • 20 buckshot shells you intend for self-defense to pattern your gun
  • Eye/Ear protection
  • Pump-action or semi-auto shotgun
  • Pack a Lunch
  • Notebook and Pen
  • Camping chair 

You will need something to hold extra rounds - If you have a side saddle or butt cuff on the gun that will work. If not, a dump pouch or large pockets would be very helpful.

Additional suggestions:

  • Rain gear (we shoot rain or shine)
  • Bug spray
  • Sun block
  • Hat with brim
  • Clothing suitable for the weather
  • Water/Drinks

Equipment Clarifications:

Shotgun - Semi-Auto or Pump - Do not bring a rifle barreled slug gun.

Slugs - Buy foster style slugs for smooth bore shotguns (We are big fans of Brenneke). Do not bring Sabots

Buckshot - Bring at least two different brands of buckshot you are considering to use for self-defense in your gun. Two different brands of 10 each will be sufficient. We will also have something for you to try in your gun for comparison.

We prefer Low Recoil ammunition-  Pump guns will have no issues with this but some Semi-Autos can be finicky. Check that your ammo works in your gun before class.

This is an 6 hour course. The class will be held at Best of the West Shooting Sports. We will start at 9am. Arrive early enough to register and pay the $25 range fee before class starts.

Here is the link to the range -
An informational email will be sent after successful registration.