Urban and Defensive Shotgun

Urban / Defensive Shotgun Course

Audience:  Newer or beginning level shotgun owners to experienced shotgun shooters looking to improve their defensive shotgun shooting/handling skills in their home or wherever it may be needed to defend yourself/loved ones.


Scope:  This course is for shotgun shooters looking to learn the safe and efficient use of a shotgun in any environment. Classroom instruction and practical exercises on the range will ensure that all concepts taught to the student are understood and they can utilize them at the appropriate time. More experienced students will refine their current skills in order to progress them as better shooters.


Participants should be prepared to train in all weather conditions. This program can be challenging and participants should come to class with an open mind and a good attitude. Keep in mind we will be firing the shotgun a lot during the course, we recommend a recoil pad or properly fitted shotgun. With our personal approach to training, low student to instructor ratio, your skills and knowledge will improve!


This is an 8 hour training day 8:30 am to 4:30 pm with 30 minutes for lunch. It is highly recommended that you bring your lunch as you will have no options within 15 mins of the range. It is also recommended you have snacks, some will be available such as power bars and granola bars. Otherwise, please bring your own.

Length & Price: 2 day. $420.

Areas of Instruction

  • Shotgun safety considerations
  • Room Clearing / Searching techniques
  • Ammunition components/selection/penetration demo
  • Loading, reloading and unloading techniques
  • Use of cover / barricades
  • Safe storage techniques
  • Non-Lethal use
  • Shooting fundamentals
  • Shooting and moving
  • Handling of malfunctions

Prerequisites and Physical Requirements

  1. Student should be prepared to train in all weather
  2. Student must possess the physical strength and stamina to fire their firearms in shooting drills.
  3. Student should be physically able to get up and down from standing, kneeling and prone positions.

Required Equipment

  • Pump Action or Semi-Auto Shotgun in good working order
  • A method of holding additional shotgun shells i.e.: cargo pockets, vest, shell holders or shell caddie
  • Sturdy belt at least 1.5” wide
  • Cap with brim (baseball or boonie style)
  • T-Shirt with crew neck collar (no V-necks)
  • Long pants (no shorts)
  • Light hiking boots or running shoes.   NO open toed shoes allowed!
  • Hearing protection (available upon request, no charge)
  • Wrap around eye protection (available upon request, no charge)
  • Water bottle or hydration system
  • Sunscreen / Bug Spray
  • Foul weather clothing
  • Note taking materials
  • 200 Rounds of 2 ¾ inch, #7.5 or #8 birdshot, recommend light loads.
  • 60 Rounds of 2 ¾  00 Buckshot (Federal, LE, low recoil recommended)


  • 60 Rounds of 2 ¾ rifled slug (Federal, LE, low recoil recommended)


* Ammunition available for purchase at BRM with advanced notice *

**If you do not possess any of the above gear/ammo, please contact Kevin as far out from the course date as possible**

Optional Equipment

  • Knee pads
  • Long sleeve ‘Sun’ shirt (can be button type)

Teaching Style:

At Blue Ridge Marksmanship, we help you to gain a better understanding for your firearm. We help your gun handling abilities improve and we teach you ‘a way’ to shoot. There are millions of ways to fire a gun and hit a target, we will help you find the best one for you, not hammer you into ‘the way’ to shoot.

North Carolina’s Premier Shooting School