Want to be a proficient with a shotgun?


In the Defensive Shotgun course, we know you want to be comfortable and skilled with the shotgun capabilities for home defense or hunting sports.  In order to do that, you need the knowledge, experience and the right defensive mindset.
At Centennial Gun Club, we understand with this type of gun and tool, everyone learns at their own level. Don’t let this diminish your motivation. Your strength exists in your willingness to try a new and effective firearm. The shotgun is an excellent tool for home defense and most of the demand is to hone-in “your” mindset and the willingness to try a new and trusted firearm.
Here’s how we do it: 
1. Physical drills and firearm basics
2. Essential mindset focus
3. Techniques: ammo, grip, stance, trigger pull, recoil, targets, etc.
The course includes a demonstration of various shot-shells fired at drywall barriers, simulating the interior of a home, to determine wall penetration of various shotgun loads. Students will understand the wide range of ammunition available for the shotgun and which are best for their particular use.
We cover basics such as:
  1. Stance, grip, sight picture
  2. Trigger pull and follow through with emphasis on recoil management
  3. Discussion of accessories, the use of a sling, and close quarters carry techniques
  4. Multiple targets 
Range time included in the class includes:
  1. Moving targets
  2. Range drills addressing multiple targets
  3. Patterning your shotgun with birdshot, buckshot, and slugs at various ranges
  4. Understanding the spread of projectiles at different distances
There’s an important lesson and that lesson is gun-fitting.  Proper shooting form and gun fit can go a very long way.  To limit the effects of recoil, many shooters have their guns custom fitted or choose a gun that fits well in the first place. 
The course is a prerequisite to Deadly Accuracy
Course Objectives:
Objective 1: Understand Defensive Shotgun basics including equipment, ammunition and firearm basics.
Objective 2: Provide an understanding of the many types of ammunition available for the shotgun, their uses and selection of appropriate ammunition for your application.
Objective 3: Gain an understanding of slings, ready carry techniques and close quarters combat with a long gun.
Objective 4: Discuss and understand shotgun loading and keeping the gun running with multiple targets.
Objective 5: Understand how to manage shotgun recoil and quickly recover the sights to address multiple targets.
The track record of shotguns as a personal protection gun is well-documented. The shotgun is very adept at a defensive role. Consider the per-shot effectiveness of the shotgun. Six rounds in a shotgun may seem like very few, but each of those six rounds is several times as effective as any handgun round. 
There is no better comfort than to know you have the right tools and skills for your home defense.


  1. Signed Participant Agreement (available online)
  2. 18+
  3. Some familiarity with a shotgun

  • Shotgun
  • 25 rounds #4 Birdshot
  • 50 rounds 00 Buckshot
  • 10 rounds Slugs (No Steel Shot)


  • Course Packet
  • Certificate of Completion
  • Demonstration Firearms and Equipment
  • Attendee substitutions may be made at any time.
  • Registrants must cancel at least 72 hours before the course date to receive a full refund minus a $15 administrative fee.
  • Cancellations received within 48 hours of the course date will not receive a cash refund. Instead, a one-time class rescheduling can be made. A rescheduled course must occur within 12 months from original course date. All course fees are forfeited by the registrant if a replacement course has not been attended within the 12 month period.
  • Failure to attend the course, or cancellations less than 48 hours in advance, will result in no refund, credit of the course fee, or rescheduling.
  • The Centennial Gun Club reserves the right to cancel or reschedule classes at any time. IF we cancel or reschedule a class due to weather or circumstances beyond our control, you are entitled to a full refund. The Centennial Gun Club is not responsible for travel arrangements, travel fees, or any expenses incurred by you as a result of such a cancellation. IF The Centennial Gun Club cancels a class in which you are enrolled, you will be contacted at the email address you used to register. Please be sure to provide a valid email address and check your email before class.
TIME: 4 Hours (single session)
DATES: See Schedule
FEE: $99.00





Training is the Foundation of True Skills Development

Prepared Citizen is our nationally-recognized training program at Centennial Gun Club, and you will find a course perfect for you within our various tracks. If you are new to shooting, we recommend our First Shots, Dynamics of Pistol Shooting, and/or Handgun Proficiency courses. If you are already familiar with firearms and are looking to increase your skill, maybe it is time to look at a concealed carry course, or one of the Insight Firearms Development courses: Deadly Accuracy, Speed Shooting, and Killer Low Light.




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