One of the most effective firearms for self defense is the shotgun; it is also one of the most misunderstood. There are many myths and half-truths surrounding the shotgun, and this course is designed to address them. Fortress will guide the novice through the ins-and-outs of the shotgun, and present a useful skill set which will then be applied to practical self defense.

We attempt to provide a staff member for every 2-3 students to provide the most personal instruction experience possible. If requested, a female instructor will be available to assist any female students.

  • Required student skill level: Completion of the Fortress Level I Pistol Course, or equivalent pistol course.
  • Equipment required: Functional DEFENSIVE shotgun with sling, pistol with proper holster, magazine or speedloader carrier for pistol.
  • Ammunition requirements: 125-rounds of buckshot, 25-slugs
  • Duration:  One Day (a two-day shotgun course is also available on request.)

Teaching Points Include:

  • Gun handling and range safety
  • Equipment selection and carry.
  • Practical application philosophies of the shotgun for self defense.
  • Slinging/unslinging/mounting
  • Movement
  • Cover/Concealment
  • Zeroing for slugs
  • Patterning buckshot
  • Ammunition regulation
  • Ammunition swap
  • Magazine charging techniques
  • Transition to handgun
  • Shooting positions

We will travel to you and train your group on your personal range, or at a range in your locality which meets our requirements. If range facilities allow, a night shoot will be scheduled, as well.

Contact us  for scheduling and pricing.

Firearms and equipment can be provided for rent with advance notice.

“A 99 percent shooter with a 1 percent brain will almost invariably be beaten in a gunfight by the 1 percent shooter who has a 99 percent brain. Since the dawn of mankind, humans have had to rely on their thinking prowess to survive. The firearm is merely the means to attain the end.” – Louis Awerbuck