Critical Shotgun Skills 1


October 25, 2020 9:00 am
October 25, 2020 5:00 pm
Eastwood Rd & Bull Rd, Bridgeport, NY 13030   View map
(585) 406-6758
Course Length
10 Hours
Course Difficulty

Required Equipment:
For this class, you will need the following items:

  • A working and reliable pump or semi auto shotgun with a sling
  • 250 rounds of Bird shot (minimum)
  • 15 rounds of 00 Buckshot (minimum)
  • 15 rounds of ‘slug’ (minimum)
  • A ‘dump pouch’ or somewhere to keep loose ammo
  • Eye and ear protection
  • A hat with a brim
  • Comfortable range appropriate clothing and footwear.
  • A cleaning and lube kit

NOTE: Please review the Required Equipment list below. If you do not have something on the list, contact us before the class. Arriving without the complete list of specified gear will mean that you will not be able to fully participate in the training.

Definition of Critical:

exercising or involving careful judgment or judicious evaluation: critical thinking

of, relating to, or being a turning point or specially important juncture: a critical phase

relating to or being a state in which or a measurement or point at which some quality, property, or phenomenon suffers a definite change



being in or approaching a state of crisis: a critical situation




This SPECIAL course will also involve a run through the BRAND NEW “Jungle Run” at the ORGC. After running you through a series of training drills and shooting, you’ll get to practice cover, engagement from cover, and more as you go through this 3/4 mile course and engage various targets along the way. Best shooter and fastest runs will get a prize!


Proceeds from the course on Saturday will benefit the ORGC’s Veterans Fundraiser event. We will also have another course on Sunday if you cannot make Saturday!


Self defense with a shotgun is a decision that should be made with a clear head and the desire to become as proficient as possible. Using a tool such as a shotgun requires proper training in order to be efficient and safe. We will teach you all of that and more!

As always, safety is the primary focus, but we will teach you easy to learn and replicate skills and techniques to be able to handle the shotgun under the stress of a critical Incident.

Bear in mind that we do not teach “range or administrative type skills”. We teach you life saving, defensive skills that will work in the real world, not just make you look and feel superior on the range. This shift in training is important. There is a lot of guns and gear out there that may look and work great on the range but SUCK (yes, that is a technical term) out in the real world. Bad gear will get you hurt – or worse.

Critical Shotgun Skills 1



You must have a working knowledge of firearm safety and how your shotgun operates. This is not a basic level class. If you have never fired a shotgun or are unfamiliar with one, we suggest the NRA Basic Shotgun class OR our Intro To Shotgun course prior to attending this class.

We will not be teaching you the basics on how to shoot your shotgun, we will be teaching you how to USE it!

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Subjects Covered

Laws and legalities of using a shotgun for defense in your home

The differing actions and types of shotguns

How to operate a shotgun under stress

Equipment selection and accessories

How different types of ammunition work in the shotgun

How differing types of ammunition affect your target

The difference between administrative skills and combat shooting skills

Malfunction and stoppage clearing

Safe and ready access to your shotgun for defense

Swapping of ammunition types during loading and reloading

Defensive accuracy and shooting

Proper defensive shotgun stances

Skills for shooting multiple targets

Shooting from cover or concealment

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