This class is designed for beginners and those that are somewhat familiar with the use of a shotgun but want to sharpen their skillset with this weapon platform. Students can bring any dependable shotgun with a stock (no pistol grips). There are shotguns available to rent for those who currently do not own one but are interested in attending the class. This class will focus on the operation and safe use of the Remington 870 and Mossberg 500/590.


We willcover the following topics:
-Firearm safety
-Maintenance (We will break down the shotguns and reassemble them while discussing how they should be maintained)
-Proper loading and unloading procedures
-Proper shooting stance and various shooting positions
-Differences between various shotgun ammunition and which are best suited for defensive use
-Buckshot patterning at different distances
-Shooting while moving
-Shooting out to 100 yards with slugs


You will need:

  • Shotgun:  12 gauge or 20 gauge

  • 150 rounds birdshot

  • 25 rounds of slug ammunition

  • 25 rounds of buck shot

  • Eye protection and Ear protection (muff type is best)

  • Weather appropriate clothing

  • Cap, sunscreen, and insect repellant--depending on weather and season


This class takes place at our southwest Fort Wayne range.  You will receive an email with directions.


  • Approximately 8 hours
  • Prerequisite:  None
  • Background checks will be done on all registrants.