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3-day Tactical Shotgun Instructor Certification Course

Course # TSIC.0726.1 (28-hour Course)


Michigan MCOLES Approved Course
(Approved by the Michigan Commission on LE Standards)

Pre-requisite: Student instructors seeking to attend this course must be a certified firearms instructor with current / valid instructor credentials and have at least 24 hours of certified firearms instructor training.

Post-Incident Legal Defense Support: This training curriculum meets ILETSB training standards. Curriculum materials; lesson plan, course itinerary, syllabus with SPO’s, student performance records, instructor certification credentials and list of supporting reference materials are available for post-incident legal defense depositions and legal defense litigation discovery.

Course Description: This 3-day firearms training course focuses on enhancing the firearms instructor's skill-set in the presentation of advanced shotgun operator techniques.

Instructor students will explore the technical aspects of operating pump-action and semi-automatic shotguns and the tactical applications that are necessary for operator deployment.

Curriculum will concentrate on shooting diagnostics covering; the master grip, proper mounting, forward indexing, presentation positions, the natural action stance, body position and how these elements are affected by the body's physiological response under duress.

Curriculum will also cover tactical speed shooting concepts, development of aggressive gun-handling skills and dynamic action when using the shotgun for personal defense applications.

The concepts of dominating the weapon, threat, and all visual areas will be emphasized throughout the course.

Students will develop reflexive gun-handling skills with the shotgun that will enable them to quickly and effectively engage threats while performing multiple complex tasks.

This course takes the student beyond the basics of the shotgun and introduces the student to tactical deployment techniques that are critical when deploying the shotgun for personal defense.

This is a fast paced, physically demanding firearms training course! Students should be in good physical condition, familiar with their equipment and have solid intermediate gun-handling skills established with the shotgun and handgun prior to attending this course.

Students have the option of using pump-action or semi-automatic shotguns in this course. Shotguns must be 12 gauge and have a side receiver ejection port.

Lever-action and exposed hammer shotguns are not allowed!

Detachable magazine-fed shotguns are not allowed!

The following firearms training topics will be covered:

  • Firearms safety and safe gun-handling procedures.

  • Establishing emergency medical action plans.
  • Using the E.D.I.P. instructional method.
  • Developing qualification courses and standard drill tests.
  • Principals of personal defense.

  • Deployment methodology and concepts.

  • Use of the shotgun for personal defense.
  • Conditioning mental focus and combat mindset.

  • Enhanced tactical aptitude concepts.
  • Technical review of shooting fundamentals.

  • Methodology of shooting the shotgun.
  • The natural action stance.

  • Basic gun-handling skills, marksmanship & target analysis.
  • Combat gun-handling skills, marksmanship & target analysis.
  • Administrative loading / unloading of the shotgun.

  • Review use of tactical sling systems and weapon retention.

  • Presentation from low ready, high ready, indoor ready & SUL.

  • Refining presentation technique.

  • Balancing speed and accuracy.
  • Enhanced tactical speed shooting concepts.
  • Reducing stimulus / response time.
  • Combat gun-handling skills.

  • Moving off the line of force and lateral displacement.

  • Threat assessment and area scanning.

  • Engaging threats from static turns and pivots.
  • Engaging threats while negotiating obstacles.
  • Dominating the weapon, threat and visual areas.

  • Ammunition management - tactical reloads & combat reloads.

  • Buckshot patterning and effective distances.

  • Slug zeroing confirmation and select slug techniques.
  • Transition to secondary weapon system.

  • Malfunction clearance drills.

  • Multiple threat engagement strategies.

  • Engaging threats during continuous movement.

  • Fighting with the shotgun at CQB distances.

  • Drugged assailant and body armor defeating drills.

  • Deploying the shotgun during low-light conditions.
  • Use of the flash sight picture vs. perfect sight alignment.

  • Timed scrambler course.
  • Man vs. man stress drills and team relay drills.
  • Timed Combat Shotgun Standards Drill test.
  • Timed Combat Shotgun Qualification Course with certified marksmanship rating.

Course duration: 3-days (28 hours) Includes low-light shoot

Course tuition: $ 595.00

(Tuition fee includes range fee and use of loaner firearms)

Course student limit: 16


Student requirements: Note pad and pen, eye protection, ear protection, baseball type cap, heavy-duty leather or nylon pants belt, holster and magazine carriers, personal defense pistol with at least (3) magazines, 12 gauge pump action or semi-automatic shotgun with rifle sights or ghost ring sights, shotgun shell pouch and tactical sling.

Recommended equipment: Shotgun shell carrier mounted on the shotgun, shotgun shell pouch, sling swivels on front and rear of shotgun, rain gear, sunscreen, insect repellent, hydration system, water, gun-cleaning kit and gun oil / CLP.

The tactical sling must allow the shotgun to hang freely in front of the shooter.

All shotguns in this course require iron sights, preferably ghost ring sights or rifle sights. Bead sight shotguns will greatly limit the shooters ability in this class.

Red dot sights and holographic sights are allowed in this course.

Ammunition requirements: 500 birdshot, 300 rounds of buckshot (# 4 to 000 allowed), 50 rounds of slug and 100 rounds of handgun ammunition. (Minimum)

(Semi-automatic shotguns that cannot cycle birdshot will need 800 rounds of buckshot)

(Ammunition is available for purchase upon request)






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