SAFTD Defensive Shotgun 1 Instructor

The SAFTD Instructor level courses are designed to teach the experienced shooter/instructor, how to present the SAFTD courses to the general public using the SAFTD MOI as a basis for instructional methods and techniques. This course also encompasses the proper running of the range portions of the class and the best practices for achieving the maximum amount of learning from the students.

TomGivensShotgunThe goal of the Second Amendment Foundation Training Division's “Defensive Shotgun 1” course is to provide the student with a solid foundation in basic knowledge of shotgun safety, various types of shotgun, an understanding of ammunition and how it functions, shooting fundamentals and an introduction to defensive shooting skills.

A person new to the use of a firearm for personal defense typically has a broad range of questions and is faced with learning a number of skills that are critical in the use of a firearm – in this case a shotgun – to defend themselves, their family or someone in their charge. Defensive Shotgun 1 is specifically designed to provide a person new to shotguns the opportunity to gain that knowledge and learn those skills.

A number of topics will be covered in “Defensive Shotgun 1 - Introduction to the Defensive Use of a Shotgun. These include but are not limited to:

  •     Safe handling of your firearm.
  •     Safe Storage of your firearm and ammunition.
  •     Basic components of a shotgun
  •     Types and Operation of shotguns including pump, semi-automatic, break-open, etc.
  •     Working With A Natural Defensive Stance
  •     Integrating The Color Code Into Your Life
  •     Finding Your Balance of Speed and Precision
  •     Clearing Common Stoppages
  •     Progressive Shooting Drills
  •     Definition of Cover and Concealment
  •     Use of Cover
  •     Shooting From Low and High Barricades
  •     Selecting a Shotgun and Ammunition
  •     Cleaning and Maintain your Shotguns

Required Equipment

  •     A modern, serviceable shotgun, (pump or semi-auto shotgun recommended) in 12, 16 or 20 gauge
  •     Ear and Eye protection (electronic muffs preferred).
  •     Sturdy Shoes, Long Pants, Shirt With Higher Collar
  •     Ammunition: Factory fresh ammo only. NO RELOADS or specialty ammo.
  •     50 shells (7 1/2 or #8 shot) and 25 shells that are #5 shot.
  •     Shotshell carrier (either weapon mounted, belt or shotshell pouch)
  •     Comfortable clothing, knee-pads (optional but recommended).
  •     Hydration system or Bottled water.
  •     Baseball Cap

Prerequisites: 

  • Must posses outstanding firearm handling safety skills
  • SAFTD Methods of Instruction MOI within the last 2 years / (2 Days)
  • Liability Insurance with minimum of 1,000,000 coverage before your first class
  • SAFTD Range Officer Certification
  • First Aid, CPR and AED Certification (National or State recognized organization)-(Must be up to date.)
  • Must take and pass the SAFTD Student level class.
  • Must be at least 21 years old
  • Must be a U.S. Citizens or Legal Permanent Resident with valid Green Card. (ITAR)
  • Must speak, write and understand English
  • Must be able to legally posses firearms under both Federal and State laws.

Course length is a full day, typically 8-10 hours including a 1-hour lunch break. There are short breaks throughout both the classroom session and shooting range drills.