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Durham Pistol & Rifle Club
3973 S. Jim Minor Road Haw River, NC 27258

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Defensive SHOTGUN shooting

The shotgun is one of the most effective and versatile weapons available to the average  private citizen or police officer. It is also the least understood and most under-utilized weapon system.

Learn how to properly select, modify, feed and operate the defensive shotgun for optimum effectiveness. This intensive one-day course will teach you efficient techniques for handling and shooting the shotgun under stressful conditions.

Topics covered include: defensive mindset, safety, handling, gauges, action types, sighting systems, loading, unloading, reloading, select loading, patterning, slug zero, carry methods, ready positions, cover and concealment, and tactics.

Shooting is conducted from 1 to 50 yards and scenarios utilizing outdoor simulations are extensively used.

A 12 or 20 gauge short barreled, repeater with rifle or ghost ring sights is ideal, but any shotgun capable of multiple shots will suffice. A butt cuff or side-saddle ammunition carrier is suggested as spare ammunition on the gun is very helpful. A sling is also strongly recommended.


Open to the public.  

This class is for law-abiding American Citizens; adults or mature teenagers.

Directions to club and amenities

  • Visit Contact page to get driving directions
  • Download printable driving directions from Greensboro / Raleigh
  • Soft drinks and Snacks are available for purchase in the clubhouse. 
  • Restrooms are available in the clubhouse.

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