Home Defense Shotgun™
Length of Course: 3 to 4 hours
Woodland Park Range: 1267 McBride Ave, Woodland Park NJ. 07424
Cedar Grove: 250 Grove Ave, Cedar Grove NJ. 07009 (Essex County Police Academy)
Easton PA: 2595 Redington Rd, Hellertown, PA 18055 (Easton Fish and Game Association)
Sussex: Sussex County Library 66 Route 639, Wantage, NJ.
Mobile training for this class is also available.
Course Level: Advanced (What’s this?)
Who teaches this course? All of our high-level courses are taught by experienced professionals with the credentials to prove it. They are all trained and certified by the N.J. Police Training Commission, N.J. Department of Criminal Justice, and possess Federal Law Enforcement Instructor Certifications. They are experts in N.J. Use of Force Policies, and are always updating the course material with the latest use of force guidelines and case law. At GFH this is not a “hobby” but a full time, legitimate vocation. Any “instructor” can teach you anything, but only a select few can teach you the “why” or the “root of law” to justify your actions. If you were to use your newly acquired skills and you were required to justify your actions, at GFH all of our instructors are ready, willing, and able to testify in your defense as long as you had followed the training and procedures we provided. It does you and your loved ones no good if you survive the fight, and then spend the next thirty years in prison because of the wrong advice you were given by a part time amateur “instructor”.
Course Description: Have you considered purchasing a shotgun for home defense? Do you currently own a shotgun but haven’t been properly trained on how to use it to defend yourself, your home and your loved ones? Home invasions (robberies, kidnappings, homicides, rapes, and aggravated assaults) are on the rise in the United States and according the FBI, occur at a rate of one per minute. Are you prepared to defend yourself and your loved ones? If you’ve never had formal training on the proper use of a shotgun for home or personal defense, or if your skills might need a little “brush up” then our Home Defense Shotgun Level 1 Course is great investment in your training. The goal of this 3-4 hour course is to introduce the skills needed for effective use of the shotgun as a home defensive tool with particular focus on the defensive roles of couples or family members that live in the same household. We discuss the importance of having a home defense plan BEFORE the need arises and assist our students in creating their own defense plan based on realistic home invasion scenarios. There is a classroom portion and a hands on range portion where students will have the opportunity to test their defensive shotgun with a variety of personal defense ammunition. All targets and ammunition are provided by us but individuals are encouraged to bring their own defensive ammunition to “try out” during the range portion.
Prerequisites – You must have successfully completed Urban Shotgun 1 to attend this course.
Disclaimer: In an effort to keep all of our students safe course objectives and drills are subject to change.
- Overview of the shotgun as a home defense tool
- Use of deadly force
- Clarification on Law Enforcement Affirmative Duty to protect
- The Combat Triad: Mindset / Tactics / Skills
- Levels of awareness
- Shotgun safety rules
- Anatomy of a shotgun
- Choosing defensive shotgun ammunition
- How to load, unload, clear and make a shotgun safe
- Shotgun shooting fundamentals
- Setting up a home defense plan and many more exclusive Gun For Hire topics
- Shotgun (You must bring a shotgun registered to you to take the class!)
- Sling (single point sling recommended)
- 125 rounds 00 buckshot
- 20 rounds of slugs
- Ammunition holders (side saddle, belt pouch). Strongly recommend a dump pouch to carry additional rounds to the firing line
- Eye and ear protection
- Ultimate Urban
- Urban Pistol 2
- Urban Carbine 2
Dear Anthony, I found the First Steps course to be a very lively and spirited one.It is refreshing to be among a group of people who cherish the right to own firearms. Our instructor, Robert Howe, knows guns like the back of his hand and was quite helpful. It was a pleasure meeting you, Anthony, and I’m glad you made that cameo appearance in the classroom. Hopefully, one day the State of New Jersey will come to its senses and adopt rational firearms legislation. And when it does, we can all thank the outspoken proponents of Second Amendment rights like yourself. My Florida CCW application went out in the mail yesterday. I look forward to my next course at Guns For Hire.
Anthony, Thanks for a great experience for my son and I. We attended you “First steps pistol” course with Sandy yesterday and it was great! My son has had an interest in competitive shooting for several years and finally got the opportunity to learn from the pros at your facility. Everyone we came in contact with was very supportive and my son and I learned alot. We are looking forward to visiting often. Thanks again to everyone there for a GREAT experience!!!
Hi Anthony, Thanks for your email. Yes – I enjoyed the class yesterday; it was very informative and a good introduction to shooting safely. I now feel confident enough to go to the range and practice independently. However, I know that this is only an introduction and want to come back for further classes. I just wish you were closer than the 2 hour drive! But it was well worth it and will be seeing you again in 4-6 weeks hopefully. Many thanks.
Anthony and staff, I truly enjoyed and was extremely impressed with the extensive wealth of knowledge and your dead on approach to teaching firearms, First Steps to me. You covered an enormous amount of information in a short period of time and your teaching techniques and interaction with the students was remarkable, honest, and sincere. Absolutely can not say enough about the no B.S. way you people do your instruction and run the whole Gun For Hire Teaching / Training facility . Totally professional, yet very friendly, and by far the best firearms instruction I have ever seen. I am looking forward to continuing my training in other classes you offer in the near future. Thanks again!