Basic Defensive Shotgun

For a defensive long gun, the shotgun can’t be beaten, but contrary to popular belief, it’s not a point and shoot weapon. You want to know how to safely and effectively run your shotgun to its and your potential. We want to show you how. After one hour of classroom time, you’ll spend seven hours on the range building your skills. The total cost for this class is $150.00. Click here to register.

In our eight hour class you will learn:

John Cello holding a shotgun on the range.

  • How Your Shotgun Operates
  • Shotgun Accessories
  • Patterning Your Shotgun
  • Ammunition Selection
  • Speed Reloading
  • Clearing Malfunctions
  • Transitioning to Different Ammunition Types

And more!

Students will be required to bring the following to class:

  • Cased, UNLOADED pump or semiautomatic shotgun*
  • 10 (ten) rounds of OO buckshot
  • 100 (one hundred) rounds of 7, 8, or 9 shot
  • 10 (ten) rifled slugs
  • Hearing protection, either earplugs or earmuff style
  • Ballistic eyewear (Inexpensive and can be found at sporting goods counters)
  • Baseball cap or hat
  • Sunscreen
  • Water
  • Appropriate clothing for the weather. (Range is outdoors, and we shoot regardless of weather, safety permitting.

*Shotgun MUST have a fixed or folding stock – NO pistol grip only guns will be allowed.
Kneepads are strongly encouraged.

The classroom and range are not within reasonable driving distance of restaurants. Bring a lunch.


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Classes are held at the SkipJ Range facility, 605 Murphy Road, Anderson, SC 29626.

Questions? Contact Us.

Need a different class date? Have a special need? We may be able to accommodate you. If you have anywhere from eight to twelve students interested in a class, schedules permitting, we can travel to homes or different ranges and conduct courses on dates convenient for you. Email or call us at (864) 617-4743 for more information.


Any person who has any form of legal impediment from owning, possessing, or being around firearms is not allowed to take part in the class or be present on the range. This includes anyone whose convictions are included in The Lautenberg Amendment, which states:
GUN BAN FOR INDIVIDUALS CONVICTED OF A MISDEMEANOR CRIME OF DOMESTIC VIOLENCE — 18 U.S.C. § 922(g)(9) Which states: Qualifying Offenses: As enacted the statute defines “misdemeanor crime of domestic violence” (MCDV) as any state or federal misdemeanor that –
“has, as an element, the use or attempted use of physical force, or the threatened use of a deadly weapon, committed by a current or former spouse, parent, or guardian of the victim, by a person with whom the victim shares a child in common, by a person who is cohabiting with or has cohabited with the victim as a spouse, parent, or guardian, or by a person similarly situated to a spouse, parent, or guardian of the victim.”