THE DSI (TIER 4) COMBATIVE SHOTGUN PROGRAM is a for serious students of personal protection, imparting the skills and attitudes they need to decisively win the fight of their lives
New gun owners will learn to safely and effectively handle and shoot a shotgun under realistic conditions, apply the combative skills needed to dominate a lethal force confrontation, use immediate lifesaving medical care, and appreciate the legal ramifications of fighting to save innocent life. Veteran shooters can refresh existing skills, learn new techniques and concepts, and fill any gaps in their prior training.
Course content starts with basics like wearing your equipment correctly, grip and stance, how to quickly and effectively present the shotgun from various ready positions, and achieve hits with practical combat accuracy using either intuitive fire or combative sighted fire. You master reloads and malfunction clearance, maneuver (moving off the line of attack, and to cover), shooting under no or low light conditions, shoot/no-shoot decision making and de-escalation, and treatment of life-threatening injuries in the immediate aftermath of a fight.
HOW you will be trained: Our Combative Shotgun Program goes well beyond sporting-oriented courses and basic NRA-type training. We do this with a unique training experience and support system, presented by DSI certified Combative Firearms Instructors (CFIs), who give you personal attention and help you reach your full potential - before, during, and after your initial training.
DSI's training methodology is delivered in three phases: pre-course information and guidance, intensive on-range gun-handling skills and drills, and a post-course support system delivered by your CFI.
Pre-course materials, including curricula, equipment lists, instructional drills and videos, manuals, photos, customized training plans, and supporting references are provided prior to your course through our online training portal (the DSI Defense Academy). Self-paced pre-course study introduces you to key concepts and techniques - and you can get answers to your questions directly from your CFI - before setting foot on the range. You will receive a Dry Fire Practice Guide and Training Plan, to guide your online pre-course study.
Range Training is fast-paced, dynamic, hands-on, and intensive. You will learn practical gun-handling skills by practicing them under the watchful eye of your CFI(s). Because all of the "book learning" was done prior to your course, these 16 hours of range training are devoted entirely to learning and practicing physical skills and techniques. There is no classroom time during your range training.
Post-course, through your continued enrollment in the Defense Academy, you will have access to training and practice guides, and your CFI will be available to answer questions and concerns, tie you into your local community, and offer ongoing training opportunities.
The Combative Shotgun Program is organized in four modules, briefly described below, which offers great flexibility in scheduling. For instance, you can complete the 16-hour range training in two consecutive, 8-hour days; or you can take one, 4-hour module at a time over a period of one or more weeks. We prefer the latter format, as it allows students to rest and assimilate skill sets between range sessions, and integrate the online pre-course work with their progress through the range training.
Module-1 - Shotgun BASICS includes choice and correct wear of equipment, safety rules and habits, grip and stance, how to quickly and effectively present the shotgun from each of the ready positions, achieve practical combat accuracy with intuitive fire, reload in a gunfight, prevent and clear the most common type of malfunction, move off the line of attack and to cover, and use cover correctly.
Module-2 - Shotgun SKILL BUILDER tests and reviews the combative skills learned in Module-1, and introduces sighted combative fire, more reload techniques, maneuvering during a fight, remedial actions for malfunctions, shooting in a low light environment, applying tourniquets and packing wounds to control life-threatening bleeding.
Module-3 - Shotgun SKILL MASTERY tests all combative skills from previous modules, and introduces more reloading options, how to control and respond to your adversary's actions, how to deal with multiple adversaries, engage in low and no-light conditions with a tactical light, and how to deal with open chest wounds and manage airways. You will develop speed and practical accuracy under all conditions. At the end of this course, you will have learned almost all of the shotgun techniques needed to protect yourself in a lethal force environment and save innocent lives in the aftermath.
Module-4 - Shotgun COMBATIVES: The course starts with the testing of the combative skills learned through modules 1-3 and then introduces engagement of close-contact targets and improvised shooting positions. You will shoot under time pressure at ranges from contact to 100+ yards. You will integrate all combative skills under time and performance pressure, with ample trigger time. This final module will put a sharp edge on your ability to shoot quickly and accurately during a lethal force encounter.
DATES: See Schedule
TIME: 4 or 8-hour blocks
COURSE DOCUMENTS: - Please download and read prior to your course
HOW TO REGISTER: Click the course schedule link to find the date you would like to attend. Then contact your CFI via email or on our forums. You will need to download and read the course documents, then fill out the one-page registration form and email to him. Once your registration/application is accepted then he will send confirmation and payment instructions.