Instructor: Chris Fry Bio
Business: MDTS
Dates: 2014 June 7
Pelham Fish & Game Club, Pelham, NH
Nashua Holiday Inn
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Class Description


Practical Shotgun Skills 1

The MDTS Practical Shotgun Skills class is designed to start you off on the proper path toward personal protection with a shotgun. An effective and efficient platform with which to protect yourself or family is introduced & utilized. This class is ideal for home defense with your smoothbore. It is set up for the Remington 870, 1100, 1187 and Mossberg 500 and 590 platforms but other platforms can be used in the class.

Course content will include but is not limited to:

  • Mindset
  • Firearm Safety/Range Safety
  • Patterning
  • Ammunition & Selection
  • Modifications & Options
  • Four Points of Contact, Mounting & Recoil Mitigation
  • Ready Conditions- Vehicle/Home Ready/Tactical Ready
  • Shotgun Ready Positions
  • Preparatory Gun Handling
  • Verbal Commands
  • Shooting Response Theory
  • Proactive Movement
  • After Action Assessment
  • Emergency & Tactical Loading
  • Slug Select Drill
  • Intro to Bilateral Operation
  • Fundamental Use of Cover & Concealment

Equipment List:

  • A serviceable shotgun
  • 300 Rounds Bird shot
  • 25 Rounds 00 Buck Shot
  • 20 Rounds Slug
  • Eye and Ear protection
  • Appropriate clothing for weather
  • H2O

Optional equipment:

  • Sling
  • Gloves
  • Knee pads

Additional Equipment Considerations:

  • Weapon mounted illumination tool
  • Knee & elbow protection
  • Note taking materials
  • Lunch for a full day class


  • This class is limited to 10 participants
  • A pistol is not required to attend this course
  • Lunch is limited to 30-40 minutes max and is often a “working” lunch where discussion of specific aspects related to the days class or a module of instruction is presented. Therefore it is highly recommended you bring a bag lunch.

If placing a down-payment, the balance is due 30 days in advance of the class. The prices below include a range fee and a credit card transaction fee.