• Introduction to pump-action and semi-automatic shotguns
  • Considerations for selecting a home defense shotgun
  • Maintenance and cleaning of the home defense shotgun
  • Firearms safety and safe gun handling practices
  • Introduction to various shotgun accessories
  • Introduction to various types of shotgun ammunition and how it functions
  • Considerations for selecting home defense shotgun ammunition
  • Patterning the home defense shotgun
  • Defensive shooting fundamentals
  • Using cover and concealment
  • The Five Keys to home defense

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The shotgun is one of the most popular firearm platforms in the United States and has been for generations.  It is estimated that approximately 55% of all gun owners own at least one shotgun, and it's no wonder being how the shotgun is, perhaps, more versatile than just about any other firearm/ammunition combination available at this time.  The shotgun excels in a wide variety of applications including hunting, recreational, sport shooting, law enforcement, military, and home/homestead defense.  This versatility, combined with widespread ownership, is what prompted N.A.P.S.I. to invest the time and resources to develop the N.A.P.S.I. Foundations of Home

Defense Shotgun (FHDS) course, the newest addition to the already comprehensive list of N.A.P.S.I. course offerings. 

The N.A.P.S.I. FHDS course lays the foundational groundwork upon which a solid set of defensive shotgun shooting skills are developed.  FHDS is designed to provide the student with a solid understanding of the mechanical operation of the shotgun, various types of shotgun ammunition and how it functions, comprehensive home defense planning and strategies, and fundamental defensive shooting skills. 

Students should expect to fire approximately 100 rounds of ammunition.  FHDS consists of a full day (approx. 9 hours) of intense teaching, range training, and repetitive practice covering a variety of topics including:    



NOTICE:  All students are required to sign a liability waiver/hold harmless agreement on the day of the class, before any instruction can take place.  Students must be law abiding citizens of good repute and must be legally entitled to possess firearms and participate in firearms/tactical training in accordance with the laws of their state and the laws of the United States.  N.A.P.S.I. Approved Trainers are expected to follow all local, state, and federal laws when providing any instruction.    

N.A.P.S.I. Foundations of Home Defense Shotgun

N.A.P.S.I. Foundations of Home Defense Shotgun

Students should make sure to contact their instructor PRIOR to the day of the class regarding required gear, specific ammunition requirements, lunches, and any special considerations that will need to be addressed before the class starts.  Many N.A.P.S.I. Approved Trainers have gear available to loan or rent to students if needed.