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Basic Combat Shotgun #250 – Group Class

Combat Shotgun Series – Basic Combat Shotgun #250 – $700

Course Syllabus

Welcome and Orientation to Basic Combat Shotgun #250 – Introduction to the TPA Training Triad

  1. Safety
  2. Gun Handling
  3. Marksmanship Under Stress (Accelerated Heart Rate)
  4. Mindset
  5. Practical Exercise (Jungle Walk/Shoot House)
  6. Graduation

Basic Combat Shotgun #250

Welcome and Orientation intro to Basic Combat Shotgun #250 and the TPA Training Triad

Your day begins in the classroom with an orientation and introduction to the TPA Training Triad. The Training Triad is the foundation of every course taught at Texas Pistol & Rifle Academy. The Training Triad has 3 sides that together help you shoot well. On one side is “mental & visual focus” – since your mind and eyes can only focus on one thing at a time, putting them in the right place is critical for good shooting. The next side is “sending the bullet”- here, the steps of a successful firing stroke are explained to help you deliver point of – aim point of impact shots. The final side is “good equipment” – this describes what characteristics are desirable in a shotgun to make it shooter friendly.


A thorough safety briefing is presented covering firearm safety rules. You will also be briefed on how to conduct yourself on the range and in the dugout area where you will store your gear and ammo.

Gun Handling

The gun handling portion of the course covers what you need to do for point of aim – point of impact shooting. This includes establishing eye dominance, proper body position to manage recoil, proper grip (including pump), sight picture, safety manipulation, trigger press, and racking the shotgun to reload (for pump shotguns). Reloading the shotgun is integral to gun handling and will be extensively covered. You will learn two types of ready conditions, two types of reloads, and a slug-select drills in this phase. Shotguns will be patterned to demonstrate shot spread.

Marksmanship Under Stress

In this phase of training, you will be exposed to drills that create accelerated heart rate. This helps you understand how stress can degrade your shooting performance and how to compensate by using the “sending the bullet” side of the Training Triad.


A brief lecture about how to capture and maintain the proper defensive shooting mindset helps you understand that shooting is also mental. This lecture covers levels of awareness, threat levels, and examples of the use of force.

Practical Exercise (Jungle Walk/Shoot House)

Towards the end of the course, you will shoot a practical exercise in the Jungle Walk and Shoot House Ranges. Here you will experience what it’s like engaging targets outside the static square range firing line. The Jungle Walk is a heavily treed pathway with steel targets for you to shoot.

At the Shoot House Range you will be taught how to “cut the pie” and move through a structure as you engage targets inside. Cutting the pie is an important skill for defensive shooting, especially in the home.


At the end of the training day, you will participate in a graduation ceremony where you receive a certificate of completion for your training effort.

*Equipment Requirements

Tactical shotgun (pump or semi) with a 4 to 6 round magazine capacity, sling (single point or double point),  a Shotgun belt slide (for extra ammo) or shotgun shell sleeve (for the butt stock) or a dump pouch, Ballistic eye protection (clear or dark) and hearing protection , 250 round bird shot, 50 round of Slug, and 50 rounds of buckshot. Drinks and snacks as you prefer.


Basic Combat Shotgun #250
Basic Combat Shotgun #250