The shotgun is one of the most effective and devastating defensive firearms when used properly. There are numerous misconceptions in regards to how and when to deploy a shotgun for home defense. In this one-day class, we dispel those misconceptions and impart a practical system for utilizing all that the shotgun has to offer.

If you own or intend to purchase a defensive shotgun, you owe it to yourself and those you love to acquire the essential knowledge, skills and defensive mindset to effectively operate a shotgun in a home defense scenario.

Our one-day Home Defense Shotgun Class is designed to put you, the responsible adult firearm owner, on the fast track to developing the skills you need to employ a shotgun for home defense.


Bruce N. Eimer, Ph.D. is a licensed psychologist, NRA Certified Law Enforcement Firearms Instructor (Handgun and Shotgun), PA Certified Lethal Weapons Training Instructor, and Affiliate Instructor with John Farnam’s Defense Training International. Dr. Eimer is certified to teach the Farnam Method of Defensive Handgunning and is also a graduate of Massad Ayoob’s Lethal Force Institutes I and II.

Ryan D. Zalewski is an experienced martial artist, security professional, and NRA Certified Firearms Instructor.

Tuition: $250.
Pre-registration: Pre-register at the bottom of this page.
Day of the class: Cash, money order or certified bank check payable to Personal Defense Solutions at the beginning of class. No personal checks.

Please note: If you plan on attending, please notify us because each class will be limited to 10 students to preserve the integrity of the training experience.

Location: Delaware Valley Sports Center, 101 Geiger Road, Philadelphia, PA 19115.

Equipment: Dress comfortably. Students may bring their own shotgun (unloaded), and at least 50 rounds of appropriate ammunition. Ideally, bring defensive loads (e.g., 00 or #4 buckshot). We will have several pump and semi-auto action shotguns available for students who do not have their own (please notify us at the time of registration). Shotgun ammunition can be purchased at the range shop.

Curriculum: This practical, reality-based course will teach the following knowledge, skills and abilities:

* Basic Safety Review
* Proper Mindset
* Judicious Use of Deadly Force
* Aftermath of a Defensive Shooting
* Choosing the Right Home Defense Shotgun
* Choice of Ammunition
* Maintaining and Cleaning Your Firearm
* Slings
* Basic Shotgun Handling
* Administrative Loading and Unloading
* Trigger Control
* Follow-through
* Reloading under stress (e.g. using butt cuffs, sidesaddles, etc.)
* Malfunction Clearance
* Dry Fire Practice
* Shotgun Myths Dispelled
* Live Fire Practice
* Basic Room Clearing
* Elements of Shotgun Retention
* Summary and Issuance of Certificates of Course Completion.

For more information, please call: 215-938-7283 or email us at To register, please go to: