3 Rivers Tactical Training Solutions, Inc.

Pittsburgh, PA

The Pittsburgh area's premier firearms and tactical training provider.

October 11, 2014 - Tactical / Home Defense Shotgun

3T’s Tactical / Home Defense Shotgun (T/HD Shotgun) is an 8 hour course that teaches the students the fundamentals of fighting with a shotgun.  While many people are familiar with the basics of the 12 gauge shotgun, and quite a few have hunted with shotguns, using a shotgun in a tactical / home defense environment presents its own unique challenges.  The capabilities and effective range of the shotgun are often very misunderstood issues and subject to quite a bit of urban legend and myth that don’t meet reality.


This course will enhance the student’s knowledge of and use of the shotgun, primarily as it is used as a home defense weapon.  There is heavy emphasis on reloads and ammunition management at all times.

With the scarcity of .223 / 5.56 ammo on the market lately, many people have returned to the shotgun as a viable self defense option.

Tactical / Home Defense Shotgun Prerequisite:  None

Topics Covered:

  • Firearms Safety Rules
  • 6 Fundamentals of the Tactical Shotgun
  • Side Saddle Configuration
  • Reloads
  • Slug Change-Overs
  • Proper Use of Cover and Concealment
  • Threat Discrimination
  • One handed shotgun firing, manipulations, and reloads
  • Basics of room clearing / home defense with the shotgun

Required Equipment:

  • Any pump action or semi-auto shotgun with a shoulder stock.  12 gauge recommended, but 20 and 16 gauge will work too.  A sling is recommended but not required.
  • 200 round of birdshot, 15 rounds of slug, 15 rounds of buckshot
  • Eye and Ear Protection
  • Clothing appropriate for range / weather conditions.  Shoes / boots must lace.  Shorts not permitted.
  • All students must wear either BDU / 5.11 type pants with side cargo pockets, or have some type of dump pouch on their body for loose ammo.

Sign up below or contact us at jbrown@3riverstraining.com for more information.

Class fee: $150

Please see below for course cancellation and refund policy.

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In accordance with ITAR regulations, only United States citizens will be accepted into 3T classes.

All classes end with a night shoot on day 1.  The class hour vary upon time of year.  You will be notified of the class hours specific to your class approximately 2 weeks before the class. Range locations are subject to change.


  • Any customer who has registered for a course, or has made a down payment on a course, can cancel their registration or down payment and receive a full refund if 3T is contacted no less than 60 days prior to the start of the course.
  • If a customer cannot attend a course they have registered for, and there are less than 30 days before the start of the course, the customer will be allowed to reschedule for any of the same courses remaining on the schedule.  Even if the class the customer chooses to reschedule to is full, the customer will be allowed to attend that class. 
  • If 3T must cancel a course all customers who have signed up for, or made a down payment for, the cancelled course have two options to choose from:
  1. Customers can receive a 100% refund.
  2. Customers can reschedule to a later course of their choice.  Customers who choose this option will be compensated with a gift certificate good for one free day of training, redeemable at any 3T class of their choice.  Even if a course is full, the customer will be allowed to attend the course they choose. The gift certificate can be used to attend a 1 day course free of charge, to receive a 50% discount on any 2 day course, or to receive a 33% discount on any 3 day course.

If you have any questions about this policy, please contact 3T at info@3riverstraining.com or 412-925-0818 prior to registering for any course.