Combative Shotgun

2 Days (16 Hours)

300 rounds birdshot
50 rounds slug
100 rounds buckshot (#1 or 00)
100 rounds handgun



Combative Shotgun is designed to provide the intermediate level student with a systematic approach to Shotgun marksmanship, manipulations, and employment. Our curriculum is progressive in format, with each component skill laying the foundation for the next leading to a well-rounded combat Shotgun shooter.

Students will engage in multiple repetitions as they hone skills such as presenting on target, reloading, multiple shot engagements, and shooting on the move. These skill learnings will be amplified by the ability to utilize not just paper targets but multiple steel target arrays and challenging drills provided by the cadre.

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Prerequisite: This is a Fundamental Skills course. Ridgeline fundamental skills courses have been designed to lay a strong foundation for core skills with the firearm. These courses provide a high degree of instruction and coaching on basic skills. Safe handling skills, such as being able to safely draw, holster and reload are mandatory in attending this course. General safe firearms handling is expected of all students.

Subjects Covered:

  • Gear Selection and Setup
  • Sight/Optic Zeroing
  • Fundamentals of Shotgun Marksmanship
  • Ready Positions
  • Loading/Unloading Procedures
  • Rapid Reloading Techniques
  • Ammunition Types and Selection
  • Chokes and Patterning
  • Multiple Target Engagement
  • Transition to Handgun
  • Select Slug Drills

Equipment List:


  • Eye Protection
  • Ear Protection


  • Duty grade 12 Gauge Shotgun (Remington 870P, Mossberg 590A1, Benelli M2/M4, Beretta 1301, etc.)
    • Irons sights, Ghost Ring, or Red Dot Optic Recommended
    • 2 point sling
    • Side saddle
    • Matchsaver
    • Modified or Improved Cylinder Choke recommended
  • Handgun
    • 3 magazines


  • Belt
  • Holster
  • Pistol Magazine Carriers
  • Dump Pouch
  • Belt mounted shotshell pouch(es) (Gunner Solutions EZ8 – strongly recommended)
  • Athletic/Outdoor Footwear
  • Weather Appropriate Clothing/Gloves (Cold/Rain/Mud)
  • Note Taking Material

The Following Items are ALLOWED and/or RECOMMENDED


  • Knee Pads
  • Gun Cleaning Kit
  • Gun/Sight Tools
  • Batteries for RDS
  • Batteries for Ear Pro
  • Anti-Fog for Eye Pro


  • Sun Block
  • Chapstick
  • Insect Repellent
  • Handwarmers
  • Cooler with drinks
  • Lunch/Snacks
  • Camp Chair/Stool

Our Reviews

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The Ridgeline Training Center is a premier, purpose-built tactical training school. Located in Dalton, NH the school offers next generation courses and world class experiences for civilians, the corporate world, government agencies, law enforcement and military special operations groups. The Ridgeline team maintains a simple but important focus that THE INDIVIDUAL STUDENT AND THEIR GOALS ARE ALWAYS OUR HIGHEST PRIORITY.

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227 Miller Road
Dalton, NH 03598

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