Stage 1 Shotgun
Two Day Format
Instructor: Louis Awerbuck
September 18 - 19, 2010
Sat - Sun
Daily start time 9:30am
Pitcairn-Monroeville Sportsmen's Club
As with the Stage I Handgun, this course is designed to create reflexive gunhandling, competent marksmanship and tactical thinking. In addition it places strong emphasis on learning what the shotgun will, and most particularly WILL NOT, do. The importance of patterning the shotgun properly is discussed at length. The course also covers ammunition selection, loading and unloading, reloading and ammunition selection while involved in a shooting scenario, shooting from several ready positions and various tactical body positions, shooting on the move, multiple targets and weapon retention.
Yavapai Firearms Academy is a Mobile Training Unit providing training that encompasses Gunhandling, Marksmanship and Tactics - the three elements of surviving a deadly force confrontation.
Lead Instructor Louis Awerbuck served in 1 Special Services Battalion in the South African Defence Force, and is a member of the National Tactical Officers Association (NTOA), the International Association of Law Enforcement Firearms Instructors (IALEFI), and the International Law Enforcement Educators and Trainers Association (ILEETA). He was employed by Colonel Jeff Cooper at the original Gunsite Ranch as Chief Rangemaster until 1987, attaining the title of Shooting Master.
With three decades of instructional experience, Louis has been a contributory adjunct instructor to the Marine Corps Security Force Bn Atlantic combat smallarms program and an adjunct firearms/tactics instructor for the Central Training Academy, Department of Energy. He has trained extensively in the police and civilian firearms field, and has instructed military personnel from various United States bases, including Special Forces units.
Awerbuck has authored four books, "The Defensive Shotgun", "Hit or Myth", "Tactical Reality", and "More Tactical Reality", co-produced three videos including "The Combat Shotgun", "Only Hits Count", and "Safe at Home", and is Tactical Consultant and a contributing author to SWAT magazine.
Cost: $475 + $20 range fee. Includes instruction, range fees, targets and range supplies. Students to provide their own ammunition, personal gear and meals (there is a snack bar at the range). There are no discounts available for this course.
Course format: Lectures (approximately 2 hrs.), and live-fire exercises (approximately 14 hrs.). Each student will need 350 rounds of bird shot, 50 rounds of Buckshot, and 60 slugs.
Prerequisites: None. It is, however, expected that students will have a basic familiarity with firearms. Last day to enroll is 30 days prior to the course date.
There is certain equipment which is REQUIRED in every course. One may not proceed in the course without the following:
Ear protection and Eye protection. Eye protection must be clear for the night shoot.
Cap or hat with baseball-style bill. This is to prevent ejected brass from another shooter's weapon from falling between your eyewear and your eye, burning you. It is important gear.
Firearm, clean and recommended zeroing from unsupported prone.
Knee and elbow pads. The inexpensive kind worn by skateboarders, or pads worn by carpenters and carpet layers are fine.
A sling. We run a "hot" range and shotguns must be slung unless they are racked, grounded or in the shooter's hand on line. Any type sling which allows the rifle to be carried muzzle up or muzzle down is fine. No slings which hold the muzzle in a horizontal position while being carried (M60 style) are permitted.
There is other equipment that is not required, but which we know from experience will enhance your experience of the course. We therefore recommend you bring the following:
Soft drinks or water to drink while down on the range. There is no water on the range itself, and the Club house is too far to run back and forth. No alcohol of any kind is to be consumed within eight hours of the start of any course session or at any time during the course.
A ground cloth, shooting mat or other cover (such as an old blanket), to cover the ground or concrete shooting pads upon which you will be periodically sitting or lying.
Gloves (either shooting gloves or light work gloves).
Wear substantial shoes and "work clothes" or fatigues. You will be on the ground and get dusty or muddy.
Say hi to "Snake" for me. They'll be here for the same class in October, second time in fact.....Louis is simply one of the great masters.