Rangemaster Defensive Shotgun

Tom Givens is returning to FAS for multiple classes July 21 through 28, 2020. NW Tac Con has been cancelled. A complete list of guest instructor classes can be found here.

The shotgun is one of the most effective and versatile weapons available to the average private citizen or police officer. It is also the least understood and most under-utilized weapon system. Learn how to properly select, modify, feed and operate the defensive shotgun for optimum effectiveness. This intensive one day course will teach you efficient techniques for handling and shooting the shotgun under stressful conditions.

Topics covered include:

Firearms safety, including considerations specific to shotguns

Historical context and development of the defensive shotgun

Selection of the fighting shotgun

Modifications and Accessories

Ammunition selection and capabilities

Patterning for optimum performance

Nomenclature and mechanical operation

Shooting technique

Loading/reloading techniques

Safe storage and ready conditions, including cruiser ready

Care and maintenance

Students will need 150 rounds of lead birdshot, and 50 rounds of lead buckshot. We will have some properly set up loaner shotguns available.

For questions, contact Tom Givens, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.



  • Shotgun
  • 150 rounds of lead birdshot (no steel)
  • 50 rounds of lead buckshot (no steel)
  • Hearing protection, wrap-around impact-resistant eye protection and a billed cap
  • A pen and notebook.
  • Please bring a sack lunch and beverages

About Tom Givens:

For over four decades, Tom has provided firearms training to security staff, military personnel, law enforcement officers, and every day citizens with a focus on personal defense. After a 25-year career in law enforcement and specialized security work, Tom opened his own pistol range in Memphis, TN in 1996. For 18 years, it was the primary source of handgun carry permit certification for the greater Memphis area. Soon joined by his wife Lynn, the training duo formed Rangemaster Firearms Training Services to share their expertise with a much broader audience. They now travel across the country and around the world to arm responsible citizens with the skills and knowledge they need to effectively protect themselves and their families.

Tom is certified as a law enforcement firearms instructor by the NRA, the FBI, and the state of Tennessee, and he serves as an expert witness all over the US in cases involving firearms and firearms training. He holds a Master rating in three IDPA Divisions (CDP, ESP and SSP) and has won several state and regional championships. Tom has written well over 100 published magazine articles in SWAT Magazine, Combat Handguns, The American Handgunner and other publications.


Event Date 07-26-2020 9:00 am
Event End Date 07-26-2020 6:00 pm
Capacity 7
Individual Price $250.00
Location Firearms Academy Range

Venue - Firearms Academy Range

Please note that this is a private range.  There is no public access, other than for scheduled classes / events.  Contact us for driving directions, information about the range, or lodging recommendations.

Registration Policy

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