DTI LogobkThis course is designed to prepare the defensive shotgunner for the safe handling and use of this specialized weapon.

Shotguns not only provide an excellent means of self-defense, they are also used for hunting and recreation. Defense Training International focuses on the basic principles of shotgun shooting for defense use but these same skills equally apply to other sporting uses.

You will learn how to safely load and unload a shotgun and how to safely store it for defense use in the home. Our goal is to teach you how to quickly acquire a target and allow you to respond appropriately. In addition, you will learn how to reduce stoppages.

DTI recommends using a twelve gauge but twenty is also acceptable. Nearly any quality shotgun will do, but we would like you to have a good deal of experience handling a suitable defensive shotgun. John recommends the Remington 870 pump and 1187 autoloader, the Beretta 1201 autoloader and the Benelli Super 90 autoloader, and the Mossburg 590 pump, all in the law enforcement version. Barrel length should not exceed twenty inches. We do not recommend the Winchester pump or autoloader or the Ithaca pump or autoloader. Your shotgun should have a stock, either fixed or folding. Shotguns must have slings, as we will be running a hot range.

shotgunYou will need 100 rounds of shotgun ammunition. 75 rounds of buckshot (00 Buck preferred, but any size buckshot is acceptable), 25 slugs (any brand). When you can't find buckshot, birdshot will do! We recommend 00 buckshot in the standard, nine-pellet load. Federal, Remington, Winchester and other reputable manufacturers produce this load in great abundance, as it is the standard used by most law enforcement departments. Other sizes of buckshot are acceptable, but 00 renders the best performance.

If you do not have a shotgun and will not be able to acquire or borrow one for the class, let us know.

August 20 & 21, 2022
Cost: $785.00

Register on the DTI site here!

3 Gun Dog Fight! The Range Session for Operators!

youtubeheaderEveryone's an Operator until it's time to do Operator stuff! We all know it, we all seen and heard them. Well, here's your chance to prove your Operator status!

You've got the guns, you've got the ammo and all the fancy accessories, now let's see if you've got the brawn and the skill set to use it. The Dog Fight!, is a full day range session to test your skills and see if you reign victor at the end of the day. Sign up now since we only take 12 people per session.


The session will start with simple drills to eliminate the newbies and facebook warriors, each drill will become increasingly more difficult and complex as the day goes on with multiple threats, positions, mag changes, platform transitions and much more. Try to keep up so you don't get eliminated as there are various reasons that you might (just keep reading......

You will encounter active threats, hostage situations, shoot & no-shoot targets, timed drills, you will also encounter mag changes, gun stoppages, platform transitions, medical situations and need to make quick decisions in dynamic situations. The question is will you still be standing at the end of the day. This is the time to test your gear, yourself, your skills and decision making in simulated real encounters. You will shoot on the move, behind barricades, standing, kneeling, prone etc. If this all sounds too difficult for you, it probably is, only one way to find out; you can participate or you can continue to be a gun owning couch potato. The decision is yours!

Non-Inclusive list of Elimination Factors:

  • Too many unaccounted rounds.
  • Hitting No-threat targets.
  • Failure to Follow directions.
  • Killing a Hostage.
  • Elimination by a Range Officer.

Gear Needed:

  • Any Rifle, AK, AR, PC Carbine or AR/AK Pistol with sling. (Slings are not optional).
  • Iron sights, Red Dot or magnified scopes acceptable.
  • 2 magazines with mag carrier or chest rig for Rifle magazines.
  • Semi-auto handgun with strong side or appendix holster.  MOS sights OK - no other carry mode acceptable.
      ~ Note: Appendix carry is not the preferred carry method for slung rifles.
  • Any tactical semi-auto or pump action shotgun in 20, 16 or 12 gauge. We will also have one you can use if you do not have a shotgun.
  • 2 magazines & mag carrier for pistol magazines.
  • 200 rounds handgun ammunition. NO remanufactured or reloaded ammunition.
  • 200 rounds rifle ammunition. NO remanufactured or reloaded ammunition.
  • 20 rounds shotgun Slugs.
  • Hydration
  • Eye & ear protection
  • Knee pads optional
  • Backup guns highly recommended.
  • Got a ballistic vest & helmet, bring it, wear it so you can what wearing it all day is like.

This is NOT a competition, this is a skills test, there are no prizes, no atta-boy's or kudos other than the satisfaction that you attended and knowing you can keep up with other operators. Successful attendees still standing at the end of the day will have the satisfaction of knowing that they are in the top 5% of all gun owners. You may fail, you may prevail, but we guarantee you will have a lot of fun and learn a lot!


  • All operators will receive a "Certificate of Attendance" indicating highest stage achieved and total number of kills. Sorry no participation trophy's today!
  • All gear will be checked at the beginning of the session for safety. You can change guns at anytime during the day with Range Officer approval after a safety check of the gun. Failure to notify range officer will result in dismissal. Backup guns are highly recommended.
  • Defensive Strategies, LLC reserves the right to adjust the course of fire based on attendees, skill level, and time. We have 20 stages of fire planned, however depending on how many eliminations we have, we might not have time to get through all 20 stages before 5PM.
  • Course of fire has ???+ potential kill shots, only fatal shots will be logged and scored.
  • Breaks will be taken during the day including a hour lunch.
  • Final drils and stages will be released and sent to all registered participates the week of the event.

Failure to observe the rules of safe firearm handling will result in immediate dismissal from the session. This includes muzzle discipline, trigger finger discipline, flagging anyone or yourself, not using safety on slung rifles, and others as determined by a range officer. If you don't have these basic fundamentals down including working from a holster, you probably should not sign up for this range session.

Instructors / Range Officers / Records

  • Bob Boilard
  • Richard Olson Jr.
  • Sean List Esq.
  • Mike Lipinski (Medic)
  • Jonathan LaBier (Records)

When: September 10th, 2022 / 8AM - 5PM
COST: $125

Rain Date: Haha we're Joking of course, there is no rain date. Embrace the suck, buttercup!
Where: Londonderry Fish & Game Club


Force on Force - Reality Based Training

warfareYou asked we listened. Coming soon we will be setting up a 30' x 60' Force on Force area with multiple rooms and scenario's for your next level of training including multiple person scenario's, low light, team tactics and much more. This area will use a combination of Airsoft and/or Ultimate Training Munitions (UTM) / Simunitions converted firearms to insure safety on the training field. All players will sign a hold harmless agreement and understand you play at your own risk.

Allowed Firearms:

  • Airsoft Pistols
  • Airsoft Rifles (No full auto's)
  • Airsoft Shotguns
  • Ultimate Training Munitions converted firearms. (Reduce velocity Marker rounds)
  • Simunitions Converted firearms. (Reduce velocity Marker rounds)

*Airsoft guns can be spring, gas or Co2 powered with max velocity of 450ft/sec. All guns will be checked prior to play.
** Rental guns will be available however since this is geared towards civilian ccw training, rentals will be mostly handguns.
*** Pellet guns and BB guns are not to be used on the training field. - Strictly enforced!

Gear needed for Training.

  • Full face and head shield.
  • Neck Shield
  • Protective Vest with groin protection
  • Padded Gloves


Coming Soon. We are currently working out details, scenarios for training, rules, gear etc. Keep checking this page in the next few months as we finalize all the details. Be one of the first signed up when we engage!



This course is designed to prepare armed citizens against the threat of terrorist violence and other active-shooter events.

DTI LogobkCurrent events indicate a steady increase in terror-related attacks against westerners. Violent extremists and other savages are actively targeting LEOs, Military servicemen and women–as well as their families–to be butchered in public. In addition to LE/MIL individuals and families, we see a rise in these types of attacks on virtually any target of opportunity. Even members of their own culture/faith/ideology are martyred for their depraved cause! This trend will likely continue for the foreseeable future.

For that reason, we have seen the need to develop this specialized firearms course with a focus on armed response to these unique dangers in our modern world. Classroom instruction will cover practical options and tactics intended to give individual operators the life-saving mindset and skill sets for prevailing against such attacks.

Live-fire drills will simulate attacks in:

  • Movie theaters
  • Restaurants
  • Shopping malls
  • other active-shooter scenarios

john for blog11 1This is a combined rifle and pistol course, with heavy emphasis on pistol. Our ARTA Program (Armed Response to a Terrorist Attack) is intended for Operators who have had previous training in the serious use of pistols and rifles.  It is not suitable for beginning students of our Art. In ARTA, we do scenarios, where, for example, the student starts with his pistol, then goes and retrieves his rifle, gets it running, then finishes the drill.  We do a lot of exercises where threats are mixed-in with non-threats.  Long-distance pistols shooting! Students need to bring at least one pistol and a rifle, spare magazines for each (at least one) along with normal safety equipment and concealment gear.  Rifles must have slings suitable for all-day carry.
Pistol: 300 rounds.  Rifle 400 rounds

August 28 & 29, 2021  (2 Days)
Cost: $750.00
Instructor: John S. Farnam

Register at: https://defense-training.com/schedule/

Skill Builder - FBI Handgun Qualification

fbi2Get your gear together and get to the range and shoot the FBI Qualification. The shot timer is coming out to add to your stress - can you beat it, can you pass that qualification?

This is a 50 Round Qualification done from concealment.
   FBI Agents must pass at 80% hit rate (40 Hits min).
   Instructors must pass at 90% hit rate or better (45 Hits min).
Target:  Standard FBI-QIT-99 Target.

In order to sign up you must be at a skill level where you are profiecient working from a concealed holster. For your safety and the safety of our other students, Defensive Strategies, LLC reserves the right to expel anyone who is not up to par with this level of training. Please bring a semi-auto handgun with strong side hip holster in either IWB or OWB, 200 rounds of factory ammunition, at least 3 magazines with carrier, cover garment, eye & ear protection and baseball cap. This course qualifies for SAF Training & Education Association Instructor annual qualification.

We will run through this qual 2-3 times in the alloted 1 hour time slot. Highest score will be used.
At the end of the day, the top 8 shooters will run through the qual again to see who the top gun will be.

Please Note: we suggest shooting this qual with a semi-auto handgun, however, it is your choice if you want to brave this using a revolver.


June 18, 2022 9:00AM - 4:00PM - $45.00
5 sessions, 8 shooters per session for a total of 40 shooters.
Last session is reserved for the 8 best scoring shooters

Londonderry Fish & Game Club
5 Lund Street
Litchfield, NH 03052
50 Yard Training Range

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