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Defensive Shotgun

  • Defining a defensive shotgun: A defensive shotgun is any shotgun that you could reasonably use to defend yourself or others with, if appropriate and threatened with serious bodily injury or death.  
  • Events and activities:  We currently hold events on an infrequent basis.  All events are held at the BRGC clubhouse and range.  



Description of 'clinic' event:
  • Familiarization:  This event is ideally suited to those interested in purchasing a shotgun for defense, or want to re-familiarize yourself with it.  The event consist of a safety briefing, orientation and familiarization of the basic shotgun types, and possibly a live fire for familiarization on the BRGC facility.  
  • Other events will be conducted in the future:  If you have suggestions or would like to participate in any event please contact the defensive shotgun chairman.   

     All Berwyn Rod and Gun Club Inc. (BRGC) and guests of Club members are welcome. BRGC associate                  members are also welcome. Members may bring guests in accordance with the regular BRGC Range Rules.


Additional Information

  • Attending the Defensive Shotgun Familiarization event:  You are encouraged to bring your personally owned shotgun to this event, ensure it is safely operating and fully functional before attending.  All common calibers of shotgun are permitted, such as .410, 28, 20, and 12 gauges.   Do not bring any live ammunition into the clubhouse/classroom.   Your shotgun will be inspected to ensure it is unloaded when you arrive.  Only birdshot will be used on the pattern board, and you may be permitted to fire your own birdshot at the discretion of the trainer.  Please do bring eye and ear protection.  You are encouraged to also bring 'snap caps' (dummy shotgun shells) for the classroom portion of the event.

Four essential defensive shotgun manipulation skills: 

Loading single shell into chamber/ejection port.
Cycle the action (full strokes).
Loading from the ready position.
Transition to handgun.


  • Inclement Weather Policy:  If the Prince Georges county schools are closed due to inclement weather or hazardous road conditions, the event is canceled.  Further, the Defensive Shotgun Chair may also cancel any event, if so a notification will be made here on this page.
  • Club Shotguns:  The Club has shotguns and they may be available to use during Defensive Shotgun events.  So it is not necessary to bring a shotgun to participate in our events.   
  • Dud Shotgun Shell Disposal—Please do not leave dud shotgun shells on either the BRGC ranges. Contact the Defensive or Sporting Shotgun Chair for instructions on how to dispose of duds safely or to arrange for chair to dispose of them for you.
Interested BRGC members should contact—defensiveshotgun@berwyn.org. 


Dates and times can be found on the calendar
The Berwyn Rod & Gun Club, Incorporated, PO Box 1378, Bowie, MD  20718
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