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Shotgun (08e)

DCJS Shotgun (08E)

DCJS Shotgun (08E) is a 3-hour firearms training program required to obtain a Virginia Department of Criminal Justice Services Shotgun Firearms Endorsement.

Eligibility Requirments

  • Must be 18 years of age or older. 
  • Must be United States citizen or legal resident alien of the United States.
  • Successful completion of DCJS Security Officer Handgun (75E) or DCJS Handgun (07E).

Topics Covered in this Course

  • Shotgun Safety
  • Shotgun Fundamentals
  • Shotgun Handling
  • Nomenclature
  • Firing Positions
  • Loading Techniques
  • Decision-Making
  • Transition from Shotgun to Sidearm
  • Shotgun Retention
  • Proper Use of a Sling

Course Type: Entry Level

Course Cost: $100*

Course Duration: 3 hours

*There is a 4% surcharge applied to credit card payments.

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Course Information

GSE will provide the appropriate documents for you to register with the Department of Criminal Justice Services Private Security Services Division. The fees for doing so, however, are not included in your training and you must pay DCJS directly for fingerprint processing and registration fees. Please plan for your training days to be full. This course is primarily classroom theory and practical application of the skills we will be covering.

The course will be conducted at 230 Aviation Drive in Winchester, VA 2206.

Class begins at 1pm on the day scheduled*. It is recommended that students arrive 15 minutes early.

GSE offers a student break room with a refrigerator and microwave if you’d like to bring a snack. Intermittent breaks are given as scheduled by the instructor.

*Refer to your registration form for specific dates.

  • Photo ID.
  • Note taking materials.
  • 12 gauge shotgun.
  • Handgun w/ 1 magazine. Shooters should be able to shoot 10 rounds without refilling. Bring extra mags or speed loaders (revolvers) if needed to meet this requirement.
  • Strong 1.5” – 2” wide belt to secure the shooter’s holster.
  • Strong side holster ONLY with at least level one retention.
  • Eye and ear protection.
  • 10 rounds of slug, 10 rounds of 00 buck and 10 rounds of handgun ammo. 2¾” shells only. No handloads or wadcutters are allowed per DCJS regulations.

Students should leave firearms and ammo locked in their vehicles when checking in. Our parking lot is monitored for security purposes. The Instructor will advise students to retrieve their firearms and ammo at the appropriate time. No live ammunition is authorized inside the main building.

GSE offers the following shotgun rental options for students:

  • Remington 870 (12ga)
  • Mossberg 500 (12ga)

The rental fee is $30 per class.

GSE offers the following handgun rental options for students:

  • Glock 19 (9mm)
  • Glock 22 (.40)
  • Beretta M9 (9mm)
  • Smith & Wesson (.38)

The rental fee is $30 per class.

Rental includes: Weapon holster, magazines/speed loaders, and pouches.

All rental requests should be made in advance.

Students are still required to bring the appropriate ammo when renting a firearm from GSE. If you have any questions about which type of ammo you need for your rental please contact us, we understand that not everyone is familiar with the various options available. Steel-cased ammo is not authorized for use with rental guns.

  • Instructors.
  • Classroom
  • Range
  • Eye and ear protection if needed.
  • Applicable training aids/gear.
  • Electronic registration with DCJS.
  • Certificate of completion.

Course attire should be presentable and appropriate to the type of course you are taking. Logos/Designs should be non-offensive and neutral in nature.

Our range is semi-enclosed but not temperature controlled. While we do have space heaters for the winter, students are advised to dress seasonally appropriate. 

Course payment is due the day of your course. You may pay with cash, check, or any major credit card (Visa, MasterCard, American Express, or Discover).

Please be advised that there is a 4% surcharge applied to credit card payments.

No weapons are authorized to be carried during this course. If you are a sworn law enforcement officer bound by general order to carry off-duty, please identify yourself to the lead instructor upon entering the building.

If inclement weather is expected on the day of training, GSE will decide to cancel/delay class start time no later than 6am the morning of the training. For students outside the area, please pay attention to the forecast in Frederick County as it often differs from areas east of the Shenandoah Valley.

This will be an educational experience and a great time for everyone involved. If you have any further questions, please contact us. Thank you and we look forward to training with you.

Karl Dear
Director of Training
Golden Seal Enterprises, Inc.
VA DCJS Training School #88-1476

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