What we offer
Shooting is a sport. Like any sport, learning the fundamentals is key to future competency. Our classes are designed to ensure you master the fundamentals. Of course, we also teach intermediate and advanced students. We keep the number of students small allowing adequate time for focused personalized training. All your questions and concerns are addressed with as much time as needed. Nothing is rushed nor overlooked.
Thoroughly learning the fundamentals is a start and, like any sport, frequent practice is a must. Our classes cover "dry firing" - an important component of frequent practice. Snap caps are used to ensure no damage to the firearm during "dry firing".
As a trainer and coach, I provide assistance at the class and whenever you need help. You, however, are the one who will master this sport. As any competent athlete will tell you, mastery is in direct proportion to practice. If you learn and practice the fundamentals, the results will come.
The following are descriptions of the classes offered. In addition to these, private classes can be arranged for specific student needs. Our schedules are flexible and we make every effort to accomodate you.
If you are planning to send your youngster (ages 10 to 17) to class, please be sure to read the FAQs that provide key information regarding your possible required attendance.
Prices are found & Registration for classes is done on the NRA Training web-site (click on the link below):
We can come to you!
If you have a group of 4 or more and range access (for the shooting courses) and your location is within 55 miles of Sparta, NJ, we will come to you. This is for any of the classes below except Home Firearm Safety & Refuse to be a Victim. For these classes, the group needs a minimum of 6.
This 5 to 6 hour class has a classroom and range component. The following topics are covered in the interactive classroom: pistol safety, shooting fundamentals, ammo facts, and holster selection. At the range, the student will put into practice the fundamentals learned in the interactive classroom. Student can use handguns shooting 3 different calibers -- .22, 9MM and 38 special (revolver). Included in the cost ($160) is instruction, handgun use, ammo, and targets. Range time is approximately 1.5 hours. A deposit of $40.00 is required - go to the tab "Payments for Non-NRA Classes and Seminars". Balance is paid the day of class. There is also a $25.00 guest range fee paid directly to the range. Schedule is flexible and we teach on weekends and weekdays; call to lock in a date.
The NRA Basics of Pistol Shooting course is a blended training course, which means a portion of the course (Phase 1) is conducted in an online environment, that can be completed on your own time. Upon successfully completing the online exam, students will be required to register for the instructor-led training portion (Phase 2), which is to be conducted at your local range with an NRA Certified Instructor. You must successfully complete Phase 1 and Phase 2 in order to receive your NRA Basics of Pistol Shooting certificate.
For Phase 2, the students will work with the instructor to obtain hands-on experience for topics covered on-line in Phase 1. Basic Pistol Phase II requires the student to Qualify to obtain a certificate. To prepare for qualification, the student should shoot a few times prior to attending Phase II. If the student is not a member of Cherry Ridge Range, there is an additional $25 guest range fee. If you have a handgun, bring it and 2 boxes of ammo. If you don't own a handgun, call/email BEFORE you register.
Once the shooting qualification is successfully completed and appropriately documented, the instructor will print the NRA certificate.
Qualification target -- 8 inch targets at 8 yards. The student must put 5 shots in each target to qualify.
It would be very beneficial for students to sign up for Phase 2 within a reasonable amount of time after the completion of Phase 1 while the information is still fresh.
Payment for Phase I (approximately $60) is paid directly to the NRA.
Registration for Phase 1 is done at the following: https://onlinetraining.nra.org/online-courses/nra-basics-of-pistol-shooting-course/
Phase 2 is priced by the selected instructor as with the other NRA classes.
This is a Non-shooting course (no Range exercise) and teaches students the basic knowledge, skills, and attitude necessary for the safe handling & storage of firearms and ammunition in the home.
This is a four-hour (4) class for safe gun handling and storage.
Students will learn :
a) NRA’s three rules for safe gun handling;
b) primary causes of firearms accidents;
c) firearm parts – you will handle real handguns, rifles & shotguns;
d) how to unload certain action types;
e) ammunition components;
f) cleaning & care of firearms;
g) safe storage of firearms in the home;
h) benefits of becoming an active participant in the shooting sports
Students will receive the NRA Home Firearm Safety handbook, NRA Gun Safety Rules brochure, Basic Firearm Training Program brochure & a course completion certificate.
NRA FIRST Steps Rifle is designed to provide a hands-on introduction to the safe handling and proper orientation to one specific rifle action type for classes of four or fewer students. This course is at least four (4) hours long and includes classroom and range time learning to shoot a specific rifle action type. Students will learn the NRA’s rules for safe gun handling; the particular rifle model parts and operation; ammunition; shooting fundamentals; basic overview of cleaning the rifle; and continued opportunities for skill development. Students will receive the Basics of Rifle Shooting handbook, NRA Gun Safety Rules brochure, Winchester/NRA Marksmanship Qualification booklet, FIRST Steps Course completion certificate.
If you own a rifle, you are encouraged to bring it along with the manufacturer's manual. If you don't own a rifle, we have a few .22 cal rifles you can use at no extra charge including the Smith & Wesson M&P 15-22. Range exercise is about 1 hour in duration. The indoor range, Davis Shooting Sports in Goshen, NY, may be used during bad weather.
This course is approximately 14 hours long and includes classroom and range time learning to shoot rifles. Students learn NRA’s rules for safe gun handling; rifle parts and operation; ammunition; shooting fundamentals; range rules; shooting from the bench rest, prone, sitting, standing and kneeling positions; cleaning, and continued opportunities for skill development. Students will receive the Basics of Rifle Shooting handbook, NRA Gun Safety Rules brochure, Winchester/NRA Marksmanship Qualification booklet, take a Basics of Rifle Shooting Student Examination, and course completion certificate.
If you own a rifle, you are encouraged to bring it along with the manufacturer's manual. If you don't own a rifle, we have several you can use at no extra charge including the Bushmaster ACR. The indoor range, Davis Shooting Sports in Goshen, NY, may be used during bad weather.
NRA FIRST Steps Shotgun course is designed to provide a hands-on introduction to the safe handling and proper orientation to one specific shotgun model. This course is approximately four (4) hours long and includes classroom and range time learning to shoot a specific model shotgun at a moving target. Students will learn the NRA’s rules for safe gun handling; the particular shotgun model parts and operation; ammunition; shooting fundamentals; basic cleaning the shotgun and continued opportunities for skill development. Note: this class does NOT include the disassembly and reassembly of the shotgun. This activity is done in the Basic Shotgun Shooting course. Students will receive the Basics of Shotgun Shooting handbook, NRA Gun Safety Rules brochure, Winchester/NRA Marksmanship Qualification booklet, FIRST Steps Course completion certificate. Minimum age is 12.
If you own a shotgun, you are encouraged to bring it along with the manufacturer's manual. Range activity will be approximately 1 hour in duration. Learn and have fun at the same time!
This course is approximately ten (10) hours long and includes classroom and range time learning how to shoot shotguns at moving targets. Students learn NRA’s rules for safe gun handling; shotgun parts and operation; shotgun shell components; shotgun shell malfunctions; shooting fundamentals; range rules; shooting at straight away and angled targets; disassembly, cleaning, reassembly of a shotgun; and continued opportunities for skill development. Students will receive the Basics of Shotgun Shooting handbook, NRA Gun Safety Rules brochure, Winchester/NRA Marksmanship Qualification booklet, take a Basics of Shotgun Shooting Student Examination, and course completion certificate.
If you own a shotgun, you are encouraged to bring it along with the manufacturer's manual. Range used for shooting will be at either Cherry Ridge Range or the Flatbrook Wildlife Mgmt Area depending on the student's experience. Learn and have fun at the same time!
The seminar includes classroom instruction on a variety of crime prevention strategies, from criminal psychology to automobile crimes to cyber crime. Seminars can vary in length, and may be modified to suit the needs of a particular audience. This is not a firearms instruction course, and does not include instruction in physical combat self-defense. Seminars teach about common weaknesses that criminals may take advantage of, and teaches a variety of corrective measures that are practical, inexpensive, and easy to follow. Strategies include home security, carjack avoidance techniques, cyber safety, and use of personal safety devices. A complete seminar may last as long as eight hours and include the entire lesson plan, but a modified seminar may be as short as 90 minutes and address a specific topic. Students will receive the Refuse To Be A Victim student handbook, NRA Refuse To Be A Victim® brochure, NRA Become A Refuse To Be A Victim® Instructor Brochure, Refuse To Be A Victim® Firearms Supplement, and a course completion certificate.
This is an eight-hour course. Students should expect to shoot approximately 100 rounds of ammunition. Students will learn basic defensive shooting skills, strategies for home safety and responding to a violent confrontation, firearms and the law, how to choose a handgun for self-defense, and continued opportunities for skill development. Students will receive the NRA Guide to the Basics of Personal Protection In The Home handbook, NRA Gun Safety Rules brochure, the Winchester/NRA Marksmanship Qualification booklet, and course completion certificate.
The NRA Basic Personal Protection In The Home Course participants must be law abiding, adults (at least 21 years old), and experienced shooters (shooters able to show mastery of the basic skills of safe gun handling, shooting a group, zeroing the firearm, and cleaning the firearm) to maximize what can be learned from this course. Proof of shooting experience can be one of the following: NRA Basic Pistol Course Certificate, NRA FIRST Steps Course Certificate, NRA pistol competitive shooting qualification card, military DD 214 with pistol qualification, or passing the Pre-Course Assessment.
Prerequisite: This course is for adult individuals not disqualified from possessing a firearm as defined by federal, state, or local law. They also need to have defensive pistol skills presented in the NRA Basics of Personal Protection In The Home Course. Participants must understand the basic legal concepts relating to the use of firearms in self-defense, and must know and observe not only general gun safety rules, but safety principles that are specific to defensive situations. Prospective participants can demonstrate that they have the requisite knowledge, skills, and attitudes by producing an NRA Basic Personal Protection In The Home Course Certificate, or by passing the pre-course evaluation. Description: The course is divided into two levels. Level one is approximately nine-hours and offers the essential knowledge and skills to be mastered in order to carry, store, and use a firearm safely and effectively for personal protection outside the home. Students spend several hours on the range and shoot approximately 100 rounds of ammunition during level one. Upon completion, students may choose to attend level two, which is an additional five hours on the range and approximately 115 rounds of ammunition learning advanced shooting skills. Time and ammunition requirements are minimum, and may be exceeded. Students will receive the NRA Guide to the Basics of Personal Protection Outside The Home handbook, NRA Gun Safety Rules brochure and appropriate (level one/level two) course completion certificates(s)
Note: Lesson III: Firearms and the Law, and Legal Aspects of Self-Defense, of the Personal Protection In and Outside This lesson is conducted by an attorney licensed to practice law within the state and who is familiar with this area of the law, a Law Enforcement Officer (LEO) who possesses an intermediate or higher Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) certificate granted within the state, or an individual currently certified to instruct in this area of the law by the state where the course is presented.
This course is 8 hours in length and is conducted at both a work bench and in a classroom. Each student is taught reloading safety; center fire cartridge components; how to use the reloading manual, reloading data and equipment as well as the metallic cartridge reloading process. The Hornady Lock-N-Load AP progressive re-loader and the Redding T-7 Turret press are used during class. These state of the art re-loaders are used for pistol & rifle ammunition. Students will receive the NRA Guide to Reloading handbook, the Basic Reloading Student Exam, a course completion certificate, NRA Gun Safety Rules brochure, a Basic Firearm Training Program brochure.
This course is 6 hours in length and is conducted in a work bench / classroom. Each student is taught reloading safety; shotgun shell components; using the reloading manual and reloading data; equipment; and the shotgun shell reloading process. The progressive presses used are MEC 9000g. Students will receive the NRA Guide to Reloading handbook, the Basic Reloading Student Exam, a course completion certificate, NRA Gun Safety Rules brochure, a Basic Firearm Training Program brochure, an Instructor Application Course/Evaluation form.
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