Within Connecticut Firearms Training's classroom, NRA-certified and ex-military instructors teach firearm fundamentals, including a Basic Pistol Safety session and private classes in pistols, rifles, and shotguns. The range also hosts special events—including a half-priced ladies' night—and its onsite retail center sells firearms, gun-cleaning supplies, and other accessories.
With a background in studying guns of different sizes, calibers, and eras of history, Frank Melloni turned his passion into a career by founding Renaissance Firearms Instruction. But it's perhaps his appearance on the History Channel's Top Shot that his customers find the most impressive. At Renaissance, along with his fellow instructors, Frank demonstrates proper handling of weaponry in eight classes. Some of these sessions follow NRA course outlines while others were designed by Frank himself, including one on familiarization with historic guns. For time spent outside the classroom, they direct students to several local ranges with which Renaissance Firearms Instruction is affiliated.
Dynamic Firearms Training's instructors offer classroom and live-fire experiences under one roof at a variety of locations.
Once at the range, instructors can supply students with rentals, including everything needed to get the most from your shooting experience. Options include rifles, ammunition, targets, and eye and ear protection.
The NRA-certified instructors at each Dynamic Firearms Training location lead an extensive menu of classes, which educate students of all levels on the proper ways to safely handle firearms. These experts include former military and law-enforcement members. Following instruction and practice, pupils can even enroll in classes to become an NRA instructor themselves. Dynamic Firearms Training also plays host to special events, including bachelor parties.
As owner of Smith Point Archery, Jeff Schneider and his son, Jared, marshal a bow-and-arrow operation that includes in-house mechanics and instructors, a cavernous indoor range, and a store stocked with gear by top brands. Jeff has been actively involved with archery for more than 40 years?35 of them at the helm of Smith Point?and shares his trophy-winning expertise with new generations of archers through lessons and advice on the purchase of equipment. His son, and co-owner Jared Schneider is also a bow-and-arrow enthusiast and passes on his years of knowledge while teaching private lessons. Budding bowmen can also sign up for group lessons led by Certified Archery Instructor Craig Wagner. These sessions cover basic archery skills that range from safety procedures to aiming technique and allow students time on the range to shoot.