Knowing how to properly handle a gun is invaluable, especially when your feet are otherwise occupied. Take control with today’s Groupon: for $39, you get a 60-minute rifle- or shotgun-shooting package at Valastro International Academy in Queens, accessible from Manhattan via the M train with a transfer to the Q55 bus (a $140 value). The all-inclusive package includes:
- Rifle and shotgun
First-time visitors must take a two-hour safety course and register with the shop, both at no extra fee.
The staff of experienced law-enforcement officials at Valastro International Academy teach visitors proper firearm-shooting and safety techniques inside a private facility. Throughout the one-hour shooting session, guests aerate targets at 25-yard range with bullets from a .22 rifle or 12-gauge shotgun until the ammo runs out (about 60 rounds for rifle, 3–4 rounds for shotgun). The skilled instructors equip shooters with ear protection to muffle the maniacal hooting of gun chambers, and guests take home a safety-certification award as a keepsake of the day’s firearm festivities.
Valastro International Academy
Valastro International Academy's staff of experienced law-enforcement officials teaches visitors responsible firearms operation and safe handling inside a private training facility. Classes acquaint clients—from everyday citizens to experienced security guards—in defensive tactics, such as retaining a firearm during a confrontation and defusing an altercation with observational humor. Beyond teaching humans how to defend themselves, Valastro's instructors also include canine trainers who lead basic obedience and housebreaking classes and teach dogs advanced skills such as search-and-rescue and narcotics detection.