Anthony P. Colandro
Gun For Hire CEO

Phone: 888-486-3674

"An armed society is a free society" Thomas Jefferson

Gun For Hire, Firearm Training Center and NJSO were started to promote the positive aspects of safe and responsible firearms ownership. Thirty years ago I became involved in the shooting sports, since then my passion has grown to where it is today as the owner of the largest firearms instruction school in New Jersey. I believe if you are going to make the commitment to own a firearm, it is your duty to learn the safe and responsible handling that goes with its ownership. Since 1992 Gun For Hire has been the gold standard in firearms training in the Northeast. It is no accident that we are the best of the best in NJ, it is because of hard work and relationships with our students that have enabled us to become number one. "Firearms in self-defense are not a cure all but in trained hands they are the ultimate equalizer." Shooting firearms well is a perishable skill and to stay on your game you must practice.

  Certifications Include:  
  • American Heart Association CPR, First Aid, and AED Instructor
  • Certified Handcuff Instructor
  • Certified OC Spray/Mace Instructor
  • Certified Monadnock Expandable Baton Instructor
  • Certified NRA Refuse to Be a Victim Instructor
  • NRA Eddie Eagle Gun Safety Instructor
  • Certified NRA Pistol Instructor
  • Certified NRA Defensive Pistol
  • Certified NRA Rifle Instructor
  • Certified NRA Shotgun Instructor
  • Certified NRA Personal Protection In-the-Home Instructor
  • Certified NRA Personal Protection Outside-the-Home Instructor
  • Certified NRA Home Firearms Safety Instructor
  • Certified NRA Metallic Shot Shell Reloading Instructor
  • Certified NRA Muzzle Loading Instructor
  • NRA Law Enforcement Instructor Pistol and Shotgun
  • Certified Range Safety Officer Instructor
  • Sabre Civilian Mace Instructor
  I am affiliated with and a graduate of the following organizations:  
  • NRA Appointed Master Training Counselor
  • Appointed NRA Training and Eduction Committee
  • NRA Chief Range Safety officer
  • NRA Benefactor Life Member
  • NRA Ring of Freedom Member
  • NRA Election Volunteer Coordinator
  • Congressional District Eight New Jersey
  • Life Member – Association of New Jersey Rifle and Pistol Clubs
  • Board Member – Association of New Jersey Rifle and Pistol Clubs
  • Regional Training Counselor –  NRA Refuse to Be a Victim
  • Member – Armed Citizens Legal Defense Network
  • Member – United States Concealed Carry Association
  • Member – Jews for the Preservation of Firearms Ownership
  • Member – National Shooting Sports Foundation
  • Member – International Defensive Pistol Association
  • Member – United States Practical Shooting Association
  • Member – International Association of Law Enforcement Trainers
  • Member – International Law Enforcement Educators
  • Personal Protection Consultants, Inc.
  • Graduate of Lethal Force Institute, Concord, New Hampshire
  • Graduate of Massad Ayoob Group


ScotShot LLC . has endorsed your work as Owner Chief Instructor at Gun For Hire LLC. Dear Anthony P,
I've written this recommendation of your work to share with other LinkedIn users.

Details of the Recommendation: "Anthony runs what is possibly the most successful firearms training school on the East Coast. His unselfconscious and flamboyant style belies a strong sense of business, a true passion for success and a fundamental understanding that there is always a new skill that can be developed in someone. These combine to make him a successful trainer and an interesting person. Anthony provides access to training that would otherwise be very difficult to find for most people and he uses experts in their respective fields to provide that training - for example, his computer and live-fire simulations are taught by military and law enforcement personnel. Add to that the fact that Anthony carries his success lightly and always has time for those beginning, or those working to promote the legal and safe use of firearms, and you have the picture of someone who is truly worthy of recommendation."
Service Category: Advanced Firearms Training
Year first hired: 2010 (hired more than once)
Top Qualities: Great Results, Personable, Expert

Bradford Haupt, CISSP has endorsed your work as Owner Chief Instructor at Gun For Hire LLC.
Dear Anthony P,
Details of the Recommendation: "Anthony is a gem of an man! He combines a wealth of life experience with over 20 years of professional experience in the trade to deliver an unequaled understanding of both the "what" and the "why" of the courses he teaches. The more you get to know him, the more you understand that he truly is at the top of his game and has few peers. Investing in the training and other services he provides is money well spent!"
Service Category: Personal Trainer
Year first hired: 2012 (hired more than once)
Top Qualities: Expert, High Integrity, Creative

Mr. Colandro,

I wanted to let you know that I enjoyed the GUN FOR HIRE, NRA First Step Pistol course. I found it refreshing and very welcoming. Its the exact training model (attitude) everyone should utilize. When I got home my girlfriend started asking questions about the course, including..... "Would I feel comfortable in the class?" without hesitation I said, "YES!!" She is excited and is scheduling time for the same course. You will see her soon.

Josh Dolan

Again I want to thank you for your support and sponsorship for the 2012 Warrior Challenge. My first time doing an event likes this and for this great cause I was proud to be able to get some excellent donations for these men. Below are my results of the challenge. I wish I could have given a better performance but unfortunately my leg slowed me down in the deep sand run and surprise sit up challenge, however it was a great time and I have some great pics and videos of the Green Berets raiding the beach which I will gladly bring in next time. I have also written Joe Sente an email that deserves a big thank you. Thanks to Joe's teachings in the CPR class I was able to help my father down the shore and recognize some signs and process some things that I may not have been able to do without Joe mentioning certain things in his course. My father is ok today but that day he did have a second major heart attack and thanks to your wife Pilar and Joe I was able to recognize some things and make some decisions that got my father off the boardwalk and home before going to the hospital. Going through the course in my head when I noticed he was out of breathe caused me to make some decisions and again got us out of there safely. Again a big thank you to you and your staff and family. Now let's get some urban one so I can shoot some stuff.

Joe Linek
Anthony… Just wanted to tell you how much I enjoyed working with you yesterday. I’ve spent the past ten years meeting, researching, studying and working with entrepreneurs, doctors, lawyers, leaders, scientists and artists from, so far, 478 different and diverse fields. Most of the people I’ve had the pleasure to work with are, hands down, the best in their fields (the rest are well on their way to becoming such).

As an author, producer, and now (albeit reluctant) expert on innovation and creative thinking, my business is a lot like mining for gold— in that, in order to find a single ounce of gold you’ve got to dig and sort through tons and tons of dirt.

Fortunately, I discovered a secret that has made this monumental job tolerable: when you go into the mine each day, you can’t go in focusing on all that dirt; you’ve gotta go in the hole looking for the gold.

Businesses in every field—from medicine to mining— all have this one thing in common: there’s no shortage of shitheads.

Consequently, it always delights me to discover the men and women who, like a unique golden nugget, shine brightly through the mounds and mounds of common dirt. You, my friend, are such a man.

Your professionalism is flawless, your enthusiasm contagious and your love for what you do and who you do it for is obvious. It is truly a pleasure and an honor to know you and to have the opportunity work with you.

See ya Saturday,

Hello Anthony,
I wanted to take a minute to thank you again for the wonderful day yesterday. You, your family, and staff were truly a pleasure to be around! It's truly invigorating to spend time with kind and like minded people, learning, sharing information and growing and I sincerely appreciate your time, and all of the wonderful information you so freely shared with me yesterday. I spoke to Merle (my wife) yesterday and told her how impressed you were with her safety skills and she blushed, smiled and was honored. :) Remember that the offer for a place to stay in Philly is open, as we have plenty of space. Hoping you are safe and well my brother, and regards to all.

Anthony Colandro is an OUTSTANDING Teacher and Instructor. I have taken numerous classes from him, he truly is A Master Training Counselor and Instructor. If you want to learn the Correct way to SAFELY Shoot your Firearms, or to become a Instructor you want to learn from one of the Very Best, then Gun For Hire's Anthony P Colandro is the one for you!!!
Arthur J Barton Jr

Good person to be acquainted with. He has an encyclopedia of knowledge with regard to your gun rights,gun training and everything else in relation to our 2nd amendment. He also has a Passion for what he does and has heartfelt care for the people that come through his doors,this becomes evident upon meeting him. I am glad to have met him and honored to be his friend. Whoever encounters Anthony in a personal or business setting will not be sorry and glad they did so. Anthony and his staff at Gun for Hire are truly a class act,and in my opinion a 5 Star operation.
Anthony Carnesi

Anthony Colandro is an outstanding individual, competent with practical knowledge and experience. But that is only part of his overall portrait, for a wealth of knowledge contained in a book unopened has no potential. His keen ability to apply his expertise and articulately convey his knowledge to others augments the icon he has come to be and underscores his being truly adept. He releases his potential to his students in full, thereby unlocking their potential in turn. While most instructors and trainers don?t even know that dynamic exists, it comes naturally to him and it shows in the tremendous following he has amassed.
James Hetem

Anthony Colandro is an exceptional instructor and now someone I consider my friend. I have taken numerous classes with Anthony and the Gun-For-Hire team (SORA, NRA First Step Pistol Class, and Expandable Baton to name a few) and I will go on record to say that you will not find a better instructor anywhere! Anthony teaches you all aspects of shooting, but focuses on the most important one-SAFETY! If would recommend him to anyone who wants to be a more accurate and safety minded shooter.
John Vesper

One of the good guys!
Matthew Davidson

I have had the pleasure of taking numerous classes with Anthony and his staff at Gun for Hire. I can tell you, you will not find a better man to teach you about firearms...with a HUGE emphasis on SAFETY!!! You will come out of his classes not only a more accurate shooter, but also filled wtih a lot more confidence. If you are even thinking of improving your shooting or handling a firearm for the first time, I would highly recommend Anthony Colandro and his staff at Gun for Hire. Contact
Mike Hangley

I have met and dealt with Anthony on several occasions. I have taken several classes with Anthony and his staff @ He plans class schedules very well. He is a great and excellent instructor, has a great and true passion for what he teaches. He truly cares about what he teaches and will be blatantly honest with students which is very important because of what he teaches. Students have to know whether or not they are competent after a course or would require more practice (would have to do the course again).
Jan Knepper

I have been a police Firearms instructor for over fifteen years, firearms instruction is my passions. I attended Gun-For-Hires NRA instructor classes to increase my marketability upon my retirement from Law Enforcement. I have attended 100's of Firearms instructor level classes and I can honestly say Gun For Hires classes have been some of the best;hands down. I have been back a few times since then too and will continue to do so. Anthony and his staff are the best in the business. You can trust me on this because I have been to courses all over the country many times. Many instructors posses technical knowledge but few know how to teach it to others. I have recommended his courses to many of my friends; all of them were pleased. I myself have integrated Anthony's teaching methods in my own instruction, which has improved me as an instructor. When it comes to being an instructor; some people have it and some people don't. Anthony has it in abundance. You won't be disappointed with any Gun For Hire course.
John Kotch

I highly recommend Anthony! I have taken many classes with Anthony and the Gun For Hire staff, all the classes I have felt safe and confident. He is truly a Master Instructor! It is a great family atmosphere and wonderful place for a pro or a new gun owner to learn. He is a man the truly loves what he does! Contact
Richard Nehrings Anthony is a true professional and a brilliant instructor. (I wish that I had teachers like him when I was in school... I would have learned a lot more). He has an understanding way with those he instructs and a great sense of humour. I cannot heap enough praise upon this man.
Steve Elber

I've traveled out to Frontsight in Nevada for instruction five times in the past year or so, and can honestly say that Anthony and GunForHire's staff offers comparable, and in many ways superior, training without having to get on a plane. Now if he can just arrange to get the other two parts of the Girls, Guns, and Gambling triad taken care of we'll really be in businesss!
Ron Soussa

Highly recommended! I have taken a class with Anthony and the Gun For Hire staff. As a newbie, and now a USPSA shooter, you cant ask for anything better!
Alex Naumov

I have taken all my instructor level classes through,"Gun For Hire".Anthony is a great Training Counselor and makes the classes interesting and keeps you at ease with a great sense of humor.Anthony has that, likeability factor that leaves you with a sense of family.
Elliott Hawkins

I took 1 class..loved it! Then I took another and another and so on...I took many many classes with Anthony. He is a great instructor...very knowledgeable in his craft. He kept the classes interesting and fun! I would recommend Anthony and Gun For Hire to anyone that is thinking of shooting for the first time...or has already shot before and needs a refresher.
Gary Corizzo

I have taken several classes with Anthony for Instructor Certifications, his level of professionalism cannot be surpassed in this business! All of his instructors are not only well qualified, but also very professional as well. Anthony's standards are top notch...would not go anywhere else for training!
Rachel Martinez

When my wife and I decided to purchase guns a few years ago (both for hobby shooting and home security) we found Anthony and Gun For Hire. I had shot before but my wife had not. We had an individual First Steps Pistol class with Anthony and were overwhelmed with the level of professionalism and friendliness. Not only did he teach us how to shoot safely and effectively, but he became a friend as well. I recommend Anthony and Gun For Hire to everyone I know that is interested in shooting. If you take one of his classes you will not be disappointed.

I can't say anything that hasn't already been said in the rest of the comments. A++++ Highly recommended!
Vincent Vollero

You would be hard pressed to find a better firearms trainer or finer human being than Anthony Colandro. His reputation in the industry is OUTSTANDING. Whether you are a novice or an experienced shooter, you are going to benefit from taking classes with Anthony and his crew.
Frank Flamingo

Anthony has a real passion for his work & it truly shows!
Lissy Holroyd

Good person to be acquainted with. He has an encyclopedia of knowledge with regard to your gun rights, gun training and everything else in relation to our 2nd amendment. He also has a Passion for what he does and has heartfelt care for the people that come through his doors, this becomes evident upon meeting him. I am glad to have met him and honored to be his friend. Whoever encounters Anthony in a personal or business setting will not be sorry and glad they did so. Anthony and his staff at Gun? for Hire are truly a class act, and in my opinion a 5 Star operation.
Anthony Carnesi

True professional. Extremely knowledgeable and a tireless supporter of your 2nd amendment rights.
Paul Sollitti

Great guy and an engaging teacher. I highly recommend Anthony's "Gun For Hire" training classes.
Rich Inacker

I have been using Anthony's business for all of my HR218 qualifications. Very convenient!
Karla Schwedt

I went to Anthony and Gun For Hire in 2009 to take my NRA safety course, I'm glad I went.All of the instructors and Anthony treated everyone with respect, I recommend his classes to anyone who wants to learn(and to some of my friends).
Dave Gordon

I think Anthony is a well respected business professional and he treats people with the highest regard and respect.
Bob Keesser

Having know Anthony for many years, I can say without exception, that you will not find any individual with a more professional presence on or off the range or in a classroom. His level of knowledge, enthusiasm, patience, and ability to connect with all individuals around him most surely proves him as a leader in all aspects of his craft. I assure no disappointment to anyone who seeks out Anthony and his facility!
Phil Stern

I have known Anthony for sometime now and aside from being one of the best firearms trainers around He is a very Good Man.
Alvise Russomanno

excellent firearms instructor and professional businessman. A definite asset to the Law Enforcement, Security communities as well as all law abiding citizens interested in proper firearms handling and training.
Roy Havekost

Anthony is a fine businessman and the consummate gentleman. He and his staff at Gun for Hire have always been helpful answering questions and providing guidance anytime I've asked for it. I have attended classes ranging from Basic First Aid to Advanced Pistol at GFH and found that Anthony's professional approach to course instruction is shared by everyone on his team. Anthony has raised the bar when it comes to both professionalism and proficiency. I feel confident recommending Anthony to anyone in the market for quality training of the highest caliber.
Jacob Matias

I highly recomend Anthony as a well respected professional businessman and always has been.
Tom Scarnegi

Excellent instructor and all around nice guy! Anthony has taken my fear of guns and helped me turn it into a hobby I actually enjoy with my husband! I have nothing but the best things to say about the man! Take a class and see for yourself...
Karen Tortorelli Waldorf

Anthony is by far the best Educator I have ever come across. I have had teachers, coaches, mentors, supervisors, managers, etc. with whom have tried to teach people in their fields and could not come close to Anthony's expert instruction. He knows his field and he is passionate about what he does. I would recommend anyone who is trying to learn about firearms and the like to seek out Anthony and his staff for training. He is by far the BEST!
Frank Cappello

I can't begin to say enough positive things about Anthony Colandro as a trainer and Gun For Hire as an organization. I have taken the majority of my instructor level courses with Anthony and the only reason I haven't taken every one of them is that I became an NRA Instructor prior to meeting him. He is a phenomenal and engaging teacher who runs his courses with a level of thoroughness and professionalism that set the standard for and are an inspiration to NRA Instructors. He is NEVER too occupied to go the extra mile to assist, nurture and guide those around him and I count myself fortunate to consider him my Mentor and friend.
Jose Morales

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