NRA / SORA Instructor
Phone: 888-486-3674, ext. 27
"An armed people is a free people" - Thomas Jefferson
Charlie has just retired from the Belleville Police Department after 30 years. During his career, he served in the Belleville Police Department Detective Bureau as Sergeant. He also served as firearms instructor, training officer, evidence supervisor, and was attached to the Essex County Rapid Deployment Team. He was also the SWAT Team Administrative Officer as well as the Team Armorer. Charlie has completed instructor certification courses through the New Jersey Division of Criminal Justice, Armor Holdings, and the NRA in the following disciplines: pistol, shotgun, rifle, assault rifle, personal protection inside and outside the home, Refuse to B,e a Victim, metallic cartridge and shotshell reloading muzzleloading rifle, pistol, shotgun and 40mm gas. Currently, Charlie holds armorer certifications from the following manufacturers: S&W, Glock, Sigarms, Benelli, Ruger, Colt, Springfield, Remington, and FN Herstal.
Please pass my thanks to Charlie Padula for teaching one of the most informative classes I've attended in quite some time. His combination of text book-based and hands-on approaches made a real difference in how much I learned. Also, please thank Joe Pagani for his contribution. He helped Charlie a lot, particularly with the hands-on portion of the session. His contributions during the classroom portion of the course were great and it was good to see both instructors working so well together. Congrats for another great course! Len