Gun For Hire’s Beginner Pistol Course

NRA The Basics of Pistol Shooting

Whether you’re a new gun owner, looking to purchase or just want to learn how to respect and use a pistol, this is your first step. This is Gun For Hire’s exclusive flagship course which is only available at Gun For Hire. The education goes way beyond the typical text book because of our highly trained instructors who have decades of experience in law enforcement and military.

Not only do you learn the basic knowledge, skills, and attitude for owning and operating a pistol safely, you  hear first hand examples and life lessons from the best in the industry. This course is about 4 hours long and includes classroom and range time, and utilizes both revolvers and semi-automatic pistols. In addition to skills and attitude you’ll learn the rules for safe gun handling, pistol parts and operation, ammunition, shooting fundamentals, range rules, shooting from the two-handed standing positions, and continued opportunities for skill development. At the end of the course you will also earn a NRA Basic Pistol Certificate and if you qualify, you can earn a seat in the next level course.

You have the option, at check out, to purchase the Florida CCW package. A non-resident Florida CCW will allow you to legally carry a concealed weapon in 35 states. The CCW package includes the prints and photos. We will also assist you with the application. All you need to do is mail the package to Florida along with the Florida application fee of $97. The Basics of Pistol Shooting Course is a mandatory course if you want the Florida CCW.

Course Details:

• There are no prerequisites to take this course. The material is suitable for all, including appropriately supervised, mature children. Minimum age is 13 years old.
• The length of the course is approximately 4 hours
• This course is held at Gun For Hire 1267 McBride Ave. Woodland Park, NJ 07424

What to Bring:

• If you don’t have a firearm, it’s not a problem. A selection will be supplied, during the class, at no additional charge.
• Have your own firearm? Great. Please bring it along.
• Ammo: .22, 9, or .38 ammo is supplied. If you choose to bring a pistol and it uses a different caliber, please bring a box of factory ammo to use.
• Course Completion: Students will receive feedback on all live-fire exercises.
• This course is all inclusive: Class – Certificate – Materials – Range Time – Targets – Eye and Ear Protection.
• Please wear comfortable clothing. No open-toed shoes.

What We Will Cover:

• To teach the basic knowledge, skills, and attitude for owning and using a pistol safely.
• Pistol knowledge, safe gun handling, ammunition knowledge, fundamentals of pistol shooting, two-handed shooting position, firing the first shots, cleaning, storage, pistol sports and activities.
• Course Completion: Students will receive feedback on all live-fire exercises.
• This course satisfies practical requirements for the Florida Non-Resident Concealed Carry Permit.

july 2022

mon11jul9:00 am1:00 pmSold Out!NRA Basics of Pistol Shooting Monday July 11th9:00 am - 1:00 pm Gun For Hire Headquarters, 1267 McBride Ave., Woodland Park, NJ, 07424 Event Organized By: Tony Urena

mon11jul4:00 pm8:00 pmSold Out!NRA Basics of Pistol Shooting Monday July 11th4:00 pm - 8:00 pm Gun For Hire Headquarters, 1267 McBride Ave., Woodland Park, NJ, 07424 Event Organized By: Tony Urena

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august 2022

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september 2022

thu01sep4:00 pm8:00 pmSold Out!NRA Basics of Pistol Shooting Thursday September 1st4:00 pm - 8:00 pm Gun For Hire Headquarters, 1267 McBride Ave., Woodland Park, NJ, 07424 Event Organized By: Tony Urena

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sat10sep9:00 am1:00 pmNRA Basics of Pistol Shooting Saturday September 10th9:00 am - 1:00 pm Gun For Hire Headquarters, 1267 McBride Ave., Woodland Park, NJ, 07424 Event Organized By: Tony Urena

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october 2022

mon03oct9:00 am1:00 pmNRA Basics of Pistol Shooting Monday October 3rd9:00 am - 1:00 pm Gun For Hire Headquarters, 1267 McBride Ave., Woodland Park, NJ, 07424 Event Organized By: Tony Urena

mon10oct9:00 am1:00 pmNRA Basics of Pistol Shooting Monday October 10th9:00 am - 1:00 pm Gun For Hire Headquarters, 1267 McBride Ave., Woodland Park, NJ, 07424 Event Organized By: Tony Urena

mon17oct9:00 am1:00 pmNRA Basics of Pistol Shooting Monday October 17th9:00 am - 1:00 pm Gun For Hire Headquarters, 1267 McBride Ave., Woodland Park, NJ, 07424 Event Organized By: Tony Urena

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mon31oct9:00 am1:00 pmNRA Basics of Pistol Shooting Monday October 31st9:00 am - 1:00 pm Gun For Hire Headquarters, 1267 McBride Ave., Woodland Park, NJ, 07424 Event Organized By: Tony Urena

Non-Members
$195 All Inclusive Basic Pistol Course
$260 Includes optional Florida CCW
Become a Member today and save

Paid Membership Levels

Silver, Bronze and NY Members Save 5%
$185.25 All Inclusive Basic Pistol Course
$247 Includes optional Florida CCW

Red, White, & Blue, and Gold Members Save 10%
$175.50 All Inclusive Basic Pistol Course
$234 Includes optional Florida CCW

Platinum Members save 20%
$156 All Inclusive Basic Pistol Course
$208 Includes optional Florida CCW

Member Discount Only Applies To The Member’s Ticket Price, Not Additional Students. Add the Member’s Ticket to the cart before you add the additional students.

Course Cancellation Policy

Cancellation 4 or more days before the Course:
100% refund on the same payment method used or you can choose the next available course date.

Cancellation 3-1 days before the Course:
You will receive 100% of your purchase price in your Gun For Hire account which can be used for anything Gun For Hire related. Courses, Port time. You can also email us to book you in the next available course. 

Cancellation is 24 hours before the Course:
If the cancelation is less than 24 hours prior to the start of the class, you will receive a 50% credit of your purchase price in your Gun For Hire account. This is due to the scheduled staff and course preparation etc. Your Gun For Hire credit can be used for anything Gun For Hire related. Courses, Port time…

No notice of your cancellation:
If the cancelation is non existent, there is no credit or refund.

“He engages the class well and keeps everyone involved.”

Last night I attended the Basic Pistol class with Tony. Even though this class is geared for beginning shooters and I have been a gun owner since 1983, the class was very informative and I learned a lot. Tony has a great teaching style that made learning a serious topic fun and easy to understand. He engages the class well and keeps everyone involved. During the live fire session Anthony worked with me and helped me overcome some bad habits I’ve developed over the years and he also has a nice approach to teaching firearms safety and handling. I also observed both Anthony and Tony taking first-time shooters from nervous first trigger pulls to consistent groupings. Everyone seemed to be having a great time. Last week I also took the UT & FL non-resident CCW courses. He also has a great presentation style and managed to get a room full of applicants trained and processed promptly. Your Gun For Hire  facility is also first class. It’s clean and welcoming. Most indoor ranges I’ve been to are dark and not user-friendly. GFH stands head and shoulders above the competition. Thanks again for offering this opportunity to the public to increase firearms safety and skills. I look forward to another class soon.

Kevin K.

“The minute I walked in we were greeted and welcomed like family.”

“The minute I walked in we were greeted and welcomed like family. I never thought businesses did that anymore it was truly refreshing for my son and I to experience that type of environment. Even the owner came over and welcomed us to the family. We’re new gun owners and didn’t know much about what we bought. I was a bit embarrassed but that was put to rest the minute we met the instructors. Not only did these guys know there stuff they knew how to deliver it to the entire class. I am truly fortunate we began at Gun For Hire. Next up Holster draw! Anthony please feel free to use this on your site or email” – Sincerely John & Sebastian

Sebastian L.

“Highly recommend taking an NRA Basics Pistol Course.”

“Highly recommend taking an NRA Basics Pistol course. It’s a great experience and makes you much more educated on the topic. It’s also a lot of fun! Taught by ex-military and retired police (and some both!), they are very friendly and willing to share their great experience and knowledge with you to dispel myths and irrational fear about firearms. Hell, they might even improve your shooting, too. (No guarantees)! Thanks to Gun For Hire in Woodland Park, NJ. Thanks, Tony, Doug, Guy, and Moe for your military service and continuing education. #gunforhirerange”

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The Best Firearm Instructors

If you’re looking for the best Firearm Instructors delivering the best Firearms Education, Gun For Hire is incomparable.
Since 1992, we have been the Gold Standard for Firearms Training. Our Instructors have over 375 combined years of Military and Police training.
NRA Fact: So many students have trusted us to train them that we are only second to the Boy Scouts of America.
If you have any questions regarding Gun For Hire Courses or you would like to schedule a private lesson, please send Tony Urena our Director of Training an email. We look forward to welcoming you to the family!
Tony - Gun For Hire Basic Pistol

Tony Urena Director of Training

Tony is a United States Navy Veteran as well as a Veteran Law Enforcement Officer with over 25 years of experience. During his illustrious career he was the training officer for his department, and was responsible for their bi-annual qualifications and training for approximately 100 law enforcement officers. Tony was also state certified in all aspects of firearms training which included handguns, shotguns, sub-guns, semi and automatic rifles, as well as scoped rifles. In addition, Tony was qualified to testify as a firearms expert, as well as in the “Use of Force”. Tony is also a high level martial artist, with well over 30 years of training, and was a state certified Defensive Tactics Instructor.

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Bob Prause Chief Instructor

Bob is a former United States Marine and Veteran Law Enforcement Officer with 25 years of experience. He brings a vast amount of “real world” tactical knowledge to the Gun For Hire team. Some of Bob’s prior assignments include Captain in charge of the Passaic County narcotics and violent street gang task forces. Bob also served 14 years as a operator and senior operator on the Passaic County Special Weapons Team (SWAT), serving in the capacity of point entry, sniper, sniper team leader, team leader and overall team commander. He planned and executed over 500 high risk operations. Bob is a certified law enforcement firearms instructor and holds instructor certifications in submachine gun, assault rifle and precision scoped rifle.

John - Gun For Hire Basic Pistol

John Uzzalino Instructor

John has been a Police Officer with the Woodland Park Police Dept. for over 25 years and is currently Chief of Police. He is a PTC Certified Firearms Instructor and has attended several firearms tactical courses as well as Active Shooter preparation courses. He has been trained as a SWAT operator and holds several armorer certifications. John handles the Advanced Firearms training for his department and is a Gun for Hire Instructor in all of our exclusive courses.

Vlad - Gun For Hire Basic Pistol

Vlad Vaval Instructor

Vladimir is an active duty Law Enforcement Officer for over 20 years. Vlad has been assigned as a full time Law Enforcement Trainer since 2009, he works as a lead instructor, in service as well as academy level. Additionally, Vlad is the Range Master, lead armorer and defensi