Historic Firearms

Thomas O’Beirne provides an informational class on the development of firearms from the American Revolutionary War to the Spanish American War featuring era specific pistols, muskets and carbines from his own voluminous collection. This is a chance to see the rarest and most unique weapons used by American Armies in North America, including the 1777 French Cavalry Pistol, the 1816 to 1858 Harpers Ferry Musket, the Springfield and Enfield Muskets, the Jefferson Davis designed 1855 Springfield Pistol Carbine and the Colt Revolving Carbine and Rifle. From some of the worst designs, like the Jenks Mule Ear Carbine, The Green Carbine and the Savage Navy Revolver to those credited with helping win the war; The Sharps, Spencer and Maynard Carbines, and the 1851 and 1860 Colt Army and Navy Revolvers. Understand the Northern States advantage in industrial proficiency when you compare the manufacturing quality of a Massachusetts Arms Army Revolver to that of a Confederate Griswold or Spiller and Burr. Handle a revolver carried by a Trooper from the 7th Michigan Cavalry as he rode behind General George Armstrong Custer charging Jeb Stuarts southern cavalry on the third day of Gettysburg. Close your eyes and imagine if these firearms, which have all twice outlived their makers and owners, could talk about what they have seen and done……….

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“Very informative and a good introduction to shooting safely.”

Hi Anthony, Thanks for your email. Yes – I enjoyed the class yesterday; it was very informative and a good introduction to shooting safely. I now feel confident enough to go to the range and practice independently. However, I know that this is only an introduction and want to come back for further classes. I just wish you were closer than the 2 hour drive! But it was well worth it and will be seeing you again in 4-6 weeks. Many thanks.



Prerequisites: None. The material is suitable for all, including appropriately supervised, mature children. Minimum age, 8 years old.


Length of Course:

4.5 hours


What to Bring:

• Note taking materials and camera


What We Will Cover

• Covering historic pistols, carbines and muskets.


Instructor Bios:

All of our high-level courses are taught by experienced professionals with the credentials to prove it. They are all trained and certified by the N.J. Police Training Commission, N.J. Department of Criminal Justice, and possess Federal Law Enforcement Instructor Certifications. They are experts in N.J. Use of Force Policies, and are always updating the course material with the latest use of force guidelines and case law. At Gun For Hire, this is not a “hobby”, but a full-time, legitimate vocation. Any “instructor” can teach you something, but only a select few can teach you the “why” or the “root of law” to justify your actions. If you were to use your newly acquired skills and were required to justify your actions, Gun For Hire instructors are ready, willing, and able to testify in your defense, as long as you had followed the training and procedures we provided. It does you, and your loved ones, no good if you survive the fight but have spend the next thirty years in prison because of the wrong advice you were given by a part-time amateur “instructor”.



What To Take Next

Next Steps Pistol
Next Steps Rifle
Next Steps Shotgun

Disclaimer: In an effort to keep all of our students safe course objectives and drills are subject to change.