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All kidding aside, after our build, I’m trying to convince Craig to do more with me at the range – enroll together in especially carbine, but also handgun classes at GFH. And you really did more than just teach us the AR platform with this Build a beAR course; it was honestly more then we really let you know……a recent event this past November had us dealing with loss of our younger sister. She was 19.
By you making it so enjoyable, informative & exciting it helped us stay focused and ultimately close and continue on our path as tightly connected brothers who love the firearms world and are also still trying to get by this loss. So when we say we appreciate everything, it really means so much more for us. I shared this because sometime you never really know how big of an impact you make with people and how valuable it really is. See you soon and thanks again brother, really. You couldn’t have created a better experience.
Chris, Member

Build a beAR

Length of Course: 2 Course Sessions
Location: Woodland Park Range.
Course Level: Beginner (What’s this?)
Who teaches this course? 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 GFH this is not a “hobby” but a full time, legitimate vocation. Any “instructor” can teach you anything, 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 you were required to justify your actions, at GFH all of our 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, and then spend the next thirty years in prison because of the wrong advice you were given by a part time amateur “instructor”.

Course Description: We are now offering a two-part course where you will spec, order, build, and shoot your own AR rifle! We supply the tools – skills – guidance – and expertise. You can build your own for less and it will be customized to you. The first course is the introductory course where we spec and choose your build parts. The second course is where we build, shoot, clean then repeat! Note: As part of this class it is necessary to purchase a “lower” assembly, so you must have a valid firearms ID card.

Note: Parts are not included. We will help direct you in the purchase of your lower as well as other parts, but you are free to buy wherever you want. We will not be selling any parts at the school.

  • The first class is a one-on-one where we help you spec out your baby and then we pass our vendor discounts on to you so that you can order all of your goodies.
  • The second class will have you, with your parts, build your entire lower assembly
  • In the third class, you will build your upper assembly, mate them together and go shoot
  • Note: As part of this class, you will have to purchase a “lower” assembly so you must have a valid firearms ID card and be at least 21 years of age
  • We will also help direct you in the purchase of your lower as well as other parts, but you are free to purchase wherever you want. We will not be selling any parts at the school
  • Price does not include products or parts
Once you have taken this course here are a few other courses we recommend. If you’re not sure you’re ready just ask the instructor for a free personal consultation.
  • Urban Pistol 1
  • Urban Carbine 1
  • Urban Shotgun 1

More Testimonials

Dear Anthony, I found the First Steps course to be a very lively and spirited one.It is refreshing to be among a group of people who cherish the right to own firearms. Our instructor, Robert Howe, knows guns like the back of his hand and was quite helpful. It was a pleasure meeting you, Anthony, and I’m glad you made that cameo appearance in the classroom. Hopefully, one day the State of New Jersey will come to its senses and adopt rational firearms legislation. And when it does, we can all thank the outspoken proponents of Second Amendment rights like yourself. My Florida CCW application went out in the mail yesterday. I look forward to my next course at Guns For Hire.
John Morlino, Member



Anthony, Thanks for a great experience for my son and I. We attended you “First steps pistol” course with Sandy yesterday and it was great! My son has had an interest in competitive shooting for several years and finally got the opportunity to learn from the pros at your facility. Everyone we came in contact with was very supportive and my son and I learned alot. We are looking forward to visiting often. Thanks again to everyone there for a GREAT experience!!!
Kevin S., Member



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 hopefully. Many thanks.
Peter, Member



 Anthony and staff, I truly enjoyed and was extremely impressed with the extensive wealth of knowledge and your dead on approach to teaching firearms, First Steps to me. You covered an enormous amount of information in a short period of time and your teaching techniques and interaction with the students was remarkable, honest, and sincere. Absolutely can not say enough about the no B.S. way you people do your instruction and run the whole Gun For Hire Teaching / Training facility . Totally professional, yet very friendly, and by far the best firearms instruction I have ever seen. I am looking forward to continuing my training in other classes you offer in the near future. Thanks again!
Scott H., Member