Here at the firing pin, we offer both individual training sessions and scheduled group classes. Check out our offerings below. To sign up, CHECK THE CALENDAR AT THE BOTTOM OF THE PAGE THEN simply call the shop at 585-494-0333 and let us know which class you'd like to sign up for!
new york Pistol Permit Class
this course is the essential introduction to the safe handling and proper use of handguns. Students will learn the NRA rules for safe gun handling, storage, handgun parts and Basic operation, as well as ammunition basics.
This class covers NYS and Federal Firearms Laws including discussion regarding Self Defense laws and mindset. Attendance is made with the full understanding that only an attorney can give Legal advice.
Students will have documentation that covers all classroom topics for future review. DEVELOPED AND TAUGHT BY OUR VERY OWN JOHN HUTHER.
Verify the training requirements for your county before attending This course.
Duration: 3-3.5 hours
HOME DEFENSE FUNDAMENTALS
This course covers an array of topics such as:
- GENERAL HOME SECURITY
- developing your personal protection and home defense plan
- appropriate firearm selection
- COMPONENTS AND STATISTICS OF VIOLENT CRIME
- CONFLICT AVOIDANCE AND DE-ESCALATION
- the legal use of force
This course is great for both novices and experienced firearm owners, OFFERING VITAL INFORMATION AND TRAINING IF YOU INTEND TO USE A FIREARM TO DEFEND YOURSELF AND YOUR FAMILY IN YOUR HOME. THE INCLUDED BOOK IS a very good tool to reflect on the lessons discussed in the class.
Duration: 3 - 3.5 hours
(includes book valued at $35)
USCCA CONCEALED CARRY FUNDAMENTALS
The USCCA Concealed Carry Fundamentals course covers an array of topics such as:
- SITUATIONAL AWARENESS
- HOW TO BE AN ASSET INSTEAD OF A LIABILITY WHEN CARRYING A CONCEALED FIREARM IN PUBLIC
- SELF DEFENSE MINDSET AND PREPAREDNESS
- THE LEGAL USE OF FORCE
- DE-ESCALATION AND CONFLICT AVOIDANCE
- VIOLENT ENCOUNTERS AND THEIR AFTERMATH
- INTERACTION WITH POLICE AFTER INCIDENTS
- GEAR/HOLSTER/FIREARM SELECTION
- BUILDING ON BASIC FIREARM SKILLS
Duration: 3 - 3.5 hours
(includes book valued at $35)
Do you know how to quickly stop major bleeding, treat gunshot wounds or perform lifesaving CPR? Could you prolong someone’s life (or even your own) long enough for the medical support to arrive? When every second counts, your emergency first-aid skills may be the only difference between life and death.
our uscca Emergency First-Aid Fundamentals class will give you one of the most overlooked self-defense skills: The knowledge and confidence to provide lifesaving aid. our very own pat kimball will teach you the fundamental skills every gun owner should have in an emergency. Armed with this knowledge, you will be better prepared to save lives when it matters most. tHIS IS NOT JUST FOR GUN OWNERS; iF YOU HAVE CHILDREN, IF YOU LIKE TO HIKE, RIDE atv'S, ETC., YOU NEED THESE SKILLS. This course covers:
Properly assessing patients in a crisis
Treating gunshot wounds, broken bones, severe burns, and other traumatic injuries
Helping individuals experiencing cardiac arrest and other health emergencies
Building your own first-aid kits for your home, car, and everyday carry
Bridging the gap between an injury and lifesaving medical care
While there is no substitute for trained medical professionals, your ability to keep a patient alive during the first few minutes could be the one thing that saves the life of someone you love.
Duration: 4 - 5 hours
(includes textbook and mini first-aid kit)
The purpose of our pistol mechanics course is to familiarize shooters with the proper, efficient mechanical operation of their handgun. Topics covered encompass all mechanical skills related to operating the handgun, including:
- The “workspace”: What is it? Where is it? Why is it important to you?
- Loading and Unloading procedures: Administrative loading, reload with retention, emergency/slidelock reload
- The draw
- Malfunctions clearance procedures: Tap/Roll/Rack/.Re-assess
- Aiming Techniques: Flash/Float the dot/Front
- sight focus
This training course lasts roughly 2.5-3 hours and will require approximately 150 rounds of ammunition to complete. Those wishing to participate must have a QUALITY holster that stays open when the gun is withdrawn, belt mounted on either the strong side or in the appendix carry position. NO UNIVERSAL FIT/”Uncle Mike’s” type or leather holsters that collapse when the gun is withdrawn will be allowed. Instructor staff have discretion on what holsters are authorized, so if you aren’t sure, please call ahead to ask.
All attendees must have:
Serviceable semi-auto handgun in an appropriate caliber (no subcompacts/revolvers/.22 LR)
Quality holster, concealed carry or range set-ups permitted
150 rounds of ammunition
Serviceable footwear/attire for the range
Open hearts and minds
Duration: 3 hours
Pistol Permit Class
This class will provide a complete overview of how to obtain a Florida pistol permit, which, in addition to a valid New York State pistol permit, allows you to carry currently in 36 states! DEVELOPED AND TAUGHT BY OUR training department.
(Read all requirements below)
This class covers:
- use of deadly force (Florida Law)
- Florida-specific laws
firearms and concealed carry
- review of Handgun safety and operation
- Mindset and philosophy of carrying a handgun for self-defense
- WHERE TO GET A color passport photograph
- completion of Florida application
- Preparation of your fingerprint card
- Locations to complete fingerprints at no cost
- qualification to satisfy florida training requirements (for students without prior proof of training)
GO to "Florida Department of Agriculture" website to verify acceptable training
Students with an acceptable training certificate pay $85.
All students will pay florida $97 for processing of Application and Fingerprints (check or MO)
Valid Unrestricted NY permit
50 rounds of ammunition
Firearm (student is able to shoot safely)
Eye and ear protection
Call ahead to clarify any questions
Duration: 3.5 hours
Individual instruction is available with ONE OF OUR HIGHLY TRAINED CERTIFIED INSTRUCTORS.
Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and include a contact number to discuss training opportunities!
individual Cost: $60/hr/person
Couples cost: $45 / HR / Person
Do you have a class you would like to teach? Are you looking for a pleasant classroom space to rent for any type of instruction? Our training room is available for rent at a very reasonable price!
Just Updated: Ceiling mounted projector and sound system available for use during your classroom rental!
8 Hour Block: $175
4 Hour Block: $100
Think you're a pretty good shooter? Take a look at our newly-developed "TFP Handgun Standards" test and give it a try next time you're in the range! We think our standards test is a good litmus for whether or not you could benefit from some formal firearms training. If you struggle to complete the TFP Standards Test, it's a good indication that you might want to think about scheduling some one-on-one training with our qualified instructors. If you complete the standards test successfully, that shows you're ready for some more advanced firearms training! Successful completion of the TFP standards test is a requirement/pre-requisite for entry into some of our more advanced live-fire training offerings and will give you a goal to "shoot for" if your skills are not quite where they should be. Watch the video below to learn more!
WHAT PEOPLE SAY
The experiences I've had at The Firing Pin have been top notch. I find much of the culture surrounding firearms has been turned on it's head when I'm at the shop - for the better. The folks who run the shop are always happy to answer my questions without rushing me. There has even been a stress on ensuring I am understanding the concepts before moving on.
I took a one-on-one session for a few hours with John and was thoroughly impressed. After the session I had a much better grasp on theoretical and practical concepts surrounding the firearm we worked with.
I'm grateful the region has such a place like this and I look forward to working with them down the road.
I have not fired a gun since I was in the Army almost 30 years ago. I was not sure what to expect but what John taught me today was exactly what I wanted and needed. By the time I got to the firing line I felt very comfortable with both the gun and the procedures. He was awesome!!! I shot very well today and look forward to coming back and renting (testing) a few more guns before I make my purchase. When I do purchase I will be buying it from TFP as I fully believe in buying local and rewarding business that put customers first. Thank you very much for everything.
Haven't used my handgun in 20 years, so it was like starting over again. Everyone has been so helpful and very friendly. There was no judgement of me being a rookie, female gun owner. You guys are AWESOME!! Thank you for your tips, encouragement & making me feel at home!! The range is great & even heated which is nice!! I was able to try different guns to find the right 1 & ended up buying 2!! I took a gun cleaning class and am looking forward to taking the conceal carry class!! I highly recommend them for practice, purchases & training!!