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Training Opportunities

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!


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. 

Duration: 3-3.5 hours

Cost $65

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The curriculum for this course is outlined by the NYDCJS. This is our version of this unconstitutional required training. You MUST attend BOTH days AND pass the written exam to receive full credit for the course. All ammunition, targets, range fees, firearm rentals, eye and ear protection, AND LUNCH will be provided/included with course registration. 

This course is required for NEW pistol permit applicants in NY. It will be taught by NRA and USCCA certified instructors with decades of experience. You do NOT need to take this course if you already hold a NYS pistol permit. Applicants must NOT be a prohibited person in regards to firearm ownership (I.E. you cannot be a felon, be convicted of domestic violence, etc.)

The complete list of requirements and timeframes can be found at  Handgun-specific training will include the NRA basic pistol course which if completed to standard will generate an NRA course certificate which may be used as proof of training for other courses, (e.g., NRA advanced courses or some non-resident pistol permits from other states).

Both days are from 9:00 AM from 6:00 PM with a working lunch around noon. LUNCH WILL BE PROVIDED by The Firing Pin, LLC (probably a sheet pizza or sub tray. If you have dietary restrictions, plan on packing your own lunch in case we're unable to accommodate your food allergy). The instructors will give a light presentation during lunch in order to get through the material.

Successful completion of our course will result in a certificate valid to submit with your New York pistol permit application and an NRA First Steps pistol course completion certificate. Students who are new to firearms training should be well aware that two days of intensive learning will be extremely tiring and require focus and dedication. Do not sign up to attend this or any other course unless you have all your questions answered and are fully aware of what you are getting into. REGISTER BELOW.

Duration: 18 hours (9HRS/DAY)

Cost $400.00




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Individual instruction is available with ONE OF OUR HIGHLY TRAINED CERTIFIED INSTRUCTORS.

Email us at and include a contact number to discuss training opportunities!


individual Cost: $60/hr/person

Couples cost: $45 / HR / Person

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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!

TFP Standards Test Demonstration and Explanation

TFP Standards Test Demonstration and Explanation

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frannie guest

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.

kendrick krause

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.

robin purcio

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!!

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