John Allen


John is certified to teach Pistol, Rifle, Shotgun, Home Firearm Safety and is a Chief Range Safety Officer.  While teaching shooting classes since 2017 John has had hundreds of students both youth and adults. He is the former shooting sports director for the local Boy Scout Camp and the Scout council shooting sports committee chairman.  With a firm belief of Safety-first and foremost, John works with each student individually to develop their knowledge of firearm safety and use.
George Valentine - Instructor

George Valentine


George is a certified NRA Pistol instructor who has extensive experience in competitive pistol shooting and is active in local IDPA and USPSA matches. He has been a member of a local church's Safety Team for the last eight years. George has spent his professional life working for a major energy supply company as an Engineering Technical Consultant for the last 36 years.
Jeff Coiner - Instructor

Jeff Coiner


Jeff is a lifelong recreational shooter and USMC veteran who has spent the last 5+ years on a Church Safety Team. As an experienced instructor and coach for firearm safety, marksmanship, and shooting sports Jeff brings a great skill level to the team. Jeff is currently teaching NRA courses in Basic Pistol, Rifle, and Shotgun marksmanship and focuses on the necessary fundamentals with his students.
Todd Long - Instructor

Todd Long


Todd is an NRA Range Safety Officer, NRA Pistol Instructor, and has had Crisis Intervention Team training. Todd currently serves as a full-time Professional Firefighter EMT and instructs at the fire academy as well as teaching fire and life safety education for ages five to adult. He earned his Black Belt in Tae Kwon Do and continues to enhance his credentials by furthering his training with many recognized leaders in firearms instruction.

John Kochensparger

John Kochensparger

Education Director

John Kochensparger has spent his entire career in law enforcement and security since 1973 with more than 21 contiguous years as a school director and trainer in private security services (VA DCJS 88-1190). The other highlights include, in chronological order: 

  • U. S. Army Military Police, 
  • Sergeant, 
  • Investigator and Physical Security Inspector; 
  • Armed security officer as a college student; 
  • Police Officer, City of Alexandria, VA; 
  • National trainer; 
  • Corporate security director Washington, DC; 
  • Electronic security; 
  • Administrator at the VA Department of Criminal Justice Services.

                    PC Hecker - Instructor

                    Philip C. Hecker


                    Phillip C Hecker has 20 plus years’ experience in the government and security arena. He is certified as a Pistol, Rifle and Shotgun expert. Is a NRA Certified Instructor, he brings safety to the table while educating you on all levels of defense and situational awareness. As one of the leaders in Situational Awareness development, he brings a level of skill to the table that is rarely experienced in the Self- Protection and Defense arena.
                    Top 3 Reasons For Dry Fire Training
                    From military professionals to competitive shooters, people who make their living with a firearm all know the importance of dry fire training. Though high-level shooters use dry fire to keep their skills sharp, newer gun owners can reap the largest benefits by incorporating this into their training regime. Let’s look at some of the biggest reasons you should add dry fire training to your routine immediately.



                    When it comes to firearms training the use of dry fire training is safe and practical for multiple reasons. I realize “safety” isn’t a sexy sell here, but this will always be paramount for gun owners, and familiarity with its operation, as well as comfort with its handling, are key elements to safe usage. Even longtime gun enthusiasts need to spend time with new purchases if only to adjust to basics such as unique placement of the gun’s safety, magazine release, and charging handle. Especially if you’re a new shooter, getting familiar with your weapon without live rounds being involved lowers the danger and therefore potential stress.


                    Speaking of reduced stress and increased safety, dry fire training allows you to push your own limits as you work on fundamentals with ever increasing speed. From maneuvers as basic as rapid firing at a single target, to drawing from a holster to hit multiple targets, you can incorporate more movement, activity, and acceleration without putting yourself and those around you in danger because of a negligent or accidental discharge.


                    FINANCIAL & TIME SAVINGS


                    This one’s straightforward, especially if you’re pinching pennies by reloading your own ammunition, you’re likely aware of what each round cost money, now multiply that by each trigger press during your dry fire firearms training session. That’s a given, but let’s don’t forget to also factor in the wear and tear on your gun, the drive to the shooting range, range fees, the targets you're chewing up, and, depending on your schedule, the time involved (time is money). Hey, heading to the range is a mini vacation for many of us, but if you’re depending on it as your only source of firearms training practice, then on the day’s life gets in the way, your trigger time gets bumped to another day. Since dry fire training can be worked in during commercial breaks, just after putting the kids to bed, or even between folding the laundry, there’s no excuse for letting your trigger finger rust.



                    SHOOTING RANGE... OF LIMITATIONS


                    This will not affect everyone equally, but most shooting ranges are simply a collection of lanes that you get to shoot down, slowly (rapid fire is often not permitted), without the option of using different firing positions (unless you count sitting and standing), movement (including holster draws), ability to shoot more than a single target, and a variety of other dynamic options you may want to incorporate into your routine. These rules, of course, are in place for safety purposes, but if you desire more than sighting in your gun, then you need more than a lane, to keep your skills sharp.


                    Though in first point, we discussed safety, we’re closing the circle here regarding pushing your boundaries and increasing your capabilities. From improved accuracy to reload speeds, holster draws to malfunction clearing, safe, fast movement combined with shooting from various forms of cover, you can enhance current skills and cultivate new techniques all through using dry fire training as part of your firearms training regime.



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