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.

                    HPi Certified Training Academy Blog

                    Red Flag Laws

                    ESRO in Virginia

                    Virginia currently has a red flag law on the books. The Emergency Substantial Risk Order (“ESRO”) can be found at Va. Ann. Code § 19.2-152.13. This red flag law allows a law enforcement officer or Commonwealth Attorney to petition a judge or magistrate for an ESRO if there is probable cause to believe that a person is at substantial risk to themselves or others shortly.  The ESRO process can begin with a complaint from any source. However, the law requires that law enforcement officers complete an independent investigation before requesting a judge or magistrate to issue the ESRO. The ESRO is typically issued during an ex parte process, meaning without the subject of the ESRO present. When an ESRO is issued, it prevents the subject from possessing, purchasing, or transporting a firearm for an initial period of up to 14 days, or until a judge dissolves the order under a successful petition filed by the subject of the ERSO. During a hearing, with the individual subject to the order present, a judge can extend the firearms prohibition for up to 180 days.

                    How does the ESRO law impact a law-abiding gun owner’s day-to-day life in Virginia? The law presents a clear risk of misuse, where firearms could be seized based on an initial complaint from a neighbor, family member, or even random acquaintance. This can occur with only a cursory “independent investigation” from law enforcement, followed by the issuance of the ESRO. During proceedings to dissolve an ESRO, the State is typically represented by the Commonwealth Attorney. However, because this is a civil proceeding, there is no constitutional requirement for the State to provide counsel for the person subject to the ESRO. Which means that those subject to an ESRO who can’t afford a lawyer are required to attend the court hearing, where the return of their firearms is deliberated, potentially without counsel present on their behalf. This red flag law is new in Virginia, having gone into effect in July of 2020. It has already been misused multiple times across the Commonwealth to temporarily seize firearms from those who had not committed crimes and were not otherwise subject to firearms prohibitions.

                    By: Philip C. Hecker

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