ABOUT OUR CLASSES
First Steps Pistol and Shotgun Classes
Each of these classes generally offered on a one-on-one basis, although couples, families and friends are welcome to sign up. The classes can be scheduled most weekdays and some Saturdays are available. Each class requires a minimum of 5 hours, but extra time is required if you have additional people. This class is one on one so we have the ability to customize the class to your firearm needs. Please let us know your specific needs and we will try our best to accommodate them. For example, if you desire is to shoot cowboy action, then we will focus on single action pistols.
With each of these classes, we supply the ammunition (50 rounds for pistol, 25 shells for shotgun). We also provide hearing and eye protection.
You are welcome to bring your own firearms, but it is not a requirement. If you are undecided as to which gun is right for you, we have the resources to allow you to try several different guns.
Although the NRA course is designed with new shooters in mind, we have worked with people with more experience with a great deal of success.
Hand loading expertise and experience runs very deep at Enck’s Gun Barn. As a natural outgrowth of this, we have added a Basic Hand Loading Class.
Basic Course Outline for the Pistol Class
This class is designed to provide a hands-on introduction to the safe handling and proper orientation to one specific pistol action. This course is for those who have minimal or no formal training and is at least three hours long and includes classroom and range time learning to shoot a specific pistol action. Students will learn the NRA’s rules for safe gun handling; the particular pistol model parts and operation; ammunition; shooting fundamentals; cleaning the pistol; and continued opportunities for skill development.
Basic Course Outline for the Shotgun Class
This class is designed to provide a hands-on introduction to the safe handling and proper orientation to one specific shotgun action. This course is for those who have minimal or no formal training and is at least three hours long and includes classroom and range time learning to shoot a specific shotgun action. Students will learn the NRA’s rules for safe gun handling; the particular shotgun model parts and operation; ammunition; shooting fundamentals; cleaning the shotgun; and continued opportunities for skill development.
Basic Course Outline for our Reloading Class:
This class is designed to allow students to load either pistol or rifle cartridges in the caliber of their choice. Material covered includes workspace setup, components of a cartridge, equipment needed, and how to correctly use a loading manual. After a load has been established, students will set up each of the dies, and load 10 rounds. As a culmination, the student will actually shoot their first hand loads.
MEET OUR INSTRUCTORS
Steve is a retired high school biology teacher and has been teaching several classes at Enck’s Gun Barn for the past five years. Steve is NRA certified as a Range Officer, pistol and shotgun instructor. Steve also teaches a reloading class, pistol techniques class and a firearms maintenance class.
Andy is a Retired Pennsylvania State Trooper (Corporal) with 25 years experience as a law enforcement firearms instructor with handgun, shotgun, patrol rifle, pepper spray, ASP baton and TASER. Andy was recently certified by the Municipal Police Officer’s Education and Training Commission (MPOETC) as a firearms instructor for active duty and retired law enforcement officers in accordance with the Retired Law Enforcement Identification Act (RLEIA).
Mike has been shooting firearms and shooting various types of competition his entire life. He has been involved in shooting Action Steel, Cowboy Action, 3-Gun, Tactical and Black Powder Bullseye. He currently shoots N-SSA. Mike is an NRA-Certified instructor and Certified Safety Range Officer.