For over 20 years we have been inspiring confidence and safety in gun owners, and encouraging responsible gun use. Our NRA Basic Pistol Class is taught by husband and wife team, Charles and Wendy Griffin, providing everyone with a comfortable supportive environment for optimal learning. This is a required class to put you on track to getting your CT State Pistol Permit.
Wendy Griffin started her career in firearms and firearms training from a unique perspective – suburban soccer mom. With twenty-years of firearms experience and ten solid years of conducting classroom training – she has taken many students from non-shooters to competitive shooters.
Wendy takes the extra time to work with people a little reticent about their firearm skills or anxious about shooting in general – to lead them to the right choice for themselves.
She is a NRA Chief Range Safety Officer and is certified to teach the Range Safety Officer courses and develop and implement standard operations manual for ranges. She carries instructor certifications to teach the NRA Basic Pistol Class and the Refuse To Be A Victim Seminars since 1994.
She started, organized, scheduled and conducted the Winchester Marksmanship program at the Metropolitan Shooters club in Manchester, Connecticut. This program is specifically orientated to take new shooters from the beginner classroom to the range and teach them the basics of pistol shooting and safety – starting with simple paper plates to timed drills utilizing both weak hand and strong hand grips shooting on Bianchi targets for score. A great program that helps build confidence and promote safety.
Having trained thousands of students she has made all aware of their rights and has a special respect for the Constitution and need for people to know their rights in addition to just getting a permit.
Charles Griffin has been a competitive pistol shooter since the early 80’s. In his career he has competed with the Connecticut state pistol team at Camp Perry in the National Pistol Championships. He has shot in numerous local and regional NRA matches using both 22 and 45 caliber semi-automatic firearms.
Besides formal target shooting Mr. Griffin has graduated from numerous “shooting school” classes taught at both Smith and Wesson Academy and SIG Academy. Classes such as: “Precision rifle”, “Urban rifle”, “Concealed Carry “and “Tactical Police Pistol Instructors” to further widen his experience he has assisted with anti-car-jacking scenarios and seminars on the law and self-defense.
He has been certified to teach since 1994 and with his wife, Wendy – they present a unique perspective for those wishing to learn more and become proficient and confident around firearms.