After you book your lesson, an email will be sent to the instructor you have booked with. He/she will contact you to plan out your lesson and determine what equipment you will need.
Eye protection, ear protection, and targets are provided free of charge. Firearm rentals and ammunition is an additional charge if required. Most lessons require 100 rounds on average and the Sporting Shoppe has a large array of firearms to chose from for your rental needs.
Students are also welcome to bring their own firearms and ammunition.
We kindly ask that you arrive a few minutes early if you need to purchase ammunition and/or rent a firearm. All students should report directly to the Sporting Shoppe.
Book a private lesson with Robert Cardente. Robert is a retired detective and is currently the Director of Training at the Preserve Academy. Robert holds firearms certifications from the FBI, NRA, Glock, Sig Sauer, and many others. Robert enjoys teaching new pistol shooters basic shooting skills and especially individuals who are training for lawful self-defense and concealed carry. Robert strongly encourages his students to purchase a holster, learn how to draw their firearm, and train for realistic scenarios that include utilizing cover, moving and shooting, one handed shooting, and shooting in low light conditions.
Book a private or semi private lesson with firearms instructor, Sherry Pratt. Sherry holds NRA instructor certifications in Pistol, Rifle, and Personal Protection in the Home training. She is also an NRA Chief Range Safety Officer and Home Firearm Safety Instructor. Sherry enjoys teaching new shooters the fundamentals of shooting and safe firearms handling. Sherry takes pride in being the lead firearms instructor for our ladies pistol class and enjoys empowering women to learn a new skill for fun and/or self defense in a safe, positive, and patient environment.
Book a private or semi private lesson with firearms instructor, Derek Brodeur. Derek holds most of the NRA instructor certifications such as Pistol, Rifle, and Personal Protection in the Home, Chief Range Safety Offices, NRA CCW and Massachusetts Safety Instructor. Derek enjoys teaching new shooters the fundamentals of shooting, safe gun handling and the skills needed to concealed carry. Derek is one of the lead firearms instructors focusing on pistol shooting and concealed carry.
Book a private or semi private lesson with firearms instructor, Daniel. Daniel is a Sergeant with over 18 years of law enforcement experience to date. Daniel is a Sig Sauer Active Threat Instructor, NRA Certified Pistol Instructor, and is a firearms instructor for his department and at the Rhode Island Municipal Police Academy.
Kyle Josephson (Advanced Training)
Book a private or semi private lesson with firearms instructor, Kyle. A native of South Kingstown, Rhode Island, Kyle Josephson graduated from the Prout High School and the University of Rhode Island before enlisting into the United States Anny in 2012. After attending Infantry Basic Training and Airborne School at Fort Benning, Georgia, he attended Special Forces Assessment/ Selection at Fort Bragg, NC. After being selected to attend the Special Forces Qualification Course, Kyle was trained in unconventional warfare, land navigation, small unit tactics, survival-evasion-resistance-escape (SERE-C), advanced weapons handling and advanced special operations.
Upon graduating Class 284 and earning his Green Beret, Kyle was assigned to 3D Special Forces Group at Fort Bragg, NC. He served as a Special Forces Weapons Sergeant on Special Forces Operational Detachment Alpha’s (SFOD-A) 31 13 and 3121, specializing in small unit tactics, combat marksmanship, close quarters combat, force protection, base defense, weapons handling and employment of foreign and domestic light and heavy weaponry. During his tenure he conducted foreign internal defense and unconventional warfare operations throughout the Middle East and Northern Africa, training, equipping,
and advising foreign special operations forces and leading them on offensive combat operations against violent extremist organizations.
Despite having to learn new cultures and languages, Kyle has trained, equipped and lead thousands of foreign and domestic special operations soldiers. While Kyle enjoys shooting, he finds teaching and interacting with the soldiers of foreign special operations forces the most fulfilling. Kyle has attended Special Forces Advanced Urban Combat, Special Forces Advanced Reconnaissance Target Analysis Exploitation Training Course, Advanced Rifle Marksmanship, Low Visibility Tactics, Tactical Combat Casualty Care, Combat Life Saver, and the Advanced Operator Course. Kyle has now transitioned out of the military and has moved back to Rhode Island, instructing members of his community on advanced weapons handling, close quarters combat and small unit tactics.