COURSES

We at the Sporting and Defensive Firearms Academy value your firearm safety, defensive and sporting development.  It's for this reason that we offer a number of different training courses for all skill levels and development. 

Private and Custom Classes
SDFA offers private classes in pistol, rifle and/or shotgun tailored to fit each person's individual needs. We work with each person on a case by case basis to help them reach their goals in a safe and comfortable learning environment. This includes, but is not limited to, dry fire practice, live fire training, selection of firearms, holsters, accessories, and/or gear for recreational, competitive and/or defensive purposes.
SDFA also offers custom pistol, rifle and/or shotgun classes tailored to meet the needs of individuals and/or groups. We will design a class to help you achieve your recreational, competitive and/or defensive objectives.

Instructor Level Classes
SDFA offers NRA Instructor classes in the following modules: Home firearm safety, Pistol, Rifle, Personal Protection and Range Safety Officer. These classes are intended for experienced personnel that would like to expand their horizons by obtaining the appropriate NRA certifications to teach any or all of the above modules.
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NRA Basic Pistol Course The NRA Basic Pistol Course introduces participants to the knowledge, skills and attitude necessary for owning and using a pistol safely. Pistol NRA 
NRA Basic Rifle Course Teaches the basic knowledge, skills, and attitude necessary for the safe use of a rifle in target shooting. Rifle NRA 
NRA First Steps Rifle The NRA First Steps Rifle Course provides beginning shooters with an introduction to the knowledge, skills and attitude necessary to own and use a specific rifle model safely. Rifle NRA 
NRA Home Firearm Safety The NRA Home Firearm Safety Course teaches the basic knowledge and skills, and explains the attitude necessary for safe handling and storage of guns in the home. All NRA 
NRA Personal Protection in the Home Course Comprehensive and intensive in its approach to equip the defensive shooting candidate with the skills needed to survive serious adversity. Pistol NRA 
NRA Personal Protection in the Home Instructor Training To develop NRA Certified Instructors who possess the knowledge, skill and attitude necessary to conduct the NRA Personal Protection in the Home Course. Pistol NRA 
NRA Personal Protection Outside the Home This course is designed to develop in the participants the knowledge, skills and attitude essential for avoiding dangerous confrontations and for the safe, effective, responsible, and ethical use of a concealed pistol for self-defense outside the home. Pistol NRA 
NRA Pistol Instructor Training Course To develop NRA Certified Instructors who possess the knowledge, skill and attitude necessary to conduct the NRA Basic Pistol Shooting Course. Pistol NRA 
NRA Range Safety Officer NRA Range Safety Officers are people who possess the knowledge, skills, and attitude essential to organizing, conducting, and supervising safe shooting activities and range operations. All NRA 
SDFA AR15 Technicalities and Legalities This seminar will focus on discussing the technicalities and legalities of building a modern AR15. We will also discuss .223 or 5.56 reloading requirements and techniques for those interested and address questions regarding the legalities of owning or possessing an AR15 in New York State since enactment of the SAFE Act.  Rifle SDFA Course 
SDFA Competition Pistol 1 Competition Pistol 1 focuses on those who are new to the sport of IDPA and is mainly designed for the beginner and Novice/MM level IDPA shooters. Although this is an introductory class introducing the shooter to the world of competitive action shooting, more experienced shooters would also benefit from fine tuning their basic skill set.  Pistol SDFA Course 
SDFA Competition Pistol 2 Competition Pistol 2 is focused on the sport of IDPA and is targeted for MM/SS/EX level IDPA shooters. This is an advanced class designed to improve the shooter’s skill level and training regimen. The class focuses on shooter development through live fire practical drills in order to enhance their current skills and optimize their performance while under pressure. This is a high round count physically intense class. Participants will be evaluated while shooting actual IDPA courses of fire similar to what they would currently encounter on a National/State level. The class also includes mental game and confidence building exercises critical to perform “on the buzzer” as well as developing a personal practice plan. Pistol SDFA Course 
SDFA Tactical Rifle 1 The Tactical Rifle 1 course is designed to develop and enrich the skills of the participant by introducing them to the dynamics of effectively and efficiently utilizing and functioning a rifle/carbine platform for defensive, recreational and competitive purposes. Rifle SDFA Course 
SDFA Tactical Rifle 2 The Tactical Rifle 2 course builds on the strong foundation established in Tactical Carbine 1 by expanding the horizons of the participants in the proper dynamic use of the carbine/Rifle and challenging them to reach new heights. Participants will be encouraged to reach beyond their comfort zone while striking the proper balance between speed and accuracy. Rifle SDFA Course 
SDFA Tactical Rifle 3 The Tactical Rifle 3 course builds on the strong foundation established in Tactical Carbine 1 & 2 by elevating the bar to new levels in dynamics, tactics and functionality. Participants will be guided to reach beyond their comfort zone while striking the proper balance between speed and accuracy. Rifle SDFA Course 
SDFA Tactical Shotgun 1 The Tactical Shotgun 1 course is designed to develop and enrich the skills of the participant by introducing them to the dynamics of effectively and efficiently utilizing and functioning a shotgun platform for defensive, recreational and competitive purposes. Shotgun SDFA Course 
Utah Concealed Firearm Permit Course This course is for those living outside the state of Utah, who would like the benefit of traveling outside NY State with a concealed firearm in over 30 states. This is not an NRA-approved course. Pistol Upstate Unlimited Inc. 
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