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Individual & Small Group Private Firearm Instruction

One of the best ways to continually improve and reach your goals is through private firearms training. From first-time shooters to seasoned firearm enthusiasts, everyone has more they can learn in the world of shooting sports.

At Blackstone Shooting Sports, we offer one-on-one and small group private firearms instruction from our conveniently located Charlotte facility. We can't wait to work with you to help you feel more secure, comfortable and confident in your skills.

If you're ready to start improving your firearms skills, Blackstone Shooting Sports' one-on-one firearms training is the place to turn. Book your private firearms training course at our Charlotte shooting center by filling out the form below, calling (704) 414-6020 or stopping by our facility.

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Topics of Interest in Our Firearms & Shooting Instruction Classes

Whether you want to learn the basics of how your firearm operates, how to improve your aim or how to defend yourself with your firearm, you'll find private shooting classes suited to your specific needs and learning style with us. Our Blackstone Private Training program is designed to provide custom, individualized instruction to both individuals and small groups that's second to none. Some of the most common topics we teach include:

  • Introduction to firearms: New to the world of shooting sports? We're here to help you become more comfortable with your firearm through classroom-type instruction and hands-on time at the range.
  • Specific firearm focus: Maybe you're interested in learning more about one particular firearm, like the latest pistol or rifle. We can craft our training to be as specific as you'd like to a precise firearm type, configuration or action.
  • Specific technique focus: Proper stance, aim and positioning all work together intricately, and even one wrong move can significantly affect your accuracy. We can help you hone your current technique to hit your target every time.
  • Self-defense: Dangerous situations are all around us. But with proper preparation, you can stop these events in their tracks. We'll show you how to keep yourself and your loved ones safe with various armed and unarmed self-defense techniques.
  • Carrying a concealed weapon: Since concealed carrying a firearm for self-defense is an incredible responsibility, proper training is crucial. Our experts can help you better understand your role as a CCW carrier in keeping the people around you safe. They can also provide the information and range time necessary for you to receive your CCW permit.
  • Competition shooting: Whether you're training for your first big competition or your hundredth, you'll always find ways to continually improve as a shooter. Our experts are thoroughly familiar with the world of competition shooting and can provide insider tips to help you excel in the shooting sports.
  • Advanced tactical training: Tactical training encompasses several self-defense strategies using both armed and unarmed combat, which makes it ideal for those in the military, law enforcement, security or a related career. That said, the skills used in tactical training can benefit men and women of any age or occupation. We'll show you how to use and apply these skills to a variety of situations.
  • Create your own: Firearms, shooting techniques and areas of interests aren't one-size-fits-all — so why should your training be? We'll customize a training program specific to your needs and the learning outcomes you hope to reach from our instruction.

Get To Know Our Instructors

Meet Blackstone's top shooting professionals!


In 1992, Shane began his career with the Gastonia Police Department, serving as a member of the SWAT team. Currently, Shane is the Lead Firearms Instructor for the Basic Law Enforcement Training Academy at Gaston College in addition to his work here at Blackstone Shooting Sports. He loves to work with people at a variety of levels on any skill!


Patrice, born and raised in California, moved to North Carolina in 2018 with her wife and son. Patrice is a certified North Carolina security trainer and was awarded Pistol Expert during her 8 years in private armed security. She is a firearms enthusiast, but even more so has a passion for instructing new shooters.


Calvin is a retired police Captain and currently is a full-time college instructor. He is a certified Firearms Instructor and Concealed Carry Handgun Instructor through the North Carolina Criminal Justice Training and Standards. His hobbies, besides shooting, are fishing, reading, cycling and scuba diving. He enjoys the shooting sports and is excited to help you!


Stephen is a firearms instructor for the state of North Carolina, responsible for firearms and tactical development. With over 22 years of law enforcement experience, the majority of his career has been spent on tactical teams. Stephen has numerous certifications and enjoys helping firearm enthusiast to become safe and more confident in their abilities.


Eric was born and raised in Stanley, North Carolina. He graduated with his Masters from East Carolina University and went on to serve the Gastonia Police Department for 15 years. Eric is currently the Sergeant over the training bureau and lead firearms instructor for the department. Additionally, Eric served on the Gastonia Regional SWAT team for 13 years and now sits as one of the Team Leaders. He is passionate about firearms and excited to train with you!


Taylor, born and raised in Gaston County, began his career with the Mount Holly Police Department. After a few years Taylor transitioned into a K9 handler and firearms instructor with state of North Carolina. In 2015, Taylor was assigned to a Focus Mission Team with Charlotte Mecklenburg Police Department and help with firearms instruction. Currently, Taylor serves as a patrol officer, firearms instructor, and Public Order Bike Officer.