Guns save lives! We teach you to properly use them!!


Defensive Firearms Instruction

Defensive Firearms Instruction was founded with a vision of responsible citizens legally exercising their Second Amendment rights. Gary Widner has been teaching firearms safety classes for the past 15 years. Through his instruction, scores of law abiding citizens have legally obtained their Virginia Concealed Handgun Permit. Defensive Firearms Instruction has also added Craig Widner and Josh Petry as part of the personal protection instruction team. Together, Gary, Craig, and Josh instruct classes on Virginia Concealed Handgun Permit, Refuse To Be A Victim, Self Defense, and multiple NRA Instructor courses.

Why Us? Defensive Firearms Instruction believes passionately that defending yourself and your family requires that you are proficient in hitting your target. UNLIKE MOST OTHER FIREARMS SAFETY CLASSES, ROUGHLY HALF OF OUR INSTRUCTION TAKES PLACE ON THE SHOOTING RANGE! The instructors at Defensive Firearms Instruction are committed to working with each participant until they are proficient, on the range, with their firearm.

Defensive Firearms Instruction also offers the gift of personal protection. Inquire today about our gift certificates that can be used toward any of the classes that we offer. There is no expiration date so these gift certificates may be used at any time that's convenient for the recipient.

All Classes are held at Kettlefoot Rod and Gun Club in Bristol, VA. Classes, dates, and fees are listed in the Schedule section. Find the class that fits your needs and contact us to reserve your spot today. For groups of 10 or more, private training dates are available.

We accept cash, checks from area banks, PayPal, and all major credit cards.