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Classes / Fee

About Brad Toohill 

  • NRA First Steps Rifle  / $150 (3 Hours)
  • NRA Basic Pistol Instructor Led  / $150 (3 - 5 Hours)
  •  NRA Pistol Marksmanship Simulator Training / $100 (2 Hours) 
  • First Steps Shotgun / $150 (3 Hours)
  • Muzzleloading Rifle / $200 (4 Hours)

Born in rural Ohio and raised with my sister by our parents, I learned early on the value of hard work, teamwork,  perseverance and how to be safe with a firearm. After high school I joined the Marine Corps Reserve as a machine gunner while attending college.


I served in the USMC(R) for 6 years. I spent the next two decades teaching at the high school and elementary school level and am currently an elementary school assistant principal.  


Our mission at Blackwood Firearms Instruction is to develop in our student’s, the knowledge, skill, and attitude necessary to be safe and responsible gun owners. We offer our students quality training that focuses on safety above all else. I am endorsed and certified by the NRA as a Rifle / Pistol Instructor and the Maryland State Police as Maryland Qualified Handgun Instructor.  Since 2012, I have trained over 500 students  how to safely own and operate a firearm.


Class Details


NRA Basic Pistol Instructor Led is our most popular class! It is designed to provide a hands-on introduction to the safe handling and proper orientation to one specific pistol action type for classes of four or fewer students. You will leave with all of the paperwork necessary for a VA or WV Concealed Carry License. This course is at least three hours long and includes classroom and range time learning to shoot a specific pistol action type. Students will learn the NRA’s rules for safe gun handling; the particular pistol model parts and operation; ammunition; shooting fundamentals; cleaning the pistol; and continued opportunities for skill development.  Students are encouraged to bring their own firearm to this class or they can use one of ours. This course meets Virginia's Concealed Carry Permit requirements. Students will receive the Basics of Pistol Shooting handbook, NRA Gun Safety Rules brochure, Winchester/NRA Marksmanship Qualification booklet, FIRST Steps Course completion certificate.

NRA FIRST Steps Rifle is designed to provide a hands-on introduction to the safe handling and proper orientation to one specific rifle action type for classes of four or fewer students. Students are encouraged to bring their own firearm to this class or they can use one of ours. This course is at least three hours long and includes classroom and range time learning to shoot a specific rifle action type. Students will learn the NRA’s rules for safe gun handling; the particular rifle model parts and operation; ammunition; shooting fundamentals; cleaning the rifle; and continued opportunities for skill development. Students will receive the Basics of Rifle Shooting handbook, NRA Gun Safety Rules brochure, Winchester/NRA Marksmanship Qualification booklet, FIRST Steps Course completion certificate.

First Steps Shotgun course is designed to provide a hands-on introduction to the safe handling and proper orientation to one specific shotgun model. Students are encouraged to bring their own firearm to this class or they can use one of ours. This course is at least three hours long and includes classroom and range time learning to shoot a specific model shotgun at a moving target. Students will learn the NRA’s rules for safe gun handling; the particular shotgun model parts and operation; ammunition; shooting fundamentals; cleaning the shotgun; and continued opportunities for skill development.

NRA Pistol Marksmanship Simulator Training Course teaches basic marksmanship fundamentals, firearm safety using a simulated pistol with a resetting trigger and laser to indicate where the shots hit. No range is needed with this simulator training course. It can be held anywhere; a meeting room in a hotel, business boardroom, or in a church hall. With very little equipment, the NRA Pistol Marksmanship Simulator Training Course teaches the fundamentals of sight alignment, trigger control, grip, and breath control. At the completion of the course, an NRA participation certificate is awarded. Students may attend this course as a basis to decide whether or not they would like to follow-up by taking the full length Basic Pistol Course with live fire, or simply learn to improve their marksmanship skills.


Basic Muzzleloading Shooting Course
Short Description: Teaches the basic knowledge, skills, and attitude essential to the safe and efficient use of a muzzleloading rifle.
More Details: This course will focus on muzzleloading rifles. The course includes classroom instruction and time on a range shooting a muzzleloading rifle. Students are encouraged to bring their own muzzleloading rifle or they may borrow an instructor’s rifle. This course is at least four hours long and includes classroom and range time learning to shoot a muzzleloading rifle. Students will learn the NRA’s rules for safe gun handling; the parts and operation; ammunition; shooting fundamentals; cleaning the rifle; and continued opportunities for skill development. Students will receive the NRA How To Series Muzzleloading handbook, NRA Gun Safety Rules brochure, Winchester/NRA Marksmanship Qualification booklet, FIRST Steps Course completion certificate.