Firearms Training

Below are the training classes to be offered by Paul and Susan Piscator.
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What To Do If Stopped While Carying

Know what to do if you are stopped by a police officer while carying

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Training Courses Available To HSA Members At Perkiomen Sportsmen’s Association

HSA Members may attend at the Perkiomen member rate.

Please indicate on the application that you are a member of Hellertown Sportsmen Association.

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Concealed Carry Level I

As a licensed individual carrying a firearm one of the primary requisites is be trained to face sudden close quarter lethal encounter(s). Unfortunately, a serious gap exists between qualification training and what actually works or is employed in the real world situation. Separating life from death your survival depends on a quick and decisive response and at the same time not jeopardizing innocent lives. This course teaches how to react and deploy a handgun quickly and accurately against armed suspect(s). The program carries out specific preparation and advanced firearm training. Your performance is directly related to your ability to avoid panicking and trying to think of what to do, instead of doing. Connect and adapt to the situation.

Additional Training Opportunities

Introduction to the Handgun for Women Only

The aim of this program is to educate women who have no or limited knowledge of handguns and want to become informed and understand the basic operation of the handgun, safe handling of the firearm and proper shooting techniques. Additionally, the program will address the use of the handgun for personal protection.
The Introduction to the Handgun for Women Only program is conducted in two half day sessions. The first day is comprised of lecture, hands on demonstrations, questions and answers, open discussion, and a review of the various types of handguns with personal defense in mind. The second half day session is comprised of shooting exercises focusing on the correct procedures for shooting as well as covering the basics in a defensive situation.


Course Instructors – Paul Piscator formerly Pennsylvania State Constable & Susan Piscator formerly a Deputy Pennsylvania State Constable both have been teaching firearms from the basic to the advanced for over 25 years including 15 years as Smith & Wesson Certified Firearms Instructors. Both are Basic Firearms, Home Firearm Safety and Personal Protection Instructors for the NRA. Both are Stress-Fire Instructor graduates from LFI and Instinctive Point Shooting Instructors from Rayburn Law Enforcement Training. Paul was a member of the International Law Enforcement Educators and Trainers Association and previously a member of the International Association for Counterterrorism & Security Professionals. Susan has a Master’s degree in Terrorism – Counterterrorism Studies and one in Intelligence Management from Henley-Putnam University School of Strategic Studies.


Hellertown Sportsmen Association, 1793 Meadows Road, Hellertown, PA (It is not necessary to be a member of the Hellertown Sportsmen’s Association to attend.)

For further information on these courses and other programs available, please contact Paul Piscator, S&W Certified Instructor at (610) 847-5396 or

Firearms Training Instructors

Paul Piscator

Certified Firearms Instructor

Susan Piscator

Certified Firearms Instructor
Decision making is not only the physical act of responding to a threat but most importantly the mental process or judgmental procedure to appropriately respond and not jeopardize taking someone(s) life inappropriately. Responding properly is initiated though experience. Training is another way to reduce human error and to accelerate the acquisition of higher judgmental decision making skills. We must recognize the fact that we now control success or failure in our hands governed by our experience and knowledge. If we err in our decision while under stress an innocent life may be taken. It has happened. Training should include scenarios to reflect good judgment and discretional use of force. Training needs to reflect the way you will need to defend yourself and others in your accompaniment. The fundamental concept is to keep thinking, reassessing, adjusting and reassessing again. Lessons learned will be reflected or transferred in the way you respond. Training scenarios introduce situational evaluation, risk management and decision making, giving the trainee more control over the situation ensuring a successful outcome. We reflect on our past decisions to make current decisions.
Standing in front of a target shooting at the “10 ring” and seeing how accurate you can become is good fundamental practice of the basics. We all do it including myself. Unfortunately when the threat is two arm lengths away you will not have time to study the sight picture. Use of cover, if available, threat identification in dim light, creating distance, communicating to those with you, shooting from difficult positions while protecting others and functioning under stress is what defensive shooting is all about. You will not be thinking about your stance, extending your arms to get a good sight picture in relation to your target while the threat is advancing and practically on top of you. Defensive situations are about critical decision making, responding appropriately and competently without escalating unnecessary force or responding inappropriately. Again, remember we reflect on our past decisions to make current decisions.