About The Instructor

Joel Northrup of Redding Firearms AcademyThe Firearms Academy of Redding is owned and operated by Joel Northrup. Joel has a long and varied career in law enforcement and firearms training that spans many years. The education he has received, the schools he has attended and the experience he has gained that relates to firearms, shooting, law enforcement and the legal aspects of using deadly force is lengthy!

Joel started his law enforcement career as a Deputy with the Trinity County Sheriff’s Department and is currently the Marshal of Shasta County. His law enforcement experience spans more than 20 years. Joel has attended schools, such as, Gunsite, Lethal Force Institute, Glock Firearms Instructor and Armorer School, NRA Law Enforcement Instructor School, NRA Handgun and Long Gun Schools, California Peace Officer Standards & Training (POST) Firearms Instructor, Rangemaster, Tactical Firearms Instructor, and Armorer Schools.  Joel is also certified by POST to teach tactics and techniques for responding to an active shooter situation.

Joel is certified to teach firearms and self defense classes through the National Rifle Association, Glock Inc. and the California Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST). He has spent countless hours on the shooting range as an instructor, rangemaster and range officer. Not only has Joel taught thousands of students in the north state, but he is also certified as a POST, American Gunsmithing Institute and Glock Inc. armorer and gunsmith.

Joel is a published author in the area of firearms, self defense and firearms training. He has been a contributing author to Combat Handguns Magazine.

Joel Northrup Advanced Gun TrainingJoel has also been a very avid shooter and competitor. He holds the classification of “Master” in the United States Practical Shooting Association. Additionally, Joel has a background in teaching.  He has taught professionally at the college level and holds a Masters Degree from Chico State University.

The bottom line is Joel has the background, education, training and real world experience to provide a quality CCW and firearms training class for you!  Experience the best firearms training in Shasta County. 


Classroom (both initial and renewal CCW online on ZOOM)
October 6th (Tuesday)  6pm – 10pm
November 10th (Tuesday) 6pm – 10pm
December 8th (Tuesday) 6pm – 10pm

Initial Range Training (new CCW applicants)
October 17th (Saturday) 8am – 12pm
October 31st (Saturday) 8am – 12pm
November 14th (Saturday) 8am – 12pm
November 21st (Saturday) 8am – 12pm
December 5th (Saturday) 8am – 12pm

Renewal Range Qualification (contact us for a specific time)
October 17th (Saturday) 1pm – 4pm
November 14th (Saturday) 1pm – 4pm
December 5th (Saturday) 1pm – 4pm

*** Each classroom date is a separate starting class date for BOTH the renewal CCW class and the initial CCW class. Initial class students will have an additional shooting range date indicated below the classroom date.

If the listed shooting range date does not work with your schedule, please contact the academy as other shooting range dates may be available.  We are flexible and will try to accommodate your schedule!

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