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Read what our previous students said about their experience and training with Firearms Academy of Redding:

Staff was very professional and knowledgeable, but stiill able to have FUN! CCW certification was a great experience here!
Rebeccah Watson
Awesome training. This is a must do class. Entertaining and informative with a laid-back environment. Lots of one on one instruction.
Heather Rodriguez
The entire staff of Firearms Academy of Redding are kind, accommodating, professional and knowledgeable.
Christina Prosperi
Joel and his staff were excellent. Lots of knowledge and experience on handling firearms and the most important safety.
Eric Prosperi
Joel and his guys are great as always.. If you want the best class then take his class.
Will Wintter
Rick Weaver
Great instructors and deep content on CCW process.
Terry Ray
John Mattera
Very knowledgeable, and always willing explain things, and answer questions. Best in the Northstate!
Joseph Lockwood
Robert Shive
Joel and his staff were all very friendly helpful and pleasant to work with. My family and I couldn't have asked for a better experience!
Richard Jackson
Serena Rena
Loved the class and range time. Joel is a great instructor and get educational. I highly recommend Firearms Academy of Redding!
Jessica Voorhees
Very throw and answers all questions that you have,this the place I think everyone should go for professional training
David Snodgrass
The best I have found. Professional, Knowledgable and just good. I highly recommend Firearms Academy of Redding
Billy Warren
David Williams
Great instructor Dave and Joel make you feel comfortable to shoot would not go anywhere else
Phillip Carlson
Great instructors make you feel welcome would not go anywhere else
Phillip Carlson
Great class! Joel and Dave provide lots of practical exercises at the range, as well as, excellent usable advice applicable to real world situations. Would...
Dave Holden
Shaun Dobbs
Joel is very knowledgeable in all things guns. He makes the four hour class enjoyable. It definitely does not seem like four hours. Joel keeps current on the...
Craig Omura
Great class! I would recommend Joel Northrups class to anyone needing a CCW Permit or renewal. It is lively, and well put together. Thank you Joel.
Diane Bermers
This week I took my CCW renewal class with Joel Northrup at his Firearms Academy of Redding. Same place as my initial class 2 years ago. Great class. Joel is...
Tish N Joe Lewallen
Very up to date and informative. Very good class for renewal.
Roy Tyler
Larry Thurman
Classroom session is very informative and thorough. The material is current, and the instructor keeps the class interested.Range session is a perfect balance...
Dave Morley
John Winn
ryan zauher
The instructor, Joel Northrup, is extremely knowledgeable, and makes the class fun. It's my second class with Joel and I'll be back in 2 years!!!
Gregg Morrow
I've been attending Joel's classes since 1993 and really appreciate the way he interacts with his pupils as peers. I've tried others, but returned to Joel...
Dan-Malinda Martin
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Misty Kelley
Really enjoy Joel's class and instruction. He makes it fun, interesting, and educational.
Francine Hoofard
The Firearms Academy, my place to get all I need for my CCW. The Best, simply.
Andre Michele Domine
I took a handgun class with owner Joel Northrup in 1995, and returned 22 years later to take his initial CCW class again. One thing hasn't changed: Joel...
Hal Johnson
I got my certificate in 1997. Had so much fun! Will be taking it again as soon as I move back to Redding.
Rita Gail
I got my original CCW via training courses with Joel in 1996. Doing my renewal class last night was a breeze. He keeps it on topic, interesting and is...
Maureen Gaynor Ross
Joel was an exceptional teacher. He made sure everyone felt safe, learned everything they needed to know & had a great time. I hope to take more of his...
Hollee Campbell
Joel is great! Highly recommend his ccw class. I plan on taking more classes with Joel in the future!
Jaimie Chandler
When it was time for my first CCW renewal my husband told me about Joel's class, which he had attended for past renewals. I'm so glad I chose Joel's class!...
Patricia Majewski
Have taken course from three different places, and while they were all good and professional, Firearms Academy of Redding stands above the rest.Joel Knows...
Jan Majewski
My wife and I both enjoyed the class very much. Although we are both fairly experienced shooters, we appreciated the opportunity to learn and practice some...
Jeff Hart
Joel does a great job of packing a lot of information into the time spent. He is an excellent instructor, I learn something new every time I take one of his...
Scott Taylor
I recently finished my third class with Joel Northrup, and would recommend him to anyone interested in getting a CCW Permit. Being in law enforcement, his is...
Debbie Nichols
Joel's knowledge and experience, mixed with some humor to lighten up an otherwise very heavy subject is the reason I went back a second time. Each time I...
Bruce Valladon
If you're looking to acquire a CCW then Firearms Academy of Redding is the first place you should look. I give 4 stars instead of 5 because, well, only God...
Shane Nurnberg
Joel: Thank you for a great experience in qualifying for my CCW. All went as expected, thanks for your expertise. See you in two years for my renewal.Brian...
brian severson
Joel Northtrup CCW classes are interesting and at time funny! His presentation teaches the important facts about guns and their usages. He informs his...
Michele Lambert
Joel is an awesome instructor. A great mix of seriousness and light heartedness. Makes the long class time go by fast. Anyone considering doing a CCW class...
Austen Phillips


March 6th Tuesday 6:00 to 10:00 PM (Classroom)

March 17th Saturday 8:00 AM to 1:00 PM (Shooting Range)

April 10th Tuesday 6:00 to 10:00 PM (Classroom)

April 28th Saturday 8:00 AM to 1:00 PM (Shooting Range)

May 8th Tuesday 6:00 to 10:00 PM (Classroom)

May 19th Saturday 8:00 AM to 1:00 PM (Shooting Range)


*** 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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