I am a new shooter and just took José's NRA Basic Pistol course. If you want firearms instruction in the Philadelphia area, I highly recommend him. He unquestionably meets all the technical qualifications to teach you the material (military service, NRA certified Advanced Handgun Instructor of which there are only like 100 in the country, deeply knowledgeable), but at the same time possesses something 99.9% of all teachers don't: the combination of a highly charismatic, fun, passionate, comforting, and trustworthy personality.
To a new shooter like me, learning about firearms can be intimidating. José had me more at ease within two minutes of talking to him on the phone (we ended up talking for almost an hour about my concerns and what I wanted to learn before I even signed up). The class flew by, and everyone caught his positive attitude like it was infectious. José was extremely thorough and didn't rush.
I feel very confident handling a firearm, and was shooting a tight group on my very first target because I had been so well instructed. I rarely write reviews because I feel mediocre service is so common these days and not worth the effort. José just totally blew me away. He has this genuine passion for helping others. If you're researching firearms instructors in the Philly area, just stop here and sign up.
Robert, Roxborough Philadelphia
I wanted to thank you for the time and effort you put forward this past Saturday (2 Feb). I am sure you don’t remember but I brought my adult son and daughter in for a class that afternoon as well as some shooting at your range. You taught the class in the beginning and were outstanding. You taught them that while they were holding a dangerous weapon in their hands, it was not something to fear, something that they will both remember. I spent 23 years in the military and have been around weapons my entire adult life and I truly appreciate what you did that day.
As a father, thank you very much! Best Regards
Steve K, Philadelphia, PA
You are the man! You are quite knowledgeable, very patient and skilled in your profession of teaching what could be a "scary and dangerous" subject especially for anyone who is handling a firearm for the very first time. Thank you for your passion, dedication and commitment and your "safety first" approach. It put me at ease very quickly. The course was very comprehensive and truly a confidence builder.
The way you presented the material including the many hands-on practical exercises made class participation a necessity, and made learning easy. Your support and direction at the range was also most helpful and appreciated. Thanks again! Not only will I recommend that others take the NRA Pistol Course, I will specifically recommend your course.
Jim J., Springfield, PA
"I can not give high enough praise for Jose as an instructor. I just finished his basic pistol course and 15 minutes on the range he had me shooting faster and tighter groups than I've ever shot. TAKE HIS COURSES!
Robert, Kensington, Philadelphia