About learntoshootNY

learntoshootNY was formed in 2001. We provide various types of personal safety and specialized firearms training in both group or individual settings for the civilian market. You will receive quality, professional firearms training at an affordable price. Learn from the professionals the techniques you will need to defend yourself and protect your family. In today's world, we need to be prepared for anything. Our courses are designed to give you the knowledge and confidence needed to survive a confrontation and to prevent you from becoming a crime statistic.

John J. Affinito

Email: learntoshootNY@gmail.com
Phone: (518) 209-1170

Gunsmoke Firearms TrainingJohn Affinito has over 30 years of experience in the Law Enforcement/Security Field. He has worked in a number of positions within the Law Enforcement/Security Profession. John has certified over 50 Police, Parole, Correction Officers as Firearm Instructors, and over 75 Chemical Agent Aerosol Instructors. John was assigned to the Zone 5 Law Enforcement Training Academy since 1995 as a firearms instructor, and was the lead instructor for three academy sessions.

All courses are taught by current, former Law Enforcement Instructors and certified NRA instructors.

  • Correctional Officer with the Schenectady County Sheriff’s Department
  • After completing Instructor Development Training, John was assigned to the training office to instruct the staff
  • Patrol/Civil Division; assignment included carrying out Service of Warrants, Family Court Orders and Warrants of Eviction.
  • Schenectady County Sheriff’s Office Court Security
  • Department Training Director; Responsibilities included drafting and implementing lesson plans for Correctional Officers, Patrol Officers, Probation Officers and support staff.
  • Personal Safety Services (Owner and Lead Instructor)


  • New York State Certified Police Instructor
  • New York State Certified Firearms Instructor
  • New York State Certified Patrol Rifle Instructor
  • New York State Certified Emergency Response Active Shooter Instructor
  • New York State Force on Force Instructor
  • New York State Homeland Security Incident Response to Terrorist Bombing
  • New York State Homeland Security Screening of People by Observational techniques (S.P.O.T.)
  • New York State Oleoresin Capsicum (Pepper Spray) Instructor
  • New York State Security Guard Instructor
  • New York State Armed Security Guard Instructor
  • New York State Instructor Evaluator
  • ASP Tactical Baton Instructor
  • Defensive Systems International Police Defensive Tactics Instructor
  • International Association of Court Officers Court Security
  • Glock Armorer
  • Smith & Wesson Armorer Academy
  • Sigma Armorer
  • Beretta Armorer
  • Crisis Intervention/Prevention
  • High Risk Inmate Transportation
  • Disguised and Concealed Weapons
  • Less Lethal Instructor

Training History:

  • NYS Parole (Firearms, Chemical Agent Aerosol)
  • Schenectady County Probation (Firearms and Gang Awareness)
  • Schenectady County District Attorney Office (Firearms)
  • Golub Corporation (Personal Safety)
  • Union College (Gang Awareness)
  • Duanesburg Elementary School (Personal Safety)
  • Loomis Armored Courier Company (Firearms Training)

John Affinito is a life member of the National Rifle Association NRA, National Tactical Officers Association N.T.O.A, and The International Association of Law Enforcement Firearm Instructors I.A.L.E.F.I.



P.O. Box 914
Schenectady, N.Y. 12201
Phone: 518-209-1170
E-Mail: learntoshootNY@gmail.com