GunPort Academy & Range
First Class Arms Training, Inc.
4.8 Star Reviews
After researching facilities I chose GunPort FCAT. They have a fantastic range and the instructors are First Class. With an exemplary military record serving our country along with NRA training, Lt. Col (Rt) Mozingo is the best instructor you could ever want! I took the level one training and was so impressed I continued on to levels two and three. After the first level of training we were shooting golf balls on the range. Levels two and three taught many skills that would very beneficial during a real world self defense situation. I'm wondering if a level four class will ever been started? I would take that too!
All shooters are required to watch a safety video before accessing the range and the rules are enforced, I've seen it with my own eyes!
"First Class" in the name is in fact what they are 100% all the way!
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Written by a former student on June 7, 2019
U.S. Coast Guard Arms-Tactical-Qualifications Certificate
A good combination of hands-on learning and weapons qualification course. On a typical day read and discuss class assignments. Then practice Mechanical Advantage control holds. The culture of this training is to prepare you for Security/law enforcement positions. The hardest part of my training was shooting outside in the rain and at night. The most enjoyable part was the opportunity to take the course and pass.
Pros- Flexible class hours, Good teachers, Positive environment, Good career preparation, Hands-on training.
I took a pistol lesson here....The facility was excellent, great set up, lots of options and the customer service was spot on. I would highly recommend.
I had not shot a gun in over 30 years.
I've learned so much. These are fine classes to take from Level 1, 2, 3 and 4. Not only do you learn how to shoot different kinds of pistols but safety, life or death maneuvers, how to keep calm and focused, enjoy watching and learning from others in class.Also the history of guns and ammunition.Mr. Gary is an excellent instructor, Ms Diane there to greet you and answer questions, Bobbie cleaned my revolver in record time, packed gear needed for training, even brought us water when I was slap worn out from the long day. When I purchased my pistol permit I took my Certificates to show. The officer was very impressed with the extent of the training. The Night Fire, Level 4 was awesome and totally different when aiming at the targets.I think these training courses should be required before being able to carry anything with bullets.
This place is fantastic!!!! Mr. Gary, Ms. Dianne and Ms. Bobby are very knowledgeable and personable. If you are in need of the fundamentals or simply just to brush up on the use of firearms, then this is the ONLY place for you! I walked out better than I walked in and it is because of the outstanding training that was provided. Please do not wait for something to happen (like I did). Call and get started on your training today at the GunPort First Class Arms Training Academy. You won't regret it! Response from the owner 3 years ago Thank you. Many complain about what has happened to them, but few choose to actually prepare to defend themselves,their family and property. You are the exception.
Recently I received a handgun as a gift under the condition I took a handgun safety course. I called GunPort and signed up for a one on one training course with Gary. I'm glad I did. Gary took me through a comprehensive course that included history, law, marksmanship, and SAFETY. He walked me through scenarios illustrating the gravity and responsibility associated with owning and carrying a handgun. He trained me in marksmanship, and gave me many tips to improve my speed and accuracy. All of the training was catered specifically to me and what I needed help with. It was a fantastic value.
The facilities here were absolutely incredible. They have multiple ranges and guns you can rent.
Gary and the team at GunPort are awesome. I HIGHLY recommend you come check them out. Give them a call!
Safety is Mr. Gary's main goal for all of the people that walk through the entrance. Very friendly and welcoming to people looking to shoot firearms of all types. I came in today to shoot my rifles so I spent time on the range. The rules are clearly stated. One of my favorite rules thus far is the hot range/ cold range announcement to shooters when there is need to step beyond the firing platform. In fact, this is how I introduced myself to Mr. Gary, then asked for a cold range while I placed my target's, and everyone stood behind the firing line. Very safe feeling!! Thanks!! Will be back many times. Looking forward to some possible in depth training with my battle rifle.
One of the best ranges in the South.
Staff are always friendly and very knowledgeable.
I have taken some classes and can attest Gary is a fantastic mentor, I look forward to taking more of his self defense and rifle classes.
The range is always clean, as well as other facilities and other members are always courteous to others, the community here is A++.
I had a wonderful time with Blake Ozment!!! This range is very versatile several different ranges to shoot on and a great variety of classes too choose from.
Lawana Yates Forbes
Always an awesome experience! Great facility, clean, efficient and the staff is always very responsive.
Self Defense Phase 1
A group of guys from our Sunday School class was interested in taking a CC class so we made arrangements with Gary and Diane.Gary was a very knowledgeable and enjoyable instructor. We spent a fair amount of time in the class room learning a little bit about world history, the history of guns and hand guns, civics, Alabama Law and other relevant subjects. We discussed recent gun events and a few " What ifs". We asked quite a few questions about concealed carry.After the class room experience we proceeded to the range. All guns and ammo, and PPEs were provided. We were given our own paper target and we shot multiple gun models and calibers including .22, .380, .38 special, 9mm, and .45 acp. Revolvers and semi auto.If you are a beginner this is a great starting point for you. You can get an idea of what kind of gun and what caliber you might like. If your not a beginner it is a good course as well to get a good foundation of the law and background. The instruction is top notch and enjoyable. I look forward to taking personal self defense 2 & 3. Also have my eye on the sniper class. Review TripAdvisor.com Capt_Chris_Outside Loxley, Alabama
Great place to shoot great people too.
And it beats all other gun range
Nice people that work there very knowledgeable nice clean place
I have taken all three self-defense classes that are offered at GunPort, loved the instructor. He is very knowledgeable of all laws and information necessary for carrying a hand gun. All the people there are very friendly and helpful! Will definitely be back and would recommend GunPort to anyone looking for self-defense classes or just needing a shooting range.
I drive from mobile to come to this facility. Mr. Gary and his daughter not only show you unbiased southern hospitality he is a retired colonel in the military and his training is unbeatable. I took his level one self defense class, he taught me the laws available to me to protect myself and by the end of the class he had me shooting golf balls! I am a young blond female and I always feel I'm treated with equality and respect in his business. Love this place!!! I also just ordered another pistol from Mr. Gary he found exactly what I wanted at a fair price and even took me out to shoot it to make sure I was comfortable with the gun before I took it home. If you want to undoubtedly protect yourself in today's word, they will show you everything you need to know at a tailored pace
My wife and I have been to all three Self Defense Handgun Classes.
We love them and enjoyed all phases of the training. Couldn't ask for a friendlier, more pleasant atmosphere to take the wife to learn how to defend herself with a firearm. She loves the place, and wants us to attend more classes !
I have taken 3 classes and found all 3 to be very informative. The instructor was excellent.
Visit the range 1 - 2 times a month, range is clean and staff is always very friendly. My wife and I enjoy shooting at GunPort.
The range was very clean and in great condition. This was a great shooting experience, the staff was helpful and the range was well kept. If you are in Mobile and don't feel like driving 50+ mins to Three Brothers this is a good spot.
Mr. Gary is an awesome instructor, I learned so much and enjoyed the history of the different guns. And he taught me how to handle my gun. The rest of my family will be taking the safety classes offered.
The husband and I were referred to GunPort by Eddie's in Theodore. Scott Riva, one of the instructors, is a great guy. He'll tell you what to do and how to do it, just like that. Firearms available for rental. HUGE ranges for both pistols and shotguns. Snacks and coffee! We drive from Mobile to Coden, and the friggin' drive is worth it.
Warning though, when it starts to get warm, bring some OFF! Yeah, what about memberships?!?!? Come on.....!!!!!
I absolutely love GunPort! Best place in town to not only shoot but as I went through their class I was very well informed and the knowledge I learned was top notch. Love GunPort and will always go to GunPort. Everyone there is very kind and knowledgeable! Response from the owner4 years ago We are the secret of south Alabama. Thank you for your reviews.
Went there for the first time yesterday. The drive from Fairhope was 1 hour, exactly, and worth every minute of it. Spent most of the day there and really was impressed with the facilities and personnel. Plan on trying to make it a weekly trip.
Good people great shooting range and they are a FFL I pick up my new firearm at the range and take it out too shot love the convenience.
Wonderful staff and excellent set up. I go on a regular basis and would recommend to anyone who wants a friendly place to go and brush up on their skills or just to learn something new.
Very clean, very well run. Very professional staff and very safe environment to bring my wife and children to shoot.
Staff is very knowledgeable and friendly and a safe environment fun and safe for the whole family love it
Excellent facilities, great people!
Very patient with all my questions.
Never owned a gun before, I took the 3hr class & fired my 9mm.
I felt so much more comfortable with my gun.
I've been trying to fire once a week & no longer fear my gun. :-)
If your just learning or want to get back into firing.
I highly recommend GunPort Shooting Range!
Great facility and service. My favorite place to shoot.
Very nice people there good range
Safety oriented. Very clear on what to do and what not to do.
Outstanding experience. Laid back environment while remaining safety conscious.
Well worth the money and time.