Gary Wolf
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Dakota Firearms

Gary Wolf

BACKGROUND: Civilian, Instructor

7 Years Instructing

PH: 610 340 2755


Available Courses

Next Class Course Type Difficulty
Next class: Feb 18
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Basic Pistol (Handguns 101)
An introductory class for first time gun…
Basic Basic
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Basic Pistol - Women Only
An introductory class for women gun owne…
Basic, Women's Only Courses Basic
Next class: Mar 11
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Concealed Carry
An introductory class into the world of…
CCW N/A
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Educating Gun Owners
A lecture on the importance of continuin…
Seminars / Lectures N/A
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About Dakota Firearms

Gary is the founder of Dakota Firearms, LLC, and is an NRA Certified pistol and CCW instructor in both classroom and live fire range environments. While his classes are open to everyone, he specializes in instructing first time gun owners, those considering getting their first gun, and women shooters. His classes are a little unconventional in that he uses "immersion training" whereby students "learn by doing" to safely and responsibly remove any fears first time gun owners may have. He frequently lectures on the need for continuing gun education.

Classes are given in both public locations, such as hotel meeting rooms, and private locations such as customer homes and offices. Please contact Gary at gary@dakotafirearms.net to arrange a private class session.

Dakota Firearms is a one-stop shop as an FFL transfer agent, as well as an online gun retailer. For more information about our FFL services please click here. For more information about our online gun store, please click here.

Courses Taught

CCW, Basic, NRA Courses, Women's Only Courses, Private Classes (Group / Individual), Seminars / Lectures


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Certifications

  • NRA Basic Pistol and CCW

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Policies

Cancellation Policy

If you need to cancel a class, we require that you cancel at least seven (7) days before a scheduled class, via email only to info@dakotafirearms.net. If you have to cancel your class, we will offer you a credit to your account which will be valid for one (1) year from the date you cancel. If the credit is not used with one (1) year, it will become null and void. If you cancel less than seven (7) days before a scheduled class, you will be given credit of 50% of the course fee.  If you cancel within 48 hours before a scheduled course or you are a no show to a course, no credit will be offered - No Exceptions.

If any instructor cancels a class, you will be given a full refund. (See refund policy)

Reschedule Policy

If you need to reschedule a class, please read the Cancellation Policy and email us at gary@dakotafirearms.net. We will gladly reserve your seat in a future class upon notifying us.

Refund Policy

No refunds are given if the student cancels the class. If the instructor cancels the class, a full refund will be given within seven (7) business days via corporate check.

Other Policy

All class locations will be initially listed as "TBD" until at least two students have registered for the class, since our public classes are held in prepaid hotel meeting rooms. After students have registered and a hotel meeting room secured, students will be advised of the location within southeast Pennsylvania.

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Waiver

In return for being admitted into firearms training classes, either indoor classroom training or live fire training at any indoor or outdoor gun range, and being permitted the use of all facilities secured by Dakota Firearms, LLC for training purposes, hereinafter referred to simply as “Dakota Firearms,” customer hereby agrees to waive any and all liability and hold harmless Dakota Firearms, its officers, members, employees, volunteers; any owner, manager, employees of the classroom training facility; and any owners, officers, board members, managers, employees, members and volunteers of any indoor or outdoor gun ranges secured for training use by Dakota Firearms, on account of any injury, illness, death or damage that may result from customer's use of the classroom or gun range facilities.

The term “facilities” in this agreement includes, but is not limited to, any classroom, meeting or conference room for indoor classroom training and any indoor or outdoor gun range for live fire training that Dakota Firearms has received permission to use on behalf of Dakota Firearms customers.

Customer further acknowledges that Dakota Firearms reserves the right to use any photograph/video taken at any event sponsored by Dakota Firearms, without the expressed written permission of those included within the photograph/video. Dakota Firearms may use the photograph/video in publications or other media material produced, used or contracted by Dakota Firearms including but not limited to: brochures, invitations, books, newspapers, magazines, television, websites, etc. To ensure the privacy of individuals and children, images will not be identified using full names or personal identifying information without written approval from the photographed subject, parent or legal guardian. A person attending a Dakota Firearms event who does not wish to have their image recorded for distribution should make their wishes known to the event organizers, and/or contact Dakota Firearms at 323 Hawthorne Avenue, Gilbertsville, PA 19525, in writing of his/her intentions and include a photograph. Dakota Firearms will use the photo for identification purposes and will hold it in confidence. By participating in a Dakota Firearms event or by failing to notify Dakota Firearms, in writing, your desire to not have your photograph used by Dakota Firearms, you are agreeing to release, defend, hold harmless and indemnify Dakota Firearms from any and all claims involving the use of your picture or likeness. Any person or organization not affiliated with Dakota Firearms may not use, copy, alter or modify Dakota Firearms photographs, graphics, videography or other, similar reproductions or recordings without the advance written permission of an authorized designee from Dakota Firearms.

Customer further acknowledges that the use of firearms is, by its very nature, a dangerous activity that could result in injury or death, and customer affirmatively assumes all the risk from participation in such activities on Dakota Firearms sponsored training facilities.

Customer further acknowledges that for indoor classroom training purposes, no live ammo will be in customer's possession, either in customer's gun, customer's gun case, customer's gun holster or on customer's person, and that only “dummy” ammunition, commonly referred to as “snap caps” will be used instead, and that customer's failure to abide by this rule will result in an immediate expulsion of customer from the class.

Customer further understands and agrees that customer shall abide by all the Rules and By-Laws of any live fire gun range used by Dakota Firearms, and all Laws of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania while customer is using Dakota Firearm’s sponsored classroom and range facilities, and that customer's failure to do this shall result in customer being barred from classroom and range facilities.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Can I bring my own personal handgun to use in the class? Absolutely, provided there is no live ammo in your gun, in the magazine or on your person. The gun will be inspected upon your arrival. If live ammo is found, you will be asked take all live ammo to your car, and if you refuse, will be asked to leave.

Can children under 18 attend classes? Absolutely, provided a parent/guardian is accompanying the children in the same class. We believe it is paramount that children get trained properly from an early age, and thus, children under 18 are free of charge with a paying parent/guardian.

How do you train someone who has never held or shot a handgun? Such students are our ideal students. The #1 fear of students contemplating becoming gun owners is handing recoil. Hollywood has us all believe through their movies that a tiny bullet is going to knock the shooter down on their butt, which simply cannot happen. And we to prove that in class by using training guns which shoot with compressed air, the same CO2 cartridge that is used in BB guns. When the trigger is pulled, the gun goes "bang" and the gun recoils, but not by much. The gun shoots a laser beam onto a target. So the training guns are 100% safe. The other differentiator is that our instructors bring a cache of unloaded handguns to class, of varying sizes and purposes. We allow all students to pick and handle these guns so the student can determine if the gun they are holding is right for them. Maybe it is too big. Maybe it is too heavy. Maybe it is perfect to fit into a clutch bag. Or something else. Then if the student decides gun ownership is for them, the student is now educated enough to go to a gun store and talk to a salesman about which models fit right for the student.

Are these classes available in a private setting? Yes, they are. These classes can be taught in a private home, a business conference room, or even a church basement. Dakota Firearms requires a minimum of five (5) students attending to hold classes in a private setting. The only things we require are a method to project a slide deck onto a white vertical surface (or connect into a flat screen TV via HDMI), a table to set down our firearms, and a small space where students can practice actual techniques. Contact Dakota Firearms for more information about your specific venue.

Why is the initial class location "TBD"? In order to be availble to meet the locality demand of our students, Dakota Firearms posts our classes along with the respective dates and times of each class. This is to get classes "on the calendar". Once enough students register, we select, and contract with, a formal venue for the class, then announce that venue to the registrants. Usually those public venues are meeting/conference rooms of area business class hotels. These venues "hold" the dates/times of their meeting rooms for us, but we do not want to formally go under contract until and unless there are enough students registered. The hotel which is at the top of our list of facilities to use because of its proximity to Dakota Firearms and its newly remodeled meeting room is the Fairfield Inn and Suites in Pottstown, PA, just of PA Route 100. The meeting room in this hotel has a large flat screen TV, easily visible to all students, a breakfast nook for early morning classes and nearby restaurants for afternoon classes, along with Sly Fox microbrewery a half a mile away for beer and wings after classes.

Do you do "live fire" training at a range? Yes, to an extent. Each range in our local area has its own "house instructor", but Dakota Firearms is not one of them...yet. Most of these ranges allow and limit us to bring one or two students with us. But the student must pay the range fee and sign the liability waiver independently of Dakota Firearms. We try to use ranges which have local pubs nearby so students and instructors can go for beer and wings at the conclusion of range time.

What do students get out of the classes? Our #1 goal is safety. At the end of the class the student will learn how to safely and responsibly handle and operate handguns, and will be issued a certificate attesting to that. There are additional benefits afforded to students at the conclusion of the class. Every person buying a gun has to go through a background check through a Federal Firearms Licensee. Dakota Firearms is an FFL. We also sell guns online. If a student purchases a gun through our online store, the background check fee is free, normally a $35 value. If the student purchases a gun from another online retailer and uses Dakota Firearms to process the transfer, the student receives a $10 discount on the background check fee. There are other post-class benefits as well, which we review with students at the end of classes.

Do you have a web site? Absolutely. Click here:  dakotafirarms.net
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