Tara Engel

Tara Engel

BACKGROUND: Civilian, Instructor

14 Years Instructing

PH: 321 264 0911

Available Courses

Next Class Course Type Difficulty
Next class: Apr 25
See Classes
Basic Two-Part Senior CCW
An in-depth CCW class for those over 50
Basic, CCW Basic
Next class: Mar 27
See Classes
First-time Holding a Gun Class
Learn the basics in a comfortable, stres…
Basic Basic
Next class: Mar 18
See Classes
Intermediate Senior CCW
Senior CCW for those who already underst…
Intermediate, CCW Intermediate
Next class: Mar 22
See Classes
Range Only CCW
More shooting time than your average CCW…
Basic, CCW Basic
Next class: Mar 14
See Classes
USCCA Concealed Carry Class
A comprehensive and exciting class
Basic, CCW, USCCA Courses Basic
ShootingClasses.com target icon

About Tara Engel

Tara Dixon Engel serves as VP of Training and Strategic Development for the National Association of Chiefs of Police (NACOP) and President of The American Police Hall of Fame & Museum in Titusville, FL. She earned her NRA Instructor certifications in 2006 and began teaching with several Ohio-based organizations, including Southwest Ohio CCW and Olde English Outfitters. She also worked at Olde English Outfitters for four years as the 40-year old organization's first female gun salesperson, and as a firearms reviewer/blogger and instructor. In 2015, Tara authored The Handgun Guide for Women (Zenith Press). She has given countless speeches, presentations and training sessions on women and firearms, the Second Amendment and the civilian and law enforcement training programs at The American Police Hall of Fame (where NACOP is housed). She is a certified Glock Armorer as well as a USCCA certified instructor. She trains regularly with some of the nation's top tactical instructors. She has taken classes such as Realistic Self Defense, Realistic Scenarios, and Wo-Man Camp training taught by Paul Pawela, Concealed Defensive Pistol taught by Dave "Boon" Benton, Women Only Pistol Class taught by Kris Paronto and Boon Benton, 3 Steps Behind taught by Matt Mallory, numerous advanced Concealed Carry classes taught by Royce Bartlett and others. She has written for a number of national gun magazines including Gun World, Shooting Illustrated, Small Arms Review and Combat Handguns. She is Managing Editor of "Home on the Range," a firearms oriented digital magazine produced by The Shooting Center at the American Police Hall of Fame. A four-time commercially published author, she is currently working on her fifth book -- her second firearms-related book. She especially loves working with new shooters and dispelling their fears and myths about firearms and concealed carry.

Courses Taught

CCW, Basic, Intermediate, NRA Courses, Women's Only Courses, Virtual Simulation, Seminars / Lectures, Other

ShootingClasses.com certification icon


NRA Basic Pistol
NRA Basic Rifle
NRA Basic Shotgun 
NRA Refuse to be a Victim
NRA Home Firearms Safety
NRA Personal Defense In the Home
Glock Armorer
USCCA Concealed Carry and Home Defense Fundamentals
USCCA Countering the Mass Shooter Threat

ShootingClasses.com cancellation policy icon


Reschedule Policy

Students can reschedule to a future class any time up to 12 hours before the scheduled class.

Refund Policy

Refunds are typically not given but students may reschedule to a future class.

ShootingClasses.com waiver icon
ShootingClasses.com video icon