Tara Engel

Tara Engel

BACKGROUND: Civilian, Instructor

16 Years Instructing

PH: 321 264 0911

Available Courses

Next Class Course Type Difficulty
Next class: Oct 24
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Basic Two-Part Senior CCW
An in-depth CCW class for those over 50
Basic, CCW Basic
Next class: Oct 9
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First-time Holding a Gun Class
Learn the basics in a comfortable, stres…
Basic Basic
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Intermediate Senior CCW
Senior CCW for those who already underst…
Intermediate, CCW Intermediate
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Range Only CCW
More shooting time than your average CCW…
Basic, CCW Basic
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USCCA Home Defense and Concealed Carry Class
A comprehensive and exciting class
Basic, CCW, USCCA Courses Basic
Next class: Sep 19
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A 2-classes-in-1 Comprehensive Personal…
Basic, Intermediate, USCCA Courses, Women's Only Courses Basic
No Upcoming Classes
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USCCA Women's INTERMEDIATE Handgun & Self Defense
Taking the next steps to proficiency
Intermediate, USCCA Courses, Women's Only Courses, Virtual Simulation Intermediate
Next class: Sep 26
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Women's ADVANCED Handgun and Self Defense Class
YOU are your own first responder
Advanced, USCCA Courses, Scenario Based Training, Women's Only Courses, Virtual Simulation Advanced
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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 2005 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 in Concealed Carry/Home Defense, Women's Basic, Intermediate and Advanced handgun and self defense, and Countering the Mass Shooter Threat. She trains regularly with some of the nation's top tactical instructors. She has taken classes such as Concealed Defensive Pistol and Pistol Instruction courses taught by Dave "Boon" Benton, Women Only Pistol Class taught by Kris "Tanto" Paronto and Boon Benton, 3 Steps Behind taught by Matt Mallory, numerous advanced tactical classes and multiple Sig Academy classes. 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 that focuses on tactical training. 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, USCCA Courses, Women's Only Courses, Virtual Simulation, Seminars / Lectures, Other

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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
NRA Range Safety Officer
Glock Armorer
USCCA Concealed Carry and Home Defense Fundamentals
USCCA Countering the Mass Shooter Threat
USCCA Basic, Intermediate and Advanced Women's Handgun and Personal Defense

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Cancellation Policy

If the instructor must cancel a class, students will be reassigned to a future class that accomodates their schedule. 

Reschedule Policy

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

Refund Policy

No refunds, but students may reschedule to a future class or may transfer their registration to someone else by contacting the instructor in advance.

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