Shooting Instructors

Please feel free to contact anyone on this list for private instruction.

Brian Featheringham (N.S.C.A. Certified Level III Shooting Instructor & Coach)


Brian has been shooting clay targets since he was sixteen. As the Captain of the George Mason University Trap & Skeet Team, in 1983 his team won their first national championship and he became an accomplished international skeet shooter. In the early 1990's he began shooting sporting clays and driven/flushed game birds in Europe and Africa. In 1993 he returned to the U.S. and began shooting pheasants in South Dakota and doves/pigeons in Argentina. In 2014 he obtained his National Sporting Clays Association (NSCA) Level I Instructor Certification, his NSCA Level II certification in 2016, and his NSCA Level III certification in 2020. He has worked/taught at four-gun clubs in the eastern U.S., including as the General Manager of a trap, skeet, and sporting clays club in Florida. He considers the Sarasota Gun Club his home club now and teaches sporting clays weekly here mostly year around. He works with shooters at all levels from beginners to tournament competitors. His close association with several dealers and gun manufacturers enables his clients to obtain the best guns and equipment; access to shoot numerous demo guns; individual gun fitting and gun repairs/modifications; and he coordinates yearly trips to Argentina for ducks, doves, pigeons, and perdiz, where his field shooting instruction is invaluable. Brian is one of 89 Level III Instructors in all of North America.  Brian is also certified and conducts NSCA Instructor courses for Level I candidates in Florida.

Dennis Bosch (A.T.A./N.R.A./N.S.S.A./N.S.C.A. Certified / Level II Shooting Instructor)

(Seasonal, call for availability)


Tom Blair (N.S.C.A. Certified Level I Shooting Instructor)

(Seasonal, Oct-May)


Ed Welch (N.S.C.A. Certified)


Jeff Meloy (NRA Certified Shotgun Instructor)


Jeff has been a successful tournament Trapshooter for over 40 years. A dedicated student of shotguns, reloading, and clay target shooting, Jeff has authored two shotgun-related books: the stock for classic Understanding Shotgun Stocks for Better Shooting, and a highly detailed gunsmithing manual on the Browning BT-99, as well as numerous "how-to" magazine articles. Jeff is available year-round for teaching all aspects of shotguns and the clay-target sports.

David Caywood (NSCA Level I instructor)

(All Year Round)


Dave retired from flying around the world for FedEx after 30 years and 10 years as a trained NTSB aircraft accident investigator specializing in hazardous material. Growing up quail hunting in the south, Dave hunted Rough Grouse in British Columbia, Pheasants in South Dakota and dove and duck in Argentina. Now after retiring to south Florida, Dave instructs all things Sporting Clays including the basics of shotgun safety and discipline per the NSCA guidelines. He’s never met a stranger!


Be safe, have fun, repeat!

Dave Carpenter (NSCA Level I)


Dave has been shooting since his youth, with his most recent passion being sporting clays. He is a certified National Sporting Clays Association (NSCA) Level I Instructor and a Master class competitor. His desire to teach sporting clays comes from his passion of the clay target sports and sharing his knowledge and talent with others.  Dave is a veteran of the United States Marine Corps and is available all year around for sporting clays instruction, which includes both individuals and in small groups.

Gianna Santo (NSCA Level l Instructor, NRA Level l Shotgun Instructor and SCTP Certified Instructor)


Gianna shot her first gun at age 4, began shooting sporting clays at age 10 and has been an avid competitor ever since. She has trained with Anthony Matarese and Diane Sorantino since she was 12. This was around the time that she met Rich and Jona Cole and they have sponsored her ever since. Gianna punched into master class at age 15 and now at age 18 she is working for Cole Gunsmithing and running her own business GNSClays.  She provides instruction to men, women and kids of all ages but especially enjoys teaching the kids as they are the future of this sport.


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3445 Rustic Road
Nokomis, FL 34275


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