Jack Giordano has been instructing at Range Development Conferences since 1999. An integral part of the team, Jack’s years of experience as a Port Authority Policeman in New York and New Jersey – and his countless NRA certifications – make students stop and listen. Teaching is not new to Giordano; he spent 14 years as an adjunct Firearms Instructor in the Port Authority Police Academy Firearms Training Unit. Giordano has completed Police Armorer training by Smith & Wesson, Remington, Colt and Ruger. Oh, and he's a Certified Chief Range Safety Officer Trainer, NRA Senior Training Counselor, and currently serves as Eastern Region Supervisor of the NRA Range Technical Team.
As a boy, he learned to target shoot. Target shooting led to hunting. Eventually, as a cop, Giordano tried his hand at competitive shooting, taking part in NY State Police Olympics.
It's not a jump, then, to describe Giordano as an expert on everything about shooting and, more specifically, shooting ranges.
As NRAblog learned at the first Range Development and Operations Conference of 2010, starting an indoor or outdoor shooting facility is a large undertaking. Giordano teaches courses titled “hooting Range Safety and Risk Management,” “Maintaining Safety during Law Enforcement Training,” and “Civilian and Law Enforcement Shared Ranges.”
As someone with firearms experience as both a civilian and a cop, Giordano moves easily between the two groups. He estimates about 30% of any given conference attendees are law enforcement. “There’s no difference (between cops and civililians). They need to hear about (range safety and operations),” he said. “They say, ‘oh it’s an NRA conference, and it’s not going to apply to us,’ but 100 percent of the time the law enforcement agency comes up and says we never thought we would learn as much as we learned.”
When Giordano can drive to a conference, his wife, Judy, accompanies him.
“Jack and Judy are the kind of NRA members we meet every day,” Range Servives Coordinator Kara Schlifke said. “They would do anything for the NRA. They’ve become near and dear to the Range Services department because of their commitment to the future of the shooting sports.”
Giordano is worried about the decline of available shooting facilities in America.
He said it’s difficult to find time to get to the range these days, but what matters to him is the future of the firearms community.We asked him about his overall goal.
“It’s everything about (range devlopment),” Giordano said, pausing to think. “Making sere there are ranges available for everybody, not just law enforcement but for sporting use, and youth use.”
“Not just one group or community. The whole deal.”