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About Us

Bob Henckel
Bob Henckel
Chief Firearms Instructor
Co-Owner and Founder of Maine Defensive Firearms AcademyBob has been a Firearms Instructor for 20 years. He began his formal Firearms Instruction upon entering the USAF Security Police in 1977. During his 11 years of service he performed duties from Physical Security, Law Enforcement Patrol, Shift Supervisor, SWAT Team Member, Personal Security Operations, Non Commissioned Officer In Charge Of Law Enforcement, and Non Commissioned Officer In Charge Of Training. Upon leaving active duty he returned to Maine and began his career in 1988 with a local Police Department. Since joining the Department Bob has attended a number of Firearms Training schools and holds the position of Senior Firearms Instructor and Armorer.

Bob has received training and holds Instructor Certifications from; Maine Criminal Justice Academy (MCJA) Instructor, GLOCK Firearms Instructor, Interactive Firearms Training (Simunitions) Instructor, Firearms Training Systems (FATS) Instructor, MCJA Police Urban Rifle Instructor, Tactical Shotgun, Smith and Wesson Academy Concealed Carry Instructor , Defense Training International (John Farnam)-Police Defensive Handgun, Blackwater USA-Tactical Pistol 2 and Police Firearms Training Unit Active Shooter Instructor.

Bob is a member of a select group of NRA Advanced Pistol Instructors. He also holds NRA Instructor Certifications in Pistol, Home Firearms Safety, Personal Protection In the Home and Personal Protection Outside the Home. Bob is a Certified Armorer for GLOCK Pistols, 1911 Pistols, AR 15 Rifle/M4 Carbine and Mossberg Shotguns.

Bob shoots competitively with International Defensive Pistol Association (IDPA) and is a Certified IDPA Safety Officer and Staff Member. He is also a member of Scarborough Fish & Game Club in Scarborough Maine and a member of the National Rifle Association (NRA).

 

Ginny O'Keefe
Ginny Henckel
Instructor
Co-Owner and Founder of Maine Defensive Firearms AcademyGinny is a Registered Nurse by profession. Ginny has received training and holds NRA Instructor Certifications in Pistol, Personal Protection in the Home and Refuse to be a Victim. Ginny is also a competitive shooter with International Defensive Pistol Association (IDPA) and is an IDPA Safety Officer. She loves to teach and share her  knowledge of firearms with others.

 

Earl Henckel
Earl Henckel
Instructor
Adjunct Instructor for Maine Defensive Firearms AcademyEarl served in the USAF for 12 years during which time he performed additional duties as a Security Police Augmentee. Upon leaving the Air Force he began a career as a Correctional Officer, serving both the Volusia County Florida Sheriff’s Office as well as the Maine Correctional Center. Earl has received training and holds NRA Instructor Certification in Basic Pistol. Earl also shoots International Defensive Pistol Association (IDPA) competitively and is an IDPA Safety Officer, Staff Member and a member of the National Rifle Association (NRA)
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