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Jody Salerno - Owner, Firearms Instructor, Sponsored Shooter



Jody offers sought-after safety seminars and classes nationwide. Women realize that they can defend themselves, they just need the confidence and skill set to do so.

A NRA Certified Firearms Instructor, Instructor with the nationally recognized Refuse To Be A Victim program, spokesperson and facilitator for A Girl and A Gun Women’s Shooting League, and a competitive shooter with the Rudy Project USA Shooting Team for The International Defensive Pistol Association, United States Practical Shooting Association, Steel Challenge and 3 Gun.

Elite Firearms & Training and Personal Safety Alliance were created by Jody to empower women. Personal and tragic events in her life reinforced the need for her to take responsibility for her own protection and safety. Her firearms training began in 2013 which led to her becoming a NRA Certified Instructor.

In Her Own Words

I bought my first gun 4 years ago after my divorce. I found myself on my own for the first time in my life after 27 years of marriage. I knew that I needed to be able to protect myself and that I was vulnerable.

The First Firearms Training Class

I took my first class, which was a very basic beginner’s class and perfect for me. During my second training class, I was introduced to shooting under and around barricades. It was so much fun!  After that, I was totally hooked on the sport! It made me realize that if I enjoyed shooting this much (after being afraid of handling guns), then there must be a lot of other women out there just like me that don’t know what they are missing! I turned into a self proclaimed training junkie and I am to this day.

The Feeling of Empowerment

After successfully learning about the way the gun worked and learning the fundamentals of shooting and hitting my target, I not only felt empowered, but the fear that I had of the gun was gone. Doing something that empowers you, can also help save your life or the life of one of your loved ones.

The Next Step

If you are ready to take personal responsibility for your own protection and safety, contact me today at! I will teach you what you need to know to reach that goal.

Behind the scenes

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  • IALEFI – the International Association of Law Enforcement Firearms Instructors, Inc.®

  • A Girl and A Gun Women’s Shooting League

  • USPSA – United States Practical Shooting Association

  • NRA – Refuse To Be A Victim® Program Instructor

  • Certified SABRE® Personal Safety Academy

  • NRA Certified Firearms Instructor – Pistol and Personal Protection Inside The Home

  • SABRE® College Safety Program Instructor

  • Recognized spokesperson and facilitator for A Girl and A Gun Women’s Shooting League

  • USCCA ( United States Concealed Carry Association) USPSA Range Safety Officer

  • NRA Certified Range Officer

  • Certified SABRE® Personal Safety Academy Instructor

  • Certified SABRE® Civilian Safety Awareness Program Instructor

  • Certified SABRE® College Safety Program Instructor

  • USCCA ( United States Concealed Carry Association) Certified Instructor

  • Sponsored Competitive Shooter

  • Personal Safety and Awareness Adjunct Instructor, Slippery Rock University, Community College of Allegheny County

  • Lead Female Firearms Instructor for:
    Anthony Arms, West Mifflin
    Washington County Tactical Range, West Alexander


  • International Association Of Law Enforcement Firearms Instructors (IALEFI)

  • International Defensive Pistol Association

  • US Practical Shooting Association

  • National Rifle Association

  • Collier Sportsmen’s Association

  • Carrick Sportsmen’s Club

  • Pitcarin/Monroeville Sportsmen’s Club

  • Pittsburgh Professional Women

  • Women’s Business Network

  • Women Speakers Association

  • Women’s Small Business Association

  • Veteran’s Breakfast Club – Volunteer

My History

Elite Firearms & Training


  • Inspiring Lives Global Award Nomine
  • Speaker for woman’s pro 2A rally with
  • PA State Representative Rick Saccone
  • Full Circle Karate – Kubaton Defense
  • Angel Trauma Solutions – Advanced Bleeding Control

Elite Firearms & Training


  • Weapons Master – On set filming of “Rogue”
  • USCCA (United States Concealed Carry Assoc) Instructor Course
  • Tom Givens RangeMaster 3 Day Firearms Instructor Development Course
  • I.C.E.Concealed Carry Course

Elite Firearms & Training


  • SABRE Personal Safety Academy Instructor Course
  • NRA “Blended” Pistol  Instructor Course
  • Concealed Carry Gun Law Course
  • NRA Range Safety Officer Course
  • E.J. Owens – CounterViolence- How to defend and survive a violent encounter
  • Larry St. Clair – Knife Defense
  • Jordan Blake – AR-15
  • Brian Quick – Combative Pistol
  • Karl Rehn – Back Up Gun – Defensive Pistol Skills
  • Mark Passamaneck – Advanced AR-15
  • Mark Passamaneck – Shotgun
  • Rudy Projects USA Shooting Team Member

Elite Firearms & Training


  • Next Level Training Defensive Accuracy in 90 Minutes Course
  • Impax – Safety Awareness Course – Using everyday items as weapons
  • A Girl And A Gun Training Conference
  • Janna Reeves – Rifle Strategy Course
  • Brian Quick -Weapons Malfunction Course
  • Jennie VanTuyl – Low-light Night Shooting Course
  • Dorcia Meador – Advanced Female Tactical Training Course
  • Tatiana Whitlock -Real World Meets Range Lethal Engagement Techniques Course
  • BJ Norris – Drive the Gun to The Target Course
  • Rapid Presentation – Multiple Shots on Target, and Efficient Reloading Course
  • Kathy Jackson – Running a Safe Firing Line Course
  • Jennie VanTuyl – IDPA Classifier Training
  • Gabby Franco – Precision Pistol Course
  • Division First Place, Novice IDPA Virginia State 7/15

Elite Firearms & Training


  • Girls and Guns pistol course
  • NRA instructed basic pistol course
  • NRA Certified Pistol Instructor Course
  • NRA Certified Refuse To Be A Victim Instructor Course
  • NRA Certified Personal Protection In The Home Instructor Course
  • Lethal Force Utah Concealed Carry Class
  • 3 Rivers Tactical – 2 Day Concealed Carry Course
  • 3 Rivers Tactical – 2 Day Armed Citizens Response to the Active Shooter Course
  • Babes and Bullets Firearms Training Academy for Women
  • Protective Shooting Concepts Pistol Class
  • Robert Vogel – 2 Day World Class Pistol Skills Class
  • A Girl And A Gun Facilitator Training Course

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