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Jim Benoit

Owner & Lead Firearms Instructor

Jim Benoit is the owner of Cajun Arms and Tuscarora Tactical Training, the educational division of Cajun Arms, founded in 2011. He is an avid hunter, shooter, and outdoorsman. Jim Benoit Firearms Safety Instructor Cajun Arms in West Chester, PA The residents of Thornbury Township, Chester County, PA elected Benoit to the position of Township Supervisor and Township Police Commissioner. Jim’s interest in tactical firearms was a logical progression in his Israeli martial arts training. Jim teaches defensive pistol, rifle (all platforms) and shotgun. He also teaches target shooting and hunting marksmanship. He owns his own private range facility in central PA where he teaches. Jim conducts his classes at his range in Thompsontown, PA, Northern Chester County Sportsmen’s Club in Elverson, PA, and various local ranges. Jim volunteers at Northern Chester County Sportsmen's Club and serves as their Chief Range Safety Officer. He volunteers his time to NRA Women On Target and similar youth and senior citizens events.

Jim’s teaching style translates to all shooters (including beginners, men, women, and youth to experienced operators). Benoit is a student of the gun, and his lesson plans are always evolving as he seeks the latest methods and techniques to enhance his defensive classes. Jim firmly believes there is no one single method that is right for everyone. He wants his students to not only learn solid technique, but to understand why the technique is effective for that particular individual.

We are NRA Certified Instructors in Certified Advanced Pistol, Rifle, Shotgun, Personal Protection Inside the Home, Personal Protection Outside the Home, Home Firearms Safety and are Chief Certified Range Safety Officers. We are certified Instructors for DE, MD, and FL. We are fully insured.


  • Federal Firearms Licence
  • NRA Certified Advanced Pistol Instructor
  • NRA Rifle Instructor
  • NRA Shotgun Instructor
  • NRA Personal Protection Inside the Home Instructor
  • NRA Personal Protection Outside the Home Instructor
  • NRA Home Firearms Safety Instructor
  • NRA Chief Range Safety Officer
  • Delaware State Certified Concealed Carry Instructor
  • Florida State Certified Instructor
  • Maryland State Instructor
  • ALICE Instructor (active shooter)
  • USCCA Instructor
  • PPCT LE Instructor
  • IPTT Pistol, Rifle
  • Glock, Smith & Wesson, Springfield Armorer


  • Army Marksmanship Training Fort Benning, GA 2007
  • NRA Certified Advanced Instructor in Pistol, Defensive Pistol, Rifle, Shotgun, Personal
  • Protection Inside & Outside the Home, Home Firearms Safety
  • NRA Certified Chief Range Safety Officer
  • ALICE Instructor
  • Haganah F.I.G.H.T. (fierce Israeli guerrilla hand to–hand), ongoing since 2010
  • Israeli Bladed weapons, ongoing since 2010
  • Defensive Pistol, Rifle Shotgun, various LE & private instruction
  • Pistol/Rifle Training, Instructor Coaching, Paul Gomez
  • Golani Trench Fighting, Active Shooter Response, Israeli Haganah, IPTT
  • IPTT (Israeli Professional Tactical Training) Pistol, Rifle
  • IPTT Handcuff, Haganah
  • Combat Medic, 10 Minute Medic
  • PPCT pressure points, handcuffing, baton, pepper spray Instructor
  • Stop the Bleed

Our Happy Clients

  • Upper Darby Police
  • PA State Police
  • WEGO Police
  • West Chester SWAT
  • West Vincent Police
  • Brookhaven Police
  • US Air Force 193rd Security Forces
  • Pre and post deployment US Marines, Army, Navy, and Air Force

Nick Benoit

Manager & Lead Firearms Instructor

Nick Benoit Firearms Safety Instructor Cajun Arms in West Chester, PA Nick brings youth and athleticism to our cadre of instructors at Cajun Arms. He was certified as an instructor in 2020.

Nick graduated from Mount Saint Mary’s University and plays Division 1 Lacrosse at close defense and LSM. He is now a grad student, still playing lacrosse at Lander University in SC. Nick has been shooting since he was 9 years old. His safety and gun handling is on par with someone much older. Being a student and playing college sports is a full time job in itself, but he helps with classes during breaks in the school year as well the summer. Nick is a second degree black belt in Tang Soo Do and has extensive experience with hand -to-hand and well as all three platforms of firearms. Nick’s conditioning and discipline in strength and speed training translates well to many of our students and he a tremendous help instructing in our classes.


  • NRA Certified Pistol Instructor
  • 2nd degree Black Belt Tang So Du
  • Extensive Israeli open hand training
  • Successfully completed all classes at Cajun Arms at least once
  • Stop the Bleed
Tom Firearms Safety Instructor Cajun Arms in West Chester, PA


Firearms Instructor

Tom brings an extremely practical methodology to the Cajun Arms cadre of instructors. With years of hands-on experience in both military and law enforcement, Tom blends his style perfectly for the civilian student.

While he has the patience and teaching skills to help the brand new shooter, he helps us out primarily with mid-level and advanced courses. He is a certified NRA Instructor and CRSO.

Anna  Firearms Safety Instructor Cajun Arms in West Chester, PA


Firearms Instructor

Anna joined Cajun Arms cadre of excellent instructors in 2022. She is a tremendous help with our classes.

Her teaching style translates well to all shooters, new and experienced. Patience and strict adherence to safety are just a couple of her teaching attributes. Anna holds NRA Instructor Certification in Pistol, Rifle, Shotgun, Personal Protection Inside & Outside the Home, and Concealed Carry Weapons ( CCW) She is also a NRA certified Range Safety Officer.

Laura  Firearms Safety Instructor Cajun Arms in West Chester, PA


Firearms Instructor

Cajun Arms is fortunate to count Laura among our cadre of experienced firearms instructors. She has been teaching firearms skills full time since 2008.

Laura co-instructs with Jim Benoit at medium and large sized open enrollment classes, and runs special classes for Cajun Arms.

Her teaching style and patience allow her to reach new shooters both young and old as well as all ages in between. Laura teaches all three major disciplines of firearms, both for pleasure/target shooting as well as defensive skills with all platforms.


  • NRA Certified Pistol Instructor
  • NRA Certified Rifle Instructor
  • NRA Range Safety Officer
  • Defensive Carry 1 -4
  • Defensive Pistol, Rifle, & Shotgun Instruction
  • Stop the Bleed
Holly Allen Firearms Safety Instructor Cajun Arms in West Chester, PA

Holly Allen

Range Safety Officer (RSO)

Holly Allen is an asset to the Cajun Arms training staff. She's been shooting for over 10 years & proficient with both rifles and pistols. Holly is an NRA Range Safety Officer and has been a student of Cajun arms in numerous classes including rifle, defensive carry, and low light pistol.

Her patience and pleasant demeanor make her an asset for classes geared towards entry level, novice, and new shooters but her experience as an RSO makes her capable of keeping a range safe and organized for all levels of shooters. As a bonus, Holly is a mother of 3 who daily carries so she brings an interesting perspective for those looking to both understand and get more involved with firearms.

Tammy Kemp Firearms Safety Instructor Cajun Arms in West Chester, PA

Tammy Kemp

Range Safety Officer (RSO)

Tammy is a certified NRA Range Safety Officer. She helps keep the class running smoothly and safely. Tammy has grown up around guns and takes her training seriously. She has taken our Defensive Carry Pistol classes starting with a SIRT Clinic in 2017, Defensive Carry Pistol levels 1.0 to 5.0, NRA Defensive Pistol, Defensive Shotgun, and Stop the Bleed. Her perspective and safety protocol are an asset to our classes.

Neal Kaufman Firearms Safety Instructor Cajun Arms in West Chester, PA

Neal Kaufman

Range Safety Officer (RSO)

Neal recently earned his NRA Range Safety Officer Certification. He ensures that all safety protocols are observed and helps keep the class running smoothly. Neal trained as a student with Cajun Arms since 2013 and completed all of our classes at least once. He also shoots left handed and is a big help to our students that use their “wrong” hand!

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