Know Why The Community Trusts Us


Tom Newman

Proprietor, Instructor and School Director

  • NRA Chief Range Safety Officer, Instructor
  • Pistol, Rifle & Shotgun Instructor
  • Utah Licensed Firearm Instructor
  • NYS Licensed Private Investigator (Qualifier)
  • NYS DCJS Certified Instructor (SGP)
  • Notary Public, State of New York
  • Licensed Armed Guard
  • Bail Enforcement Agent
  • Defensive Driving Instructor

  • A History aficionado & always poised for new opportunities and learning experiences.

    Hannah Keitel


    She has been working at Baits & Barrels for 4 years & shooting since the young age of 13! She loves spending her spare time at the range where she shoots her shotguns, AR’s, and her all time fav, the 9mm PC carbine. In addition to shooting you can find her fishing and hunting in her spare time. She is hoping to join the law enforcement field in the near future.

    “I’m all around an outdoor kinda girl!

    Marc Noens

    Training Coordinator, Lead Instructor

    Retired Police Detective with 27 years experience.


  • Uniform Patrol
  • Highway Unit
  • Police Firearms Instructor (pistol / shotgun)
  • Police Defensive Tactics Instructor
  • Anti Crime Unit (plain clothes)
  • 9/11 Recovery
  • Detective Bureau
  • Dignitary Protection
  • FBI - Joint Terrorism Task Force (JTTF)
  • NYS DCJS General Topics Instructor
  • NYS DCJS Firearms Instructor
  • US Department of Energy:

  • Special Response Team: Assaulter
  • Composite Adversary Team: Assaulter / Sniper
  • Defensive Tactics Instructor
  • Firearms Instructor: Pistol, Rifle, Shotgun, Full Automatic Weapons Platforms.
  • DOE Sniper School
  • Southampton Town Police:

  • Part time Police Officer
  • Flight 800 Recovery
  • United States Army

  • 1st Ranger Battalion
  • US Army Infantry School
  • US Army Airborne School
  • US Army Ranger School
  • US Army Jungle Expert School
  • Shorin Ryu Karate:

  • Black Belt
  • Aiki Jitsu

  • Black Belt
  • Brazilian Jiu Jitsu:

  • Currently training
  • “Preparedness when properly pursued, is a way of life…”

    Tobie Monaco

    Last 18 years of service with SCPD Emergency Services Unit (ESU) .

    Senior Firearms Instructor, Civilian & Police

    Retired from the Suffolk County Police Department after serving 32 years. Last 18 years of service with SCPD Emergency Services Unit (ESU)
    Patrol assignments include:

  • Huntington Station in 2nd Pct.
  • TWA Flight 800 recovery
  • Marine Bureau
  • ESU-Emergency Services Unit
  • Glock Advanced Armorer

  • Emergency Services Bureau:
  • SNIPER / FIREARMS instructor
  • BOMB Technician
  • Active Shooter instructor
  • Glock Armorer
  • Any and all Specialized training including all forms of survival Tactics
  • NYS DCJS Instructor

  • Tobie instructs a multitude of specialized training curriculums including
  • Survival Tactics
  • Defensive Handgun
  • Shotgun
  • Rifle
  • Speed Drills
  • Situational Awareness
  • Both Civilian and Law Enforcement Agency courses

  • “I Really enjoy teaching people at a NO PRESSURE pace.”

    Jim (JD) DeMarco


    Retired as a Detective from the Suffolk County Police Department after serving 37 years.
    His career assignments included:

  • patrol, investigations
  • firearms (instructor/armorer)
  • academy (instructor)
  • detective Squad.
  • Jim graduated from numerous firearms Training schools including:

  • NYSP
  • FBI
  • DCJS
  • Gunsite
  • IALEFI and Glock.
    He is highly resourceful, informed and stays current with all firearms related trends, topics and information. His acumen is invaluable to sworn personnel, first responders and civilians.

    He enjoys shooting, firearms training/instruction, gun and watch collecting. His retirement activities include mountain biking, kayaking and of course being with his family.

    “When you love what you do it’s not considered work.”

  • John Focas

    Sales professional

    Retired Suffolk County Police Detective with over 31 years service. Retired from the Suffolk County Homicide Squad. Suffolk County Police Department


  • Uniform Patrol.
  • Community Oriented Police Enforcement (COPE) Unit.
  • Plain Clothes Investigation (Precinct Crime Section).
  • 1st and 7th Pct. Detective Squads. Homicide Squad.
  • Police Training Completed:

  • NYPD Homicide Investigator Course.
  • SCPD Basic and Advanced Investigator Courses.
  • Over 17 years experience in criminal investigations.
  • Assisted with 9/11 and TWA Flight 800 operations.
  • United States Navy Veteran with 20 years of service.
  • 5 years of active duty, 15 years of reserve duty.
  • One year assignment to Submarine Security Force, New London directly after 9/11.
  • New York State Licensed Armed Guard.
  • Mark Muller

    Senior Sales professional

    Mark Brings over 50 years of firearms experience to our diverse group and is a retired & former Federal Firearms Licensee and New York State
    Dealer in Firearms.
    He is a Life member of the NRA with certifications in Pistol, Rifle, Shotgun, Metallic cartridge, shotgun reloading and more.

    As an avid firearms collector Mark specializes in Curio Relics, Historical, Militaria and all facets of used firearms. If you have a used firearm to sell, Mark will gladly assess the condition and value of your gun so you can sell it on consignment, privately, online or accept a fair offer from us. Mark maintains a plethora of resources and is constantly expanding his knowledge base. His membership in various clubs keeps him well informed of the constantly evolving firearms marketplace.

  • Garand Collectors Association
  • Forks of the Delaware Historical
  • Arms Society
  • North Eastern Arms Collectors Association
  • New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
  • National Shooting Sports Foundation
  • And many more..

  • If you have something to sell, consign or trade come see us!

    Justin Wendelken

    Instructor, Gunsmith

    With over 15 years of shooting experience Justin is a skilled Pistol, Rifle & Shotgun Instructor. His acumen and knowledge of various firearm platforms and precision gunsmithing skills allow our shooters to have the latest triggers, optics and accessories at their disposal.
    As an accessories and Gear guy Justin keeps up with the latest industry trends and advancements.
    His free time is spent at the range or fishing on Long Island waterways.

    “I am privileged and proud to be part of the instructor team while working alongside some of the best educators in the business”

    Favorite Quote:
    “This is my last one. “
    -every gun owner-

    Deb Gennari

    Deb Gennari is a veteran police officer with 22 years of service with the Suffolk County Police Department. Deb spent 14 years of her tenure in the Pistol Licensing Bureau. In 2011, Deb retired from the police department and continues to be an advocate for the Second Amendment. She founded Pistol Girl Consulting to assist prospective applicants through the intimidating and arduous process of applying for a pistol license.

    Lisa Dabrowski

    Riverhead born and raised, Lisa has been actively involved in the North Fork / East End community, and various local and national organizations, for most of her life, including:

  • Riverhead Polish Hall: President of the Ladies Auxiliary, and Member of the Board of Directors.
  • Mattituck American Legion Post 861: Public Information Officer.
  • American Legion Auxiliary Post 1: Member.
  • National Rifle Association: Patriot Life Endowment Member.
  • Mattituck Gun Club: Member since 2015.

    Along with membership in Ducks Unlimited, New York State Rifle and Pistol Association, and Single Action Shooting Society, Lisa has had a life-long interest in firearms and strives to continue learning and expanding certification in the field.
    Hunting, Trapping, Bow Hunting, Animal Control… Lisa has hunted in numerous states, and was actively involved in assisting with a wildlife control business for several years. Her past employment includes Animal Control for Southold Town while working at the NFAWL / Southold Town Animal Shelter.
    You may know her, and her voice, from her 12-year employment at WLNG 92.1FM Radio in Sag Harbor, NY.
    Lisa has been the producer, director, host, editor, cameraperson, etc., for several local TV shows, including WVVH-TV, and is working on a series for the American Legion. She looks forward to putting her filming skills to use, and produce videos, featuring instruction, education, safety, and various firearms for Baits & Barrels.
    As a musician, Lisa plays multiple instruments, including guitar and piano, and writes songs. She has performed her originals at The Bluebird Cafe in Nashville, TN.



    1315 W. Main St, Riverhead, NY 11901

    +1 631-740-9004

    • Monday: CLOSED
    • Tuesday: 10:30 – 6:00
    • Wednesday: 10:30 – 6:00
    • Thursday: 10:30 – 6:00
    • Friday: 10:30 – 6:00
    • Saturday: 10:30 – 4:00
    • Sunday: CLOSED