Know Why The Community Trusts Us

MEET THE TEAM

John Looney

Proprietor
Lead Firearms Instructor & Training Director at Baits & Barrels

  • United States Marine Corp. 1993-1997
  • U.S.M.C Security Forces / Infantry
  • U.S.M.C Designated Marksman

  • Sig Sauer Academy:
  • Master Pistol Instructor
  • Reflexive Shooting
  • Low Light Pistol Instructor
  • Red dot instructor

  • NRA Law Enforcement Pistol and Rifle Instructor
  • NRA Pistol, Rifle, Shotgun Instructor
  • NRA Range Safety Officer/ Chief Range
  • Safety Officer
  • NYS DCJS Instructor
  • NYS Security Guard and Armed
  • Security Gaurd Instructor.

    Providing Safe and Efficient Firearms Training!

  • Tom Newman

    Proprietor
    NRA Chief Range Safety Officer and Instructor

  • Pistol, Rifle & Shotgun Instructor
  • Utah Licensed Firearm Instructor
  • NYS Licensed Private Investigator
  • NYS DCJS Certified Instructor (SGP)
  • Notary Public, State of New York
  • Licensed Armed Guard
  • Bail Enforcement Agent


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

    Tobie Monaco

    Served 32 years in the SCPD.
    Patrol assignments include:

  • Huntington Station in 2nd Pct. TWA Flight 800 recovery
  • Marine Bureau ESU-18 years
  • 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 courses including all sorts of survival tactics and curriculums.

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

  • Chris Thayer

    Retired NYPD Police Officer
    Worked in the 110 pct in Queens, NY
    Assignments included:

  • Conditions Unit
  • Community Policing Unit
  • Anti-Crime Unit & Burglary Unit.

    “It’s better to have it and not need it then to need it and not have it”

  • 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”

  • Hannah Keitel

    She has been working at Baits & Barrels for 3 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!

    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.

    Freddie Boerum

    Fred has been Shooting firearms for over 30 years on various platforms. He is active in Competitive Pistol, Tactical Rifle & defensive Shotgun venues. As a professional Welder by Trade Mr. Boerum has a vast and eclectic Training resume that includes NRA curriculum, The Sig Sauer Academy and NYS Armed Guard credentials.

    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.

  • Gunner the Dog

    Black Labrador Retriever

  • Store Mascot
  • MOS
  • Training
  • Security Forces

    Other attributes:
  • Very friendly
  • does not bite unless a serious threat has been determined or given the proper commands

    All further information is classified.

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    1315 W. Main St, Riverhead, NY 11901

    +1 631-740-9004
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    • 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