Lead Instructor / Founder

Paul J. Conforti is the lead instructor and creative force behind Aim Small Firearms Instruction. He was introduced to firearms at a young age and always excelled. He participated in NRA 4 position rifle qualifications and reached the Bar 9 Sharpshooter before the Explorer Post disbanded. He graduated in 1991 with a BS in Criminal Justice with honors from John Jay College of Criminal Justice.

Paul is a Life-Long Hunter and enjoys the outdoors and brings experience from the field to his teaching.

Paul became a police officer in 1987 and served the City of White Plains for almost 21 years. Officer Conforti was trained in 1993 as a firearms instructor and served in that capacity until his retirement. He was promoted to the rank of Sergeant in 1998 and was assigned to the department Special Response Team.  Sgt. Conforti was eventually put in charge of the acquisition of new handguns for the department. Paul developed much of the current firearms program that is still in place today at the White Plains Police Department.

After his retirement from the White Plains Police Department, Paul started doing NRA safety lectures and basic courses as well as NYS DCJS Armed Security Guard Training Classes. It was from this venue that the civilian tactical training courses were born after one student asked for regular training courses. Paul is dedicated to teaching all students the fundamentals of shooting.

Paul Continues to train Active-duty Police officers for both Somers Police and as a Court Securtiy Officer in the Federal Courts.

“I will not be satisfied until my students can out-shoot me.”
Paul J. Conforti

Firearms Training Certifications

    • FBI Police Firearms Instructor/ Carbine Instructor
    • OCAT Instructor
    • IACP Less Lethal Force instructor
    • Police General Topics Instructor
    • N.T.O.A. Basic Swat School
    • NRA Basic Rifle, Pistol, and Shotgun Instructor.
    • NRA Police Handgun and Shotgun Instructor.
    • DCJS Armed and General Security Guard Instructor.
    • NRA Life Member
    • Utah CFP Instructor
    • Glock Armorer


  • Gerry Murphy
    Posted May 18, 2021 8:35 am

    Glad I found Aim Small firearms training. Paul runs a safe, informative and fun class. His tactical pistol class really helped prepare me
    for “Real World” self defense scenarios, not simply some paper target practice at an indoor range. Special thanks to Joe Martini. His patience
    and guidance finally got me in my comfort zone, by showing me how to make my weapon an extension of my body, while engaging a threat!
    I left this course a better shooter and a more confident handgun owner. I will be back for more classes in the future. Don’t miss your shot at attending an Aim Small training course!

  • Paul Conforti
    Posted May 24, 2021 7:54 pm

    I appreciate your comments. I glad that you had a great experience on the range with us.
    – Sgt Paul J. Conforti

  • Rick Veit
    Posted June 22, 2021 9:41 am

    I’ve had several classes with Paul, at this point. Pistol, Carbine and Shotgun. Paul is an excellent instructor. He’s not only knowledgeable and experienced, he is able to effectively teach the material! I highly recommend taking these courses – not only to learn how to safely operate a variety of firearms, but to protect yourself and your loved ones. A number of years ago, I was robbed at gunpoint in the Town of Ossining, leaving a restaurant. The weapon was a MAC-10 sub-machine gun. My date and I may have been killed. Having access to and knowing the proper use of a firearm is more important now, than ever! Take classes with Paul! It may save your life!

  • Norman
    Posted September 26, 2021 8:22 pm

    Paul just wanted to let you know that Saturday’s class bought a wide range of training both theory and practical.. I found that using your support hand to shoot opens up a new skill set that is often overlooked and not enough practice is given to get this necessary skill set included with one’s strong hand shooting skill and you added the immediate action drills using single hand techniques ..
    This bought a new perspective to my training. I missed a lot of sessions this year hopefully next year will be better..you’ve added to the curriculum which makes it better and interesting all the time .. thanks for being a great instructor your patience and teaching method are unique, again great job.. stay safe and blessed sgt

  • Benjamin DeWalt
    Posted September 27, 2021 9:16 am

    Paul and his crew run solid, quality instruction for both LE and Civilian. No B.S. material. Real techniques that work. Highly recommended.

  • Dan
    Posted October 29, 2021 4:34 pm

    Paul and Joe offer a great education. I took the tactical shotgun course and found it extremely valuable. They clearly have mastery of the material and can adapt and adjust to individual students to give the best possible chance of learning the material.

    After taking the shotgun class, I then signed up for the Use of Force class with Paul. Again, I found that extremely valuable as well. Paul has a balanced, matter-of-fact style, while still being respectful of serious issues and topics. His career of over two decades in law enforcement, particularly on the SWAT team and in leadership positions, allows him to share real-world experience that is often very hard to find in the world of self-defense.

  • Jared abramowitz
    Posted August 9, 2022 6:16 pm

    Trains with Paul in 2016, best dam instructor I’ve had in 16 years of law enforcement

  • Ken
    Posted October 8, 2022 9:15 pm

    As a newbie, I wanted a rifle instructor that would not make me feel “dumb” for asking questions concerning my AR15. Paul was patient and provided me useful tips on sighting the rifle, target shooting, and firearm safety. I left the range feeling more confident. I would highly recommend Paul.

  • Frank Albano
    Posted February 6, 2023 12:01 pm

    Did some training with Paul. One of the better instructors in the field. Been to a lot of instruction over my career. Recommend him to the novice and advanced shooter’s.

    Protection Agent,
    Frank Albano

  • Joe Colarusso
    Posted June 12, 2023 4:41 pm

    I have had my NYS & CT carry permits since the early 1990’s. While I previously have had handgun training, I recently took the NYS re-certification class, and found Paul and Joe excellent instructors, who clearly and succinctly conveyed their knowledge in both classroom and live fire training. I look forward to taking additional tactical classes, and recommend Aim Small without hesitation.

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