About Us

Richard N. Merz III is the owner and instructor for Merz Firearms LLC.  Richard is certified through the National Rifle Association (NRA) as a firearm instructor in the pistol discipline and as a Chief Range Safety Officer.

Email: richard@merzfirearmsllc.com

Tony Vorphal is an adjunct instructor for Merz Firearms LLC as well as a Range Safety Officer.

Email: tony@merzfirearmsllc.com



Merz Firearms LLC is an organization approved to certify firearms instructors by the Minnesota Department of Public Safety, Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (BCA).


Merz Firearms LLC is certified by the Utah Department of Public Safety, Bureau of Criminal Identification (BCI) as a concealed firearm instructor.  

Concealed Carry Weapon Permits

Merz Firearms LLC is certified to instruct: Wisconsin Concealed Weapon Permit, the Minnesota Permit-to-Carry (PTC), and the Utah Concealed Firearm Permit.  The multi-state class also satisfies the training requirements for permits in Arizona, Florida, Iowa, Maine, and New Hampshire.


Youth Firearm Training

Merz Firearms LLC is dedicated to youth education of safe firearm handling through various programs such as the NRA Winchester Marksmanship Program.


Private Instruction

Merz Firearms LLC also offers private instruction; please contact us to make arrangements.


Affiliated Organizations


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Thank you for visiting Merz Firearms LLC, South-Central Wisconsin's best value for Concealed Carry Permits in the Rio, WI also serving Portage, WI, Columbus, WI, Fall River, WI, Beaver Dam, WI, Wisconsin Dells, WI, Arlington, WI, Poynette, WI, Baraboo, WI, and the greater Madison, WI area.