Who We Are?

At Tennessee Academy of Firearms, we are committed to providing you with a safe and comfortable learning environment. In order to provide you with the knowledge needed to safely handle firearms in the future, we will provide the most professional services we can, and meet or exceed the highest levels of local, state and federal requirements. We will also make every effort to keep our classes safe and educational, but also, fun and exciting as well! With a variety of classes to choose from, you can rest assure you'll receive all necessary training needed to be safe and professional while handling a firearm.

Why Us

When you take advantage of our courses, you can be sure you're provided the full aspect of the curriculum. We understand the importance of proper training and having a complete understanding of the material.  After all, you will be using a firearm and with that comes a great responsibility that we take very seriously. This is your future and it's about knowing and understanding what you can and can't do, and how to do it safely; not about how cheap and fast you can get through the class...

What are people saying about us?

As a first time shooter, I am very pleased with my decision to take this class. The instructor was the absolute best and made me feel very comfortable. He was also very patient with me since I was a beginner with no experience shooting or much knowledge of guns. After taking this class, I feel much more comfortable with shooting and my knowledge of guns that I learned from this course. I highly recommend! -  Lauren Reed

9 common mistakes in self-defense firearms training

1. Taking Bad Advice
If I had a dollar for every student I had to re-train because their friend the “gun expert” had taught them bad habits, I'd retire right now. Just because someone owns a lot of guns or is a police officer or veteran does not make them a firearms expert. Find competent, knowledgeable instructors.

2. Getting the Wrong Training
I have trained many people and the bottom line is they use different tactics with different firearms to achieve different goals and therefore need different training. A police officer or civilian risks prison using tactics that are acceptable on the battlefield. A soldier would be unconcerned with civil lawsuits while returning enemy fire from 200 yards away.

3. Choosing the Wrong Gun or Caliber
I'm often asked, “What's the best gun?” Well, how the heck would I know? There is no perfect gun, perfect caliber, or perfect combination. If there was we'd all have one. Determining the right gun requires assessment of factors including body size, hand size, experience, and most importantly, what you want to do with it.

5. Believing “This is the only way to do it”
After you get some good quality professional instruction, go out and get some more - from someone else. Each skill you learn should be compared and contrasted with every other skill. Some will work better in certain situations. Some will work better for you personally. There is not one way to do it.  If an instructor tells you “this is how you will do this on my range,” respect his position and the fact that there may be a safety or liability issue involved. If an instructor tells you “this is the only way to do this,” find another trainer.

5. Failing to Do Dry-Fire Drills
Ammunition is expensive. Practicing dry fire drills saves time and money and can be done in the comfort of your own home. Obviously, safety must be paramount. Not only should “practice” guns be unloaded and double checked but any ammunition should be stored in another room. Most accuracy issues can be traced back to trigger control, and dry fire practice can help — without costing $20 a box. You can practice drawing from a holster — either open or concealed — during the same training session.

6. Doing Too Much Repetition
Though one skill or tactic should be practiced if not mastered before moving on to another, this can be taken to the extreme. If you always practice the same drill, you may not be able to adapt to the varying situations of the real world. Mix up your practice sessions. Maybe this time you work on close, rapid fire and next time you work on longer, slower shots. This time you practice on multiple targets and next time you concentrate on single threats. It's better to be well-rounded in your skills than to be a master of one or two tactics. If an instructor is spending too much time on one “drill” it might indicate he doesn’t know much else.

7. Believing Square Ranges and Paper Targets Prepare You for a Lethal Force Encounter 

8. Failing to do Force-on-Force Training

9. Thinking All You Need to Carry is a Gun, Holster, and Permit. 

We take great pride in understanding the educational requirements of our students in order to best prepare them for real world shooting. And that's "Who We Are"!!!

Please look around our website and if you have any comments or questions, please feel free to contact us. We hope to see you again! Check back later for new updates to our website. There’s much more to come!