Who We Are

Tennessee Academy of Firearms is a premier firearm school. We are committed to providing you with a safe and comfortable learning environment while you gain the knowledge needed to handle firearms safely. We will provide the most professional services we can, and meet or exceed the highest levels of local, state and federal requirements. We keep our classes safe and educational, but also fun and exciting as well! With a variety of classes to choose from, you can rest assured 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’ll receive the full aspect of our 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! It’s your life, and it's about knowing and understanding what you can and can't do, and how to do it safely.


Lead Instructor 


Gary Benton is the Director and Lead Instructor for Tennessee Academy of Firearms. Gary served over 20 years in the military and retired in November of 2013 from the United States Marine Corps. He has a vast knowledge of weapons and firearms safety along with the experience required for effective teaching of his craft. Gary started Tennessee Academy of Firearms in December of 2015 and provides a relaxed and fun environment to his classroom while maintaining the importance of safety at all times. Gary Benton is an NRA #215104794, USCCA #1396696, and State #2571219112 Certified Instructor along with being an NRA Certified Range Safety Officer.