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Beyond the Carry Permit

Basic - The next step after getting your handgun carry permit!

Duration: 1 day (8 hours) of classroom & range



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One of the best know firearms instructors of all time, Jeff Cooper, said it best: “Owning a handgun doesn’t make you armed any more than owning a guitar makes you a musician.”

Having a gun without proper training creates a false sense of security.  Sure you know how to point it and pull the trigger, but do you really know how to use the tool?  Your life and the lives of others may well depend upon your skills with a firearm.  With that being the case, can you afford not to know how to use it to the best of your ability???

Without adequate skills which come through proper training, at best you have a club and at worst you give the enemy a weapon to use against you.

Please note that this course is designed to go beyond the course we teach to prepare you for obtaining a Tennessee Handgun Permit.  If that is the course you are looking for, be sure to visit: www.tncarrypermits.com.

This 8 hour course is designed for those carrying a handgun for personal defense and those who want to go deeper than just learning enough to legally obtain a carry permit.  While it will not make you a tactical ninja, it will help you become proficient in carrying a firearm every day.  We have designed this course to cover the fundamentals needed to acquire sufficient skill to deploy a handgun in defense of yourself and others.

The course will combine classroom drills, scenarios to enforce shoot/no shoot decision making, and live fire training.

Prerequisites: Basic shooting skills since this is not focused on marksmanship or basic firearm handling.

Difficulty Level: Basic to Intermediate Skills

Gun rental and ammo available at an additional cost if needed.  Price includes range fees.

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Topics Covered

  • Firearms Safety Rules
  • Use of Force Laws
  • Combative Mindset
  • Skill Competencies
  • Weapon Selection
  • Ammunition Selection
  • Effects of Stress (Body Alarm Reaction)
  • Concealment Options
  • Common “Tells” When Carrying a Concealed Weapon
  • Carry Conditions
  • Combative Accuracy vs Marksmanship
  • Cover vs Concealment
  • Scanning for Additional Threats
  • Drawing from Concealment
  • Basic Weapon Retention
  • Solving Weapon Malfunctions
  • Situational Awareness
  • Virtual Scenario Training
  • Classroom Skill Building Exercises
  • Multiple Live Fire Skill Building Drills

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Expectations and Outcomes

All graduates will receive a Certificate of Completion!

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Basic, CCW, Virtual Simulation

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Documentation Requirements


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  • Your own weapon
  • 250 rounds of ammo
  • At least 2 magazines
  • Holster for your weapon
  • Mag carrier (or can store magazines in cargo pants but carrier is preferred)
  • Eye protection
  • Hearing protection
  • Closed-toe shoes or boots
  • Hat is suggested
  • No open tops (Hot brass down the shirt hurts!)
  • Water