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Why Should You Carry a Firearm?

Carrying a firearm is comparable to taking CPR classes or placing fire extinguishers in your house. It's about taking personal responsibility for your safety and the safety of your family. It's about making your home safe and being safe while in your house, and recognizing that you are your family's first responder and being prepared to defend them. With all that said its also enjoyable to be out in nature hunting or at the range target shooting. Nashville Armory is proud to offer the following classes:

For scheduling and rates please check our Events Calendar or register here. For any other questions please contact classes@nashvillearmory.biz

The Four Basic Rules of Gun Safety

  1. Always treat firearms like they are loaded. Always.
  2. Never point the muzzle at anything you are not willing to destroy.
  3. Always keep your finger outside the trigger guard until you are ready to shoot.
  4. Always be certain of your target and what's beyond it.

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First Shots

At Nashville Armory, we’re dedicated to every shooter. Our staff understands that a start in shooting can be
intimidating, and we’re here to make those first steps as comfortable, easy, and fun as possible.

We love nothing more than to see a new shooter go home satisfied and excited about the sport of shooting. First Shots
is a class designed to ensure that happens.

Designed and sponsored by the NSSF, First Shots is a comprehensive course that takes the first-time shooter
through the basics of firearm operation, safety, and ownership.

Education and practice are vital to promoting a safe firearms community. This course will give you that foundation
to begin building upon, enabling you to become a strong, responsible member of the shooting community.

Items Covered
  • Safety fundamentals
  • Action (revolver vs. semi-auto)
  • Ammunition
  • Hand grip & stance
  • Common errors
  • Live fire exercise, and more...
Class Fee
Hours4
Requirements16 years of age, positive & open attitude.
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Second Shots

You’ve decided to take up the sport of shooting. It’s an exciting step, but one that can
come with many questions and decisions. One of those being which handgun to purchase. Second Shots
is a class designed to help make that decision easier through education and hands-on experience.

This is a great class for those shooters having just completed First Shots: An Introduction to Firearms

Second Shots will take you through many of the questions first-time shooters have, including:

  • Differences in ammunition
  • Functions of use
  • Differences in sights
  • Sight control
  • Eye dominance
  • Malfunctions & clearing
  • Gear, accessories, and more...
Students will have the chance to participate in a live fire exercise, seeing the principals
above put into real-time application, under the supervision of our trained instructors.

Come visit us at Nashville Armory, and let us help make that first firearm purchase
the fun and exciting experience it should be.

Class Fee
Hours3
RequirementsPositive & open attitude.
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TN Handgun Carry Permit

Nashville Armory proudly supports the right to bear arms. We also understand that there are
many laws and regulations set in place to protect that right, the general public, and the responsible
handgun owner. The TN Handgun Carry Permit class is designed to educate students on these laws, as
well as provide further training in safety, maintenance, and basic marksmanship.

All courses taught by NRA certified instructors - most with Law Enforcement or Military background.

The TN Handgun Carry Permit class will cover the following:
  • Laws relating to handgun carry within TN
  • Use of Deadly Force
  • Criminal & Civil liabilities
  • Basic handgun & ammunition knowledge
  • Basic firearm safety & maintenance
  • Basic marksmanship & firing range protocols
  • Permit qualification & how to apply for your permit


*Note that attending this course does not guarantee a permit, nor does completion of the course
infer the right to carry a handgun. Qualification is mandatory and must be passed by the student in order
to receive their certificate. This certificate must then be presented to the Department of Safety in
order to apply for a TN Handgun Carry Permit. Qualification is on-sight at our state-of-the-art indoor range.


Come join us at Nashville Armory and help grow a stronger, safer, more responsible shooting community in Middle Tennessee.

Class Fee$95
Hours8
Requirements21 years of age, positive & open attitude.
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An Introduction to the Sport of Rifle Shooting

Whether you’re a rifle owner looking for a refresher course, or a first-time shooter unsure where to
begin, this is the perfect course for you. Our certified instructors are dedicated to every
shooter, and will take you through a course designed to build skill, knowledge, and confidence.
Rifle skills are valuable in many areas, including hunting, competition, recreation, defense,
and many career fields. Let Nashville Armory give you the foundation to begin building upon.

The Basic Rifle course will take students through the following areas:
  • Fundamentals of the rifle, including parts, nomenclature, operation, and safety
  • Ammunition, including selecting the proper ammunition for your intended use
  • Shooting positions: bench rest, prone, sitting, kneeling, and standing
  • Cleaning and proper care for your rifle
  • Basic shooting skills and more...


A live fire exercise will take place in Nashville Armory’s state-of-the-art indoor range - the only
indoor range in the area rated for high-power rifle fire.

Nashville Armory believes learning to shoot should be fun, comfortable, and safe. We pride ourselves
in having the friendliest instructors in the state and the most advanced facility in Middle
Tennessee. Come visit us and let us show you what it means to be the South’s Premier Firearms Facility.

Class Fee$75
Hours4
RequirementsPositive & open attitude. *No minimum age is specified to participate. However, Nashville Armory requests that a parent or guardian be present with all minors throughout the entire duration of the course.
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Basic Pistol

Nashville Armory wishes to bring the next generation of shooters into the community with knowledge,
wisdom, proficiency, and respect of firearms. We also want to encourage and empower men and women of any
age who wish to take up the sport of shooting. The Basic Pistol class is designed to do just that,
giving students a foundation of basic handgun knowledge and marksmanship skills to build upon.

All courses taught by certified instructors - most with Law Enforcement or Military background.
  • Basic handgun & ammunition knowledge
  • Basic firearm safety & maintenance
  • Basic marksmanship & firing range protocols


Come join us at Nashville Armory and help grow a stronger, safer, more responsible shooting
community in Middle Tennessee.

Class Fee$75
Hours8
RequirementsPositive & open attitude. *No minimum age is specified to participate. However, Nashville Armory requests that a parent or guardian be present with all minors throughout the entire duration of the course.
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Defensive Handgun

Pistol shooting is becoming one of the largest pastimes in the nation. However, besides being a
competitive sport and exciting hobby, pistol shooting also has the potential to save your life.
At Nashville Armory, we have professional instructors who take pride in giving you the most
comprehensive course in defensive shooting.

This course is designed to give you the education, skills, and real-time application needed to build
a strong foundation as a defensive shooter.

This course will include classroom instruction, as well as live fire exercises. Some of the areas
covered will include:
  • Target distinction, acknowledgement, and acquisition
  • Proper manipulation of the handgun to include loading, unloading, and malfunction drills
  • Shooting from cover
  • Proper maintenance
  • Selecting the proper pistol for your intended use
  • Live fire exercise, and more...


This class is available for private and group training. If your company or organization wishes to
attend this class as a group, Nashville Armory is more than happy to accommodate. Please contact
one of our instructors for further details.

All classes are conducted onsite at Nashville Armory, the South’s Premier Firearms Facility

Class Fee$125
HoursEight (8)
Requirements21 years of age
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Defensive Shotgun

The shotgun has become one of the favored tools for home defense, security and enforcement
operations, as well as numerous additional applications worldwide. The instructors at
Nashville Armory bring to you a course designed to educate shooters with real-world skills and
decision making abilities that could save your life.

Our certified instructors take your training seriously. They only wish to bring you the most
up-to-date educational material, skills, and real-time applications possible.

Along with classroom instruction, some of the areas covered in this course will include:
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  • Target distinction, acknowledgement, and acquisition
  • Proper manipulation of the shotgun to include loading, unloading, and malfunction drills
  • Shooting from cover
  • Distances associated with the shotgun
  • Selecting the proper shotgun for your intended use
  • Live fire exercise, and more...


This class is available for private and group training. If your company or organization wishes to
attend this class as a group, Nashville Armory is more than happy to accommodate. Please contact
one of our instructors for further details.

All classes are conducted onsite at Nashville Armory, the South’s Premier Firearms Facility

Class Fee$125
HoursEight (8)
Requirements18 years of age
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Defensive Carbine

The carbine is both a practical defense tool, as well as a staple firearm for the
professional operator. Nashville Armory has certified instructors with training and real-world
experience prepared to teach you the skills needed to build a strong foundation as a defensive shooter.

The defensive carbine course is intended to further develop the education, skills, and practices of
shooters already familiar with the carbine platform.

Classroom instruction will be coupled with live fire exercises, allowing students to put learned
practices into real-time application. Course areas covered include:
  • Target distinction, acknowledgement, and acquisition
  • Shooting from cover
  • Use of the carbine in close-quarters
  • Proper manipulation of the carbine to include loading, unloading, and malfunction drills
  • Proper maintenance
  • Live fire exercise, and more...


This class is available for private and group training. If your company or organization wishes to
attend this class as a group, Nashville Armory is more than happy to accommodate. Please contact
one of our instructors for further details.

All classes are conducted onsite at Nashville Armory, the South’s Premier Firearms Facility

Class Fee$125
HoursEight (8)
Requirements18 years of age
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Basic Shotgun

The shotgun is one of the shooting world’s most versatile tools. Used in hunting, tactical
applications, recreational shooting, and competition sports, the shotgun has become one of the
most widely utilized firearms around. The Basic Shotgun class will introduce students to the
fundamentals of the shotgun and its uses.

Areas covered in the Basic Shotgun class will include the following:
  • Fundamentals of the shotgun, including how it works
  • Safe handling for practical use in hunting, recreation, range shooting, etc.
  • Differences in ammunition and their intended uses
  • Selecting the proper shotgun for your intended use
  • Caring for and cleaning your shotgun
  • Basic shooting skills and techniques
  • And more...


A live fire exercise will be included in this course, giving students the opportunity to put the
skills they have learned into real-time application.

Shotgun shooting is a fun and rewarding experience. Let Nashville Armory introduce you to
this side of shooting in a comfortable, safe, friendly environment.
Class Fee$75
Hours4
RequirementsPositive & open attitude. *No minimum age is specified to participate. However, Nashville Armory requests that a parent or guardian be present with all minors throughout the entire duration of the course.
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Because we should all be prepared.

Nashville Armory has a strong dedication to the female shooter. We understand that the world
sometimes offers less-than- desirable situations. We also understand that defensive tactics for
those situations aren’t uniform for every person. For that reason, we have designed a course
specifically catered to the female citizen - a course to promote skill, knowledge, and the
confidence to use them.

The Women’s Defense class will cover the following areas:
  • Handgun safety & awareness
  • Levels of force
  • Use of cover & creating distance
  • Verbal commands
  • Shooting techniques
  • And more...


*Note these classes are available for one-on-one private instruction.

Non-lethal forms of defense are very practical and widely used throughout the nation. The most
common form of non-lethal defense is Pepper Spray.
The option of incorporating these into your training is available. Ask one of our instructors for
further details.

Being prepared could save your life...or the life of someone you love.

Class Fee$125
Hours4
Requirements21 years of age, positive & open attitude.
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Because a properly maintained firearm can save your life.

Many issues can arise from allowing a firearm to go unmaintained. Over time, the metal workings can
become rusted and locked into place. Also, high-stress workings within a firearm are more likely
to break when not properly cleaned and lubricated. In a life or death situation, such a
seemingly small act as maintenance could make all the difference in the world.

Items covered will include:
  • Safety
  • Cleaning supplies, including tools, oil, solvents, etc.
  • Field stripping & reassembly
  • Proper cleaning & care
  • Magazine cleaning and care
  • And more...


If you do not currently own the proper cleaning supplies needed for the class, they can be
purchased in our retail shop the day of your class.

This is a non-shooting class. Normal range fees apply for anyone wishing to shoot before or after
the class. Please check with the range for fees and availability.

Class Fee$50
Hours2
RequirementsPositive & open attitude.
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A class for the entire family.

Whether you currently have a firearm inside your home or not, chances are that you or your child will
at some point come into contact with one. This course is designed to give you both the skills
you need to responsibly handle that interaction.

We feel that education is one of the strongest tools in creating a safer firearms community, and
we want to educate as many families as we can to that end.

Some of the areas covered will include:
  • Safe storage of firearms within the home & vehicle
  • What children should do when they encounter a firearm
  • The 4 Basic Rules of Firearms
  • Understanding the seriousness of firearms & the difference in real and toy guns
  • Opening dialogue between parents and children.


Class Fee
Hours2
RequirementsPositive & open attitude.
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A comprehensive course for safety and defense.

Home invasions are a scary, but real, part of the world. The chances of it happening to you are slim,
but it would be much better to be prepared than to gamble on it never happening.

The Personal Protection In the Home course is designed to enable handgun owners to safely and
effectively defend themselves, their home, and their loved ones. Some of the areas covered in the
course include:
  • Basic defensive handgun skills
  • Firearms laws, including Use of Deadly Force
  • Mindset & decision making under pressure
  • Shooting from cover
  • Responding to violent confrontation
  • Selecting a firearm for personal defense
  • And more...


A live fire exercise is included in this course. Students will put the learned practices into
real-time application in our state-of-the-art indoor firing range.

Being prepared could save your life...or the life of someone you love.

Class Fee$175
Hours8
Requirements21 years of age, positive & open attitude.
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Retired Law Enforcement Officer Training

The Law Enforcement Officer Safety Act (LEOSA) is a federal law, set in place in 2004, that allows special
firearms carrying privileges to active and retired officers. There are many benefits to having this
training and certification, and Nashville Armory is proud to be offering this course to the men and
women who protect our communities.

*All LEOSA courses taught by certified instructors with Law Enforcement background and experience.

You’ve served your community for years - putting in long hours, working on holidays, taking on the stress
of others, and doing it all with a smile. Now that you’ve retired from your work as an officer, certain
privileges still carry with you. One of those is the right to carry under LEOSA. With proper
certified training and qualification, retired officers may carry a concealed firearm in any state or political subdivision
thereof. Therefore, persons qualified under LEOSA do not generally require a state issued permit to carry concealed firearms.

There are requirements for retired officers wishing to receive this training, and we urge you to contact
one of our certified training instructors to verify these requirements.

Along with classroom instruction and discussion of applicable laws and regulations regarding the right to
carry under LEOSA, trainers will administer a certified shooting qualification course in our
state-of-the-art indoor firing range.

Nashville Armory thanks you for your service, and looks forward to now serving

Class Fee$65
Hours8
RequirementsPlease contact an instructor for requirements.
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TN Security Officer Training

Employment within the security field is growing rapidly in Middle Tennessee. Nashville Armory is now offering
certifications, as well as re-certs, for those wishing to begin working or continue working within
the field of private security.

Whether you’re just beginning your career or have worked in security for years, Nashville Armory has the
most up-to-date courses available to prepare you for all the field has to offer.

All of our armed and unarmed security courses are taught by certified, trained professionals. Their sole
desire is give you the tools you’ll need to perform your job safely and proficiently, so that everyone
goes home at the end of each day.

Options Available:
  • Armed
  • Unarmed
  • Re-certification
  • Subject Control Spray
  • Expandable Baton
  • Cuffing


All courses are taught at our state-of-the- art facility, utilizing
our indoor range for shooting exercises and qualifications.

*Special trainings can be arranged for departments, organizations, and other groups.

Please call Nashville Armory for details and to schedule your training, today.

Class FeeVaries - see Events Calendar for dates, times, and pricing
HoursVaries
RequirementsPlease contact an instructor for details.
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Defensive Shooting – Basic (Level One)

Topics Covered:
  • 1. Details of modern isosceles stance
  • 2. Draw stroke that is ergonomic and realistic
  • 3. Elements of Trigger Control
  • 4. Defensive Sight Picture
  • 5. Shooting from cover
  • 6. Presenting the firearm from concealment
  • 7. Evaluation of presentation techniques (including presentation time to first shot)
  • 8. Proper reloading techniques


Students will successfully master pistol drills, demonstrate safe gun handling, improve
marksmanship, plus gain a familiarity with modern techniques of handgun shooting. Proper skills
and techniques will be demonstrated throughout the class. The instructional approach is
straightforward and has been proven to work with all shooters from beginners to expert. First,
students are taught to shoot stationary targets slowly and accurately. Then, speed is built
through rhythm and repetition. After gaining confidence in shooting under pressure of command
and time constraints, students will shoot against their peers. This creates additional pressure
and better enables them to perform in varying conditions.

To attend this course, students will need a quality handgun, holster, at least two magazines or
speed loaders. The student should come to the class with a carry device that they would use on the street.

In other words carry the gun in class like you would, when you carry with your handgun permit.
Eye and ear protection are required, hat with a brim, and 250 rounds of ammunition.

Class Fee$125
Hours4
RequirementsPositive and open attitude
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Defensive Shooting beyond the basics (Level II)

If you carry a handgun for self defense, this class could SAVE YOUR LIFE! Even though you may
possess a handgun carry permit, you may not possess the skills to protect yourself if a life or
death confrontation. Real-life confrontation.

Areas covered:
  • 1. Details of the modern isosceles stance
  • 2. Draw stroke that is ergonomic and realistic
  • 3. Elements of Trigger Control
  • 4. Defensive Sight Picture
  • 5. Shooting from cover
  • 6. Elements of Trigger Control
  • 7. Transitions between targets
  • 8. Multiple target engagements
  • 9. Shooting with one hand unsupported
  • 10. Shooting while moving
  • 11. Malfunctions – what to do, what not to do?


Real life confrontations can be sudden, intense, and violent! Basic handgun skills alone may not
keep you alive. Defensive Course is designed to introduce you to skills necessary to effectively
use a handgun for self defense. After developing accuracy and speed, students are able to hit
multiple targets on command, then to do so within time constraints without losing speed or
accuracy. After gaining confidence in shooting under pressure of command and time constraints,
students will shoot against their peers. This creates additional pressure and better enables
them to perform in varying conditions.

During this course you will be taught the best available techniques in defensive handgun tactics
and marksmanship. The entire course is conducted on the range using intense live-fire drills.
You will learn the elements of drawing from concealment, shooting in close and extremely close
confrontations, shooting from cover, moving and shooting, handing multiple threats, tactical
reloading and malfunction/stoppage clearance. Safe gun handling is stressed throughout the course.
In addition, the laws of self-defense are reviewed and students are asked to evaluate various
real-life scenarios to determine whether deadly force is justified.

To attend this course, students will need a quality handgun, holster, at least two magazines or
speed loaders, eye and ear protection. Defensive Handgun Basic Course is recommended but not
required, with approval of the instructor. Eye and ear protection are required, hat with a brim, and
300 rounds of ammunition.

Class Fee$125
Hours4
RequirementsOpen and Positive attitude
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Shooter Improvement

This course is designed to help the good shooter shoot better. Individual attention is given to
each student to insure attention to detail is demonstrated in each marksmanship fundamental.
Precision shooting is a skill that must be practiced. If you have reached a shooting plateau and
needs help seeing improvement, this is the course for you.

Areas covered:
  • 1. Elements of Trigger Control (Assessment for precision shooting)
  • 2. Manipulation of handgun with strong and weak hand
  • 3. Proper grip to allow multiple precision hits
  • 4. Proper shooting platform to allow less hand fatigue
  • 5. Visual verification aiming techniques
  • 6. Rates of fire ( learn to increase your rate of fire – with accuracy) 7. Speed and accuracy enhancement drills


To attend this course, students will need a quality handgun, holster, at least two magazines or
speed loaders, eye and ear protection. Defensive Handgun Basic Course is recommended but not
required, with approval of the instructor. Eye and ear protection are required, hat with a brim,
and 300 – 350 rounds of ammunition.

Class Fee$125
Hours4
RequirementsOpen and Positive Attitude
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Low Light Course

Approximately 80% of all armed confrontations with law enforcement officers occur in adverse
lighting conditions. Most encounters with assailants occur at a range of less than 7 feet. The
average engagement time is 2.5 seconds.

This course is realistic about using a handgun in low light conditions. It prepares you to use
the technique that may work best for the individual shooter. We all realize defending ourselves
can be difficult, but even more so, in the dark or low light conditions. It not only teaches the
techniques, it allows you to practice and determine the how and why.

Areas covered:
  • 1. Increase your probabilities of prevailing in low-light conditions
  • 2. Understand and apply the basic “Tactical Lighting Principles” and the correct use of lighting tools
  • 3. Recognize the paradigm of using illumination tools as a “Force Option”
  • 4. Identify typical lighting situations
  • 5. Become familiar with the various flashlight shooting techniques


Flashlight Techniques:
FBI, Neck Index, Harries, Hargreaves Lite Touch, Chapman, USMC, Stack, Rogers.

What you’ll need:
A quality flashlight, eye and ear protection, hat with a brim and 200 rounds of ammunition.
Defensive handgun I (basic) or greater is a prerequisite for attending this course.

Class Fee$125
Hours4
RequirementsOpen and Positive Attitude.
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