Who We Are
Armory Ranges is the hub for the two premier shooting facilities in Tennessee, Nashville Armory and Franklin Range. Each store offers an impressive retail showroom, classrooms, and state of the art indoor shooting range. Our facilities rank as one of the largest and most advanced firearm facilities in the country. Nashville Armory and Franklin Range's retail shop offers a full line of firearms, accessories, ammunition, apparel, and knives. Our range features climate-controlled pistol and rifle rated bays and our training center offers a wide variety of classes for any skill level lead by our multi-level certified instructors.
Why We Are Different
We know that buying a firearm can be an intimidating experience. Armory Ranges has a different mold in mind: open, modern and clean. Armory Ranges facilities pride themselves on having no attitude and a no-pressure staff. Whether it's your first time holding a firearm, or you're an experienced shooter, you will be met and guided by professionals whose only goal is to provide a safe and comfortable environment in which to assist you with your personal shooting needs.
What We Do
Offering the finest names in the industry, and boasting a wide selection of new and pre-owned firearms, suppressors, optics, knives, apparel, and shooting accessories. Our knowledgeable sales professionals will help meet any shooter's needs.
From a Basic Handgun Carry Permit class to an Advanced Defensive Carbine course, our certified instructors are committed to helping you reach your shooting potential.
Our ranges offer indoor rifle or pistol shooting in climate controlled bays on the most advanced wireless target systems available for an unparalleled shooting experience.
To promote firearm safety, responsibility and proficiency through education and training.
Whether you're an avid hunter, experienced marksman, or just someone who enjoys a fun day on the range, you'll find a lot to love at one of our Armory Ranges locations. We believe strongly in the Second Amendment and our mission is to promote responsible gun ownership in our communities.
Owner & President
General Manager & Instructor: Nashville Armory
I am originally from the not so firearms friendly state of NJ. I joined the US Army in 1998, first assigned to the 101st Airborne Division, Ft. Campbell, Ky. I served with them for 5+ years, deploying to Afghanistan (OEFI) and Iraq (OIFI). I served for two years as a Ranger Instructor at Camp Merrill in Dahlonega, Ga during which I attended the Special Forces Assessment and Selection. I graduated from the Special Forces Qualification Course in March 2007 and was assigned to the 5th Special Forces Group (A), returning to Ft. Campbell, Ky. During my time as a Green Beret, I deployed to Iraq 8 additional times before I retired on 31 May 2018. I have always enjoyed instructing, teaching, doing. It was a large part of being an NCO in the Army and I have always felt a sense of satisfaction from being able to produce a quality product from every level. Aside from shooting, I love cars, long walks on the beach, and my family.
General Manager: Franklin Range
Being born and raised in Tennessee, I was fortunate to be able to grow up around many different types of firearms. I was taught to respect firearms from a very early age, and that respect quickly turned into a passion. My first job out of high school was selling guns at Bass Pro Shops. While I enjoyed my time there, when the chance to work at Nashville Armory arose in 2015, I could not pass it up. Fast forward 5 years, and I was presented with the opportunity of becoming the General Manager of Franklin Range. It was something that I knew I wanted to do when I entered the shooting sports industry in 2008. I have been incredibly fortunate to be surrounded by great co-workers and leaders along the way who have passed down invaluable information and I look forward to passing this along to our customers. With the current growth of the shooting industry, I realize that customers have more options than ever to satisfy their shooting needs. That’s why, at Franklin Range, our goal is to ensure that every customer has an enjoyable experience while receiving the best customer service possible, all while providing you with the safest possible environment in a gun store and range.
Director of Training & Instructor
Rich is the Director of Training at the Nashville Armory and is a Credentialed teacher in various disciplines, with over 15 years of teaching experience. Rich believes what he brings to the table for his students is the ability to help them understand a concept and become better, through clear and simple explanations. Rich has taken courses around the USA for Rifle/Shotgun/Handgun training and received completion certifications with various instructors and schools including SIG, GLOCK, Gunsite, CIS, Rangemaster, and many others. He believes this vast exposer gives him a unique and “open-minded” perspective to many styles of learning and shooting.
Karen is a former police K-9 handler and USAF veteran. She has multiple NRA, Sig Sauer, Glock, and S&W certifications. She became an instructor at the Nashville Armory while pursuing music in Nashville but was hired when another opening in instructing became available. She found that she enjoys teaching, specifically new shooters and loves to see customers accomplish a goal they set for themselves. Some of her hobbies include watching football, attending concerts and spending time with her dogs.
I was born and raised in Oklahoma City. I graduated from college in 1979 and joined the Oklahoma City Police Department in April 1980. I really enjoyed the handgun training received during my recruit class and took a firearms instructor course while assigned to patrol to further my gun-handling capabilities and desire to teach others. A few months after getting certified as a firearms instructor I was promoted to investigator rank and was assigned to Technical Investigations, the OKCPD's CSI Unit. I enjoyed everything about crime scene investigation and took two more instructor development classes to enhance my teaching abilities and to start teaching crime scene investigation and photography classes for the department. During this time I taught a one-semester Crime Scene Photography Class for the Oklahoma State University Technical Institute. I was a Crime Scene Investigator for approximately 15 years and excelled at Crime Scene Photography as well as photography in general I retired after 22 years with the OKCPD, my final assignment of 2 1/2 years to transition the department's film-based photo lab to digital, and moved to Franklin Tennessee to pursue a photography career in Nashville. After 10 years in photojournalism, I retired a second time, and moved back into Firearms training at a small range in Franklin, and then to Nashville Armory a couple of months or so after it opened.