Why Should You Take a Firearm Training Class?

Shooting is a great and fun activity for anyone interested in firearms! However, with owning firearms comes responsibility and using a firearm for personal defense requires even greater proficiency and responsibility. Firearm training is taking personal responsibility for your safety and the safety of those close to you. Our selection of classes cover a range of skill levels from beginner to advanced and can help any level of shooter reach their shooting potential.

About Our Training Center

Training with Armory Ranges is a great way to develop or hone your firearm skills. Our training center offers in-depth, informative instruction in our state of the art range facility. Our instructors specialize in training individuals privately as well as in group classes. Our facilities including the range and classrooms are available by reservation for private use with prior permission. For rates on reserving our facilities please email

Tennessee Enhanced Handgun Carry Permit
Tennessee Enhanced Handgun Carry Permit

For the student to be successful, they should possess basic knowledge of a handgun, and be able to load, unload and safely manipulate the handgun they use in the class. If not consider taking the 3 hour, HANDGUN 101 course, listed on our website.

This course is an approved handgun safety that meets the standard for applicants to be able to apply for an Enhanced Handgun Carry Permit through the State of Tennessee. Successful completion of this course is one of the requirements to obtain a Tennessee Handgun Carry Permit.

Students are not required to own their own handgun. Armory Ranges will furnish a semi-automatic handgun, at no charge, or the student may bring their own handgun.

All of our instructors are State of Tennessee and NRA certified.

Defensive Handgun 1
Defensive Handgun 1

This course teaches you techniques to improve your marksmanship fundamentals, firearm handling,  as well as an introduction to working from the holster. These skills are necessary to effectively use a handgun for self-defense.

Successful completion of this course establishes a firm foundation for the Armory Ranges Defensive Handgun II Course.

Topics Covered:

• Safe handgun handling
• Loading/unloading and manipulation of a handgun
• Proper grip and stance
• Review the fundamentals of good shooting
• Shoot accurately, and then speed up the shooting
• Identify principles of defensive shooting
• Presentation of handgun from strong side hip holster to target

Defensive Handgun 2
Defensive Handgun 2

This course is a progression of the skills taught in Defensive Handgun 1, which is a pre-requisite to taking this course.

Defensive Handgun 2 starts with basic draw-stroke, from a strong side hip holster and will add a concealment garment.

Students will demonstrate safe gun handling, improve their marksmanship, gain familiarity with drills and modern techniques of handgun shooting. Proper skills and techniques will be demonstrated throughout the class.

Topics Covered
• Elements of Trigger Control
• Defensive Sight Picture
• Presenting the firearm from concealment
• Learning to balance speed and accuracy
• Proper reloading and malfunction techniques
• Introduction to shooting and moving

This class has 1 hour of classroom instruction and 3 hours on the range.

Tennessee Armed Guard Renewal Certification
Tennessee Armed Guard Renewal Certification

  • Armed Guards/Officers must renew their registration every two (2) years.
  • Every two (2) years armed security guards must complete four hours of refresher training and requalify in the use of a firearm by achieving a minimum of 70% on any silhouette target course approved by the commissioner prior to the renewal of their guard registration. 
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  • Armed Guards/Officers must renew their registration every two (2) years.
  • Every two (2) years armed security guards must complete four hours of refresher training and requalify in the use of a firearm by achieving a minimum of 70% on any silhouette target course approved by the commissioner prior to the renewal of their guard registration. 

Handgun 101: The Semi-Automatic Handgun
Handgun 101: The Semi-Automatic Handgun

This is a semi-automatic handgun specific course. If you are interested in learning how to shoot a revolver, please sign up for: HANDGUN 101: REVOLVERS.

This course teaches students how to load, unload, and fire a semi-automatic handgun in a safe and ergonomic manner. Student are not required to own their own handgun. Armory Ranges will furnish the semi-automatic, at no charge; or the student may bring their own semi-automatic handgun.

 The student will fire 50 rounds during the course. (Course fee does not cover ammunition cost)

This course is an alternative to private instruction and this course will help to ensure the student can be successful when taking a Tennessee Handgun Carry Permit Class.

Shooter Improvement 1
Shooter Improvement 1

This class is designed for the shooter who owns a semi-automatic handgun and wants to improve their shooting. Students will leave the class with some drills and techniques to make their future practice sessions more meaningful and they will begin the process of being able to self-diagnose their errors when shooting. (for example, always shooting low left/right etc).

This class will greatly assist a new handgun owner, (as well as long-time handgun owner) to better understand and execute the four main fundamentals of handgun shooting. An emphasis will be put on using the sights and trigger with high efficiency; as well as utilizing grip and stance for repeatable results in their shooting.

Topics Covered:

•             Natural Stance

•             Effective grip

•             Efficient trigger manipulation

•             Understanding of how to use the sights correctly


Students will successfully demonstrate safe gun handling, improve marksmanship, plus gain familiarity with modern techniques of handgun shooting. This course starts with a discussion of basic fundamentals and moves to the range for live-fire drills and practice. This 3-hour class is roughly an hour of discussion and 2 hours of shooting. This class meets in our training center (lower building).

Class sizes are limited to 5 to ensure individual attention while providing a detailed demonstration of each marksmanship fundamentals and drill.

Defensive Shotgun 1
Defensive Shotgun 1

This course teaches you how to safely use a shotgun as a defensive tool.  The student will learn how to correctly set up a defensive shotgun, and how to safely deploy it.

Topics Include:

·         Shotgun nomenclature, modifications, and accessories

·         How to safely load and unload

·         Proper handling techniques using the shotgun – including how to mitigate recoil

·         Ammunition selection and pattering

This class is 3 hours long and includes time in the classroom and on the range.

Personal Safety (OC/Pepper) Spray
Personal Safety (OC/Pepper) Spray

There may be times when less than lethal force is required when faced with a threat, pepper spray may be just the tool you need!

The Personal Safety (OC/PEPPER) spray class includes a key chain unit of  the NEW GEL type spray and 1 practice spray to use in class (sold in our store for $20)

The class is broken down into 3 parts; First, a discussion of awareness and prevention. The second part will discuss protection, including simple techniques to help protect yourself as well as the proper deployment of OC spray. Last, students will get the opportunity to use inert practice spray to learn the correct use and deployment of OC spray.

Students are NOT sprayed with OC in this class.

Anyone can benefit from taking this class - whether you're a runner, commuter, student, someone who travels for work, retiree, homemaker - this class is for you!


TWRA Hunter Education
TWRA Hunter Education

The basic Hunter Education course will consist of topics to include: hunter ethics, hunter responsibility toward wildlife, the environment, landowners and the general public, archery and the history of modern-day bowhunting, tree stand safety, history of firearms, black powder and muzzleloading firearms, knowledge of modern firearms and ammunition, proper gun handling and storage, marksmanship fundamentals, hunt preparation: specific laws and various equipment, principles of wildlife management and wildlife identification, survival, hypothermia, first aid.

The course is offered free of charge (excluding the online course) to anyone interested regardless of age; however, you must be nine years of age or older in order to become a certified hunter education graduate.  Parents are encouraged to go through the course with their children. Parents who participate and who pass the test will receive a hunter education course.

  • ·         Students must successfully pass a written test consisting of 100 multiple-choice questions.

    ·         Students must attend all classes.

    ·         Students need to bring their Social Security Number and a #2 pencil to the class.   

    ·         In addition to the test, students must demonstrate how to handle a firearm safely and must participate in a live-fire session in order to become certified. 

  •  Students must register through the TWRA website. 

  • TWRA Registration Page

Private Training Two Hour
Private Training Two Hour

Franklin Range offers many wonderful and useful classes to introduce you to firearms, and ways to continue and grow your training. However, if you are looking to do learn something specific, prefer one on one instruction, or are looking to learn about something you may not see offered in a class, Private training is for you!

Private training will give you the opportunity to do one-on-one training with certified instructors in a relaxed, comfortable environment.

Private training sessions are custom-tailored to your needs. In order to do that effectively, sessions are limited to two (2) persons max. 

The price list on this page is for a one-person private training session with one of our instructors. If you would like to add a second person to the session please indicate their name during the registration process. Please note that there is an additional charge of $70 dollars for the second person to attend.

The course fee covers everything the participant would need for the session, with the exception of ammunition. Since there are so many caliber and possible quantity of rounds used during the session, the participant would need to pay for ammunition used the day of the session.

As with all Franklin Range courses, the participant is not required to own a firearm and may use one of our range guns for the training. If a participant has their own gun that they would like to work with, our instructors will guide them through that firearm and answer any questions they may have.

AR-15 Basics
AR-15 Basics

This is a 3 hour non-shooting course. Learn the basics of operation, field strip, lubrication, cycle of operation, and a little about the history of the gun. Other topics will include learning about zero, and co-witnessing.

Tennessee Concealed Carry Permit Course
Tennessee Concealed Carry Permit Course

Effective January 2020 Tenessee has a new permit, Concealed Handgun Carry Permit. This permit differs from the Enhanced Handgun Carry Permit in that the permitee is only allowed to carry concealed, may not carry at any school or university (public or private), and there is no "Lifetime" issuing option. This 4-hour course meets the requirements for the State of Tennessee to apply for the Tennessee Concealed Carry Permit.

During the class the student will receive instruction on the following:

Current law concerning carrying handguns in the state of Tennessee along with use of force and self-defense laws.  Firearm safety, handgun nomenclature, handgun manipulation, marksmanship, ammunition malfunctions, types of defensive ammunition.

The student must demonstrate how to load, fire, and unload the handgun used in the course in a safe and proper manner.  There will be a written test.  A certificate is issued upon successful completion of the class.

The Tennessee Enhanced Handgun Carry Permit is still available here

A Concealed Handgun Carry Permit issued under this section is subject to the same restrictions and requirements found in§§ 39-17-1352 - 39-17-1359

NRA Basic Pistol Instructor Course
NRA Basic Pistol Instructor Course

To qualify as an NRA Instructor:

FIRST, you  MUST have taken the NRA Basic Pistol Course PRIOR to this class. If the candidate has not taken this class in the past, then you must also sign up for the one day Basic Pistol Class, which is offered the Friday before this two-day class.

  • Candidates must possess and demonstrate a solid background in firearm safety and shooting skills acquired through previous firearm training and/or previous shooting experience. Instructor candidates must be intimately familiar with each action type in the discipline they wish to be certified.
  • Candidates will be required to demonstrate solid and safe firearm handling skills required to be successful during an instructor training course by completing pre-course questionnaires and qualification exercises administered by the NRA Appointed Training Counselor.
  • Candidates must satisfactorily complete an NRA Instructor Training Course in the discipline they wish to teach (e.g., NRA Basic Pistol Course), and receive the endorsement of the NRA Training Counselor conducting that training.

 NRA Instructor courses are discipline-specific. During the course candidates will learn NRA policies and procedures; basic public speaking skills; training methodology; use of a training team and training aids; organizing a course, building a budget; and finally preparing to teach. In addition, candidates will be provided the appropriate lesson plans and basic course student packets. Role-playing is a major part of an instructor course. Candidates take turns working in teams, actually conducting portions of the course to other candidates who portray basic students.

NRA CCW Instructor Course
NRA CCW Instructor Course

Instructor Candidates demonstrate organizational and teaching skills via participation in practical exercises during the course, and must pass a written instructor certification examination. Additionally, the Instructor Candidates must pass the CCW Instructor Level shooting qualification Course of Fire. The NRA CCW Instructor Course will focus on developing the knowledge, skills, and attitude necessary for Instructor Candidates to teach carrying and using a concealed pistol ethically, responsibly, and with confidence. As a result of participating in this course, the Instructor Candidate will be able to explain and demonstrate the following: How to apply the NRA Rules for Safe Gun Handling when carrying a concealed firearm, basic principles of concealment, the difference between cover and concealment, drawing from the holster, levels of mental awareness, developing the proper mindset when using a pistol for personal defense, clearing common stoppages, and more.