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There are many good reasons for owning a firearm - recreation and sport shooting, hunting, competition, gun collecting, historical re-enactment, for home or personal protection, or simply because the Constitution of the United States affords you the right to bear arms in order to protect yourself or loved ones. These are all good reasons for owning firearms. In order to safely use and enjoy your guns, every gun owner should enroll in a course that provides the knowledge and skills to safely operate a firearm.

Target-Pro Firearms Training Academy provides professional and quality training in Basic Pistol instruction.  In the Tennessee Handgun Carry Class, you will learn the safe and proper handling and discharge of firearms.  You will develop knowledge and skills that will enable you to be a responsible gun owner, and be certified by the State of Tennessee to make application for your Handgun Carry Permit.  All courses are taught by a State Certified Handgun Instructor, (#195204240), and State Certified Handgun School, (#2-83-9.)

Target-Pro Firearms Training Academy believes in TPI - Total Participant Involvement. The concept is simple and our method of teaching will stick: "Tell me - I forget." "Show me - I remember." "Involve me - I understand!"

Here at Target-Pro Firearms Training Academy we make "every seat a front seat!" We will do everything possible to make you feel as if you are the only student in class! We are committed to helping you succeed!

Have you ever attended a class or seminar that was supposed to provide opportunity for you to have your questions answered, only after sitting through long, boring lecutures, you come a way with more questions than answers? This won't happen at Target-Pro Firearms Training Academy!

At Target-Pro Firearms Training Academy our objective is to instruct you in the safe and proper use of a firearm, apprize you of the current Tennessee State laws regulating the carry of handguns and to enable you to qualify and pass the Tennessee State requirements allowing you to make application for your TN carry permit. This is done in a very systematic way, building upon basic training and learning fundamentals provided by hands-on instruction. Every question yuou may have will be systematically discussed and explained in a way that you can really understand!

In order to obtain a Tennessee State Handgun Permit, you must be 21 years of age and complete a Tennessee State certified handgun safety course. Successful completion of the Class Room and Range Qualifications, mandated by the Tennessee Department of Safety Handgun Unit, meets the state requirements in order to make application for a Tennessee Handgun Carry Permit. If the applicant is not prohibited from purchasing or possessing a firearm in this state pursuant to Tennessee State statutes or any other state or federal law and the applicant otherwise meets all of the requirements, the State of Tennessee Handgun Carry Permit department shall issue a permit to the applicant.

See the calendar page for course dates.

Classes are kept small to ensure a low student to instructor ratio.  This facilitates quick learning of all techniques and regulations.  Classes are held to a maximum of twenty and are by registration only. Check the calendar for open dates or you may call 615-512-3276 or email targetpro@live.com.

I really enjoy teaching! It is something that I have been doing for many years. I am concerned about my students learning proper skills and techniques in whatever class discipline I may be instructing. That is true especially in handgun training. Your safety is paramount. I want you to be a well-informed, responsible, safe gun owner. There are many mega classes that you may attend and at a lower cost. These classes may be good for some, but many prefer smaller classes where we incorporate a smaller student to instructor ratio.

Above all, if you have questions about the school or class, you should talk with the instructor. You can often get a feel for the type of instructor he or she is. Not every instructor may be a good fit for you. If the instructor is too busy to talk with you, I recommend that you find another school.

Please feel free to contact me via email or phone. If you have sent an email and I have not responded, it is because I may not have received your message. (Occasionally, spam filters will flag and delete certain email addresses or messages that may contain a virus, before I see them.) In that case, don't hesitate to call! I am happy to take time to answer your questions!

Instruction can be arranged for those individuals who may desire one-on-one personal training.  Target-Pro FTA offers instruction for families or friends who have 2 – 5 members in their party.  These small groups offer camaraderie, fellowship and provide a certain amount of familiarity among folk who already know each other.  This is often less intimidating than participating in a class where the majority of people are unfamiliar to you.  At any rate, whether you participate as an individual, small group or regular size class, Target-Pro FTA will do everything possible to make you welcome in a friendly environment, providing the highest quality training.  After all, your satisfaction is what keeps us in business!

For available class instruction dates, please check the calendar.  Most classes are held in Gallatin or Hendersonville. For students who prefer one-on-one individual instruction, please contact the Target-Pro FTA. Also, ladies-only classes can be arranged. You may call or email for more information.

Instruction will be presented in bite-sized modules that are easily remembered.  Your instructor will provide clear, concise instruction, that you can understand.  The Tennessee course that is educational, fun and qualifies you to make application for the TN Carry Permit License.

Pistols – both revolvers and semi-autos (auto loaders) are discussed fully.  You will have acquired the knowledge to safely, confidently handle and properly use either a revolver or semi-auto.

Questions are encouraged and no student is made to feel uncomfortable or put on the spot. We are here to instruct and answer all of your questions. There are no unimportant or silly questions – especially when it comes to the safe, responsible and proper use of firearms!

Before we go to the Firing Range, you will be instructed in the proper use of Range Commands. 

It is the student’s responsibility to provide their own lunch.  If you plan to eat lunch – you must bring your own. Sack lunch and snacks are recommended.  Bottled water will be provided throughout the course, or you may bring your favorite beverage.  NO ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES PERMITTED.

Requirements TN Carry Permit License

Pistol – revolver or semi-auto pistol of your choice.  You don't have to shoot with the gun you plan to carry, so you may qualify using a .22 pistol if you prefer. (Note: The caliber must be at least a .22 or higher caliber.) If you do not have a gun at the time of class, with prior notification, one may be rented for a nominal charge.  A minimum of 50 rounds of ammo are required by each student.  (Pistols may be rented from Target-Pro Firearms Training Academy. Ammunition for rented guns will be furnished in the rental cost.   You must inform me one week prior to the course so that I can have the proper pistol and ammo for you.)  Hearing and eye protection must be worn when on the range.  These are provided if you do not have your own.

The applicant must be 21 years of age and pass a 30 question test. For the skills test, applicants must qualify with a gun of their choice (must be .22 and above caliber), on the range.  Instruction and training provided by Target-Pro FTA will provide more than sufficient knowledge and skills to pass the test. Note: You do not have to carry the gun you qualify with.

Upon successful completion of the Basic Pistol course, you will receive a Certificate of Completion for the Tennessee Handgun Safety Course from Target-Pro Firearms Training Academy.  This is issued by the instructor on behalf of the TN Department of Safety.  Upon completion of the application from the Department of Safety, (Department of Motor Vehicles), you will furnish your Certificate of Completion, and pay the required application fee of $115.00.  Cash or Money Orders only. Personal checks or Credit Cards are not accepted.

The fingerprinting is included in the application fee paid to the Tennessee Department of Safety.  When registering for fingerprinting you should check the window or box - AGENCY PAY. No additional fees are required.

You will then be given a nine digit code so you can register online with COGENT for fingerprinting.  COGENT'S registration site is: www.tennessee.cogentid.com. After you register online, you may go to any COGENT agent location to complete the process.  This completes the application process.  You should receive your TN Carry Permit within ninety days, although it has proven to be a much shorter wait time. 

You have heard, "You get what you pay for." And, that is true in this industry. Cost per Tennessee Handgun Carry Permit instruction is $85.00. (See Pistol Course Page) You receive quality training from an experienced shooter and professional State Certified Instructor.

New Class Format

For those who have a difficult time giving up a full day to obtaining a handgun carry permit, we offer a new format that divides the class room and range session, making it even more convenient for you to take the course.   With husband and wife working 5 - 6 days each week, it is often impossible to give up a full day for any extra activity.  The demand for these split classes is being met by Target-Pro Firearms Training Academy. 

Dates for the split classes are reflected on the Course Dates web page.  Scroll until you find a window that says Split Dates.  Here, you will find the dates that the class is being offered.  These classes are offered as our schedule permits and the class size is limited.

On split class dates, the four hour class room session is offered from 5:30 p.m. until 9:30 p.m. during the evening.  The following Saturday morning, (or whenever designated), the class reconvenes at the range at 8:00 a.m. for the qualifying part of the course.

If there are no dates listed and you have four or more in your party, please call to discuss date possibilities. (615-512-3276)

I would be more than happy to provide Tennessee Handgun Carry Permit instruction to you or your group. Many folk like to attend class with friends. Target-Pro Firearms Training Academy currently offers the 4-Pack Bonus Plan. If you sign up four students, including yourself, you qualify for a $10.00 discount off the regular price. *Indicate the number and names of those that will accompany you in the comment window on the registration page. They will need to register on-line and write in the comment window, referred by you (insert your name).

The 2-Pack Bonus Plan allows you to sign up yourself and one other applicant for a discount of $5.00 each off the regular price. Indicate the name who will accompany you in the comment window on the registration page. They will need to register on-line and write in the comment window, referred by you (insert your name).

Private Instruction is provided for those who desire to participate individually or in a small group of up to three - a spouse or friend. For pricing and information about this class see the Basic Pistol page.

For Companies or Corporations who have six or more applicants, please email or call for special discount pricing.

Additionally, I provide training for those who may be handicapped or who have special needs. Please call to discuss your needs.

To make it more convenient, you may pre-pay for the Handgun Safety Course for an individual or groups via PayPal. Payment may be made at the time of the event - all major credit cards are accepted.

Select your Course Date and then register for the course on the REGISTRATION page. Please fill in as much information as possible. In the comment box, type the word PREPAID.

Also, Target-Pro Firearms Training Academy now accepts all major credit cards.

In order to complete your transaction, navigate to the GIFT CARDS page, and make your selection in the drop down window. Follow the prompts. You will receive payment confirmation. Please print out your receipt. (I will have a copy of your receipt as well.)

In the course of an illness, or some unforeseen circumstance, the student may postpone and reschedule without any penalty. Inclement weather cancellations will be rescheduled.

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If you are interested in the Tennessee Handgun Carry Permit class, you may contact Target-Pro Firearms Training Academy for further information at 615-512-3276 or targetpro@live.com.

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