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Class Descriptions

Due to the overwhelming popularity of our classes you must register in advance for any classes you may be interested in taking.  Please call us directly to register for these classes at (423) 305-0747 OR you can register online by visiting our Class Schedule page and clicking on a class.

Our Classes:

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Tennessee Handgun Carry Permit Class

This course deals with the basic knowledge, skills, and attitude necessary for the safe and proper use of a handgun, and provides information on the citizen’s right of self-defense. The course is taught using guidelines provided by the Tennessee Department of Safety and will meet the requirement for applying for a Tennessee Handgun Carry Permit.

Length of course: Approx 8 hours
COST: $65.00
Items required:
Photo I.D.
Handgun (Rentals available)
50 Rounds of Ammunition (minimum)
Eye and Ear Protection (provided for you, but you may bring your own if you prefer)


Tennessee Level 2 Handgun Safety (“Train the Trainer”) Class

Are you are interested in becoming a certified Tennessee Handgun Instructor? Are you needing to re-certify your Tn Handgun Instructor license? Or are you looking for new ways to enhance your training programs? Shooter’s Depot is proud to present the “Train-the-Trainer Course” for certified Tennessee Handgun Carry Permit Instructors.

This is a 32 hour 4 day training event designed to maximize the instructors training ability, while fulfilling the criteria mandated by the State of Tennessee. The curriculum covers the fundamental basics of firearm safety and operations, as well as basic marksmanship skills. This course also covers rules and regulation set forth by the State of Tennessee as they apply to the instructor, the school, and its students. Special attention is given to providing tips and techniques to help the instructor effectively deliver the information. Communication skills are enhanced by identifying types of adult learners and way to facilitate the learning experience. Participants in the program will be expected to perform several training drills that include teaching a variety of subject areas.

If you are looking to increase your training ability and student knowledge retention, this class is for you! These new found skills may be just what you need expedite your career as a trainer. Shooter’s Depot is one of only five accredited Level II Safety Schools in Tennessee that is approved to offer the “Train the Trainer Course” needed to become a licensed TN handgun safety instructor.

Length of course: Approx 32 hours (8 hours a day for 4 days)
COST: $400.00
Items required:
Photo I.D.
Handgun (Rentals available)
100 Rounds of Ammunition (minimum)
Eye and Ear Protection



Beginner’s Handguns 101 & 202

Is there a firearm in your house and you are not real comfortable around it? Have you ever thought about what it would be like to own a gun and shoot for fun?
Have you ever just wanted to try shooting to see what it is like?

If you said YES! to any of these questions then this class is for you. Most of the time when someone feels uncomfortable around a gun it is because they do not know the basics about gun use and safety. Shooter’s Depot is offering a Handguns 101 and 202 class to teach you the basics about handgun use and safety.

While experienced shooters are welcome to attend, know this class is geared towards people that have little to no experience with handguns. This is a two part class where you will learn the difference between a pistol and a revolver. The different types/style of pistols and revolvers.
Safety rules and safe handling. Basic operations of pistols and revolvers. Sight picture (How to aim). Grip (How to hold a gun). Trigger control. Stance, How to load and unload a handgun. How to manage recoil and much more. The class is two parts but you are free to take either class or both. Beginner’s Handguns 101 is not required for Handguns 202.

Beginner’s Handguns 101 is a classroom only three hour class. There will be no shooting involved in this class. If you have your own handgun, please feel free to bring it with you, but a .22 caliber handgun will be provided for this class.

Beginner’s Handguns 202 is a classroom and shooting range three hour class. Great for Beginner’s or those who need a ‘refresher’ course since it has been awhile… If you have your own handgun, please feel free to bring it with you, but a .22 caliber handgun will be provided for this class. BH101 is NOT required for this class but beginners who have never fired a handgun are encouraged to take both classes.

Beginner’s Handguns 101
Length of course: 3 hours
COST: $50.00 (both classes together $100.00)
Items Required: Great Attitude!

Beginner’s Handguns 202
Length of course: 3 hours
COST: $75.00 -Includes rental of .22 caliber handgun and the ammunition (Both classes together $100.00)
Items Required: Photo ID
Eye and Ear Protection
(must be 18 years or accompanied by a parent or legal guardian for HG202 class)




Defensive Diva’s  Women’s Self Defense

The Shooter’s Depot self-defense class curriculum consists of a five step processes that evolves from a senses of self awareness and self control. This five step process is not a cut and dry martial arts class, but something much different. In this process the ideas of techniques give way to the understanding of principles.

Studies have shown that techniques are easily forgotten under stress, but basic principles can be applied to any situation where dynamics change. When techniques are taught the student is tasked with trying to determine what to do for the given situation. As the mind sorts thru the vast number of technique to use, the clock is ticking and seconds could determine survivability. When the key basic principles are applied, the student reacts to the given situation. This reaction is often well before the problem has time to develop, which limits the need for physical confrontations. In each of the five steps, students learn how to apply principles of AWARNESS, SELF CONTROL and CONFIDENCE. This helps the student to develop VERBAL, POSITIONAL and PHYSICAL components that will drastically reduce the potential of becoming a victim.

Length of course: Approx 2 hours once a week for 5 weeks
Items Required: Photo ID
COST: $150.00 Total


NRA Basic Pistol Certification Class

Teaches the basic knowledge, skills, and attitude for owning and operating a pistol safely.

This course is at least 8-hours long and includes classroom and range time learning to shoot revolvers and semi-automatic pistols. Students learn NRA’s rules for safe gun handling; pistol parts and operation; ammunition; shooting fundamentals; range rules; shooting from the bench rest position, and two handed standing positions; cleaning the pistol; and continued opportunities for skill development. Students will receive the NRA Guide to the Basics of Pistol Shooting handbook, NRA Gun Safety Rules brochure, Winchester/NRA Marksmanship Qualification booklet, take a Basics of Pistol Shooting Student Examination, and receive the NRA Basic Pistol Class course completion NRA certificate. (Lesson Plan 2nd edition, 2009)

Length of course: Approx 8 hours
Items required: Photo I.D., Handgun (Rentals available), 50 Rounds of Ammunition (minimum), Eye and Ear Protection.
COST: $100.00


Ladies Marksmanship, Maintenance & Safety Class

Ladies… Do you want to learn how to shoot, maintain and store a firearm in a comfortable “ladies only” environment? We have just the class for you! Our new Ladies Marksmanship, Maintenance & Safety class will get you comfortable on the range… and off! Don’t have a firearm yet? We supply everything for you! You will be provided a .22 caliber firearm and the ammunition needed for the range. If you have your own firearm, feel free to bring it to class!

This class is offered the last Saturday of each month at 9:30 and spots are limited so sign up today!

Topics covered will include:

  • Safety
  • Weapon and equipment selection
  • Basic Marksmanship Fundamentals
  • Basic weapon cleaning and storage
  • Carry methods
  • Basic situational awareness

Length of Class: Approx 3 hrs
Items required: Photo ID
COST: $60.00


Advanced Handgun I & II

This course will provide the student with a basic understanding of the fundamentals of defensive handgun selection, employment and shooting.

Some of the topics that will be covered are:

  • Safety
  • Weapon and equipment selection
  • Marksmanship Fundamentals
  • Weapon presentation
  • Carry methods
  • Reloading the weapon
  • Malfunction clearance drills
  • Failure to stop drills
  • Multiple threat engagement
  • Threat assessment

Equipment needed:

  • Reliable weapon either semiautomatic pistol or revolver
  • Belt or paddle holster (no fanny packs or shoulder holsters)
  • Magazine pouch or speed loader holder
  • Minimum 400 rounds of ammunition
  • At least 2 extra magazines for semiautomatic pistol
  • At least 3 speed loaders or moon clips for revolvers
  • Minimum 5 Snap Cap rounds

Must be law abiding, adults (at least 21 years old), and experienced shooters (shooters able to show mastery of the basic skills of safe gun handling, shooting a group, zeroing the firearm, and cleaning the firearm) to maximize what can be learned from this course. Proof of shooting experience can be one of the following: NRA Basic Pistol Course Certificate, TN Handgun Carry Permit NRA FIRST Steps Course Certificate, NRA pistol competitive shooting qualification card, military DD 214 with pistol qualification, or passing the Pre-Course Assessment.

Length of course : Approximately 4 hours

Cost : $75.00