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WOMEN’S ONLY PERMIT CLASS March 24th. No men allowed, not even the instructor! All the information required to obtain your permit from the lady’s view point. Call to register At 423-442-7486.

OPEN RANGE DAY – Every Wednesday we open the range to the public. All you have to do is stop by the store after 10:00 am for details and to register. If we have a lot of interest, we may open the range additional days.

HANDGUN PERMIT every 1st and 3rd Saturday we have the regular permit classes. Instructors vary, some come all the way from Nashville, some from Coker Creek, Madisonville and Monroe County. You never know who will be the instructor, unless you ask Ray ahead of time. Call or stop by the store to learn how to register with the State for the class.

TN SECURITY GUARD CERTIFICATION held every month. If you need to renew your license or are Looking for a new career, this is the place to get licensed. Call Ray for the exact dates and requirements.

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Advanced Firearm Training Class Monroe County TN

A four-hour course designed to give the attendee a skill set beyond basic firearm qualification. Class is held indoors at Self Defense Solutions Classroom and lasts approximately 4 hours. This course develops skills and has no live fire at the range. Students will use their own carry gun and SIRT (Laser) pistols. Upon completion, each student will receive a Certificate of Completion.

Topics Include:

  • Firearm Function – How your gun really works (15 min.)
  • Common Handgun Malfunctions and how to correct them (45 min)
  • Ten effects of Epinephrine Effects under pressure (10 min.)
  • Accessing the Firearm (10 min)

Practical Exercises (use own gun and SIRT Pistols)

  • Use of Cover and Concealment
  • Access while in the Mall
  • Access while in your home
  • Access in Restaurant
  • Access in public area
  • Magazine Drills (10 min.)
  • Confrontation – Four Moves to remove the threat if you can’t access your weapon (45 min.)

Students should wear comfortable clothes with shirts tucked in. They should
Bring their primary carry gun, at least two magazines, holster and/or device in which they will carry their firearm. (purse, belly band, pocket, etc.). The cost is $75.00 and will be held in the evening from 6:00-10:00. Students must have a TN handgun permit or similar training from an accredited organization. This is an intermediate class, not a basic class. For more information or sign up call Jack or Ray at 423-442-7486. Class is limited to 10 students.

Tennessee: Pro-Gun Legislation Went Into Effect July 1

House Bill 508/Senate Bill 445, sponsored by state Senator John Stevens and state Representative William Lamberth went into effect.  This important pro-gun legislation will create a private cause of action for a party that is adversely affected by a local ordinance, resolution, policy, rule, or other enactment on firearms preempted by state law.  This new law significantly reduces gun-free zones throughout the state by preventing localities from prohibiting the carrying of firearms on locally owned property unless specific security measures are in place. Law-abiding citizens should not be placed in jeopardy of unintentionally violating local restrictions simply because they have crossed from one municipality to another.NRA ILA

As California Begins Confiscation, a Lone Judge Defends the Second Amendment
by David French June 30, 2017 4:06 PM @DavidAFrench

Gun owners are right to resist handing over their lawfully purchased high-capacity magazines. As of yesterday evening, all that stands between the state of California and the criminalization of thousands of previously law-abiding state citizens is the opinion of a single federal judge. In a 66-page order, Judge Roger Benitez temporarily blocked a new California law that required citizens to surrender possession of any gun magazine capable of holding more than ten rounds of ammunition.

Remember how gun-controllers mock conservatives who claim that progressives really want to confiscate lawfully owned weapons? Well, someone forgot to tell California progressives to hide their radical cards. Last year the state amended its criminal law. It already banned the sale and transfer of large-capacity magazines.

The little people, however, have but three choices: take the magazine out of the state (I’ll gladly accept donations to my Tennessee stash), sell it to a licensed firearm dealer, or surrender it to law enforcement for destruction. To absolutely no one’s surprise, gun owners appear to be resisting the law. A Sacramento Bee report summarizes their mood: “Talk to gun owners, retailers and pro-gun sheriffs across California and you’ll get something akin to an eye roll when they’re asked if gun owners are going to voluntarily part with their property because Democratic politicians and voters who favor gun control outnumber them and changed the law.” The Bee quoted UCLA professor Adam Winkler who noted that gun owners tend to “ignore” magazine bans. “We see no compliance from gun owners,” he said. “As best as we can tell, no gun owners are giving up their high capacity magazines or selling them out of state.” In fact, blue-state gun owners are becoming known for their passive resistance.

Tennessee: Pro-Gun Legislation Went Into Effect July 1
Back to School Safety Tips Monroe County TN

Back to School Safety Tips from Sheriff Tommy Jones:

  • Be on the lookout for school zone signals and ALWAYS obey the speed limits.
  • When entering a school zone, be sure to slow down and obey all traffic laws.
  • Always stop for school busses that are loading or unloading children.
  • Watch out for school crossing guards and obey their signals.
  • Make sure the child knows their phone number, address, how to get in touch with their parents at work, how to get in touch with another trusted adult and how to dial 9-1-1.
  • If children ride a bus to school, they should plan to get to their bus top early and stand away from the curb while waiting for the bus to arrive.
  • Board the bus only after it has come to a complete stop and the driver or attendant has instructed you to get on.
  • Only board your bus and never an alternate one.
  • Always stay in clear view of the bus driver and never walk behind the bus.
  • Cross the street at the corner, obeying traffic signals and staying in the crosswalk.
  • Never dart out into the street, or cross between parked cars.
  • If children ride in a car to get to school, they should always wear a seat belt. Younger children should use car seats or booster seats until the lap-shoulder belt fits properly (typically for children ages 8-12 and over 4’9”), and ride in the back seat until they are at least 13 years old.
  • If a teenager is going to drive to school, parents should mandate that they use seat belts. Drivers should not use their cell phone to text or make calls, and should avoid eating or drinking while driving.
  • Some students ride their bike to school. They should always wear a helmet and ride on the right in the same direction as the traffic is going.
  • When children are walking to school, they should only cross the street at an intersection, and use a route along which the school has placed crossing guards. Parents should walk young children to school, along with children taking new routes or attending new schools, at least for the first week to ensure they know how to get there safely. Arrange for the kids to walk to school with a friend or classmate.

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East Tennessee Guns Firearms for Sale Carry Permit Prices Monroe County TN

Here are the latest updates on handgun carry permit options:

  • 8 Year Original Permit: $100.00
  • Military 8 year: $68.00
  • Lifetime: $300.00
  • Military Lifetime: $268.00


  • 8 Years Only: $50.00
  • Upgrade to Lifetime: $200.00

States that do NOT accept TN Permit

  • California
  • Connecticut
  • Hawaii
  • Illinois
  • Maryland
  • Massachusetts
  • New Jersey
  • New York

Low Light Shooting Introduction to Night Vision Defense Advanced Firearm Classes East Tennessee

If you have never trained to shoot in low light you need to give this a try.

You will be shocked at how difficult it is to hit your target in low light situations.

Jimmy Q will also give you a brief orientation to using night vision equipment to include Thermal Imaging.

Cost is $75.00.

You must register to attend. Call 423-442-7486.

Low Light Shooting – Introduction to Night Vision Defense
AR 15 East Tennessee Monroe County TN

When you consider the Oklahoma office worker whose head was hacked off with a knife, the New York cops attacked with an axe, and the Paris assault with a knife, it begins to dawn on one that assault is a behavior and not a weapon. Ever since Cain slew Able, it has been possible to kill people without using an AR15.

I once saw a movie depicting a time and place and place where only police and the military had guns. It was called Schindler’s List. Only the Nazis had guns. One wonders hoe history would have been different had Germany had a Second Amendment and every Stormtrooper knocking on the door at midnight had met a Jew with a gun.

It is a common practice amongst liberals to demonize objects and attribute to them all sorts of magical powers over us. Nuclear weapons are a threat, not the tyrants and dictators who would use them against us. Guns are the threat, not the criminals who would use them to kill us. The AR15 is an “assault” weapon, not the gun you pray the police show up with when an Islamist terrorist, as in Paris, Orlando, and San Bernardino, arrives shouting “Allahu Akhbar” and you have nothing to shoot back with.

Former Navy SEAL Dean Raso is quoted in The Federalist as describing the AR15 as in fact the ideal defensive weapon against heavily armed predators:  In the wake of the Orlando terrorist attack, the deadliest strike on U.S. soil since 9/11, Democratic lawmakers and progressive activists have responded by attempting to limit access to firearms — particularly the AR-15, which was incorrectly reported as the weapon the terrorist used to kill at least 49 people and injure another 53.

In a new video, former Navy SEAL Dom Raso explains why the AR-15, the most popular rifle in the country, gives Americans the best chance of surviving in an age of terror.

Choosing to defend one’s home with an AR-15 is a commonsense choice, as it is powerful, accurate, and easy to shoot, Raso said.
Gun control legislation doesn’t stop terror attacks, he explained, citing the two terrorists who weren’t deterred by California’s assault weapons ban when they killed 14 people in San Bernardino last year. Nor would any gun ban have stopped the Boston Bombers when they detonated a bomb at the Boston Marathon, killing three and wounding at least 260 others.

Ironically, both of those incidents of terror were brought to a stop by armed police officers responding to the scene with AR-15s — the same weapon legislators are trying to ban.

“Why would you want to ban the gun you pray for police to show up with?” Raso asked.

Indeed, why would you? As one wag put it, a gun in the hand is betters than a cop on a phone and the response time for a bullet from an AR15 fired in self-defense is a lot quicker than calling 911. As Investors Business Daily editorialized: In 2014, as California Sen. Diane Feinstein was trying to revive the expired assault weapons ban, banning “scary” weapons like the AR15, based on its appearance is nonsense. Other non-scary weapons are just as lethal and the AR15 has been chosen by popular demanded as the defensive weapon of choice, despite a nonsensical ruling by one federal judge:  As the Ferguson riots raged, U.S. District Judge Catherine C. Blake, appointed by President Clinton, issued a ruling that upheld the Maryland law, saying, “the court seriously doubts that the banned assault long guns are commonly possessed for lawful purposes… and is inclined to find the weapons fall outside Second Amendment protection as dangerous and unusual.”

Now the Second Amendment, written in the era of muskets, does not mention what arms we have the right to keep and bear. But we have an idea, based on how they were used: to protect their owners’ homes, businesses, farms and families, and to fight the tyranny of the British crown. It’s been said that the Second Amendment was put in the Bill of Rights to protect the other nine.

Gun control advocates say, with some snarkiness, that the Second Amendment doesn’t allow one to own nuclear weapons or tanks, so it’s merely a question of where we draw the line. They would draw the line at the AR-15 and its counterparts — which, despite the judge’s claim, are commonly used for legal, defensive purposes.

The AR-15 is among the guns that must be registered. They’ve made up 50%-60% of U.S. rifle sales in recent years, federal figures show. The New York Times recently called the AR-15 “The Most Wanted Gun In America.” Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., has been pushing a bill to reintroduce the ineffective assault weapons 1994 ban that expired in 2004 with no impact on the crime rate.

Feinstein’s legislation would outlaw more than 150 types of weapons, from rifles to pistols to shotguns. They include the Streetsweeper and Striker-12, which, again, have frightening appearances yet chamber the same 12-gauge shells that are used to hunt birds.

While used in several high-profile mass shootings, the AR-15 is favored among homeowners, hunters and sport shooters. It’s popular for both sport and self-defense among women, who find it easy to carry and handle.

Crime rates and homicides have dropped as concealed-carry laws spread nationwide. As more citizens are armed, predators find it harder to find unarmed victims except in gun-free zones such as the school in Newtown, Conn., or the theater in Aurora, Colo.

Critics of the Second Amendment say that they are not going after guns used for legitimate activities such as hunting. But when the Founders wrote the Second Amendment it was because the British were coming, not because it was the start of deer season. As Fox News contributor Judge Andrew Napolitano notes:

The historical reality of the Second Amendment’s protection of the right to keep and bear arms is not that it protects the right to shoot deer,” wrote Judge Andrew Napolitano recently in the Washington Times. “It protects the right to shoot tyrants, and it protects the right to shoot at them effectively, with the same instruments they would use upon us. If the Jews in the Warsaw ghetto had had the firepower and ammunition that the Nazis had, some of Poland might have stayed free and more persons would have survived the Holocaust.”

The AR15 is a defensive weapon, such as when it was used by a 15-year-old who grabbed his father’s AR15 and used it to ward off home invaders:  Not only did this brave 15-year-old defend his home against 2 burglars, but also his 12-year-old sister who was in the house with him. He grabbed his father’s AR15 and shot one of the burglars multiple times. They got away but had to go right to the hospital where the minor was arrested and the adult who was shot was flown to a different hospital.

In the hands of British redcoats, the musket was an assault weapon. In the hands of a law-abiding American, an AR15 is what the Second Amendment is all about.

Daniel John Sobieski is a freelance writer whose pieces have appeared in Investor’s Business Daily, Human Events, Reason Magazine and the Chicago Sun-Times among other publications.

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Basic information about handguns and handgun safety.

You will learn how to handle your gun and exactly how it works.  No gun necessary.

Great information by Tim Williams, Instructor/Gunsmith.

Class is every Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.

You must call us at 423-442-7486 to register.

Cost of class is $10

Gun Orientation Class

This is an exercise program utilizing Krav Maga (Israeli Self Defense Training).

Krav Maga is an intense form of self defense that burns calories and builds muscle tone.

Sessions begin with a warm-up and ends with a cool-down period, with plenty of training and aerobic exercise.

Classes are held Monday and Wednesday night from 6 to 7 p.m. at a cost of $40 / month.

Your first class is free.

No special clothing is required.

Krav Maga

This 3 hour class is one of the most requested classes we offer.

Our Black Belt Instructor teaches “moves” that could save your life.

You will learn what NOT to do when confronted, and what TO DO when attacked.

No pads or special equipment is needed. You won’t be thrown on the ground or manhandled.

You will learn what you need to know to “get away” without becoming a victim.

Cost is $49 / Person.

Classes are usually the third Friday evening of each month.

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