Carry for Life!© I 

Introduction & Shooter Movement

This practical self-defense handgun course introduces the participant to the Fundamentals of Firearms Safety, along with the skills necessary to properly handle a revolver and / or semi-automatic pistol. You will learn what a handgun will do, what it won't do, and why it works the way it works. The hands-on training will start with Proper Stance and Grip, Sight Alignment, Sight Picture and Trigger Control.

Next the element of shooter movement will be introduced.  Here you will learn proper techniques for moving forward, laterally, and backward with the primary goal of making room between the attacker and oneself, while still making good hits on the target and tactical reloading while on the move. The goal being to make yourself harder to hit by moving while simultaneously improving the chances of stopping a threat by making solid hits.  

Upon completion of this course you will have a fundamental understanding of the defensive use of the handgun. Among the many skills covered will be the ability to safely and easily draw your weapon from the holster and fire sighted shots to the center of a target 5 yards away while moving in a variety of ways. Your goal will be to learn how to hit one or more targets while making yourself a very uncooperative target.

Lecture Topics Include: Refresher on firearms and range safety, holsters, use of deadly force, mental awareness, and civil liability. Why movement is essential to survival, the tendency to freeze in place, situational awareness, knowing when to move, and where to move to.

Firing Range Drills Include: Loading and unloading, grip, stance, sight picture, sight alignment, trigger control, presentation from ready and holster. Additional topics include target engagement from arms-length to 15 yards, malfunction clearing, speed and tactical reloading.  Take home drills. 

Prerequisite: Must have a Tennessee Handgun Carry Permit, NRA Basic Pistol Course, or other approved training.


Carry for Life!© I: Introduction & Shooter Movement



Ammunition: 150 - 200 rounds of factory ammo required



4 hours



What You Need to Bring:



Your own double-action revolver or single-action/double-action semi-auto pistol, centerfire caliber. It must be in good working order.  


For Reloading:

For a revolver, you will need two speed loaders.  For a semi-automatic, you will need two additional magazines. You need a means to carry the speed loaders or magazines as you would for everyday carry.



Your daily carry holster.  Holsters must correctly fit the weapon, completely cover the trigger guard, remain open when the weapon is removed, and not allow the weapon to cover the shooter’s body.  No Thigh Rigs (Galco: Speed Master, Combat Master, or Avenger; Bianchi: Askins' Avenger or 4L. Kydex is allowed). No Serpa Holsters by Blackhawk, gun pouches, shoulder, ankle or cross-draw holster are allowed.



You will need a good quality belt on which to hold your holster. Tip: Be sure to wear pants that have belt loops that the belt fits.



Prescription glasses or shooting glasses are required, along with hearing protection. Eye and ear protection will be provided at no charge if needed.


Frontier Firearms Family Shooting Center is located in Kingston, TN.  We are the largest locally owned Knoxville area shooting range and gun store and the only gun store that lets you "try before you buy" - test fire before you buy.  Since 2000 Frontier has provided East Tennessee shooting enthusiasts with quality new and used firearms, handguns, rifles, shotguns, ammunition, and shooting accessories, including the latest in tactical arms and gear.   We have guns for sale from all major brands, like Smith & Wesson, Glock, Benelli, Stoeger, Uberti, Franchi, Mossberg, Sig Sauer, Springfield, Taurus, Ruger, and more. Additionally, we have some of the most knowledgeable staff and best firearms instructors around; each staff member is NRA certified. We train thousands of people each year. Indeed, few can match the experience and knowledge of our staff. Gun classes and NRA courses. Some of the firearms courses we offer are the Tennessee EnhancedHandgun Carry Permit (HCP), Concealed Carry Permit (CCP) classes, concealed carry courses TNCCP, women's gun classes, beginning, intermediate, advanced, and the private handgun, CCW, and self-defense instruction.

Range Hours

Last Shooters allowed in the range 1 hour before store closing.

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