Why Firearms Training is Necessary.

There are three reasons why it is important to get firearms training. The first reason is safety, the second is education, and the third is learning the fundamentals. Every day, we are inundated with misinformation that is both intentional and unintentional. For the average person, it’s hard to discern what the real facts are coming from the news, television, movies and social media. It’s almost impossible to see through the myriad of misinformation.

Aren’t Safety and Education the Same?

Some may argue that safety and education are the same when talking about firearms training. However, we see it a bit differently. We can tell a student everything they need to know about a firearm, but as soon as they are asked to pick up a firearm, the majority of the time, they usually break any number of firearm safety rules immediately. From muzzling people, to not verifying the condition of the firearm , to unconsciously putting their finger on the trigger. This happens almost instinctively, which is why we contend that safety is distinguishable and separate from education.

So why is it so natural for people to pick up a gun and instantly think they can just point and shoot? By having a firearm in your hand, you have a powerful position of responsibility. don’t fall into a false sense of security thinking you are ready to hit the range and fling some brass. Most violations of firearms safety are natural reactions when picking up an gun that is related to reflexes and ergonomics. Or it could be learned behavior from what they see on television, social media or other social influencing factors. Everything we see in media might subconsciously influence us. But this is just my opinion, and there are many other factors. This leads us to the second reason why it’s important to get firearms training.

Education, Education, Education …

The second reason is education. Firearms training is 70% education, students need to learn about the operation, functions and all of the different parts of their firearms. During this phase, we will dispel any myths or misconceptions that people may have about firearms. What is important to know is that every gun is different. So learning the operation and functions of their specific weapon will help the student safely use their firearm.

In this phase we like to address their expectations of the use and capabilities of firearms. This is VERY important as every person has a different set of expectations. We will help students choose the right firearm to fit their needs whether it is self protection, shooting sports or hunting. Like they always say: “You don’t know… what you don’t know… until you know it.”

Learning Fundamentals …

The third reason that it is imperative to receive firearms training is to learn the fundamentals of handling firearms. Learning the fundamentals of shooting any firearm will improve accuracy as students advance their firearms training. Relearning fundamentals will also help to reset and undo bad habits and training scars helping them to get back on the right path.

When you practice and begin to consistently make accurate shots. this increases safety; remember that every bullet is the shooter’s responsibility. Stray shots or ricochets are extremely dangerous and can cause property damage and loss of life. It is imperative that firearms training students know their target and what’s beyond it.

Taking a firearms training course will help you bring all of this together and show you exactly how Safety, Education, and Fundamentals go hand in hand. Safety governs Education and Fundamentals. Safety and Education help with learning the Fundamentals. Fundamentals are the foundation of the biomechanics of shooting and operating a firearm.

Tier 1 Firearms Training (Safety, Non-Live Fire)

SAFETY CLASS: This level of training course is designed for individuals who desire to learn the basic fundamentals and safety elements of firearm ownership.

ATS Tier 1 Firearms Training Program is designed as a non-live shooting firearms training class, to give students a basic fundamental overview of handgun ownership and the basic safety elements of handling a firearm. The program is built around the student who wants to receive a thorough introduction into safe handgun handling, without the actual action of firing the firearm. This class will introduce or refresh the student on overall basic safety and eliminate “fears” of being around firearms.

Training Includes:

  • 5-Hour Training Session (4 hour Classroom, 1 hour Computerized LASR Shooting)
  • This is a NON-LIVE Shooting Firearm Safety Class
  • Learn the 3 Fundamental Rules of Safe Gun Handling.
  • Learn the Causes of Firearm Accidents.
  • Learn about Various Shooting Sports and Buying a Firearm.
  • Experience Shooting on our L.A.S.R. Computerized & Digitized Shooting System.
  • Learn Proper Safe Firearm Handling.
  • Learn all Parts, Nomenclature, and Workings of a Handgun.
  • Great Class for Adult Introduction to Firearms and for Children Awareness.
  • Personalized Training Certificate.
  • Acceptable Class by Government Agencies or Court Mandated Safety Classes.
  • Great Breakfast Snacks, Coffee, Ice-Tea, Sodas, and Water will be provided for the entire session.

Call 706-502-8898 for more information and clarification, or for private group classes for a specific date. Class sizes are limited to no more than 1-4 students, to ensure quality hands-on personal instruction and safety.

Time and Location

Classes begin at 09:00 sharp! and will conclude approx. 14:00 (5 hrs.) Please arrive early around 08:45 for registration and check-in. ATS Private training classroom and LASR studio is located:

216 Sailors Drive
Suite 111
Ellijay, Ga 30540
(Directions will be provided by email).

Gear to Bring

Notebook, pen/pencil, highlighter, and a great attitude.


Tier 2 Firearms Training (Basic Pistol Fundamentals)

BASIC PISTOL TRAINING COURSE: This level of training course is designed for individuals who desire to learn more about basic proper handgun handling and shooting fundamentals.

ATS Tier 2 Firearms Training Program is designed to give students a basic template for increasing mental acuity, focus, dexterity, balance, and spatial awareness while performing basic skill weapons manipulations. The program is foundation based on the standard “NRA Basic Pistol” shooting platform class. You will receive a formal Basic Shooting Class Certificate, following the successful completion of the program. Our principle goals in this program are as much about understanding the handgun and shooting techniques as it is about understanding yourself and the principles that will help you to develop and gain confidence in handling a firearm and slowly graduate to a more advanced conceal carry lifestyle.

Training Includes:

  • 8-hour Training Session: (6hr. classroom, 1hr. LASR shooting, 1hr. live range)
  • Learn “DRY-FIRE” Training and Confidence Building
  • L.A.S.R. Computerized & Digitized Shooting System Training.
  • How to Implement Muscle Memory in Firearms Training. (firearm handling)
  • Numerous videos and graphics on how firearm pistols and ammunitions work.
  • Entire study course is fundamentally based on incorporating a beginner Self-Defense mindset.
  • Learn Proper Firearm Grip, Sight, Loading, Unloading and Alignment.
  • Learn all Parts, Nomenclature, and Workings of a Handgun.
  • Learn Proper Handgun Care and Cleaning.
  • Understand Ammunition Types. (what to buy and what to look for)
  • Learn Handgun Shooting Malfunctions and Clearing Techniques. (4 types)
  • Various Handgun Types. (which is best suited for you and your lifestyle)
  • Live Fire Shooting at a local state-of-the-art Range.
  • 50 question open-book (easy) test to verify your learned firearm knowledge.
  • Personalized Training Certificate, Acceptable by Government Agencies.
  • A Great Lunch will be provided as well as Morning Snacks, Coffee, Ice-Tea, Sodas, and Water all day.

Call 706-502-8898 for more information and clarification, or for private group classes for a specific date. Class sizes are limited to no more than 1-4 students, to ensure quality hands-on personal instruction and safety.

Time and Location

Classes begin at 09:00 sharp! and will conclude approx. 17:00 (8 hrs.) Please arrive early around 08:45 for registration and check-in. ATS Private training classroom and LASR studio is located:

216 Sailors Drive
Suite 111
Ellijay, Ga 30540
(Directions will be provided by email).

Gear to Bring

Notebook, pen/pencil, highlighter, baseball style cap, safety glasses or eyeglasses, ear protection or muffs.

We recommend participants bring their own firearm for proper training, with at least 150 rounds of ammunition. (If you do not have a firearm, you will be able to rent any caliber at the range. (Ammunition will be extra cost at range).


Tier 3 Firearms Training (Conceal Carry & Gun Law)

CCW CONCEAL CARRY AND GUN LAW RIGHTS: This level of training course is designed for individuals who have some experienced in basic firearms use and desire to advance their skills in public self-protection and situational awareness.

ATS Tier 3 Firearms Training Program is designed as a training class to give students a “real-life” experience on public conceal carry fundamentals. First, we learn on the theoretical aspects of law, as an everyday conceal carry citizen. Secondly, we train not “if” BUT “when” you will need to use your firearm in a real “life or death” situation, to protect yourself, a loved one, or an innocent by-stander. The program is built around situational awareness and self-defense, with an emphasis on practical shooting scenario techniques.

Training Includes:

  • 8-hour Training Session: (5-6hr. classroom, 15-30 min. LASR Shooting, 1.5hrs. live range)
  • Learn Legal, Moral and Ethical Rights and Responsibilities
  • Learn Georgia State Law and Federal Law on Conceal Carry (do’s and don’ts)
  • Learn How to Interact with Law Enforcement in a Shooting and/or Legal Situation.
  • Learn the Conceal Carry Mindset / Situational Awareness / Levels of Competence
  • Learn about Holsters Firearm Equipment and Use
  • Advanced Firearms Safety & Practical Applications
  • Advanced Firearm Handling / Physical Firearm Awareness
  • Ready and Low-Ready Positions, Drawing from Holster and Re-Holstering
  • Practice Advanced Shooting Malfunction and Clearing Techniques
  • Learn About Stance, Combative Drawing, Trigger Control, Experience Stress Fire
  • Shoot on our L.A.S.R. Computer Technology Simulations
  • Progression and H.O.S.T. Shooting Drills (High Operative Shooting Techniques)
  • Multiple Shooting Techniques and One-Hand Shooting (introduction)
  • Shooting Simulation from Retention (introduction)
  • Beginner Shoot and Move Simulation (introduction)
  • Experience Personal Attack Scenario Simulations thru Stress Videos
  • A Nice Lunch will be provided as well as a Light Breakfast, Coffee, Ice-Tea, Sodas, and Water all day.

Call 706-502-8898 for more information and clarification, or for private group classes for a specific date. Class sizes are limited to no more than 1-4 students, to ensure quality hands-on personal instruction and safety.

Time and Location

Classes begin at 09:00 sharp! and will conclude approx. 17:00 (8 hrs.) Please arrive early around 08:45 for registration and check-in. ATS Private training classroom and LASR studio is located:

216 Sailors Drive
Suite 111
Ellijay, Ga 30540
(Directions will be provided by email).

Gear to Bring

Notebook, pen/pencil, highlighter, baseball style cap, safety glasses or eyeglasses, ear protection or muffs.

Mandatory: Bring Current Firearm used for Everyday Conceal Carry. Bring 3 magazines minimum.

Holster is not required, for “live” fire, but is recommended as it will be used in dry-fire.

Minimum of 250 rounds of ammunition (Better to have more than not enough. NOTE: Range does have ammo for our students.

* Prerequisite to this course:

Completion of Tier 2 Basic Pistol course is recommended, (Not Required) Students should have some experience in owning and using firearms on a regular training basis. Students should have experience in proper pistol handling and fundamentals. Students should have knowledge of basics of pistol safety and shooting.


Tier 4 Firearms Training (Urban Tactical Skills)

URBAN TACTICAL SKILLS TRAINING: This level of training course is strictly designed for individuals who are technically experienced in handgun firearm use & manipulation, being able to move and shoot, and having the desire to advance their tactical skill sets.

ATS Tier 4 Firearms Training Program is designed to enhance the skills of the average everyday citizen that regularly carries a concealed weapon and wants to experience exciting firearms training, aside from a static indoor range, shooting at paper zombies. We believe that most courses offered today, DO NOT provide enough training based around the basic urban tactical skill-set and the defense of the active shooter scenario . This course will provide you realistic training that will prepare you for today’s uncertain world. This course is also designed as a training class for students based on the concept that all students are competent with their firearm. This means you can operate the pistol effectively without any actual problematic thought process. Once you are at this stage in your training and competency, you will be looking to “kick it up”, and that’s what we do in Tier 4.

This class goes into gun fighting techniques and tactical encounters in realistic life-like type urban settings, a little deeper with some unconventional techniques and a focus on repetitive drills in a scenario-based training environment. Topics covered include: Multiple assailant techniques, fighting from the ground, basic simple assailant threat scenarios, surprise attack in a restful position, active shooter threat in a public setting, injured arm/hand shooting techniques, one-hand loading and reloading, and fighting your way to the pistol and lots more.

Training Includes:

  • Learn to be mentally and physically prepared to deal with an active shooter situation.
  • Knowing the 5 basic strategies in an active shooter threat.
  • LEO’s may arrive AFTER the shooting has ended. Learn what you can do to prevent casualties.
  • Basic rules of engagement for various threatening scenarios.
  • Use a firearm effectively in case of personal emergency with a tactical mindset.
  • Presenting your handgun while on the move.
  • Various magazine changes and reloads in stressful situations.
  • Responding to threats utilizing non-standard presentation techniques.
  • Responding to threats from the rear.
  • Shooting instinctively, while under attack.
  • Shooting with multiple attackers.
  • One-handed malfunction clearances, strong-hand, support-hand.
  • Malfunction clearances on the move.
  • Situational decision making based on your threats weapon, characteristics, size, and proximity.
  • Advanced use of cover and concealment.
  • Shooting from unconventional positions. (lying flat, kneeling, on your side)
  • Shooting utilizing cover while using a flashlight, as well as multiple flashlight staging.
  • Develop mental acuity, focus, dexterity, balance, and spatial awareness while performing tactical skill-based weapons manipulations.
  • Build and implement required muscle memory with many repetitions.
  • All targets, course equipment, for the entire training event.
  • Everyone receives our ATS “Zero Excuses” punisher flag t-shirt & our ATS embroidered morale patch.
  • Everyone competes for great swag Morale Patches, and everyone gets a completion certificate.
  • A nice early breakfast to start the day with coffee or your favorite beverage, followed by a great lunch to be provided, as well as Power Bars, Snacks, Sports Drinks, Water, all day.
  • Bring a great attitude, expect to learn but have fun, and leave Mr. Rambo at home!! (MANDATORY).

Call 706-502-8898 for more information and clarification, or for private group classes for a specific date. Class sizes are limited to no more than 10 students, to ensure quality hands-on personal instruction and safety.

Time and Location

Classes begin at 09:00 sharp! and will conclude approx. 19:00 (10 hrs.) Please arrive early around 08:45 for registration and check-in.

1 Full “LONG DAY” Tactical Class: begins at 09:00 sharp at the range site (8-10 hr.) Please arrive early for registration & check-in.

Entire class is held outdoors (rain or shine). Please make sure to consult the weather before the training event. Training range location is an off-site remote location in the North Georgia Mountains. You will receive exact map directions and GPS coordinates once registered.

Gear to Bring

A baseball style cap (or hat), safety glasses or eyeglasses, ear protection. (This is MANDATORY and a MUST)

Comfortable outdoor clothing based on weather and season. Make sure you are prepared for all weather conditions. (BDU’s type clothing is preferred)

Sturdy footwear suitable for rapid gravel/dirt terrain movement.

Sturdy utility carry belt, a minimum of 3-4 Magazines w/ pouches (this is MANDATORY and a MUST!)

Bring current firearm used for everyday conceal carry or your tactical firearm, if desired. (also back-up, in case of malfunctions)

Bring current holster used for everyday conceal carry, or your tactical firearm holster, that fits on your utility belt. (also a back-up)

Please Bring 600 rounds of ammunition (at a minimum). Ammunition is NOT included in cost.

Ammo loading device (like an “uplula”) is highly recommend to save finger wear & tear.

Small handheld flashlight, for tactical use. We will do firearm/flashlight grip and shoot.

Knee and elbow pads are optional, depending on your physical necessity. (you will be dropping to the ground frequently)

A Tactical Vest is recommended, but is not required and optional.

Personal hydration system, such as a water bottle or Camelbak is recommended but not required and is optional.

Sunscreen or some kind of sun or weather element protection for face and lips is highly recommended.

Notebook, pen/pencil, are optional.

Bring a great attitude, expect to learn but have fun, and leave Mr. Rambo at home!! (MANDATORY).

* Prerequisite to this course:

Completion of a legitimate training course, or the ATS Tier 3 CCW Training Course (highly recommended, (but not required) OR have some experience in a structured “run and gun” firearm training environment, Shooting from a holster a definite must. Having some basic prior experience in firearm self-defense safety and handling pistol handguns in firearm shooting applications like live scenarios would be very helpful and recommended.

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Due to Covid unpredictability, classes are by Appointment. To register now, please choose three dates that you are available and we will reach out to you within the next business day and coordinate with you. Should we not be able to accommodate your schedule, we will issue a 100% refund. You can also call by phone and secure your date before registering. (706) 502-8898.


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