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Provide basic firearms training for those who are new to using firearms or who have never had formal training and provide more advanced training for those who are exercising or considering exercising their right to defend themselves with armed force but do not have the requisite knowledge and skill set to do so.


All self-defense courses I teach are best conducted over a two day period.  The normal scheduling for these courses are as follows.

NRA Personal Protection in the Home or SMFTS Concealed Carry Basic Course on the second weekend of the month.

NRA Personal Protection Outside the Home or GCO Georgia Firearms Carry Course on the second weekend of the month.

Registration for these courses closes seven days before the class date.  The course that is actually presented will be based on the first registrant's choice.

For more information please call (404)519-4331.


Interesting question that one.  The answer depends on several factors. 

The first one would be why are you interesting in shooting handguns? 

Next would be what firearms training courses if any you already have attended and with what  firearms? 

Next would be how happy you are with your current gun handling and shooting abilities? 

Finally you might ask yourself what you know about legal restrictions that affect your use of the firearm. 

Please click here for a discussion what sort of training might be appropriate for you.


No single course you can take will produce real competence with a handgun.  Firearm courses teach knowledge, skills and attitude but competence takes time, sometimes a lot of time and it takes high quality practice.  A good example in another field would be golf.  You can take all of the golf lessons you want but if you do not go out and play on a regular basis you will not be a good golfer.  The same holds true for shooting a handgun.

The logical progression depends on your current state of competence and your goals.  Please click here for a more detailed discussion.


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The second amendment is supposed to protect the right of citizens to keep and bear arms.  It does that to some extent, however since the Bill of Rights became law states, counties and cities have restricted that right to one extent or another.

Federal law specifies some restrictions as to what kind of handguns can be kept, how they must be purchased and who can legally purchase one.  There are also some federal laws that affect transport of firearms.

Most of the law that address how we keep and use firearms in Georgia are, in fact state law.

Georgia is one of the more gun friendly states but there are restrictions in effect and if you are not aware of them you could end up being charged with an offense about which you were completely unaware and which could negate your right to keep and bear arms.

If you have included firearms in your personal protection strategy you really need to understand what your rights are with respect to the use of force, specifically the use of deadly force.  If you do not understand these laws and you end up using or threatening to use a firearm in what you believe to be a clear instance of self-defense you could easily end up being convicted for a felony simply because you were operating under the assumption that common sense should prevail.

Common sense and the law occasionally but not always intersect.  It is not something that should be left to chance.  Click here to see how we address these issues with a three hour, thirty five dollar class.


Because of recent and pending changes to Georgia laws there will be no class in June.  We are in the process of applying those changes to the course content.

The July class will be on Sunday, 07/13/2014 from 2:00pm to 6:00pm.  Location to be determined.

The August class will be on Sunday, 08/03/2014 from 2:00pm to 6:00pm.  Location to be determined.

If you are armed for the purpose of self defense whether or not you carry in public and you do not already understand the laws that address the use of force and the use of deadly force in Georgia, we hope that you will give serious consideration to taking this class.  We address those topics and how to legally purchase, sell, transfer, transport and use handguns in Georgia and we cover the Georgia Weapons Carry License, who can and cannot be approved for one, how to apply and carry restrictions.  Click here to see a more complete description of the course content. 

The content of this class specifically addresses all of the learning objectives in the two NRA personal protection courses.  Attendance of this class is a prerequisite for anyone wanting to take any armed self-defense course offered by SMFTS except for the GCO Georgia Firearms Carry Course which includes minimal instruction on the use of deadly force and concealed carry restrictions.

Attendance of the SMFTS Firearms and the Law Class is recognized by Georgia POST as meeting the requirement for annual use of deadly force training for law enforcement officers in this state and will credit LEO attendees with four hours of training against the required twenty hours of in-service training.

The class will take about four or five hours of your time.  The cost is either $50 (non-GeorgiaCarry.Org members) or $35 (for those who are members or are LEO).  If you attend the class as a non-GCO member and apply for membership while you are in class we will pay the $15 membership dues.

If you are interested in attending please use the registration form.


What do you think is going to happen immediately after you have prevailed in a self-defense shooting? 

Most likely you will want legal counsel.  Can you handle the expense of that on your own?  

There are several organizations which offer services to assist with a justified self-defense incident.  It might be worth your time to click here and check out what these folks offer.

Incidentally nobody is going to insure you for an unjustified shooting.


Nobody really knows the answer to that question.  Yet!

The short descriptions of the policies that will become law as they are implemented do not provide enough information even to speculate what impact they will have on law abiding citizens who want to exercise their Second Amendment rights and probably Fourth and Fifth Amendment rights as well.  But knowing how the president and the majority of his party feel about the Second Amendment and our rights that he and they took an oath to protect and defend I think it prudent to watch closely as these measures take effect.

I have listed the executive orders here and as information is available I will try to post below the list in the same numbered order as they appear in the list what is being done with respect to implementation.  Much of that information will probably be done by links to other sources.  As a matter of fact on 01/25/2013 I found this link which appears to provide a bit more detail than I had when I first posted this on my website.

I included some observations about my view of these Executive Orders and some questions that I think we should be asking ourselves. 

Please pardon my apparent skepticism that much of what is done will make any sense or be respectful of the restrictions placed upon the federal government by the US Constitution and the amendments thereto.