Selecting the right firearms instructor is one of the most important decisions you will make. 

It is important to choose someone that you feel comfortable with and can learn from. 

Tactical Firearms Academy (TFA) has been in operations for over twenty years with an instructor team background in military, law enforcement, competition shooting, and private law enforcement. 

TFA’s instructors stay current on the latest shooting techniques by attending continuing education courses as part of license requirements and to offer their students the most current practical shooting applications. 

“Your Trainer For Life”

Tactical Pistol Courses

The Tactical Firearms Academy staff have more than 50 years of combined expertise in firearms training. All of our instructors are licensed with the State of Florida and insured through the NRA instructor programs. All instructors maintain an active status in the public and private law enforcement world. Backed by the U.S. Department of State, NRA, FDLE, and the State of Florida, our instructors are constantly updating their training curriculum in order to bring you the latest in firearm tactics and manipulation training.  We offer unique, useful, and time proven tactical concepts for those attending our training courses.

Through our relationship with KGB Armament we are able to offer our students the ability to purchase ammunition and firearms, including Class III and NFA items, at prices that are highly competitive.

We are fully committed to providing  you the safest, cost effective and most comprehensive training courses available. We believe when using a firearm to protect your life or the lives of others, you should be committed to getting the necessary training to be effective and safe. Tactical Firearms Academy’s training regimen is firmly rooted in the cutting edge, real-world capabilities of our instructors. What we teach is not based upon theoretical assumption, but on our own extensive street experience and worldwide survival skills. We are in a constant state of learning and consider ourselves perpetual students.

  • I just took Tactical Pistol 1 this past weekend and can honestly say it far exceeded my expectations. During this 1 day 9 hour course we learned the 8 fundamentals of marksmanship, with an emphasis on safe gun handling. Andy and his team are top-notch!!! I would highly recommend Tactical Firearms Academy to anyone looking to improve their knowledge and skills with a firearm. Whether you are a seasoned shooter or just starting out TFA has a course for you.

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    Steve Geg

    There are a lot of firearm instructors out there. Very few have the true qualifications that these guys have. From winning competitions to having the ability to constantly put lead on target for demonstrations..... These guys have it.But there are several people that have the skills to shoot, these guys also have the skills to TEACH. What good is a teacher that is a great shooter if he can't teach YOU to perform? These guys have a proven program that can take a novice to an expert. The technique... read more

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    Ron Hill

    Andy and his team are some of the best and most practical instructors out there. I found they did a particularly good job of meeting each shooter at their particular level during the Tactical Pistol 1 course that I took with them Nov 18, 2017. *Update: I also took advantage of Andy's refresher program on 4/2818 and retook Tactical pistol 1 with my carry gun, very different experience and learned a ton more about myself and my firearm. Will definitely continue training with Andy and TFA!

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    Jacob Summers

    I attended the Pistol I Class with Andy . Highly recommended, thorough instruction with an emphasis on details from stance to sight alinement. I will definitely be back.Thank you

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    Jose Ferro
  • Took my first structured firearms coarse (Tactical Pistol 1) with TFA. I wasn't sure what to expect but was so pleased with the class I have already recommended it to anyone that will listen. Andy, Dave and Shawn were very thorough, informative and helpful as they are definitely masters of their craft. I like how they make you accountable for your technique and results by not issuing a passing grade just for showing up. I recommend this class to any one that wants to learn how to PROPERLY use a... read more

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    Nick Rivera

    Great class and I learned a lot. I went from never firing anything full auto to being able to squeeze off 1,2 and 3 round bursts while on full auto via trigger control. A lot of fun and I look forward to coming back for his next class.Oh and this class is dirt cheap for all you are taught and is the bargain of the year.

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    Frank Butler

    A++I took the tactical pistol 1 course and it was amazing. I highly recommend TFA to anyone and everyone. This course taught me so many things that I thought I knew but really didn't. Andy the instructor is 2nd to none, very thorough and very helpful. He is extremely experienced and is a great teacher who really helps you understand the steps and procedures he is teaching. This is a must for anyone who carries/conceals a firearm. You leave the course with a new way of thinking. I'm very pleased ... read more

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    Bman 4801

    Just finished the Ladies Simunitions course with Andy B. and am so happy that I took the time to do this. Andy challenged everything I thought I already knew about how I would handle and react in a self defense situation. The simulations left me thinking about what my real life plan would be and at what point I would be willing to use a firearm. I no longer have a false sense of security by owning a firearm - in fact, I came to realize there are very few situations where I would be willing to... read more

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    Lisa Wills
  • The decision to take this defensive firearms training is one of the best decisions I've ever made. If you think because you purchased a firearm and have a concealed weapons permit you are prepared to use this weapon in a true defensive situation, you could be "dead" wrong. There is so much more to being prepared than just shooting at a paper target. Tactical Firearms Training teaches you how to prepare and feel confident in real life situations, where you have mere seconds to make the right d... read more

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    Bonnie Knibloe

    Class: Ladies Simunitions (Feb 2015)Instructor: Andy BPros: realistic relevant scenarios, safe, informative, eye-openingCons: it can get a little cold during scenarios (bring a sweater) but they did adjust the temperature per our wishesThis class was primarily about the mental aspects dealing with the use of a firearm in self-defense. Since it was ladies only, we shared many of the same concerns. There wasn't this intimidating macho air that one might experience when weapons or combatives trai... read more

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    A Google User

    Having trained with other instructors and in need of a refresher course I found TFA and Andy Blaschnik and his team. Andy is a serious, skilled instructor who is passionate about ensuring you leave his class trained and confident and he holds you accountable to do so. Patient, thorough with excellent communication skills, in the Tactical Pistol 1 class they taught both new and “experienced” shooters a foundation platform of skills that is second to none.Whether you are brand new to firearms, are... read more

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    John McFadden

    What an experience!!!! The team at TFA completely surpassed my expectations. I felt safe at all times, the learning was fun and I left the class confident knowing that I NOW know how to properly manage a firearm. Can't wait to take my next class with Andy and the TFA team.

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    Erick Navarro
  • Just one word Excellent!For mens and womens who wants to know how to start shoot with good fundation with out bad habits this is the right course!Im ready for tactical 2.

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    Paolo Stucchi

    Thank you Andy and your team , you guys treated me and the other students like family , I took tactical pistol 1 Saturday February 1,2020. We had a blast but more importantly learned so much in the class and how it was structured made it easy to learn and all basic firearm fundamentals plus a lot more , I feel more comfortable with my firearm after taking this class and will be taking the refresher program very soon!

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    Biker Boom

    Amazing experience and excellent staff. Andy and his staff are probably the best instructors at what they do. What they do is get you ready for real world threats and that is life saving instruction. I will definitely take more classes with TFA.

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    Est. 1982

    I participated in Tactical 1 in Miami recently on recommendation of one of my friends and my husband. I received a wealth of info and instruction on safely and efficiently using my firearm. Andy is a dynamic and blunt instructor - I enjoyed his direct style and humor! I must also add that one of the assistant-instructors Terry really helped me to feel calm and comfortable and I was truly grateful for his presence and advice. Be prepared to receive an abundance of important information. If y... read more

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    AC Kates
  • On 08.27.2016, I had the opportunity to take the Tactical Pistol I training course. This was a wonderful experience. TFA demonstrated to be a very professional and well organized organization. The teaching team, led by Andy Blaschik (its owner) was outstanding. They were working along with us guiding and correcting any flaws and addressing our concerns on the spot.Each of the eight fundamentals of combat marksmanship were fullest explained and put in practice. I could not be more pleased for... read more

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    Participated in Tactical Pistol 1 class and not only learnt a lot, but also had a great time doing it.Class was superbly run, by experienced professionals ( Andy and Kevin), who made it simple to understand for all age groups, running through modules clearly and concisely. Safety was key in training curriculum, with dry fire drills ,followed by live fire drills and explaining why we did certain things made principles "stick"Looking forward to taking Tactical Pistol 2.Thanks again, was great fun ... read more

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    I took the the Tac. 1 class with Andy - he was a fantastic teacher and really knows his stuff. I will go for Tac. 2 with him next - HIGHLY recommend the classes if you want to get some proper tuition and get some rounds down range!

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    Antony Diamond

    I completed Andy Tactical Firearms Pistol 1 course on Dec 29,2018.I've been a full-time freediving instructor since 2005. I am rarely impressed by instructors. When I encounter an instructor my assumption is they will be very good at what they do, but not very good at the actual instruction part.Andy is an excellent instructor. It is obvious that safety is parament. He had nine people shooting firearms without metal dividers between everyone like you would see on a range. This requires an orderl... read more

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    Ted Harty
  • I took TFA's Carbine/ Fundamentals course and had a great time. I learned alot and I will be returning for another class. It's an awesome experience and anyone looking to learn about Carbines should definitely take this course.

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    Christian Portalatin

    I took Phase one of the MeRDef class and can't begin to tell you how much I learn from these professionals. Their knowledge is beyond compare. The drills and skills they put me and my firearm through are things I never thought I would perform nor need. Andy and John make you feel welcomed and comfortable in every aspect of the training. They are very safe, friendly, and tactful and even when you make a mistake they don't make you feel as though you have done something wrong. They take their... read more

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    Michelle Criss

    I took the Tactical 1 pistol course with Andy and Frank on February 28, 2015. This class way exceeded my expectations. I was looking for a course to help me feel and be more proficient in my hand gun skills. Andy and Frank not only helped me with this but with so much more. The fundamentals of marksmanship they convey in the course are outstanding. The course was taught in a VERY safe and professional manner. I will be taking other courses with TFA and have already started talking to my wife abo... read more

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    Rick Gomez

    Andy at Tactical Firearms Academy is in a league of his own when it comes to his ability to effectively get students up to speed. If you attend his class with an open mind, you will be a better shooter at the end of the day. I will warn you, his courses are no joke. Be prepared for a long day with a lot of shooting.

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    Greyson Pendry
  • I recently finished Carbine Fundamentals with Andy and Frank and it was a ton of fun and exceptionally informative. This was my first carbine class with Tactical Firearms Academy and I had high expectations which were met.The range was comfortable even though it was hot out, Andy had several big shop fans running off a generator which kept the area where we set up, loaded mags and ate lunch cool.The class started promptly at 8:30 and we progressed through the course at a steady pace. We learned ... read more

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    Brandee Velez

    Having acquired a MP5 just recently, I decided to hold off on taking it to the range, until I had attended this course. Like the instructor said to another student who mentioned he almost had a military friend teach him this SMG, I did not want any bad habits to develop.I’m not sure if this course is necessarily for beginners, like for instance the subgun introduction at ‘Front Sight‘.This course had a lot of material cramped into 1 day, at a high pace, perhaps because we had a late start due ... read more

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    Joe Li

    I made the trip from way north to take this class. In 5 years of shooting, the 4 hour training session I had with Andy is the most helpful thing that has happened in my shooting career. He corrected fundamental mistakes in my form and mindset. The proof is there on the target as I watched my grouping and accuracy improve significantly in even the first hour. Very affordable and money well spent. In a day and age where ammunition is expensive and time is limited, you don’t want to waste your... read more

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    Lee P

    Tactical pistol 1 with Andy: My training experience with TFA was excellent! I’m definitely going to keep training with them and take all the classes they offer to better my skill. The instructors are patient and clear with all instructions. The live fire portion of the class is safe and is mainly about trigger control. My mindset after this class changed for the better. Every self defense shooter should take this class in order to be a safe and effective shooter.

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    JC Hidalgo-gato
  • I've been training privately with Andy for the past few months; I felt it was best to learn the fundamentals one-on-one with a true expert. If you're looking for a trainer, Andy is second to none. His knowledge, experience (and patience!) is exemplary. His teaching ability is equally impressive. As a teacher myself, it's easy for me to recognize how thoroughly and clearly he explains everything, which are attributes of a great teacher.Since you can't learn all the skills necessary for self-d... read more

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    Ellen Artuso

    Learned a lot!Going into this course I knew I had much to learn in terms of pistol firing. However, what I learned exceeded my expectations, from dominant eye to clearing malfunctions and lots in between, Andy and his entire crew were great. I will now train and go back to Pistol 2.

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    André Andrade

    I completed the Tactical Pistol I course with Andy as the instructor. Andy’s method of training spotlighted the bad habits I had picked up at the range over the years and by the end of the course I had adjusted my grip and was shooting straight consistently. I thought the class was very good and very eye opening for someone who occasionally goes to the range to learn how to handle a firearm in a more hostile setting.

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    Ray Lopez

    I have owned guns and practice shooting for over 20 years but it wasn't until I took the Tactical Postol 1 class that I realized that even with so many years under my belt handling firearms that practice not necessarily makes perfect... Only "Perfect Practice" makes perfect. Our instructor Andy Blaschik was fantastic. His no BS style and attention to detail made it not only safe and fun but also extremely instructive and informative. He worked with and gave each and everyone who attended the cla... read more

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    Joe Laurenza
  • I have hand arthritis, can’t rack a pistol and the revolver trigger is hard and painful. My husband spoke with Andy about my condition to see if he finds a solution so I can continue to enjoy shutting and be able to defend myself. The true is that I had lost all confidence that there could be a solution. (I am glad my husband insisted on meeting Andy, he is my husband’s instructor)Andy was able to understand my limitation. Very shortly I realized that Andy is a professional knowledgeable instruc... read more

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    Mario van der Ree

    I recently attended an all day private course of instruction by Andy with a small group that I usually train with. At the end of the day we all walked away feeling like we had learned a lot of things that will stay with us and change the way we train moving forward.Of the many things that I got out of the experience was help in identifying and correcting old "training scars". The group was kept conscious of the 7 fundamentals of good shooting the entire day which significantly improved performan... read more

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    Dante DeAngelis

    Took Tactical Pistol 1 recently. The staff and instructors were very knowledgeable and helpful throughout the course. TFA certainly brought my skills to a new level. I plan to take the follow on courses soon. I Highly recommend TFA if you are looking to gain skill and knowledge with your firearm.

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    joshua arnold

    I completed the Tactical Pistol 1 class. Andy Blaschik is a talented, dedicated and extremely effective instructor.

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    Amado Alejandro Baez
  • I recently took the Tactical Pistol I class with Andy - it was a great experience. I thought that I was fairly knowledgeable in regards to handling a firearm but I found out that I really didn't know what I didn't know. The entire class was a learning experience. Andy and all of the support instructors were fantastic. I would highly recommend this class to anyone looking to either learn new skills or improve existing skillsmark w.

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    Mark Wilson

    A couple of years ago I took the Precision Rifle course and now I was ready for the Fundamental Carbine course with Andy at Trailglades Range.Great course of instruction, teaching recovery methods for failure modes, handling the carbine, both strong side and support side, transitions to sidearm and more. Andy teaches the most common methods so that the shooter can decide which works best for them, no rigid mantras on how things should be done.Great course and highly recommended for the new carb... read more

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    Daniel Passaro

    Overall a great carbine fundamentals class with Andy Blaschik and Dale.Pros: Good safety standards. Plenty of trigger time. Good techniques and excellent drills that expose where you are strong and where you are not.Cons: Farm animals roam the range and they were a distraction on two occasions.

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    Giovanni Ortiz

    Have used them for a Introduction to shotgun (Andy and Terry) and Carbine/Patrol rifle fundamentals (Terry and Roy). Excellent instruction. Pace starts off very good with the basics, progressing to drills, shooting on the move, and a qualifier by the end of the day. They give you all the tools needed to pass. Instructors are great! Very professional, take time to answer questions. Often times they teach you more than 1 method so that you can choose which one works the best (ie using a sin... read more

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    Michael Latimer

TFA strives to be professional above and beyond everything else. If you have taken a firearms class somewhere else, you may have noticed the egos and various personalities that exist in this industry. If not, let this be your first lesson we teach. Trainers and members of the shooting industry are not required to show they have a lack of respect to new shooters just starting or have been shooting since they were in diapers. We treat you, as we want to be treated. We keep a focus on safety, but allow ourselves, and you, to have fun and even smile and laugh once in awhile. The connections Tactical Firearms Academy makes with our students are what give us the ability to be entrusted to be “Your Trainer For Life.”

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