FLORIDA’S PREMIER FIREARMS TRAINING ACADEMY

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

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

Tactical Firearms Academy (TFA) began operations in 1999 and has built an instructor team whose background is in military, law enforcement, competitive shooting, and private law enforcement. 

“Your Trainer For Life”

Tactical Pistol Courses

All instructors maintain “Active” status in public and private law enforcement. Credentialed by the U.S. Department of State, NRA, Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE), and State of Florida, our instructors are constantly updating the TFA training curriculum in order to bring you the latest in firearms tactics and manipulation training as part of licensing requirements.  Tactical Firearms Academy is licensed with the state of Florida and insured through the NRA instructor programs.

Through our relationship with KGB Armament we are able to offer our students competitive prices on ammunition and firearms, including Class III and NFA items.

TFA is dedicated to providing safe, cost effective and comprehensive training courses.  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 and experiences of our instructors. What we teach is not based upon theory, but practical applications that include extensive street experience and international survival skills. We are in a constant state of learning and consider ourselves perpetual students.

  • Class: MP5 (Oct 2015) Trail Glades Range - Miami, FLInstructor: Andy B with KevinPros: fun, professional, safeCon: had to wait 30 minutes at the beginning because the range staff was late openingThis class covered how to operate the MP5. There is a lot of material so be prepared to absorb a lot of information in 9 hours. It covers the fundamentals of marksmanship as it applies to this weapon system and some advanced topics like barricades and moving while shooting. What is nice about this was... read more

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    A Google User
    5/05/2016

    I have now had three courses with Andy at TFA, and have to say that I am amazed at the quality of instruction. He is patient and yet pushes you to always be better. I started as a very new shooter with extremely limited experience and now I feel very confident and competent in a number of shooting platforms. As a female shooter having Andy as an instructor really alleviated the anxiety and intimidation that I expected spending days on the range with "the boys". Great courses and plan to take man... read more

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    Daylis Sanjurjo-Craft
    5/05/2015

    Andy and his staff were extremely professional, for being a novices with a handgun I left that class with the safety skills and knowledge to be responsible gun owner. I would recommend his class to anyone who would like to improve their gun skills

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    William Fernandez
    5/05/2016

    I most recently took the Carbine Fundamentals course with TFA. It was a comprehensive class, covering the AR15 platform itself, use of a sling, zero, manipulations, dealing with malfunctions, transitions, and shooting from 5 yards out to 100 yards from standing, kneeling and prone positions. The course stresses the fundamentals of marksmanship throughout and overall, I found it to be a great introduction to the Carbine. I highly recommend it.I also thoroughly enjoyed taking the Tactical Pistol I... read more

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    Sergio Akselrad
    5/05/2016
  • My wife and I did a private class with Andy Blaschik and we left 100% satisfied. We opted by taking the all day (7 hours) Multi-Gun Competition Course. We own weapons in all three disciplines so we wanted to get out to the field and learn as much as possible on this very active sport. Andy was magnificent! His professionalism, patience and outgoingness made us feel very comfortable. We learned so much in so little time and we definitely would recommend to anyone. Confidence (together with Mind S... read more

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    Art Vallejo
    5/05/2014

    CLASS: PISTOL 1- I chose this class because I am preparing to enter into the police academy and a career in law enforcement and I want to be as trained up as possible. I also chose this class for my wife. I didn't let my ego get in the way of her learning how to use a firearm properly and safely. I gave that headache to TFA, (ha ha joke, NOT!). I chose TFA because of the Excellent reviews and I was not disappointed. In fact I was very impressed. It was far better than I had hoped. I learned so m... read more

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    Ronald De L'Etoile
    5/05/2017

    Straightforward with no bull. I just completed the Pistol Tact I course this weekend (3/23) and was blown away by the knowledge and training received. Andy and the other instructors focused on teaching at the student's experience level. It was a wakeup call to see the bad habits come out during the drills. I would highly recommend this course for anyone that's serious about learning the tactical pistol fundamentals. Kudos to TFA!

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    Joe M
    5/05/2019

    Force on Force - Home Protection Techniques (Low Light) - 07/19/14 - Andy Blaschik & Dave SandersThis was by far the most thought provoking scenario based training that I have attended in a long time. While the training is a single day event, my training went on for a couple of days beyond the class. It made me think about and plan out scenario’s in my own home as well as involve my family to ensure their safety if a situation should arise.I entered the training with the mindset that I would d... read more

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    Robert Ramirez
    5/05/2015
  • 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
    5/05/2018

    As a female shooter looking to improve my shooting and overall self-defense skills, I am extremely pleased with and highly recommend Tactical Firearms Academy. Andy is extremely patient and professional - his goal is for you to become the ultimate firearms instructor for yourself. I have taken private instruction over the past few weeks and he has helped me to diagnose and correct a variety issues that have helped me to increase my accuracy and confidence as a shooter. Andy has also fostered a c... read more

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    Kaye Rabel
    5/05/2017

    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
    5/05/2017

    I had the privilege to train with Mr. Andrew who is the best instructor in the line of firearms around the world. I have learnt and developed new skills Tactical Pistol 1 and 2 which will help me. It's not over! More skills and knowledge from the best. TFA Rocks!

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    WENDY INNOCENT
    5/05/2016
  • I attended this class this past Saturday and I can't be any happier. Prior to the class I had only shot a gun once during my conceal carry permit class. I left this class feeling better prepared and more confident when it comes to having to handle or shoot a gun. Terry, Andy and Shawn were the instructors of the class and they were very knowledgeable and patient throughout. I will definitely be taking more classes with them. I highly recommend. Keep up the good work guys..!!

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    Jeannette G
    5/05/2019

    I attended an extremely well organized presentation this month for Tactical Pistol I at Pop's Gun Range, put on by the Tactical Firearms Academy. Andy, and the rest of his staff, put us through our paces over a nine hour period, covering all the essentials in well thought out course. All questions were answered and I came away better prepared to handle a firearm. Highly recommended.

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    Hugh J McLaughlin
    5/05/2020

    I had the pleasure of taking the MP5 operator course with Andy and his assistant instructor, Kevin, on October 31, 2015. This was my first course with TFA. I was raised around guns and have been shooting my entire life and started taking courses and receiving formal instruction three years ago. I have trained with some of the celebrity instructors that command a hefty tuition cost, as well as other local instructors, and informally with friends who are instructors for LE agencies. These combined... read more

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    Matthew Troccoli
    5/05/2016

    Saturday June 16, 2019The 3 of us of the ladies group met with Andy at a outside shooting range. Pre work shooting was done in order for Andy to direct this 4 hour training.We worked on target accuracy, moving off the X, shooting accurately from inside ready position, then adding movement by walking and shooting to the left.This four hour class captured details that we needed to improve our practice which will ultimately improve our gun handling and accuracy skills.Anyone interested in improvi... read more

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    Deb Lamberti
    5/05/2020
  • Professional, police academy level full day training ensure you not only get familiar with your firearm, it's safe handling and use but also you will understand risks and responsibilities related to carry firearm. You will be able to learn and practice close range defense skills, understand your motivation and why exactly you want to operate firearm in a first place. The combination of physical skill training with important aspects of mindset around using a gun makes this training rare opportuni... read more

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    Steve S.
    5/05/2020

    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
    5/05/2018

    I took a private beginner lesson with Andy a few months ago and it was extremely informative. Andy is a great teacher. Andy ensured I understood the fundamentals of firearm safety and how to properly and effectively operate my firearm. I would definitely take another course or lesson with Tactical Firearms Academy.

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    Aaron S
    5/05/2017

    Going to the range every week is ok but you will undoubtedly pick up bad habits if you are not properly coached. Having expert instruction from Andy and Terry was the most helpful and informative learning experience I've had in my shooting career. Yeah, it was difficult but if you want to do it right TFA is the place to be and Andy Blaschik is the man to see. Learning to shoot accurately and safely should be a priority as it not only affects your life but also those close to you and around you.... read more

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    Richard Blaha
    5/05/2017
  • Just took the Force on Force (Simunitions®) - Home Protection Techniques with Andy and Dave. Cannot express how much was learned and how much was taken away in terms of food for thought. I’ve taken other pistol and carbine courses and nothing compares to this kind of training. Andy and Dave are certainly the most detail oriented instructor I have encountered and that makes a word of different. Anyone who has not taken a course with TFA is missing out.

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    Oscar Fiallos
    5/05/2015

    I attended my first course with TFA yesterday, Tactical Pistol I. I would highly recommend this course for anyone serious about learning how to safely own a firearm. Andy and his staff are extremely knowledgeable and run a very professional program. I learned a lot and enjoyed the experience throughly. If you own a gun, you need to learn from the experts. These are your guys!

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    Dr.Steven Sheiner
    5/05/2017

    I recently took Tactical Firearms Academy's Carbine Fundamentals course with Andrew Blaschik at their range in Clewiston, FL. I had previously taken Tactical Pistol 1 with Andy about a year and a half ago. I chose TFA/Andy again because he is an excellent and knowledgable instructor.The course material is current and up-to-date, so you're not learning some antiquated or old-school tactics. Andy is the type of instructor to whom you can ask "Why?" and get an honest answer, or maybe even a demonst... read more

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    Elias Guanchez
    5/05/2016

    Just finished private sessions Tactical Pistol 1 with Andy. I have taken other courses but they did not cover malfunctions, reloads, support hand shooting and holster work. The private instruction was professional and convenient for me since TFA,s classes did not line up with my work schedule. I will be continuing my firearms training at TFA.

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    Rudy Urbano
    5/05/2013
  • I have taken Tactical 1 and 2 - excellent.What I don't get is how they can offer such excellent instruction 12 students, 4 instructors for such a low cost.Great training from a competitive champion. Just the right combination of strict, no BS and patience.I wish all the 900K concealed carry holders in FL would take this training. It would make a huge difference in crime and negligent discharges.

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    Thomas Packert
    5/05/2014

    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
    5/05/2018

    Highly recommended! From first time shooter to experts. I took a private training session and learned more than I expected. Quality over quantity! I could not be happier with my experience can't wait for my next season!

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    Oscar Rodriguez
    5/05/2015

    Excellent. I've done training for the past couple years and really enjoyed and respected how they train here. The attention to safety, detail and effectiveness was impressive. I intend to do a lot more training with them!

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    Jeff Cohen
    5/05/2017
  • 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
    5/05/2018

    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
    5/05/2016

    I am so glad I opted to enroll in the Ladies Simmunitions class with Andy. I feel like this class added a much needed component to my firearms/self-defense training. Putting the students in real life scenarios gives you an edge you can’t get by simply training at the gun range. This class helps you refine your decision-making skills and gives you the mindset to handle self defense situations should they arise. The instructors were top notch and able to adjust the training level depending on e... read more

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    Britt C
    5/05/2015

    The Tactical Pistol 1 class with Andy Blaschick. I was invited to attend this class from a friend who was attending. This was to be my first formal training with my pistol. What a fantastic experience!! Extremely knowledgeable instructors who ran the class with great efficiency. I cannot over state enough, I would recommend this class and company to all persons who are serious about self defense. Regardless of your current precieved experience with your weapon, I guarantee you will learn mo... read more

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    Curtis Cameron
    5/05/2017
  • 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
    5/05/2015

    Great knowledgeable instructors, I felt safe during the class, I learn the fundamentals of a perfect shot.Once you understand the basic principles, every shot counts and it's on target.It was important to shoot on a realistic scenario, getting into the right mindset and take the training to the farthest possible point.I would recommend this class for any level shooter, the only way to master an art is to practice basic fundamentals over and over and then once more.

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    Alex Davila
    5/05/2017

    In searching for a firearms course and instructor, no group came more highly recommended than Tactical Fire Arms Academy. They are extremely professional and knowledgeable with firearms training and defense. I have taken classes with other instructors and companies in the past, and they were nothing compared to TFA. TFA showed me things that were so fundamental to shooting that I was surprised that other companies missed it. I am a better shooter today thanks to TFA. I look forward to taking man... read more

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    Gideon Schnog
    5/05/2013

    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
    5/05/2017
  • After another local traning company refused to return our emails and calls for two weeks to setup a private 6 person class, andy from TFA got back to us same day and we setup our private carbine class. the class was very safety oriented and was scaled to the skills of our group. the drills were fun and we learned a lot. the class was very physically demanding but I would definitely take it again. the qualifier at the end was challenging but not out of reach. I look forward to taking this class a... read more

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    Northkai3
    5/05/2017

    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
    5/05/2018

    I had the pleasure of taking Tactical Pistol 1. The team, lead by Andy, met or exceeded my expectations of tactical training.Professional. The team is not focused on being YouTube stars, rather on parting their years of training and hands-on experience to the students. I was impressed that Andy, the owner of Tactical Firearms Academy, was the lead instructor and trainer. Other places I have trained offer surrogates.Logical approach to training. The approach was no nonsense. Again, unlike other p... read more

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    Michael Robbins
    5/05/2017

    TFA is the best hands down! From the very experienced firearm owner to the ones who have never used a firearm YOU NEED to take one of his classes. I’ve been training with Andy for a little over a year. His slogan is “your trainer for life” and once you meet him you quickly realize why.

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    Rosy Rodriguez
    6/29/2020

TFA strives to be professional above and beyond everything else. We treat you, as we want to be treated.  If you have taken a firearms class somewhere else, you may have experienced instructors that intimidate you or do not listen to what you hope to get out of a firearms class.  TFA’s focus is on safety, but we but we also want shooting to be an enjoyable experience for you.  We allow ourselves, and you, to have fun, smile and laugh once in a while. The connections Tactical Firearms Academy makes with our students are what gives us the ability to be entrusted to be “Your Trainer For Life.”

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