Tactical Firearms Academy Reviews
Carbine/Patrol Rifle fundamentals class. Clewiston location 3/24/18 - For anyone that wants to initially gain or improve their self defense skills using a carbine this is a great class. I took this class with my son and our expectations turned out to be low. Andy and Terry are real pros. They'll keep you safe while hammering in the basic operation methods and how to respond to malfunctions. The class size allows for the instructors to effectively address an individual student directly during the drills. If you are a complete newbie this class is for you. If you are someone who thinks they are good to go... this class will test your basics and you will have fun!
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.
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!
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 you're new to firearms/training, consider wearing a shirt you can button-up to the neck in order to avoid burns from flying bullet casings/brass going into your collar, etc. (ouch). I strongly recommend TFA! -A. Kates
Carbine/Patrol Rifle Fundamentals. Andy is a 1st class instructor. It was made clear from the first minute of class that my safety and the safety of the other students was his top priority. I wanted to do it right and by taking this class I am in a much better position to make my first AR purchase. I would highly recommend weather you own an AR or not taking this class to get yourself ahead of the curve.
Why Tactical Firearms Academy (TFA)?
Why choose TFA over another firearms training company?
To TFA, that answer is simple. However to the general public, knowing what to ask or what to look for in a training facility really isn’t simple at all. We understand that, so allow us to help and take a second to read on…
First, we think our customer’s words have a lot more value then what we can say, so take a second and read our reviews.
Shooting for the beginner can be very intimidating and there is a lot to learn when picking up a firearm for the first time. Prior to that, you need to know all the rules of safety and then the fundamentals of marksmanship. In short, it’s overwhelming at times. The training plans we develop are designed specifically to the particular student taking the training. You will never feel out of place or you don’t belong. Our best guess, you will find yourself having fun while learning skills that may one day just save your life or the life of a loved one.
We listen to our students and customize the training to meet their needs and wants. If you are just starting out, there is already optimized curriculum to give you a head start and shooting safely your first class. If you want to custom tailor your class to include a specific firearm or if you want more advanced training, we have you covered. We make accommodations for everyone, as long as it can be done safely. TFA offers a structured training curriculum that builds upon itself at each level, starting at beginner class where no prior training is required beyond knowing the basic firearms safety. When you are ready to advance your skill set to the next level, there will be a course available that builds on the previous course and there are typically 3 or 4 levels for each course. Being a student of Tactical Firearms Academy comes with privileges. Our students are also given the opportunity to practice the skills learned at TFA classes through monthly events held in Broward and Miami-Dade Counties as well as and receive discounts on firearm purchases, accessories, and ammunition.
What about a firearms instructors licenses, certifications, and experience?
Great question! Florida does not require a license to teach firearms but a true instructor will have taken that extra step to become certified. TFA has experience that rivals most of the competition, competitively speaking and in actual practice. We have over 50 years combined experience teaching the safe use of firearms, hold extensive law enforcement and private certifications plus have applied our skills at shooting competitions throughout the U.S.
TFA has spent countless hours of extensive training with nationally recognized organizations earning certifications such as Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) Firearms Instructor, and State of Florida Firearms Instructor, International Association of Law Enforcement Instructors (IALEFI) Master Instructor Certifications, as well as the National Rifle Association of America (NRA) Law Enforcement Firearms Instructor. TFA is licensed by the U.S. Department of State to train foreign national students (DSP-5) which is required if you are not a U.S. citizen and seeking firearms instruction. We provide the H.R. 218 Qualification for retired law enforcement as well as Florida Security Officer certifications, just to name a few.
Legally possessing a firearm is a responsibility not to be taken lightly. Learning safe handling of firearms is the first step for responsible gun ownership. TFA has the capability to train you as an elite law enforcement agent while keeping your civilian status, with a lot less push-ups too. Many of our students are police officers or recruits seeking to improve their shooting skills for career advancement or safety on the streets.
TFA strives to be professional above and beyond everything else. If you have taken a firearms class before, 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.”