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.

  • 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

    Carbine Fundamentals Class.Just completed this class Sept 21st.Previously I thought I knew a fair amount about the use and operation of carbines. Andy and Tactical FireArms academy taught me more about carbines in one day than I ever could have imagined. Strenuous, throught provoking, and skill enhancing training, I would recommend this class to anyone contemplating owning a carbine.Andy brings a level of skill, professionalism, and safety to the proper use of firearms that is very comforting. C... read more

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    Tom Koulouris
    5/05/2015

    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
    5/05/2015

    Having a gun and knowing how to use it safely and effectively are two completely different things. You owe it to yourself, and your family, to learn proper gun handling skills. But a TFA class is about a lot more than just safety - at TFA you will learn how to use your weapon effectively. If this is your first class - no stress. Instructors are patient, and will reinforce the skills you need to learn until you are comfortable and confident. TFA gets top grades all around. Take a class, you... read more

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    Richard Duarte
    5/05/2012
  • 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
    5/05/2014

    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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    TheBrassmonkey00
    5/05/2014

    Once again I had an incredible experience with Andy Blaschik at the MP5 operators course.Every course I have done with Tactical Firearms Academy including the Pistol and carbine courses have been so informative and practical. I learn so much fundamentals and technique with each course building on the next and reinforcing all the concepts. Andy is an amazing instructor and is super professional. You will love it!! Recommend highly and bring lots of ammo!Phillip Craft Miami

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    Phillip Craft
    5/05/2015

    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 took the Concealed Weapons Licence course and an Intro to Firearms with Andy Blaschik. The CWL course covered everything you need to know to obtain your concealed weapons permit. Andy was thorough and referenced real life scenarios which made for not only a better understanding of the laws, but made the class interactive and not boring (could you imagine sitting through 3 hours of reading Florida Statutes straight from a book...snore).I also participated in a private session with Andy to go ov... read more

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    Nikki Paul
    5/05/2015

    On Saturday of Memorial Day weekend I trained again with Tactical Firearms Academy, this time, Tactical Pistol 1. Again a very positive experience. Andy gives you what you pay for. If you want intensive, safety based, hands on training, you will benefit from this course, especially if you are a CWP holder and have never had any training. You will improve your gunhandling/safety skills, and be given the tools and techniques to clear malfunctions, safely load and unload your weapon, draw from a ho... read more

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    Mike Shockley
    5/05/2019

    This last weekend I had the pleasure of attending TFA's Fundamental Carbine class in Clewiston. I was a bit apprehensive at first since most schools I looked into we're very military oriented. I, at 62 yrs. old , was not looking to become an "Operator" but rather become proficient in the use of that particular weapons system.The class was very mission oriented and fast past. My instructor, Andy, was very aware of his class mentality and was never condescending to any student. He presented the c... read more

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    Frank Citro
    5/05/2016

    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.

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    Rich E
    5/05/2018
  • This is by far the best firearms training available. From beginners who want learn to pros who want to hone their skills, there is a training course for everyone. Regular shooting events for students at low prices, fun atmosphere and friendly people. My trainer for life!

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    Carlos Casas
    5/05/2020

    Andy and crew were great and very knowledgeable the training was more then I had anticipated glad I had opportunity to take the carbine fundamentals class can’t wait to take next class. Awesome experience highly recommend

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    tony vivirito
    5/05/2019

    I recently completed the tactical one training course with Andy Blachik of TFA. As a long time shooter but one that really needed to be reminded of, and practice all the basic skillsets needed for safe and accurate shooting I could not have asked for a better experience. For someone just starting out or someone like myself working to build better skillsets I cannot recommend this outfit enough and am looking forward to the Tactical 2 course and more!

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    John Hood
    5/05/2016

    The instructors were very knowledgeable and helpful throughout the whole course. It was great experience.

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    Dylan Crespo
    8/05/2020
  • 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 am the head instructor at Hybrid Martial Arts and I have been teaching for the past 15 years. I was blown away with the tactics and methodology Tactical Firearms Academy used to allow me to be more efficient with my firearm. John And Andy's instruction was very detailed and consistant throut the coarse. I highly recommend TFA's gun concept and theory's to anyone; whatever their experience level maybe,

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    Courtney White
    5/05/2013

    I took the Carbine/Patrol Rifle Fundamentals course in the Clewiston facility taught by Andrew Blaschik and another instructor, Terry.Price is what you pay, and value is what you get, and I have to say, the value relative to the price is immeasurable, especially taking into consideration I've learned to better operate a potentially life-saving tool. The instructors work very well with the students to make sure everyone is comfortable with each new skillset learned.I had a great time, and I'd li... read more

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    Sofia Bitela
    5/05/2015

    This class lived up to the expectation. The instruction was concise and easy to follow. Andy and Frank are great instructors who make sure everyone gets attention. Mistakes were used as teachable moments. If they saw the same problem a few times with different students, they would always call in a huddle to discuss what to look out for and how to fix it.I left the class a much better shooter than when I went in. I now have the knowledge to self diagnose my weaknesses and continue to improve.I re... read more

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    Ariel Hernandez
    5/05/2015
  • I just took my 6th class with TFA and once again I loved it. These are not some wimping stand around and shoot at paper classes. These are authentic, shoot on the move tactical classes. This last class was the MP5 Operator's class which teaches basic skills and weapon manipulation of the H&K MP5 platform. If you have an MP5, or you are thinking about getting one, or if you just want to learn to use one for the fun of it, then take this class. MP5 rentals are part of the class if you don't have o... read more

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    Bill Penland
    5/05/2015

    I want to thank Andy and his crew for the great experience and teaching imparted to us during the "Tactical Pistol I" class this weekend (27-AUG-16) at Trial Glades shooting facility. I really enjoyed working with these guys and any thing I say falls short of the true value of this class. As a former shooter, I worked on various fundamentals that were either forgotten or rusty, and correct other bad habits developed over the years.Kudos to Tactical Firearms Academy for a great job!

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    Carlos Muniz
    5/05/2017

    What a great experience! The lessons were high level literal life and death skills being taught by an excellent instructor named Andy. My friend and I had two private sessions, at an outdoor range, which was top notch. I could not be happier with this experience and highly recommend it if you are serious about personal gun safety and defense.

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    RealEstate INsider
    6/12/2020

    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
    5/05/2016
  • 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

    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

    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

    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
  • After attending four classes as well as several 'fun shoots', competitions held by Andy and the TFA crew, I am reaffirmed that Andy is the best instructor regarding tactics and firearm training in South Florida.His method of speaking along with his real world know how reinforce his absolute 'this is what you need to stay in the fight, end the fight'.If you are a new firearm owner, someone seeking training to protect yourself and your family, or even an accomplished recreational shooter looking t... read more

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    David Bonner
    5/05/2016

    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

    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 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
    5/05/2014
  • What an amazing experience! Thanks to Andy and Terri, the Carbine Fundamentals course surpassed my expectations and I will keep going to others trainings in Tactical Firearms Academy.

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    Ernesto Guevara
    5/05/2017

    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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    JCMBIN
    5/05/2017

    CLASS: Florida Firearms & Self-Defense Law ClassINSTRUCTOR: Frank Quintero Attorney at LawI took this course to validate rules I already knew and to gain additional knowledge as to when are “valid” times to use deadly force and repercussions of using said deadly force. Frank was very knowledgeable and supplied very good materials that covered all aspects of the laws that apply to firearms ownership, presentation, and use. While this was very helpful, the most interesting part to me was when case... read more

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    Christopher Jones
    5/05/2013

    Tactical Pistol 1 is a very important and absolutely necessary class for current and future gun owners. Very intellectual and knowledgeable instructor, very warming approach to students with excellent teaching methods. My experience with Andy was very well worthy. I would highly recommend to take this class with andy, as he teaches the essential values of marksmanship. He is very patient, helpful, plays no games, and knows exactly what he is talking about. Without a doubt is worth your time and ... read more

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    Miguel Hernandez
    5/05/2016
  • Tactical Pistol 1... Awesome experience!! Looking forward for more trainings...

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    Joel Baez
    5/05/2016

    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
    5/05/2013

    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

    Andy was great on all levels. Having a CWP is not just a right, it carries a huge responsibility and Andy made sure we are prepared and knowledgeable on all fronts.Thank you.

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    Keith Lasota
    5/05/2016

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.”