On the Academy Of Self Protection’s indoor shooting range, instructors Rob Corcoran and Ian Palmer lend their expertise as former United States Military personnel—a Combat Arms Instructor and weapons armorer respectively—to classes that train citizens in armed self-defense. Their backgrounds in the USAF also qualify them to teach military and law-enforcement officials, drilling them in using nonlethal weapons such as chemical sprays, expandable batons, and a disarming smile. In addition to the range, the academy also houses a pro shop where gunsmith services are available.
nRange's training facility houses an indoor shooting range with multiple firing lanes.
Rental firearms range in caliber from .22 to .45. nRange also carries ammo for all of its rental models.
At a Glance
nRange's state- and NRA-certified instructors teach a variety of classes at their indoor range. nRange's facility also encompasses a pro shop, designed with an Old West aesthetic that includes touches such as a vintage US Marshals deputy's badge and display cases framed by weathered wood.
Guns and Leather is as much an artists' studio as a shooting range. As onsite gunsmith for more than 30 years, Jeff Walle spends his days restoring and customizing firearms, sometimes machining a part for an antique rifle or working on an engraving.
Walle's respect for the tradition and history of firearms characterizes Guns and Leather, started by the Williams family as a humble 800-square-foot shop in 1999. By 2004, the Williams nearly tripled the size of their operation, moving to a 2,100-square-foot facility in Greenbrier. Today, they oversee a 75-foot indoor range split into five standard lanes with electric target retrieval and five computerized lanes with a Mancom system that can make targets pivot and moonwalk. They also supervise a 35-foot, 15-lane range in Hendersonville, which, like its predecessor, is outfitted with climate-control and air-filtration systems. Beyond supervising the ranges, the Williams also oversee a team of state licensed, NRA-compliant instructors that runs the Guns and Leather Shooting Academy, an instructional suite with courses tailored for everyone from everyday citizens to military personnel. To further demonstrate their commitment to responsible firearms practices, the Williams also coordinate a Junior Shooting Sports Program.
Four years after he first stepped onto a skeet field, Terry Hetrick joined the All American Team and All State Team at age 17. Two years later he won the Pennsylvania State High Over All championship, one of many state, regional, national, and world titles he’d collect before being inducted into the Pennsylvania Skeet Shooting Hall of Fame in 1996.
Though he continued amassing accolades after relocating to Nashville in 2000 – including eight Tennessee state championships and another hall of fame induction – he decide to chase his lifelong dream of teaching. At Terry Hetrick Shooting School, he’s mentored national and world champions alongside celebs such as Nicole Kidman, who learned how to shoot looks that melt hearts. Along with future champs and famous faces, Terry works with all levels of shooters to impart shotgun and clay target fundamentals, instill safe gun-handling technique, and help his students dispose of of bad habits.
Mitchel Loveless teaches at sporting-clay venues such as Nashville Gun Club.
Mr. Loveless supplies rental shotguns, boxes of shells, and targets.
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In 2010, Mitchel Loveless II became the youngest person ever inducted into the Tennessee State Trapshooting Association's Hall of Fame. A crowning achievement to be sure, but Mr. Loveless was already accustomed to awards. He started shooting trap at the age of 10, and he placed in or won dozens of shooting competitions for years after that. Even his gun is experienced. Mr. Loveless has used his Kolar combo shotgun to fire more than 250 rounds to date.
The Franklin location houses 11 indoor shooting lanes.
The pro shop stocks more than 50 rental firearms as well as ammunition in most calibers.
At a Glance
Everything Weapons' pro shop contains the things of gun enthusiasts' dreams?firearms, ammo, magazines, and rebuild kits, just to name a few. The staff helps customers browse this stock, which includes gear from brands such as Glock and Beretta. The facility also houses an indoor gun range, where instructors from Agape Tactical teach lessons in the proper handling of rifles, shotguns, and pistols.