Personal Defense Training Courses

Course curriculum developed by Travis and Ashley Worlock, retired Majors U.S. Army Special Operations (Green Beret & Psychological Operations), with 46 years of combined service, including combat experience in Afghanistan.

Is your priority to shoot the threat, or NOT be shot?
We train you to get home, not to be a hero!

Our Program

*Concealed Carry Permit Required or a Background Check We Conduct For You.

No firearm experience required

360 degree ranges to shoot and move

Training on, in and around buildings and vehicles

Appalachian – Located in rural mountains of Tennessee

Tactical – Plan of action, what to do if…..

Acquisition – Acquire knowledge, skills, and confidence

Course – Everything is provided, come as you are!

Classes limited to four guests

Training is NOT physically demanding

Personalized training to work with any physical limitation...we all have them

Come as you are course – we provide everything: firearms, ammunition: firearms, ammunition, equipment, lunch and refreshments throughout the day.

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United States Army Special Operations

Paradigm shift: A.T.A.C.'s Firearm Training for Women

“Most schools teach the primary objective is to shoot the target. We teach the primary objective is NOT to be shot by the target…”

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Four guests per class. Small custom courses, with 1-on-1 coaching. NO tests and NO competitions!
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Eight different courses: Home Defense, Urban Defense, Vehicle Defense, Road Rage Defense Public Defense, Crowd Defense Practical Precision, and Practical Exercise.
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Twelve custom-built ranges, 360-degree capability for moving and shooting. Low light capability to simulate a realistic armed environment!

What We Offer:

A rare, essential, real-world, highly realistic, safe, and entirely tailored to lawful self-defense for the armed American citizen.

We accomplish more in far less time than commercial courses.

What Makes A.T.A.C. Different?

Instructors

Husband/ wife team retired military officers, US Army Special Operations Command, they have been shot at and had to shoot back in combat.  Providing 1 on 1 coaching, NOT a typical assembly line approach like most commercial courses give you.

Women

Highly focused on the needs of the woman seeking self-defense firearms & tactics training. Commercial courses train men and women exactly the same disregarding the competencies, and advantages of a woman’s psychology in firearms training. (Multi-tasking, Procedurally minded etc).

Training

Citizen training is designed to reduce your chance of being shot and increase your odds of surviving. The primary objective is NOT to be shot.

Objective

This is not a conventional "shooting school”, but a gunfight survival total immersion experience providing high repetitions to achieve capability. (Each day of training a student will fire between 350 or 500 rounds.)

Curriculum

What can really happen in a real deadly force encounter for a citizen, teaching tactics & techniques relevant to and effective for the needs of citizens (versus military, law enforcement, security, etc.)

Ranges

Multiple 360-degree ranges designed for scenario training in shoot houses and vehicle environments, nearly entirely focused on THREAT IDENTIFICATION, and ARMED JUDGEMENT, all focused on the survival of a deadly force threat.

Silencers

No hearing protection required! The firearms are lightweight, with low recoil with no overpressure. This allows you to fire hundreds of rounds in eight hours of training without reaching firearm fatigue. All ammunition and equipment are provided in the course costs. This is a come-as-you-are course.

Targets

3-D, life-like, fully-clothed, human mannequins with integrated bullet traps. Inert firearms and non-weapon objects will be in the hands of the target for realistic threat identification.

Prerequisite

We work with anyone at any level of proficiency or any limitation (injury or illness). You will learn how to survive a gunfight, no firearms experience is needed. If you don’t have a concealed carry permit we will run a local background check.

Focus

Lawfully armed self-defense courses concentrated on Home, Vehicle, Public and Urban defense.

Techniques

The tactics are not what is commonly taught in the private sector, we have developed practical and simple actions a citizen facing a lethal threat by one or multiple assailants truly needs.

Facility

A developed and tailored compound that features the ability to experience nearly every possible variable, stimuli, and situation that a citizen might encounter in a real self-defense situation/ violent deadly force assault. Male and female bathrooms, climate-controlled classroom with a kitchenette for your convenience.

Learn the Basics

We teach you how to survive a deadly armed encounter by making you a harder target to be shot.

Real-World Training From U.S. Army Special Operations

Meet Your Instructors

A.T.A.C. was Established 2017 and designed by a retired military couple with over 46 years of combined service in the US Army Special Operations. They served as enlisted, as well as officers. Travis served as a Green Beret, while Ashley served in Psychological Operations.

Travis and Ashley have multiple combat tours in Afghanistan bringing real world experience to the range from being shot at and having to shoot back!

Meet Travis

A.T.A.C. Owner/Operator

Travis Worlock, co-founder of Appalachian Tactical Acquisitions Course

Former U.S. Army Green Beret​

Meet Ashley

A.T.A.C. Owner/Operator

Ashley Worlock, co-founder of Appalachian Tactical Acquisitions Course

Former Psychological Operations

Services, Training & Amenities
ATAC
Commercial Training Courses
360-degree ranges
500 to 700 rounds per day
Ammunition included
Pistol / Rifle included
All equipment included
1-on-1 personalized private training
Maximum class size 4
Room clearing, 75 rooms, day one
Silencers provided, NO hearing protection needed
Specialized training for citizens
Different curricula used to train men and women
Instructors that have been shot at and had to shoot back
Moving and Shooting simultaneously
Training on, in, and around buildings and vehicles
Audio and Visual incitements incorporated
The primary objective is NOT to be shot
All ranges covered from sun and rain
Life-size fully clothed target mannequins
Inside clean men’s and women’s bathrooms
Lunch and refreshments provided in course costs
Red dot sight / Gun light and laser training
Realistic training environments

Classroom

Just Over Yonder!

Shady Valley, TN

Located in Shady Valley, TN, the range is a repurposed century old Appalachian Tobacco Farm. It has a climate-controlled classroom with CLEAN women’s and men’s bathrooms. A small break area with a kitchenette is provided for our guests. With the exception of one range, all our courses are covered from the elements. Most firearm training courses can be a miserable experience dealing with rain, heat and insects. We specifically designed A.T.A.C. to be as comfortable as possible mitigating those environmental distractions.

Any Questions?

Feel free to reach out to us anytime with any question you might have—we’re an open book!

Course Registration Form

2020 Registration is Now Open!

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*Concealed Carry permit required