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 by the threat?
We train you to get home, not to be a hero!

Our Program

*Concealed Carry Permit Required

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 provided everything: firearms, ammunition, equipment

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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…”

Pick from four different classes: Home Defense, Vehicle Defense Public Defense, Practical Exercises
Each class has a maximum of 4 guests. Small classes, with 1 on 1 instruction, allows us to identify your capabilities and limitations helping you build a skill set specific to you.

The number of custom-built ranges at our training facility.

Why We Do It

Carrying a firearm in public is a 360-degree environment… ”train as you fight!”

Experiencing real-life targets requires less for you to imagine…
“realism is key at ATAC!”

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

All Ammunition Provided

Nothing required to bring to this course, we even provide lunch! The firearms, equipment and ammunition included.

No Hearing Protection Required

The firearms are .22 caliber pistols and rifles fitted with suppressors. No hearing protection required! The firearms are light weight, low recoil with no overpressure. This allows you to fire hundreds of rounds in six hours of training without reaching firearm fatigue.

3D Life-Like Targets

The targets are 3-D, life-like, fully-clothed, human-manifestations with integrated bullet traps. The bullet traps provide instantaneous feedback for correct shot placement instead of looking for holes in paper after a drill.


A portion of the training is conducted in two-person teams separate from the other guests. This lowers peer pressure, anxiety, and stress; but most importantly allows for specialized individual instruction.

Attentive Instructors

A 2:4 instructor to guest ratio for each class; and 1:1 ratio during firing exercises.

360° Range

Multiple 360-degree ranges includes two low light ranges to teach familiarization with gun lights and lasers.

Real-World Environments

Eleven different ranges that will allow you to fire on, in, and around vehicles and structures where most Americans will encounter an armed altercation.

Learn the Basics

We use .22 suppressed firearms so that guests can focus on instruction rather than recoil, difficulty hearing, and fatigue with larger calibers.

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!

David is a life long friend of the Worlocks with over 30 years in the construction industry. David built the intricate range complex and is an instructor that embodies the soft spoken, respectful attributes that personifies A.T.A.C.

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

Meet David

Course Instructor

Tactical Range Engineer

The Office

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 office with men and women 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