Frequently Asked Questions

Traveling For Training?

Shady Valley is a small unincorporated Appalachian town that is surrounded by the Cherokee National Forest. The lodging below is just down the road from the ATAC. Shady Valley has one general store and the Raceway Restaurant named for the Bristol Motor Speedway in the area.

Raceway Restaurant Shady Valley, TN
https://www.facebook.com/racewayrestaurant/

Mammaw’s House
https://www.facebook.com/Mammaws-House-889745934390417/

The Shady House
https://www.vrbo.com/4081171ha

Fly Fishing Log Cabin
https://www.tripadvisor.com/VacationRentalReview-g55331-d2214701-Flyfishntn_LLC_log_cabin_rental_East_Tennessee-Shady_Valley_Tennessee.html

Scott Hill Cabin
https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/14746518

Switchback Creek Campground
https://switchbackcreek.com/

The closest town to Shady Valley, TN is Damascus, VA only 11 miles down the road from ATAC. The drive from Damascus, VA to Shady Valley, TN follows the winding mountain stream called Beaver Dam creek taking you through Backbone Rock. Damascus, VA offers a variety of houses and cabins to rent as well as other attractions like the Creeper Trail. Damascus is a hikers and mountain bikers paradise.

Things to do in Damascus, VA
https://www.tripadvisor.com/Attractions-g57658-Activities-Damascus_Virginia.html

Cabin/ House Rentals in Damascus, VA
https://www.google.com/travel/hotels/Damascus

If you would rather stay in a nice hotel in an area providing every modern convenience the City of Abingdon, VA is only 25 miles from Shady Valley, TN.

Things to do in Abingdon, VA
https://www.tripadvisor.com/Attractions-g30220-Activities-Abingdon_Virginia.html

Hotels in Abingdon, VA
https://hotelguides.com/virginia/abingdon-va-hotels.html

If you are flying in from out of state the Tricities Airport code is TRI. The Tricities Airport in Blountville, TN is a short 32 miles from ATAC (Shady Valley, TN). Unlike other firearms training companies, you don’t have the inconvenience of flying with your firearms and equipment because we provide everything!

Tricities TN Airport (TRI)

https://triflight.com/

Enterprise Car Rental from Tricities Airport

https://www.enterprise.com/en/car-rental/locations/us/tn/blountville-tri-cities-regional-airport-56e4.html?mcid=yext:245709

Budget Car Rental from Tricities Airport
https://www.budget.com/en/locations/us/tn/blountville/tri

Alamo Car Rental from Tricities Airport
https://www.alamo.com/en_US/car-rental/locations/us/trit71-tri-city-blountville-arp.html

More FAQs

For our safety, as well as our guests’ safety, a valid Concealed Carry Permit and Drivers License is required to be presented upon the day of training. We will also run a background check on the day of training.

The minimum age for a pistol or rifle course is 21. When accompanied by an adult the minimum age is 15 with a learners license or photo identification.

We provide a climate-controlled area with a kitchenette and refrigerator. You are encouraged to bring a lunch and high protein snacks. We will provide all the cold bottled water you can drink.

Dress as if you are going to work out, or work in the yard. Be comfortable, not fashionable; you may sweat a little, you may get a little dirty.

Recommended Clothing:

  1. A short sleeve or long sleeve t-shirt that tucks into your pants so that you can draw from the holster without any impediment.
  2. Loose-fitting pants with belt loops are highly recommended.
  3. Comfortable sneakers, boots or appropriate footwear for hiking and walking over outdoor terrain. Closed toe footwear required.
  4. We provide ballistic eye protection, you are more than welcome to use your own.
  1. A tank top, low cut top, top with an open midriff, sleeveless top, etc. This is for your comfort and safety.
  2. Shorts, skin tight jeans or pants.
  3. High heels, spike heels or an other shoes you would not wear for hiking.
  4. Tiny sunglasses that do not cover your eyes. Again, this is for your safety.

If at any time a guest demonstrates unsafe behavior, they will be counseled. Counseling may consist of a verbal warning or removal of ammunition with allowance to dry fire through the remainder of your training. If a guest fails to respond to a verbal warning, they will be escorted off the range.

NO REFUNDS WILL BE ISSUED FOR SAFETY VIOLATIONS.

A.T.A.C. will deny training to anyone who appears intoxicated, angry, disruptive, confused or simply evokes an uneasy feeling with the instructors or other guests. This is a safety measure. All guests come to the course understanding that a simple sixth sense is all it takes from an instructor to deny training. In this case, a refund will be issued.

A full course with six guests is designed for six hours of training. If less than six guests are present for the training time may be reduced. However, this does not mean that the quality of training per guest will decreased.

A.T.A.C. is specifically designed for women. Sorry guys, but we recognize that women are the largest growing market in the firearms industry and they don’t have an outlet for training designed specifically for them.

I had the privilege of training women in the US Army Special Operations Command and found it to be the most rewarding experience. Women unlike men tend to listen acutely to recommendations and suggestions. Men like to argue and debate based on their previous experiences from other courses or training.

Ladies, A.T.A.C. is here to cater to your needs for defensive firearms training. I look forward to working exclusively with the various women’s shooting organizations across the US.

Ashley was instrumental in developing the course content. Unfortunately due to unforeseen circumstances Ashley will not be instructing in 2020.

God Bless America.

—Travis

The short answer is NO.

The reason we are using our firearms with suppressors is to lower: stress, anxiety, and adrenaline. Most importantly we are not teaching marksmanship we teach armed survival. We don’t focus on the target we focus on you, or rather the choreography of tactics. Our training program concentrates on everything behind the gun (you the guest)not what is in front of the gun, i.e. the target which is marksmanship. Utilizing our firearms and equipment allows us to be subject matter experts on just two types of firearms. In the event of a malfunction we can quickly identify and fix any situations that may occur to get you back into the training.

Yes, we have a dedicated and secure parking lot on the range. You will only be a short walk from your vehicle at all times in the event you need to access your vehicle during the training.

Absolutely not! When guests work in a two person team they will be parallel to one another. Control and safety is increased by only two people firing at a time with one instructors direct observation.

A new firearm owner with a concealed carry permit experiences a real world 360-degree range every day (i.e. carrying in the public). Can you image an individual that carries a firearm in public, but only trains on a one directional flat range with paper targets? A.T.A.C. is a basic course, which means that everything is calibrated to SLOW and deliberate movements. Considering the Crawl, Walk, Run methodology.

A.T.A.C. is exclusively CRAWL.

Still Have Questions?

We offer entry level, basic courses designed to lower stress and anxiety. Our training is designed for those with little to no firearms training experience. The courses are not physically demanding and most importantly FUN! If you have a question about A.T.A.C. feel free to reach out below.

2020 Registration is Now Open!

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