A quick (but important) announcement for you all: The finalized 2016 Training Schedule is now up, and we’re pleased to announce that we’ve added some ATA Rifle I classes to the mix.

We’ve already had multiple signups for classes in 2016, so if you want to come out and train with Appalachian Tactical Academy, then you need to head over to the Schedule/Signup Page and secure your spot in class NOW. Make sure to do it before the class you want fills up! We have one training weekend per month scheduled for February through October with limited seats in each class. If everything fills up and we still have the demand, then more classes may be added to the schedule as the year progresses, but for now what you see is what you get.

At ATA, we recommend that anybody interested in becoming an Armed Citizen should own a good semiautomatic pistol (like this one) and a military-style semiautomatic fighting rifle. If you’re going to own those guns, then you need to be trained with them. Several of our training weekends that are scheduled for 2016 are Pistol I/Rifle I weekends, which make for a great “basic training” package for Armed Citizens who want to learn how to fight with their weapons.

ATA Rifle I is designed to teach you how to operate and defend yourself with your semiautomatic fighting rifle. Appropriate guns for this class would include AR15’s and AK’s as well as other popular semiauto fighting guns such as the SCAR, PTR91, or Tavor. Pistol Caliber Carbines like the Beretta CX4 Storm would also work just fine for the class. Check out the class description below:

ATA Rifle I

The rifle has been called the queen of personal weapons, and we think that title is well deserved. The semiautomatic rifle is the primary tool of liberty and security for the armed citizen, and it should be your first choice for defense against violent attacks. ATA Rifle I will teach you the foundational skills you need to wield this awesome weapon effectively in close-range defensive engagements. The curriculum has been designed to cover the most important topics to jump-start your rifle training. Course topics include:


  • Tactical considerations for using the rifle in a defensive encounter
  • Real-world rifle safety
  • Getting the rifle into the fight
  • Transition drills
  • Clearing malfunctions
  • Shooting on the move
  • Using Cover

Duration: (1) Day/8-10 Hours
Prerequisite: None
Price: $150

Use all that money you got for Christmas to invest in yourself this year. All the guns and the gear in the world are useless without the skill and will to use them. Space is limited, so sign up today!