We genuinely want to help you and the people you care about learn safe gun handling, shooting techniques, and the appropriate laws during our TN handgun carry permit course, available from your mobile device, laptop, or PC! 



Brian has been a resident of Tennessee for most of his life. With more than 15 years of experience in the medical field and 10 years in the world of firearms, he practically lives and breathes the realities of safe self-defense applications. 


Just a few certifications Brian holds:

  1. American Heart Association Instructor

  2. Red Cross Instructor

  3. National Association of Emergency Medical Technician Instructor

  4. Tennessee-Certified Handgun Instructor (Enhanced)

  5. Tennessee-Certifed Online Handgun Safety Course Instructor

  6. Concealed Carry Weapon (CCW) Instructor

  7. NRA Certified Pistol Instructor

  8. NRA Certified Rifle Instructor

  9. NRA Chief Range Safety Officer

  10. USCCA Concealed Carry & Home Defense Instructor


He also spent more than a decade training in martial arts. 


When Brian is not rock climbing or saving lives, he's working on the latest instruction to help you lead a safer life.


Waypoint Defensive offers the TN Department of Safety-approved online handgun carry permit course for the entire state of Tennessee, which can be completed in about 2 hours (vs. the older 8-hour in-person course). 



Ben lived in five different countries before making Nashville, Tennessee his home. Ben has resided in Tennessee for more than 15 years, and during that time cultivated not just a hobby, but a genuine love for firearms and shooting sports. Ben is a Tennessee state-certified firearm instructor with various sub-discipline certifications and is a competition shooter in his spare time. 


Ben has the desire, dedication, and experience to help those around him become educated, safe, and extremely effective in the responsible use of firearms. On his off days, you will find him hiking with his Goldendoodle Huxley, or working on his shooting fundamentals and videography skills with his hopelessly beautiful wife, Annabella.