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About Waypoint Defensive

Our Mission

Waypoint Defensive was founded on the ideal that the average person requires basic skills for a successful future, and we have the moral and ethical responsibility to train average citizens appropriately for self-defensive purposes.


In order to fulfill this responsibility, Waypoint Defensive offers videos and courses to help students prepare to face the challenges of the modern world. 


We provide personalized training to fit the needs of families, friends, and business professionals to help them on their journey, visiting waypoints along their way.

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!  This is why we started with the Tennessee Online Concealed Carry Permit and soon released tons of quality education for responsible citizens!

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What do we offer?

Tennessee Concealed Carry Course Online

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 90 minutes (vs. the older 8-hour in-person course). We also offer the Enhanced Concealed Carry Course, medical/first aid courses, and personalized firearm instruction.  Waypoint Defensive also provides firearm instruction developed by the USCCA and NRA.


All our services, including our Tennessee handgun permit course, are developed and overseen by Brian and Ben, two firearm enthusiasts with a firm belief in responsible and safe gun ownership. Through Waypoint Defensive, they can help you get a handgun permit in Tennessee. 

Meet Brian

Brian has been a resident of Tennessee for most of his life. With more than 17 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. As a flight paramedic for the past 13 years, Brian has taught advanced critical care medicine to rural and urban communities while also providing care to those in need.

Just a few certifications Brian holds:

  • American Heart Association Instructor in

    • Basic Life Support (CPR)​

    • Advanced Cardiac Life Support

    • Pediatric Advanced Life Support

  • Red Cross Instructor in

    • Basic Life Support​

    • Advanced Life Support

    • Pediatric Advanced Life Support

    • Emergency Medical Response

    • Wilderness and Remote First Aid

  • National Association of Emergency Medical Technicians Instructor in

    • Pre- Hospital Trauma Life Support

    • First On the Scene

  • Emergency Medical Services Instructor for Tennessee

  • Stop The Bleed Instructor

  • Tennessee - Certified Enhanced Handgun Permit Instructor

  • Tennessee - Certified Online Concealed Course Permit Instructor

  • Tennessee Certified Firearm School Owner - Waypoint Defensive

  • NRA Concealed Carry Weapon (CCW) Instructor

  • NRA Certified Pistol Instructor

  • NRA Certified Rifle Instructor

  • NRA Range Safety Officer Instructor

  • NRA Chief Range Safety Officer

  • USCCA Concealed Carry & Home Defense Instructor

  • USSCA Countering the Mass Shooter Threat 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.


Meet Ben


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 holds certifications in:

  • Tennessee - Certified Enhanced Handgun Permit Instructor

  • Tennessee - Certified Online Concealed Course Permit Instructor

  • NRA Concealed Carry Weapon (CCW) Instructor

  • NRA Certified Pistol Instructor

  • NRA Certified Rifle Instructor

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. 

Meet Carl

Law enforcement background, personal training and teaching, certified life coach -- Carl brings a lot to the table to help enrich the lives of our students.  He brings an amazing sense of humor to liven up any course he attends while also conveying amazing education to help others become better versions of themselves.  Carl helps Waypoint Defensive create defensive course curriculums for new firearm owners and frequents our podcast series.


Meet Chad


Chad has worked as a nurse both in hospitals and out of hospitals as a flight crew member.  Responsible for critical care patients and emergency scene flights, Chad brings a high level of education combined with an amazing skill set.  He provides guidance on Waypoint Defensive medical courses while also developing course curriculum for our students.  Traveling extensively, Chad allows us to bring our courses to more students at more locations all over the United States.  

All course payments to Waypoint Defensive are non-refundable.

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