Friendly. APproachable. Licensed EXPERTs.

protect yourself and the ones you love. It is your right.

Damon Smith, Owner/Founder of Tactical Consultants


Friendly. Professional.
All Skill Levels.

We are proud to offer certification level instructional courses for individuals of all skill levels, from beginner to advanced.

Clients will be prepared to avoid confrontational situations, but they will also be given the mindset and tactics necessary to neutralize a threat and survive an armed conflict if one arises.


Concealed Carry and Home Defense Fundamentals

At the successful completion of this USCCA (United States Concealed Carry Association) course, students will earn a certificate proving they have completed the necessary training to apply for a concealed pistol license.


Introduction to Handgun

A 4-hour, sized-down version of Pistol Phase 1  designed to assist first-time shooters and new firearm owners with their first steps with an introductory designed course.


AR-15 Introduction Training

This training is a 4-hour program and is designed to be a very basic introduction to the AR-15 rifle and help the student become educated on the history and use of the rifle.



Private full-day training is available upon request $600/day. 


Pistol Phase 1

A comprehensive 8-hour course for beginners without a firearm, first-time pistol owners, those that have just earned their CPL, and even intermediate shooters who want to polish their skills to be provided with a valuable review of pistol fundamentals under the watchful eye of a Tactical Consultants certified instructor.


Pistol Phase 2

This course is a full 8 hours and will quickly work to improve your overall fundamentals and help you balance speed vs accuracy, develop new skills, and properly prepare you for using a pistol in a dynamic defensive situation.

-Pistol Phase 1 is a prerequisite.



This course is 8 hours and will help you better understand the rifle, why it is so popular, and work on the necessary skills to build a strong foundation on firearm manipulation and the fundamentals of marksmanship with this rifle.



A full 8-hour course covering more advanced skill drills will be emphasized with a little bit of “stress inoculation” to help best prepare us for the physiological effects experienced during a critical incident. Expect this to be a physically demanding class.



This training is a 4-hour course. Our opinion at Tactical Consultants is the shotgun is still a very viable weapon and a great choice for personal/home defense. Shotguns take a considerable amount of training.


Fighting Fitness

Fighting Fitness is a class designed to strengthen your mindset and physical conditioning to survive a violent encounter.

Mission Statement and Core Principles

Tactical Consultants is dedicated to providing safe, quality, relevant firearms instruction and sales focusing on professional development training programs and tactical concepts that will prepare citizens and armed professionals to deal with confrontations effectively. Tactical Consultants clients will be prepared to avoid situations involving confrontations, when possible, but also give clients the strategies and mindset to stop a threat and survive an armed confrontation.

Looking to purchase a Firearm?

Tactical Consultants is a full-service Federal Firearms License Dealer and Class 2 SOT, manufacturer/dealer of NFA items and Silencer Shop Official Dealer. We can help you take the stress out of shipping a firearm. Let our experts help you with the transfer of a firearm purchased online, from an auction, or from a dealer located out of your geographical area or the State of Michigan.

Why Choose Tactical COnsultants

Expert level Training.
expert level Professionals.

Damon Smith is the owner/founder and head instructor of Tactical Consultants LLC firearms sales and training facility. Damon was fortunate to grow up around firearms with his father and it wasn’t uncommon to have those firearms accessible to him as he grew up.


Years in Law Enforcement


Years in Firearms Instruction


People trained


Average crimes stopped daily by armed citizens



Former Student

Damon brings real world experience and passion about the right to be your own first responder into the classroom. Today, with the state of our world it is especially important to be ready to successfully evade a potentially dangerous situation or defend yourself when necessary. This course was not merely about carrying a firearm. It also brought awareness to the responsibility of carrying and being aware of your surroundings. I feel more empowered as a woman after taking this course and look forward to future training with Damon. Thank you for continuing to teach beyond serving in a full career as law enforcement.

Seth R.

Damon was an absolutely excellent instructor. He applied the rules and regulations of different weapons to real life situations and how each law would be applicable. Overall I am extremely happy with my experience and have learned an incredible amount about gun safety.

Beers J.

Damon Smith was a tremendous instructor for the class and was very knowledgeable and down to earth during our training session. Would recommend his class to anyone interested in obtaining their concealed carry license.

Anthony W.

Damon is the best! Very professional, very knowledgeable and he's a sharp shooter. But he was very thorough with his presentation. It was very much appreciated.

Christina S.

Extremely thorough, knowledgeable instructor. Hands on, and takes time to individually work with clients and address any questions or concerns that arise in training. It’s clear that this is Damon’s passion. The cumulative law enforcement experience that Damon has provides an invaluable training experience and edge over other CPL courses. Highly recommended!

Mark K.

Very informative, professional and well worth my time. Damon is extremely knowledgeable and a great instructor. Highly recommend his training class.

Danny P.

Excellent! Damon is one of a kind, a great instructor, very knowledgeable in the field but also passionate about the experience you have and helping people with CPL training. I would highly recommend him to anyone.

Tad M.

Damon has a thorough understanding of the material and provides lots of personal examples from his years in law enforcement to help students better understand the material. He's also very good with novice shooters and helping them gain confidence and proficiency quickly.

Lon K

Damon was excellent. He really takes the time to ensure you understand and complete each part of the training. He is very patient and encouraging. I highly recommend him without reservation.

Price D.

Damon is a first class instructor. Very detailed and methodical in his teachings. I learned a great deal from him in the time we spent together. No one I would rather have than Damon teaching me about gun safety and operation of the weapon. Thanks pal!


Frequently Asked Questions

Who is allowed to attend training and what are the basic requirements?

A valid photo, government-issued ID in addition to the student acknowledging they are allowed to own/possess a firearm. Students will be required to complete a very thorough Participation Agreement and Release of Liability prior to participation in any training. Minors are not permitted to attend any Tactical Consultants training unless previously scheduled as a private, 1/1 training with the student and parent or guardian present at all times. Students will need to review and have a working knowledge of the Cardinal Safety Rules. There are course prerequisites: Pistol Phase 1 is a prereq for Phase 2 pistol and AR-15 Phase 1 is a prereq for Phase 2 AR-15. There is no prereq for Concealed Carry and Home Defense, Intro to Handgun, Intro to AR-15, or Shotgun.

What gear do I need for class?

Each class has its own gear list. You can see what is needed in the Required Equipment section on each class page.

What time do we start class?

Unless notified of a different time slot, all full and half-day training starts at 8 am sharp.

What if I don’t have a firearm?

For any class, it is highly recommended that you come to training with the firearm you use to defend your life so you become proficient with that gun. However, rental pistols are available for training if needed. AR-15s and Shotguns are only available for rent during private, 1/1 training.

Can I purchase ammunition?

Tactical Consultants sells ammunition for class but due to unforeseen ammunition shortages that come and go, please arrange this prior to your training date so that it can be made available.

Should I bring lunch/snacks?

Yes, for full days you will need to bring lunch, some snacks, and a full water bottle or two. During half-day training events, you will still need some snacks for fuel and plenty of water.

I enrolled and paid for a class, can I get a refund?

All training sales are final, there are no refunds given. Other students have waited for training when enrolled students cancel last minute or are no-shows. It is unfair to those students. Please do not sign up for a class if you believe there is a possibility you may cancel.

When attending a rifle class, should I have my rifle setup complete and zeroed?

Yes, please have your rifle set up the way you want to train with it and have it zeroed for a 50/200 yard zero, other zero distances are acceptable and we can help fine-tune your zero during the first hour of training.

What are Tactical Consultants Cardinal Rules?

1. Always treat every firearm as if it were loaded. Over the many years of working in firearm instruction, both with law enforcement personnel and private citizens, I must shake my head at the many accidents that occur and are labeled “negligent” or “accidental” discharges. These accidents occur, many resulting in death or grave bodily harm because the people handling the firearm are treating it as an everyday object, rather than a tool, capable of taking a human life. Once we place human intervention into the equation, these avoidable accidents occur with what should be an otherwise inert object. During my firearms instruction and while discussing the universal safety rules, I advise my students to not only treat every firearm as if it were loaded but more importantly, ALWAYS KNOW THE STATUS OF YOUR WEAPON! In other words, is your firearm ready to help protect you when it matters the most, at a second’s notice? A loaded weapon is not an unsafe weapon. It’s the individual handling the weapon that creates the unsafe situation. I always conduct press checks to confirm the status of a LOADED weapon. I am already considering the weapon loaded for the purpose of providing a safe environment for myself and the people around me, however, it’s the confirmation that I actually loaded it with a round in the chamber prior to holstering and trusting that weapon with my life when headed out for the day. This was drilled into me as a young police officer. Assuming the gun is loaded when finding yourself in a life-or-death incident, and a round is not chambered, well, that won’t fare well for your response to the critical incident you’re faced with.

2. Always point your firearm in a safe direction unless defending yourself or others. Pointing your firearm at an assailant may be the safest direction! Making the statement, “do not point your firearm at anything you're not willing to shoot, kill or destroy,” is not an accurate statement in my opinion. There are common situations where we will point our firearms in directions or at something “we do not wish to destroy.” With this universal safety rule, many instructors will use the laser rule, and I think that is a good way of conceptualizing the muzzle or barrel end of your firearm. With an imaginary laser shooting out from the end of your barrel, you want to prevent that laser from crossing paths with you or anyone else. A question you should ask yourself is when would the laser be “OFF,” where you may be able to point that weapon at yourself or a part of your body? Usually students will respond, it’s always ON. However, what about when a holstered pistol is on your hip or carried in the appendix position? The muzzle will be aiming directly at your hip, legs, calves, or feet. So, we can say that a properly holstered weapon’s laser is OFF until a person interacts with that weapon. My safety on a weapon is my self-discipline, training, and the holster that safely covers the entire trigger. In life, if something is about to drop to the ground such as a cell phone, or a valuable fragile item, our natural response is to attempt to catch it and prevent it from striking the ground. However, that is exactly what we don’t want to do with a gun. A weapon slipping from your grip, holster or otherwise, is out of control and the barrel is flying around pointing in multiple unsafe directions. So let it go. Attempting to catch it and inadvertently pressing the trigger is likely to happen and we want to avoid that at all costs. Most modern weapons of today are very safe and can take a considerable drop without discharging a round.

3. Always keep your finger off the trigger and high up on the frame until you are ready to fire. My first safety on a weapon is my trigger finger. My second, and stated above in rule #2, my holster is my external safety on my weapon. In my opinion, external safeties on every day carry firearms can present a problem for most people that fail to train and train frequently. In a high stress self-defense incident, you are not going to be thinking about disengaging a safety on a pistol. So having your trigger finger positioned high on the frame or slide is the best place, not along the trigger guard where I was taught during my law enforcement career. A sympathetic response and flinch can cause that trigger finger to retract and pull back into where your hand is making a fist, causing your index finger to press the trigger.

4. Always be sure of your target and what is beyond. Also, be aware of your entire surrounding area! Not just the backstop. This is the embodiment of situational awareness in a gunfight. Be sure of what is also left and right, as you must be paying attention to your entire surroundings. The ABSOLUTE APPLICATION OF SITUATIONAL AWARENESS. Like wolves, criminals will usually travel in packs and they typically don’t operate alone. At the very least, that is what we should be aware of and ready for. There may be additional threats to engage, including assaults, drug violence, robberies, home invasions, etc. In any violent encounter, expect the assailants to be accompanied by another criminal or co-defendant. You may need to transition to the next target or threat level and continue to defend yourself and your loved ones. This rule is the absolute application of situational awareness while manipulating your firearm, by not only paying attention to the backstop but to your ENTIRE SURROUNDING. So, the ultimate goal at the end of the day is to survive and go home alive, not only for yourself but more importantly, for your loved ones.

5. Be attentive and careful all the time.

6. If you see a dangerous situation, report it to a range instructor directly.

7. Absolutely no use of drugs or alcohol. Instructors must be made aware of clients' use of prescription drugs that may cause a safety hazard.

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