Frequently Asked Questions/ What to Expect
I am new to guns, shooting, and training. Is Valor Ridge the right place for me?
We excel at helping each student become their best. Regardless of your experience level, you will be treated with dignity by instructors who are eager for you to improve. This is not a "macho" type school with over the top characters who talk to down to people. You will receive professional, respectful instruction according to your needs and ability. We take pride in making sure you leave the campus with confidence, competency, and ability. Our goal is for you to live for the purpose in your heart of defending yourself, loved ones, and the nation.
What is a typical class size?
Class sizes vary, but rest assured that we limit our class sizes in order for you to receive maximum attention from the instructors. We maintain a low student to instructor ratio. We believe in quality over quantity and you will get the individual attention you deserve in our classes.
What time do classes start/end?
Classes start at 9:00 A.M Eastern Standard Time. Please arrive at 8:30 the day of class. We want to get the most out of your time here, so please provide for getting lost, traffic, etc. Our classes usually end around 5:30-6:00 P.M. Students are only permitted on campus the day of class.
Do you offer rental or loaner guns?
No. You will need to bring the firearms you wish to train with in class. It's always a good idea to bring a spare gun as well.
Can I swing by the Ridge for a look around or a visit?
Absolutely not. Our campus is open to registered students on class days only. No visitation is permitted.
Is student lodging offered on campus?
Where are hotels?
The Tazewell Motor Lodge, offers Valor Ridge students a discount.
The Holiday Inn, Sleep Inn, Days Inn, and Cumberland Gap Inn-- located in Middlesboro, KY-- are also recommended.
All lodging options are less than 20 minutes from Valor Ridge.
What does a day of training consist of?
While training, we start early and go late. There is much to learn, and we are excited to teach you. Classes are intermixed with classroom sessions and range sessions. We have "working lunches," which means you eat while you can. Bring your own food and snacks to class for the day. The days are fast-paced, but keep in mind that we only have a few days with you. We want you to get the information that may save your life.
What type of ammunition should I use?
You may use and bring your own ammunition, as long as it is new factory loaded. Trust us on this. A good rule to follow is brass-cased factory ammunition in American guns, and steel-cased ammunition in everything else, pistol or rifle. We recommend AGS Armament for ammunition purchases. Please use new, factory loaded ammunition. NO EXCEPTIONS.
Can I ship my ammo and gear to Valor Ridge for class?
We recommend purchasing ammo from AGS Armament for our classes. Please note on the order that it is 'For Valor Ridge' and inlcude: your name, class you are taking, and date of your class. They will deliver it to our pickup location and it will be given to you the day of your class by our Valor Ridge Staff. If using a company other than AGS to purchase your ammo, you will need to ship your ammo and gear to your hotel. Again, DO NOT SHIP ANYTHING TO THE 1160 OAK GROVE RD ADDRESS OF VALOR RIDGE.
Valor Ridge is located in one of the most beautiful spots in the country. Cumberland Gap National Park is 15 minutes away. The town of Harrogate, TN is close by, but Middlesboro, KY is 20 minutes away and has lodging, restaurants, a Kroger grocery store, and a Walmart.
Do you offer combatives/unarmed classes?
We do not but we recommend TheCompleteCombatant with Brian Hill in Marietta, Georgia. His cadre of instructors are first-rate and they are a family-owned business. Brian is well versed in armed and unarmed combatives.
Are camping sites/ RV hookups available onsite?
No. However, for our students wishing to camp or RV, Cumberland Gap National Park is a 15-20 minute drive from our facilities. They are fully equipped for both RV and Tent camping.
Are oversized vehicles (e.g., 18 wheelers, trailers, commerical vehicles, RVs, etc) permitted on the property?
No. Our driveway will only accommodate standard sized personal vehicles.
I have never had to travel with a gun. How do I do so?
You will need to bring the gun you want to use in class. When driving from states other than Tennessee, refer HERE.
When flying, refer HERE for instructions on how to properly transport your firearm.
Which classes require prerequisites?
Pistolcraft II, Rifleman II, Precision Pistolcraft, Precision Rifleman,and Designated Marksman. Prerequisites for each are listed in the course descriptions. No exceptions -- regardless of prior training.
Does Valor Ridge train people in other locations?
No. The one exception is AK Armorer/Rifleman in Las Vegas. This is because we have collaborated with Rifle Dynamics for this class only. Rifle Dynamics is located in Las, Vegas, Nevada.
What does your logo represent?
Valor Ridge's logo consists of a man with a flintlock rifle, mountains behind him, and thirteen stars. The man symbolizes those who keep and bear arms for self defense, defense of their country, and defense of their family. The mountains represent the Appalachians, specifically Cumberland Gap, where Valor Ridge is located, and where Daniel Boone explored. The thirteen stars represent the thirteen original colonies which later became states when they defeated the British and won independence, forming the greatest country the world has ever known, the United States of America.
Cancellation/ Refund/ Exchange Policy:
Booking a class at Valor Ridge is a commitment to train. If you cancel your training 60 days or more from your class date, you will forfeit 50% of your tuition . If you cancel sooner than 60 days from your class date, you forfeit 100% of your tuition. This policy is firm and there will be no exceptions. We fill up far in advance--in some cases over one year before classes are scheduled to be taught. In addition, you are filling a slot that could have gone to someone else. We cannot accommodate cancellations that cost other students spots in our classes. With the demand for our classes, we need to the keep the cancellations to a minimum.