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Black Owned Gun Stores and Firearms Training Businesses

Based on the response to our last few articles about gun ownership and firearms training, it’s clear that there’s a large demand for information about Black-owned gun stores and firearms training businesses across the country.

Here’s a list of some of those businesses. We’ll keep updating it so let us know which other businesses should be added.

Black Owned Gun Stores and Firearms Training Businesses


Gladiator Gunz Training Group | New Braunfels, TX 

black owned gun stores and firearms training
Gladiator Gunz Training Group

2 Swords Tactical & Defense | Lithonia, GA

2 Swords Tactical & Defense

Skips Defense Solutions | Louisville, KY 

Taurean Strategies |Hallandale, FL

Taurean Strategies

The EDC Guy Academy| Miami, FL

The EDC Guy Academy

Alpha 1 Tactical |Tulsa, OK 

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Alpha 1 Tactical

Angel Arms NOLA | New Orleans, LA

black owned gun stores and firearms training
Angel Arms Nola

Girls Get Tactical | Hollywood, FL

black owned gun stores and firearms training
Girls Get Tactical

Body By “O” Tactical | Grand Prairie, TX

Body By “O” Tactical

Provectus Group |Taylorsville, GA

black owned gun stores and firearms training
Provectus Group

My Sisters Keeper Defense Training |Atlanta, GA

Black Owned Gun Stores and Firearms Training Businesses
My Sisters Keeper Defense Training

The Don Firearms |Boston, MA

black owned gun stores and firearms training
The Don Firearms

Tutor for Shooters | Rosenberg, TX

Tutor For Shooters

GIRLZ on F.I.R.E. | High Point, NC


RideOrDie Gun Training | Cincinnati, OH

Rideordie Gun Training

JMD Defense | Chicago, IL

JMD Defense

Train 2 Fight | Philadelphia, PA

Train 2 Fight

M-W Tactical | Columbia, SC

M-W Tactical
Black Roots Training Academy
Apex Defense Solutions

E3 Personal Defense | Raleigh, NC

E3 Personal Defense

Voodoo Hound Firearm Services| Fort Washington, MD

black owned gun stores and firearms training
Voodoo Hound Firearm Services

Trinity Tactical Training Academy | Woodbridge, VA

Trinity Tactical Training Academy

Dauntless Tactical Training | Memphis, TN

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Dauntless Tactical Training

Fire4Effect Tactical | Columbia, SC

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Fire4Effect Tactical

JC Shegog | Nashville, TN

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JC Shegog

Reddick Firearms Training | Oakland Park, FL 

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Tight Eye Protection Services | Stafford, VA

Tight Eye Protection Services

Tight Grouping Firearms Training | Chantilly, VA

Tight Grouping Firearms Training

Splitz Second Shooting Firearm Training & Services | Oceanside, CA

Splitz Second Shooting Firearm Training Services and FFL dealer (Firearms Buyer and Seller)

Zeigler Defense Systems | Cincinnati, OH

Grid Iron Firearm Training |Jacksonville, FL

Starting Point Defense |Fredericksburg, VA

Starting Point Defense

Certified Protection Solutions | Phoenix, AZ

Certified Protection Solutions

Darden Defense and Protection | Washington D.C. Metro Area (DMV)

Darden Defense And Protection

3D Firearms & Training and Instruction | Carmel, IN

3D Firearms & Training and Instruction

Boom Boom Firearms Training | National Harbor, MD

Retired USAF Firearms Instructor; Laser Shot Training Simulator on-site

Gunns’ Training Academy and Services | Houston, TX

Gunns’ Training Academy and Services |

Hardline Training Solutions | Boston, MA

Hardline Training Solutions

Heavy Metal Lifestyle| Oak Park, MI 

Heavy Metal Lifestyle

Townsend Defense| Ferguson, MO

Townsend Defense

Self Safety Defense Solutions,LLC | Springfield, VA

Self Safety Defense Solutions,LLC

Unified Tactical| Lakewood, CA


Unified Tactical

Insight Investigations & Security Services | Richmond, VA



Wilson Brothers Armory |Fort Washington, MD [Firearms Sales & Training]

black owned gun stores and firearms training
Wilson Brothers Armory

Bear-2-Arm| Seymour, TN [Firearms Sales & Training]

black owned gun stores and firearms training

Redstone Firearms |Burbank, CA [Firearms Sales & Training]

Redstone Firearms

On Point Arms | Windsor, CO [Firearms Sales & Ammunition]

On Point Arms

MJ’s Firearms | Richton Park, IL [Firearms Sales & Ammunition]

black owned gun stores and firearms training
MJ’s Firearms

GNR Tactical | Frankfurt, OH [Firearms Sales & Ammunition]

GNR Tactical

True Aim Tactical | Hampton, VA [Firearms Sales & Ammunition]

DMV ArmsAustin, TX [Firearms, Archery and shooting supplies]

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DMV Arms

Black Diamond Firearms and Training | Charlotte, NC [Firearms Sales & Training]


Black Diamond



77 Solutions |St Louis, MO [Holsters]

black owned gun stores and firearms training
77 Solutions

Blacklist Industries |Mirmar, FL [Handgun and Rifle parts]

Blacklist Industries

3htactical Store |Burnham, IL [Accessories, Optics, Gear and more]

black owned gun stores and firearms training
3htactical Store

Watchdog Tactical | Charlotte, NC [ Holsters, Magazines and more]

black owned gun stores and firearms training
Watchdog Tactical

Black Rambo Ammo |Schriever, LA [Ammunition]

Black Rambo Ammo

Wardrobe Architect |Taylorsville, GA [EDC Belt]

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Wardrobe Architect

Tactical Society | Tampa, FL [Tactical Supply Sales & Training]

Erica’s Big DayFirearms Safety Book for Children


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More Black Women in The U.S. Are Becoming Interested in Gun Ownership

Gun ownership amongst Black women is on the rise. An increase in firearm sales is largely tied to self-defense and appears to be a growing movement among Black women across the country.

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A study by the Pew Research Center found almost two-thirds of Black households now viewed gun ownership as a ‘necessity’, compared to less than a third in 2012.

Philip Smith, who founded the National African American Gun Association in 2012 during Black History Month, said he was stunned by his group’s rapid growth, to 20,000 members in 30 chapters across the country, today, the majority of whom are women.

‘I thought it would be the brothers joining,’ Smith said. But instead, he found something surprising – more Black women joining, most of them expressing concerns about living either alone or as single parents and wanting to protect themselves and their homes.

Alicia Kelley, a 36-year-old banker (AP Photo/Lisa Marie Pane)

The recent shootings of Black men and boys by cops around the country have left Smith and others concerned that racism can make a black person a perceived threat, even when carrying a firearm legally.

His organization takes pains to coach members on what to do when stopped by police, but not everyone is comforted.

Stayce Robinson with her AR-15. Robinson, 49, is an entrepreneur and tax analyst for a software company. (AP Photo/Lisa Marie Pane)

‘It’s disheartening to think that you have everything in order: Your license to carry. You comply. You’re not breaking the law. You’re not doing anything wrong.

And there’s a possibility you could be shot and killed,’ said Laura Manning, a 50-year-old payroll specialist for ADP from Atlanta. ‘I’m not going to lie. I’m just afraid of being stopped whether I have my gun or not.’

Laura Manning, a 50-year-old payroll specialist in Atlanta
(AP Photo/Lisa Marie Pane)

One new gun owner Jonava Johnson, says it took her a long time to decide to get a gun. For years she was afraid of them after an ex-boyfriend from high school threatened her and shot and killed her new boyfriend in front of her. She was just 17.

At first she just bought a guard dog, but in recent months, she turned to firearms for defense.

‘I think that’s the way it’s always been in the black community: It was never OK for us’ to own a gun, said Johnson, 50. But now? ‘I hope I never have to kill anybody, but if it comes down to me or my children, they’re out.’

Dr. Janella Thomas-Burse, a 53-year-old gynecologist, poses with her SCCY 9mm handgun. (AP Photo/Lisa Marie Pane)

And she is not alone. From church ministers and tax analysts, to glamorous flight attendants, Black women from all different walks of life are picking up firearms and learning how to shoot.

Dana R. Mitchell, a 47-year-old minister at Destiny World Church outside of Atlanta, said she had been in a household with firearms, but ‘always had that fear.’

Dana R. Mitchell, a 47-year-old minister – AP Photo/Lisa Marie Pane)

That changed after she was invited her to the range with some other women, she kept seeing news reports of violence and a friend had her purse stolen while pumping gas.

‘I woke up one day watching TV and I said, you have to get over this,’ she said. She’s now more aware of her surroundings and is learning how to prepare herself in case she becomes a potential victim. ‘I don’t want this sweet face to fool you.’

Markysha Carter, pictured with her Taurus PT111 handgun, is a 40-year-old marketing specialist for a bank. (AP Photo/Lisa Marie Pane)

Markysha Carter, a 40-year-old marketing specialist for a bank, wants to make sure she stays safe should she ever be stopped by a police officer.

‘As a Black person in America, this is a major problem,’ she says. ‘You hope and pray you’re following all the rules and that officer stopping you is following all the rules and doesn’t have an agenda.’

Corelle Owens, a 45-year-old resident of Mableton, and a flight attendant, decided to learn how to shoot after her car, phone, tablet and wallet were stolen in March. (AP Photo/Lisa Marie Pane)

Marchelle “Tig” Tigner is the founder of Trigger Happy Firearm Instruction LLC. ‘Tig,’ is on a mission: to train at least 1 million women how to shoot a firearm.

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Marchelle Washington Founder of My Sister’s Keeper Defense LLC(AP Photo/Lisa Marie Pane)

She had spent no time around guns before joining the National Guard. Now, as a survivor of domestic violence and sexual assault, she wants to give other women of color the training she hadn’t had.

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Marchelle Tigner

‘It’s important, especially for Black women, to learn how to shoot,’ Tigner said, noting that Black women are more likely to be victims of domestic violence. ‘We need to learn how to defend ourselves.’

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Tig, posing with some of her students.

She says self-defense is not about killing someone but is instead about eliminating a threat.

Tony O. Lawson 

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Sources: AP & The Guardian