Foothills Firearms Training Center (FFTC) is the oldest firearms training facility in the Upstate of South Carolina. We were training civilians and military personnel in firearms safety and tactical use of rifles and handguns four years prior to the passing of South Carolina’s current Concealed Weapons Permit (CWP) law in 1996. We also taught the NRA Basic Firearms Instructor Course to over two hundred students who wanted to become certified to instruct CWP classes. Since 1996 FFTC has taught more than four thousand CWP students.

Larry R. Smith, Owner and Adjunct Instructor

  • Larry Smith, CWP Instructor

    Owner and Chief Range Safety Officer

    Former member of the U. S. Army Reserve National Championship Pistol Team

  • Certified Chief Instructor since 1979
  • Distinguished Pistol Shot
  • Member of President’s Hundred
  • National Rifle Association – Endowment Life Member
  • Basic Firearms Instructor since 1967
  • Training Counselor since 1987
  • High Master Classification, Outdoor Pistol
  • Chief Range Safety Officer(CRSO)
  • Refuse To Be A Victim Instructor
  • South Carolina Law Enforcement Division (SLED): Certified CWP Instructor since 1996
  • International Association of Law Enforcement Firearms Instructors (IALEFI)
  • Civilian Marksmanship Program (CMP): Master Instructor
  • Furman University: Master’s Degree in Education

Gregg Waring, Chief Instructor and Range Safety Officer

  • Gregg Waring, CWP Instructor

    Gregg Waring

    National Rifle Association: Certified Basic Rifle and Pistol Instructor,
    Range Safety Officer (RSO)

  • South Carolina Law Enforcement Division (SLED): Certified Concealed Weapons Permit Instructor
  • Jedburgh Group: Tactical Concealed Weapons Instructor Course
  • Pistol Gunfighting Course
  • Glock Certified Armorer
  • Presidio Defense: Defensive Handgun Course
  • Advanced Defensive Handgun Course

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