About Bret Smith

I am a long-time lover of all things outdoors. Whether hunting, shooting, fishing or just hiking and camping, I take every opportunity to enjoy nature and share it with others.

Changes Coming…

Blue Ridge Firearms is undergoing several changes and upgrades. Our firearms training classes are set to resume this Spring and our website is undergoing several upgrades.

Stay tuned and make sure you have joined our mailing list to stay informed.

NRA Basic Pistol Shooting Course- Mineral Bluff, GA

Blue Ridge Firearms will be conducting a NRA Basic Pistol Course on Saturday, January 27, 2018.  This course will run from 8am -5:30pm.  Cost is $150.

The NRA Basics of Pistol Shooting course is the best way for you to learn the basics of pistol shooting from the top firearms training organization in the world! The course is the first steps for you to obtain the proper certification for your concealed carry permit in some states. Be sure to contact your county, city or state to find out whether this course fulfills the requirement.

Course Menu: The Basics of Pistol Shooting

RSOThe NRA Basics of Pistol Shooting course is a blended training course, which means a portion of the course is conducted in an eLearning environment (online) that can be completed on your own time. The eLearning portion teaches gun safety rules; types of pistols; proper operation of revolvers and semi-automatic pistols; ammunition knowledge and selection; selecting and storing a pistol; the fundamentals of pistol shooting; clearing stoppages, zeroing; pistol shooting errors; and pistol inspection and maintenance.

Once you pass the final online exam for this segment and generate your completion certificate, be sure to register for the instructor led training portion (conducted in a classroom and at a range) to complete the course. You can download and print “Looking Ahead: Performance Requirements” under the resources section of the course menu.

Blended Course


It takes an average of 7 hours to complete this course.







Click here to register today!

Questions?  Contact Blue Ridge Firearms (706-406-3350)

Cold Weather Safety

winter drivingThe weather outside may be frightful but you still have responsibilities that take you away from home. Whether its short- or long-term doesn’t matter to freezing temperatures when anything can – and sometimes does – happen. Even normal everyday trips to work or dropping your kids off at school can turn dodgy during cold winter days. [Read more…]

Cold Weather Survival Tips

jeep in snowThe weather outside is frightful but you’re home safe from the dangers cold weather poses. Only, you’re not as safe as you think. That’s the harsh truth.

But the good news is that you have most of what you need scattered throughout your home. With a little organization, you’ll have a cold weather survival kit and emergency plan in no time. Work a little more, and you will have a plan and kit for your car, too. [Read more…]

Winter Home Security

winter home Winter officially arrives this month bringing with it a lot of distractions. It can be easy to lose sight of home security. Don’t let the shorter days and colder nights deceive you. Winter is the season when home accidents and burglaries are more likely to occur. [Read more…]

Trail Cameras and Hunting

trail camera videoLocation is everything when you’re hunting. But scouting for deer can be troublesome if the terrain is difficult to access and you’re short on time. Advancing technology in trail cameras is taking some of the guesswork out of tracking. Before heading out with your buddies make sure to pick up a trail camera.

Although not new to serious hunters, trail cameras experienced an uptick in the last decade as technological improvements have made capturing the patterns of mature deer more specific to their natural habits and your hunting preferences. [Read more…]

Trail Cameras and Home Surveillance

Bushnell Trophy CameraIn the late 19th century, the only way to grab a photo without being present to snap it yourself was a trail camera – introduced with the intent to study deer and other wildlife in Michigan. We don’t have that problem in our digital world but trail cameras and  home surveillance are becoming a popular topic.

[Read more…]

Drones and Home Defense

drones can invade privacyEven as we continue to fight to save our Second Amendment rights, we have a new battlefield popping up and this time it’s our Fourth Amendment right that’s taking the hits. Under the Fourth Amendment, we have an expectation of privacy but ever-changing technology – specifically drones –  is corroding that expectation.

With the use of unmanned aerial vehicles, or drones, on the uptake, our right to privacy is blurred. Until the Federal Aviation Administration (which regulates air space over the United States) is able to get a handle on what is acceptable and what isn’t — well, we’re in for a ride. [Read more…]

Home Surveillance Drones – Should You or Shouldn’t You?

drones for home surveillance?To drone or not to drone – that’s the question. Many of you who are serious about home surveillance and defense strategy have been chewing on this question.

Drones – unmanned aerial vehicles – are getting more common. Yes, you could use them as a home surveillance tactic. The technology’s solid.  “Hobby” drones  have been available for a few years now. They have stirred up controversy along the way. We’re going to take a look at the basics here and see if it’s a good fit for home security.

Let’s be clear. We won’t come to a final decision in just one post. In the end, whether you choose to use a home surveillance drone or not is up to you. [Read more…]

D-STAR and Emergency Communications

D-STAR emergency communicationSeptember is National Preparedness month. It is the perfect time to review your family’s emergency plan. When you decide how you’ll communicate during a crisis situation or event, include D-STAR in your thinking. We’ve already talked about creating a communications plan to keep you and your family connected. But what do you do when traditional communication channels, like landlines, cell phones, Wi-Fi calling and Internet access aren’t available? [Read more…]