Randy’s Bio

Randy Harris is a life long student of the gun and all things self defense oriented. He began his instructor career teaching Handgun Carry Permit classes in Chattanooga TN in 1999. In 2005 he was chosen by Gabe Suarez as one of the original Suarez International staff instructors (Tier 1 Status). At the time of his departure from Suarez he was the longest serving instructor in the company with 15 years experience and having taught over 200 classes for the organization all over the eastern United States. He now has over 24 years of experience teaching shooting and self defense classes and working in the shooting industry. Randy now  teaches his own original curricula under the banner of Harris Combative Strategies.  Randy also holds  Master Instructor and Shotgun Instructor certifications from Rangemaster, a  Pistol Instructor certification from the National Rifle Association,  Handgun Carry Permit Instructor certification for the state of Tennessee and is a factory certified Glock Armorer.

Randy is able to share his extensive knowledge from decades of experience carrying concealed weapons in public and an extensive training and teaching resume. Not only is he able to teach students how to win a fight, but when to fight and how to avoid one if possible. He spent several years in college working the door at a night club where he gained practical experience and insight into not only how to end fights quickly, but how to use verbal skills and body language to diffuse situations and avoid them if possible.

Randy is a sponsored Master class shooter in IDPA (International Defensive Pistol Association) and has  competed in everything from  IDPA to GSSF (Glock Sport Shooting Foundation) and  Shoot SIG, The Pin Shoot,   3 Gun, and Subgun competition and SASS Cowboy Action (shooting under the alias of Cruel Hand Luke). He has had articles published in several defense oriented internet newsletters and publications and has appeared on several shooting industry podcasts.  He has been a practitioner at the National Tactical Invitational and has attended and been a multi time presenter at the Rangemaster Tactical Conference/Polite Society Match and was a participant at the inaugural Rangemaster Professional Trainers’ Symposium in 2023.  He also scored two Top 3 finishes in the Tac Con/Polite Society match while shooting against some of the best serious gunmen and defensive shooting instructors in the country. He holds both an Advanced Ranking (and a Red Pin for top score in class) from the Rogers Shooting School and Turbo Pin # 8 from Gabe White’s Pistol Shooting Solutions class, both of which were accomplished while shooting from concealment. He  won both the Tennessee and the Georgia IDPA State Championships in the Back Up Gun division in 2022 , the Arkansas State Championship in 2024 and finished in the top 20 in the Stock Service Pistol Division (14th in the Master Class) at the 2015 IDPA World Championship and a 5th place  Master Back Up Gun finish at the 2023 IDPA World Championship. 

Randy and his wife Brandi have been happily married for 22 years and are active in their church. Randy is a founding member of the church safety team and Brandi is a worship leader.

Randy is a strong proponent of continuing education and over the last three decades he has trained with some of the best in the business in the areas of gun, knife and empty hand combatives and takes a thinking man’s approach to integrating those skills and teaching people to better defend themselves. Here is a partial compilation of Randy’s training credentials:


  • Ultimate Combat Skills Week
  • Extreme Close Range Gunfighting
  • Shotgun Gunfighting
  • Interactive Gunfighting (FOF)
  • Kalashnikov Rifle Gunfighting
  • High Intensity FOF I
  • High Intensity FOF II
  • High Intensity Pistol
  • Knife Fighting
  • Vehicle Gunfighting
  • Zero to Five Feet Gunfighting
  • Advanced Kalashnikov Rifle Gunfighting
  • SMG Gunfighting
  • Tactical Medicine for the CCW Operator


AMOK / Tom Sotis
  • Practical Theory and Training for the Use & Defense of Edged Weapons
  • Private Seminar for Edged Weapons Combat
  • Accessing While Under Attack
  • Edged Weapon Combat 1
  • Edged Weapons Tactics
  • Knife Defense for Shooters
  • Empty Hand Knife and Pistol
  • Edged Weapons Combatives
  • Kill Zone Tactics
  • Disarming Using Knives
Rangemaster / Tom Givens
  • Combative Pistol I
  • Combative Pistol II
  • Dynamic Marksmanship
  • 3 Day Firearms Instructor Development Course (1st in class)
  • Advanced Firearms Instructor Development (1st in class)
  • Defensive Shotgun 2 Day
  • Establishing a Dominance Paradigm (with William Aprill and Craig Douglas)
  • Intensive Pistol Skills
  • Rangemaster Instructor Reunion 2018
  •  Master Firearms Instructor Development Course
  • Rangemaster Instructor Reunion 2021
  • Defensive Shotgun Instructor Course (1st in class) 
  • Professional Trainers’ Symposium 2023


ShivWorks / Craig Douglas
  • Practical Unarmed Combat
  • Extreme Close Quarters Concepts
  • In Extremis Knife
  • Saps and Blackjacks
  • Armed Movement In Structures
  • Edged Weapons Overview


Rogers Shooting School 
  • 3 Day Pistol Class (Advanced Ranking 115 score / Top Shooter in class)
  • Course conducted in conjunction with Dodd and Associates


Handgun Combatives / Dave Spaulding
  • Enhanced Combative Pistol
  • Situational Pistol
  • Critical Space Pistol

Gabe White Training 

  • Pistol Shooting Solutions ( Winner of Turbo Pin # 8)

Modern Samurai Project / Scott Jedlinski

  • Red Dot Pistol : Fundamentals and Performance

Massad Ayoob 

  • Armed Citizens Rules of Engagement (MAG 20) 


  • Who Wins, Who Loses and Why
  • Cognitive Pistol with Tactical Anatomy

Additional Training and Teaching:

  • TN Handgun Carry Permit classes since 1999
  • Suarez International staff instructor from 2005 to 2020 taught over 200 classes for Suarez Int travelling from TN to GA, AL , MS, FL, SC, NC, KY, IN, OH, MI, AZ .
  • Have been a guest on That Weems Guy Podcast,  The After Action Project Podcast, Shooters Rest Radio and the Shooters Nation Podcast. Published in several internet newsletters and quoted in Recoil Magazine Issue 35
  • Lessons Learned from Watching 20,000 Gunfights (Active Self Protection / John Correia)
  • AKs and Bandaids (1-day AK/1-day medical class) (Paul Gomez / Ian McDivett)
  • Close-Quarters Combatives Training (CQB Services / Dennis Martin)
  • Kalashnikov Rifle Gunfighting (Sonny Puzikas)
  • Private Training Session with Dog Brothers / Mark Denny
  • Sheepdog Church Security Seminar (Dave Grossman, Carl Chinn, Jimmy Meeks)
  • Magen 2020 Church Security Conference
  • Magen 2022 Church Security Conference
  • Zero Down Advanced IDPA Training with Brad Eadens and Kevin Farrar
  • Competition Tune Up 2 day class  with USPSA Grand Master Steve Anderson 
  • National Tactical Invitational 2007
  • Warriortalk Symposium 2006
  • Warriortalk Symposium 2007
  • Rangemaster Tactical Conference 2007
  • Rangemaster Tactical Conference 2008 (Instructor/Presenter)
  • Rangemaster Tactical Conference 2018 (Instructor/Presenter)


  • Rangemaster Basic Firearms Instructor
  • Rangemaster Advanced Firearms  Instructor
  • Rangemaster Master Firearms Instructor 
  • Rangemaster Defensive Shotgun Instructor
  • Suarez International Tier One Staff Instructor
  • NRA Pistol instructor
  • TN Dept. of Safety Handgun Carry Permit Instructor
  • Glock Certified Armorer
  • Monadnock Baton Certification
  • Member, Gung Ho Chuan Association
  • Member, National Rifle Association
Competition Experience
  • Won over 100 practical pistol , cowboy action , 3 Gun and IDPA matches since 1999.
  • Winner of annual overall championship Tennessee Mountain Marauders Cowboy Action Shooting club Chattanooga TN (2001-2005)
  • Winner of annual overall championship Ocoee Rangers Cowboy Action Shooting club Cleveland TN (2003 &2004)
  • GSSF Indoor League A Division 1st and 5th Place (same match) 2002
  • GSSF Outdoor Match Conyers GA finished top 10 in 3 divisions Oct 2007
  • GSSF Indoor League A Division 2nd Place 2011 (Glock 500 Club)
  • GSSF Indoor League A Division 1st Place and 2nd Place (same match) 2012 (Glock 500 Club)
  • GSSF Indoor League A Division 1st Place 2013 (Glock 500 Club)
  • Rangemaster Tactical Conference 2007 Polite Society Match – 3rd Place Open Division – 5th overall (Award for Conspicuous Competency)
  • Rangemaster Tactical Conference 2008 Polite Society Match 1st Place Staff Division – 2nd overall
  • The Pin Shoot 2024 – 3rd Place Stock Gun Main Event OSS Class
  •  International Defensive Pistol Association (IDPA) Classifications
    • IDPA Master Class Stock Service Pistol (SSP)
    • IDPA Master Class Enhanced Service Pistol (ESP)
    • IDPA Master Class Custom Defensive Pistol (CDP)
    • IDPA Master Class Compact Carry Pistol (CCP)
    • IDPA Master Class Back Up Gun (BUG)
    • IDPA Master Class Carry Optics (CO)
    • IDPA Major Match Finishes
    • Secret City Challenge 2013 – Master SSP 1st Place
    • The Masters 2014 – Master SSP 3rd Place and High Industry award
    • Steam Plant Shootout 2014 – Master SSP 1st Place and SSP Division Champion and High Industry award
    • 2014 Carolina Cup  – Master SSP 9th Place
    • 2014 Virginia State Championship  – Master SSP 6th Place
    • 2014 Ranier Ballistics Invitational  – Master SSP 6th Place
    • 2014 Secret City Challenge  – Master SSP 2nd Place
    • 2014 Mountaineer IDPA Classic  – Master SSP 5th Place
    • 2014 IDPA National Championship – Master SSP 25th Place
    • 2014 Music City Cup  – Master SSP 5th Place
    • 2014 Kentuckiana Kolonel  – Master SSP 6th Place
    • 2015 Secret City Challenge  – Master SSP 3rd Place
    • 2015 Carolina Cup  – Master SSP 18th Place
    • 2015 IDPA World Championship – Master SSP 14th Place
    • 2016 Tennessee IDPA State Championship – Master CCP 2nd Place
    • 2016 Carolina Cup  – Master SSP 8th Place ( Zombie Shooting Association “8 Gun Side Match” 1st place )
    • 2016 Steam Plant Shootout  – Master CCP 3rd Place
    • 2018 Sandgnat Challenge  – Master BUG 1st Place
    • 2019 Rocky Top Rumble  – Expert CO 1st Place
    • 2019 Sandgnat Challenge  – Master CCP 8th Place
    • 2019 Tennessee State IDPA Championship – Master SSP 6th Place
    • 2022 Tennessee State IDPA Championship – Master BUG 1st Place and BUG Division Champion 
    • 2022 Georgia State IDPA Championship – Master BUG 1st Place and BUG Division Champion
    • 2023 South Florida Defensive Challenge – Master BUG 1st Place and High Industry Award
    • 2023 Tennessee IDPA State Championship – Master BUG 1st Place
    • 2023 Rollin’ on the River IDPA Championship – Master BUG 2nd Place
    • 2023 Illinois State IDPA Championship – Master BUG 1st Place
    • 2023 Georgia State IDPA Championship – Master BUG 3rd Place
    • 2023 Holiday Havoc IDPA Championship Master BUG 1st Place
    • 2023 IDPA World Championship – Master BUG 5th Place
    • 2024 Arkansas State IDPA Championship – Master BUG 1st Place and BUG Division Champion
    • 2024 Alabama State IDPA Championship – Master Bug 2nd Place