Randy Harris 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) and at the time of his departure from Suarez was the longest serving with 15 years experience and having taught over 200 classes for the organization. He now has over 20 years of experience teaching shooting classes and working in the shooting industry, and now teaches his own original curricula under the banner of Harris Combative Strategies. Randy also holds a Master Instructor certification 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 Master class shooter having competed in everything from IDPA to GSSF to 3 Gun, and Subgun 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. He also scored two Top 3 finishes in the 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. He won both the Tennessee and the Georgia IDPA State Championships in the Back Up Gun division in 2022 and finished in the top 20 in the Stock Service Pistol Division at the 2015 IDPA World Championship.
Randy and his wife Brandi have been happily married for 21 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 two 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: