ERIC SHANE PENNINGTON
Owner & CEO
My lifelong dream was to join the Marine Corps and retire - to live the dream of a JARHEAD.
I was fortunate enough to live a portion of my dream; I joined the Marine Corps and excelled at almost everything I did. I was selected to get my TSSCI clearance and become an intelligence analyst. Before I even got out of school, I took the selection to go to 1st Recon in California. I was cross-trained in many different disciplines and had the pleasure of serving my country in the sand box overseas. But along the way, I received an injury in my back that kept me from being able to retire.
When I left the service, I came back to my home town with my wife and daughter and a baby on the way. I didn’t really know what I wanted to do with my life at that point, but I knew that I wanted to be able to teach and train civilians some of the things that Uncle Sam had given to me. A lot of people asked me to train them how to shoot. However, when I came home, I realized that there was nowhere to shoot.
One day, I was sitting in my shop on our property building a rifle for a buddy of mine, and I had an epiphany of what I wanted my range to look like, how I wanted the company to function, and even what the company would teach and stand for - right down to the last detail. I started writing everything down and drawing sketches of the range, including where the buildings would sit.
Before this, I had never had any desire to own my own business, but no one else was doing what I envisioned. I wanted to be able to help people protect themselves, get people interested in the shooting sports again, and to create an environment that the whole family could enjoy.
Our company slogan is “To be watchmen on the wall; guardians for those who can’t protect themselves." This is a lot of what I did in service and even at that time in law enforcement. Full-Tilt Tactical was born from the way I have lived my life - never doing anything slow-paced or easy, just full tilt in everything that I do. God has enabled me to do a lot of amazing things in my life and given me talents to do certain things; and now I want to share this with anyone who is interested.
This is just the beginning of great things to come for this company and our community. We have opened our first range in Adel, Georgia. We are taking steps to expand and build the range that I envisioned. We will also be sending security teams to assist missionaries and humanitarian missions throughout the world.
Full-Tilt Tactical offers a wide range of training from women’s concealed carry classes, pistol level 1, 2, 3; carbine level’s 1, 2, 3; and advanced classes. We are also looking into doing a youth shooting program to teach our young people first how to be safe and respect firearms but not to be afraid of them. The answer to gun issues in America is not to ban guns but to receive proper training.
We have a vast range of training experience from military, law enforcement, SWAT, Krav Maga, and personnel protection. We have taken all of these disciplines and brought them together to make a great training program to give one-on-one attention to each of our customers.
We strive for greatness in everything that we do and provide a service to the community that is lacking in our country today.