A Place to Shoot Classes

A Place to Shoot instructors are Texas State Department of Public Safety (TX DPS) Certified Concealed Handgun License Instructors. They are also National Rifle Association (NRA) Certified Firearms Instructors and/or NRA Range Safety Officers.  All instructors are current/former law enforcement and/or military and bring tremendous knowledge and experience to the classroom and to the range. A Place to Shoot provides professional firearms instruction in a variety of disciplines from basic safety and firearms handling skills through personal defense firearms training.

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All of our License to Carry (LTC) instructors are Texas Department of Public Safety certified License To Carry Instructors, National Rifle Association (NRA) Firearms Instructors and NRA Range Safety Officers. All instructors are current/former law enforcement and/or military and bring tremendous knowledge and experience to the classroom and to the range. They are committed to 1) your safety; 2) delivering the best LTC instruction available in Texas and 3) ensuring you are as prepared as possible for the responsibility of carrying a licensed handgun.


Eligibility Requirements

  • Must be a legal resident of Texas, or apply for a non-resident license
  • Must be at least 21, unless active duty or honorably discharged from the military, then at least 18
  • Must not ever have been convicted of a FELONY
  • Must not be currently charged with a Class A or Class B MISDEMEANOR or FELONY
  • Must not be chemically dependent, including alcohol
  • Must be capable of exercising sound judgment
  • Must not have been convicted of a Class A or Class B misdemeanor, or a disorderly conduct, in the past 5 years
  • Must be fully qualified under federal and state laws to purchase a handgun
  • Must not be delinquent in any payments to the state of Texas, including child support and property taxes
  • Must not be restricted by a protective or restraining order involving a person
  • Must not have been convicted of a felony grade juvenile delinquent conduct in the previous 10 years

Subjects Covered

  • Laws that relate to weapons and the use of deadly force
  • Handgun use and safety, including use of restraint holsters and methods to ensure the secure carrying of openly carried handguns
  • Non-violent dispute resolution
  • Proper storage practices for handguns with an emphasis on storage practices that eliminate the possibility of accidental injury to a child

Equipment Needed

Reliable functional handgun, (semi-auto or revolver) .22 LR or larger caliber. This is your responsibility to make sure your handgun works properly has the State proficiency test does not allow make up/alibi shots.

Bring your UNLOADED handgun and UNLOADED magazine in a bag or case.

If possible, leave your handgun in your vehicle until the instructor instructs you to bring the handgun to the shooting range.

If you cannot leave your handgun in your vehicle, bring your unloaded handgun unloaded magazine and your ammo (in a bag or case) to a Sales Associate. The Associate will store your handgun and ammo in our gun room.  You will be allowed to retrieve your handgun and ammo when it is time for you to qualify.

  • Minimum 50 round box of ammunition for your handgun caliber
  • Minimum 1 magazine, two is best.
  • Eye and ear protection
  • Closed top shoes, no sandals, no flip flops
  • Hat/cap to protect from sun and hat brass.
  • Medium size towel or rag for table and resting your handgun on
  • Bring a lunch, and/or snacks, your own drinks for the day. (No official lunch break to make a shorter day)
  • Note pad and blue/black pen
  • Anything else you believe you may need

There is no official lunch break during the LTC course however students can bring lunch, snacks, drinks etc to have during the classroom lectures (working lunch).

On the range, you will shoot the following:

From a distance of 3 Yards:

        • 1 shot in 2 seconds (5 times)
        • 2 shots in 3 seconds (5 times)
        • 5 shots in 10 seconds (1 time)

From a distance of 7 Yards:

        • 5 shots in 10 seconds (1 time)
        • 2 shots in 4 seconds (1 time)
        • 3 shots in 6 seconds (1 time)
        • 1 shot in 3 seconds (5 times)
        • 5 shots in 15 seconds (1 time)

From a distance of 15 Yards:

        • 2 shots in 6 seconds (1 time)
        • 3 shots in 9 seconds (1 time)
        • 5 shots in 15 seconds (1 time)

This course is not a “how-to-shoot” class. It is expected that the student has already achieved a minimum safe level of proficiency with their handgun, including loading, unloading, slide or cylinder manipulation, proper use of safety devices and operational controls. During the proficiency test, students will be expected to be safe while handling their firearms which is part of the test. Students who cannot meet these standards will fail the proficiency test and will need to retest at later date.

What to do before class or after completion

  • Visit the Texas Department of Public Safety (click link) and fill out online application for a NEW HANDGUN LICENSE
  • Pay the application fee (This fee is paid the Texas Department of Public Safety)
  • Print out the Receipt/Check List (This should have a large bar code across the top.)
  • Register for fingerprinting, you will get an email from IdentoGO with 24 hours.
  • Questions? Go to TX DPS FAQs (click link).


Contact apts1001@aol.com for any additional questions you may have!

This course is intended for the individual with little or no firearms experience at all.  There is not a great deal of range time in this class. This is the perfect class for a new shooter or someone interested in preparing for the marksmanship portion of the Texas License To Carry Handgun class.

Topics covered:

  • Handgun Knowledge
  • Safe Handling
  • Ammunition Knowledge
  • Fundamentals of Handgun Shooting
  • Range Shooting (limited to .22 LR, .380 ACP, 9mm, and .38 Special handguns)
  • One-on-One Training with Instructor

If you do not have a handgun, a .22 LR, .380 ACP, 9mm, and .38 Special (with ammunition) are included in the course.  If you currently own a handgun and want to take this class in order to become more familiar with that particular handgun, we encourage you to bring it.

Equipment Needed: Eye and ear protection, appropriate clothing/foot ware for range, water.

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Course Description:

Defensive Handgun 101 will lay the foundation for all of our defensive shooting training courses. Not only do we start with the basic fundamentals of pistol shooting, we also give you an introduction to the defensive mindset. This philosophy is at the core of everything we do and train about.

The speed of the class will depend on the experience level of the participants. As with all hands-on courses, there won’t be a lot of standing around. Our goal is for you to walk away knowing the essential fundamentals of shooting your handgun and to teach you skill-building drills that will make it all second nature.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • 21 years of age with valid DL/ID or a License To Carry Handgun (LTC).
  • Introduction to Handgun Course is mandatory for anyone with no pistol experience.

Subjects Covered:

  • Handgun Safety and Handling
  • Safe Loading and Unloading
  • Fundamentals of Shooting
  • Skill building manipulation drills
  • Introduction to the 4 Step Draw
  • Drawing to Low Ready
  • Magazine Reloads
  • Malfunctions Drills
  • Live fire single round on single/multiple targets
  • Live fire multiple rounds on single/multiple targets

Required Equipment:

  • Desire to learn
  • Modern functional reliable handgun 9mm or higher with leather or kydex outside the belt holster
  • 200 rounds of factory ammunition, (no reloads, no steel case ammo)
  • Minimum of 2 magazines, (more makes for an easier training day)
  • Single or double magazine pouch
  • Magazine loader (optional)
  • Ear and eye protection
  • Hat to deflect brass
  • Comfortable clothing that will protect from hot brass burning skin
  • No footwear with exposed skin


Contact APTS1001@aol.com for any questions!

This is a Texas Department of Public Safety certification course designed to train school teachers and employees how to respond to an active shooter.

Although it was designed for teachers and school employees that are allowed to carry in their school, it also benefits school teachers and employees who do not carry in school because you will learn how to respond to a active shooter and still receive the DPS State Certification. This is life saving training developed by Texas DPS and Sanctioned by the State Of Texas.

This course is a two day (15 hour min / max 20 hrs.) course and includes classroom simulation training and advanced live fire training. You must already have a license to carry to take this course.

ANY school teacher or school district employee CAN take this course on their own and receive this “DPS State Certification” that will be submitted to the State of Texas and will become a part of your License To Carry file / credentials, regardless if your school allows you to carry in school or not.

The overall objective of this course is to educate staff on the responsibilities related to school safety who are employees of a school district or open-enrollment charter school who hold a license to carry a handgun. The outlined objectives are:

  • Protection of students.
  • Tactics for denying an intruder entry.
  • Interaction with first responders.
  • Methods for increasing accuracy with a handgun while under duress.
  • Also included is how to defend against a intruder using items commonly available in a classroom.
  • Also included is learning what common items you should have in your classroom to use to deny entry or defend.
  • Also included is learning how to “think” under stress.
  • Also included is learning how to “be prepared” for the worst case scenario.

The course is a two day course and will start at 8:00 a.m. and end at 5:00p.m. on each day. One hour lunch plus breaks are given on each day.

Upon successful completion of the course, the staff member will receive a Texas Department of Public Safety Proof of Training Certificate that can be filed in the staff member’s file at the school. It will also be filed with the Texas Department of Public Safety as part of your license to carry.

This provides a level of training unsurpassed in Texas.  This also gives the stakeholders a liability shield against claims that is legally more defensible than other non-certified Instructor or Private Classes.

Contact us at (210) 628-1888

Day 1 ( 8 to 10 hrs. )
  • 50 round live fire Pre-Qualification- 90% (225) score on LTC qualification
  • Pre-Qualification Written Test- based on existing LTC laws and regulations (90% required)
  • Training from certified School Safety Instructors using D.P.S. curriculum
Day 2 ( 8 to 10 hrs. )
  • Scenario Training using SIRT Guns by DPS Certified School Safety Insturctors
  • Shooting under duress training
  • Shooting under duress Training live-fire proficiency using hostage targets
  • Final Written Exam (90% required)

Want to learn to shoot a handgun?

Want to learn how to protect yourself?

Would you prefer to be in class with other women who are in the same position as you?

A Place to Shoot wants to help!

Are you uncomfortable around firearms? Do you wish to expand your knowledge and skills with firearms? If so, this course is for you, even if you never intend to own one. This class is also suitable for women who have some experience with firearms, but want to review the basic fundamentals. Upon completion, students will have the knowledge, skills, and confidence to operate and carry a firearm safely.

If you do not have a handgun suitable one can be provided for the class, you will be need to purchase our ammunition for the rental.

Subjects Covered:

  • Handgun Safety and Handling
  • Safe Loading and Unloading
  • Fundamentals of Shooting
  • Manipulation drills
  • Magazine Reloads
  • Live fire single and multiple rounds on single target
  • Shooting at 3, 7 and 15 yards

This class is spend on the range doing hands on training and shooting. Again bring your own handgun or rentals are available at the store.

Needed Equipment:

  • semi-automatic pistol recommend 9mm caliber
  • 2 magazines
  • 100 rounds ammunition
  • eye and ear protection

Introduction AR-15/M4 Course

This course is designed for shooters that would like to learn more about the AR-15/M4 carbine platform and will provide students with a practical understanding of handling, operating and maintaining their firearm. The class begins with safe gun handling and storage practices. The student is then familiarized with the carbine’s various parts and will learn how to field strip and properly clean and lubricate an AR/M4. The training then shifts to the range where the student is taught and coached on the fundamentals of carbine marksmanship including stance, hold, sight alignment and sight picture, trigger control and follow-through.

All students will learn how to properly zero their rifle sight system at 25 yards. Students will zero from the prone position to obtain best sight-in group with iron sights, optics or with both.


  • Fully-functioning AR-15/M4 Carbine, AK47 acceptable
  • 2 high-capacity (30 round) magazines (if you have more, bring them)
  • Minimum 100 rounds factory ammunition (NO STEEL CASE AMMO)
  • Eye and ear protection (electronic hearing protection is highly recommended)
  • Clothing appropriate to the venue (baseball cap, pants, closed-toe shoes required)
  • Shooting mat or ground cloth for shooting prone position off ground.




  • All classes are held at our private range
  • Class registration includes range fees and targets
  • Schedule subject to weather


Contact APTS1001@aol.com for any questions!

To schedule a date and time not listed on our training calendar call the store at 210-628-1888. Your information will be taken and passed to our instructor and he will contact you. We also have some dates and times posted on our calendar if these work for you. All private lessons must be pre-payed once a date is confirmed with instructor.
Course Length Varies:










• Two hours for building solid skills  $149.95

• One Hour  $79.95

Extra person  $34.95 (friend or family member)

Third or each additional hours if desired 49.95

This two-hour private lesson is detailed for the customer depending on which firearm (handgun, defensive shotgun or rifle) they desire to become proficient with.

Pace of the private course and of shooting drills is based on the shooter. Pace with a novice will be slower than someone that is maybe a beginner, intermediate or advanced.

Eligibility Requirements:
• 18 years of age and older
• Less than 17 years must have parent, guardian etc. present during the course.

• Good Health, sound mind and ability to follow directions

Equipment Needed:
• Reliable, functioning firearm ( semi-auto pistol, semi-auto rifle or bolt rifle) Minimum 9mm
• 2 magazines your semi-auto firearm
• 100 rounds of factory ammunition for your semi-auto firearm (more the better)
• Bolt rifle 40 rounds (extra is better)
• Eye and ear protection
• Appropriate clothing for range and for weather

Basic Handgun
This class is for those persons, 14 years old or older who have little or no experience with a handgun or experienced shooters who want a solid foundation before taking other shooting classes. Minors (younger than 17) must have a parent or a guardian present for the course.
The 4 hour class is formatted to teach firearm safety, basic marksmanship and firearm handling skills. You leave with confidence in your gun handling, and shooting ability. You will train on your handgun to become skillful on its manipulation.
Our Intro to Handgun is a two hour class if you want a shorter class. Check out class description for Intro to Handgun.

Required Equipment:
Reliable handgun (pistol or revolver).
Rental handgun .22 LR and 9mm available.
Minors (14 years to 17) will be required to shoot a .22 LR handgun.
Minimum 150 rounds of factory ammunition.
2 or 3 magazines, speed loaders for revolver.
This class you will not be learning to draw from a holster, NO holster is required but you can bring to the class.
Safety eye protection
Ear protection (electronic eye muffs highly recommended but not mandatory.
Drinks, (water, Gatorade recommended)


$99.95 with your handgun and ammunition
$145.00 with our rental 9mm pistol and 150 rounds ammunition
$110.00 with our rental .22LR pistol and 150 rounds ammunition

Maximum number of students per course: 5