A Place to Shoot Training
A Place to Shoot instructors are Texas Department of Public Safety (TX DPS) License to Carry 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.
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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.
- 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
- 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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
- 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.
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.
• 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
• 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
This course is designed for novice or young hunters, ages 9 years and above. The course covers the core competencies of firearm and hunting safety, hunting ethics and wildlife conservation. All materials are provided. The Hunter Education Classroom Course lasts a maximum of 6 hours of classroom instruction. This time does not include registration, breaks, test administration and certification card distribution. Courses are offered across the state year round and are taught by certified volunteer instructors.
When you arrive at the course:
- Pay the fee to the instructor.
- Attend the entire course.
- Take the written exam and get at least 75% correct to pass.
- Upon successful completion, you may receive a temporary card from the instructor. You may legally hunt with a valid Texas hunting license and your temporary certification card. Your permanent Texas Hunter Education certification card will be available for downloading and printing from your