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.

You can contact our instructor at hank@aplacetoshoot.com for any questions!

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All of our License to Carry (LTC, formerly known has Concealed Handgun License or CHL) 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 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 (CHL) instruction available in Texas and 3) ensuring you are as prepared as possible for the responsibility of carrying a concealed 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

  • Safe Handling and Storage of Firearms
  • Basic Firearms Training
  • Legal Aspects of Concealed Carry in Texas
  • Use of Force (including Deadly Force)
  • Non-Violent Dispute Resolution
  • Situational Awareness & Mental Preparedness
  • Range Safety Briefing
  • Review and 25 question test

Required Equipment

Students are expected to be proficient with their handgun upon arrival. Students needing help are encouraged to schedule a private lesson with one of our instructors or schedule one of our Introduction to Handgun Courses.

Revolver or semi-automatic pistol (.32 caliber or larger), 50 rounds of ammunition, eye protection, and free disposable earplugs are available to students. Safety glasses cost $3.00 at the range.

Shooting Proficiency Test

  • 50 rounds shot from 3 different distances at a B-27 silhouette target.
  • 20 rounds fired at 3 yards
  • 20 rounds fired at 7 yards
  • 10 rounds fired at 15 yards

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 CONCEALED HANDGUN LICENSE
  • Register for fingerprinting (click link)
  • Pay the application fee (This fee is paid the Texas Department of Public Safety)
  • Print out the receipt/ to do list (This should have a large bar code across the top.)
  • Review the Frequently Asked Questions here (click link).

 

You can contact our instructor at hank@aplacetoshoot.com for any questions!

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 Concealed Handgun License 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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The Basic Firearms Maintenance course will provide training in the required techniques to disassemble and re-assemble the pistol or rifle of the student’s choice.  Method of instruction will include:

  • Classroom instruction
  • Hands on performance

Topics Covered:

  • Basic firearm safety
  • Proper levels of maintenance required for the firearm
  • Applicable solvents and lubricants
  • Rust prevention and removal
  • Specific disassembly instructions for the weapon
  • How to check for unusual wear and tear
  • Specific re-assembly
  • How to safely accomplish function checks on the weapon

Equipment needed

This is a class for beginner to learn how to properly clean and maintain firearms.  He/she must have all necessary equipment, to include:

  • One Personal Firearm (Rifle, Shotgun, Revolver or Semi-Auto Pistol)
  • Cleaning Kit
  • Cleaning Patches
  • Solvents
  • Gun Rag (cottom medium size towel)

** Gun cleaning supplies can be purchased at A Place to Shoot.  Please contact staff prior to the class.

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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

 

You can contact our instructor at hank@aplacetoshoot.com for any questions!

Ladies do you want to learn to shoot a handgun?

Ladies do you want to learn how to protect yourself?

Ladies 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!

Whether you are an individual or a bring a group, this all women’s course is a great way to go from novice to a LTC holder! If you bring a group of 15 or more, you can choose your own course dates from Sunday – Friday, and will be eligible for a discounted price. We suggest that ladies begin with the first class and work their way through the following handgun classes:

Level 1: Ladies Introduction to Handgun

  • Basic Safety
  • Fundamentals of Shooting
  • Basics of Gun Storage
  • Types of Firearms

This class has about an hour of classroom instruction and about an hour of range time. You will shoot 4 guns, 4 times each. You will shoot .22 LR, .380 ACP, 9mm, and .38 Special caliber handguns.

Level 2: Ladies Beginner Handgun 101

  • Fundamentals of Shooting Part 2
  • Shooting Stances
  • Trigger Control
  • Grip/Shooting Techniques
  • Range Safety
  • Caliber Selection
  • Gun Selection
  • Carry/Home Protection

This Class has about 40-50 minutes of instruction and 1 hour and 20 minutes of range time! You will shoot 2-3 guns about 10 times.

Level 3: Ladies Gun Proficiency

  • Shooting and basic malfunction
  • Shooting stances
  • Range Safety
  • Proper Grip
  • Shooting Techniques

All instruction to take place on the range. You will shoot from 3/7/15 yards.

Level 4: Ladies Women’s Only License To Carry (LTC)

*See description of our License To Carry classes for more details!*

LTC Class will be discounted to $59.95 with participation of other 3 courses!

 

You can contact our instructor at hank@aplacetoshoot.com for any questions!

 

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.

EQUIPMENT NEEDED:

  • 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.

COURSE LENGTH: 4 hours

PREREQUISITES: None

ADDITIONAL CLASS INFORMATION:

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

 

You can contact our instructor at hank@aplacetoshoot.com for any questions!

This course is designed for a License to Carry Holder that would like to greatly improve their confidence and ability to defend with a handgun. This course should be the essential foundation of a LTC Holder. The Texas LTC Couse is not your foundation of defensive shooting. The TNCC Course may be an eye-opening event of your personal skills, your carry handgun and your equipment. Skills practiced:

Handgun safety and handling
Handgun selection and defensive ammunition
Holster and equipment selection
Concealed carry methods and retention
Safe loading and unloading
Fundamentals of shooting
Skill building manipulation drills
Drawing handgun from concealment
Drawing to low ready
Magazine reloads
Malfunctions drills
Live fire on paper and steel targets
Verbal commands and movement
EQUIPMENT NEEDED:

Reliable, functional handgun, recommend your carry gun. You are welcome to bring a second handgun to train with as well.
Belt holster (rigid leather or kydex) with sturdy belt; no nylon holsters.
200 rounds of factory jacketed ammunition. Ammo for second handgun.
2 magazines or speed loaders for revolver. (Recommend 3 magazines)
Eye and ear protection (electronic hearing protection is highly recommended)
Clothing appropriate to the venue (baseball cap, pants, closed-toe shoes required)
Appropriate shirt, lightweight jacket etc. for concealing handgun. Bring clothing that you want to train with for drawing from concealment.
COURSE LENGTH: 4 hours

PREREQUISITES: Valid State License to Carry Handgun

ADDITIONAL CLASS INFORMATION:

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

 

You can contact our instructor at hank@aplacetoshoot.com for any questions!