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Texas Pistol & Rifle Academy and the Dallas Safari Club – One shot – one trophy

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The Dallas Safari Club has been a gathering point for hunters, conservationists and wildlife enthusiasts dedicated to projects promoting the mission of the Safari Club International core mission – to conserve wildlife and wilderness lands throughout the world, to educate youth and the general public about conservation and ethical hunting, and to promote and protect the rights and interests of hunters worldwide. This mission is perfectly paired with the bolt rifle training philosophy of Texas Pistol & Rifle Academy where your training can deliver “one shot – one trophy” performance.

Stand and Deliver

For more than a decade, Texas Pistol & Rifle Academy has enjoyed a close relationship with the Dallas Safari Club. This perfect match brings together hunters who have dedicated themselves to ethical hunting and conservation practices throughout the world and want to enjoy successful hunting results no matter how difficult the shot may be.

International hunting trips can cost upwards of $50,000 and have something to show for your trip other than a story about the one that got away is what everyone wants. With the one or two day bolt rifle class, the hunter can obtain the skills necessary to shoot to 600 yards in modified shooting positions unavailable at public ranges. At TPA, the prospective hunter can shoot from sticks, as they would in Africa, and train as they would on their safari – prepared to make the tough shot and have the best story to tell at the evening’s fireside. Whether you are training for local Texas whitetail or getting ready for the hunt of your lifetime in Namibia, then you must train or tune up with the Texas Pistol & Rifle Academy one or two day Bolt Rifle Course. No one remembers the hunters who tell stories of the game that go away – only the trophies count!

Shooting under stress – Do you rise to the occasion?

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Prior to training, many new defensive shooters presume they will rise to the occasion when faced with a defensive situation, the contrary however is always true. When faced with extreme stress and increased adrenaline inducing an accelerated heart rate, people will not “rise to the occasion” but always fall to the level of their training. Regardless of the weapon system you are using, be it pistol, shotgun, bolt-rifle, or M4 carbine, training under accelerated heart rate conditions your mental and physical response to enable you to act in times of extreme peril. At Texas Pistol & Rifle Academy, you have the opportunity to train under stress to help you prepare for your moment of truth.

How can you train for self-defense stress?

Regardless of the source, your physiological response to stress is the same. All that changes is the depth and duration of your physiological response – your heart rate increases as adrenaline enters the blood stream, peripheral blood flow decreases and the instinct of fight, flight or freeze influences your next action. Confrontation triggers physiological responses that can interrupt mental focus and appropriate actions to save your own life – unless you have been trained in the presence of stress. Therefore receiving extensive training in a proper firing stroke for the pistol, shotgun, bolt-rifle, or M4 carbine,  allows you to access critical mental and motor skills that you can deploy to save yourself.

At Texas Pistol & Rifle Academy, you will train under stress induced by a number of methods, each tailored to the shooter. With enough practice and progression through the multiple levels of firearms training available at TPA, you can fight through the mental cloud and fury of extreme stress. With proper training, instead of reaching for the myth of “rising to the occasion”, you can securely fall to the level of your training and win the day.

Who’s a better shooter? Men or Women?

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Train in something long enough and you inevitably encounter the question of who’s a better shooter, men or women? Regardless of the weapon system you are using, be it pistol, shotgun, bolt-rifle, or M4 carbine, the ability to acquire and maintain a hard visual and mental focus is key for excellent performance when you want point of aim, point of impact shooting. Whether you are first signing up for firearms training or want to improve whether related to gun safety courses, license to carry classes or tactical shooting, you will be asked to maintain a good mental and visual focus on the target, whether you are a man or a woman,  at Texas Pistol & Rifle Academy.

So what makes a good shooter?

Being a good shooter, regardless of being a man or a woman, is being able to maintain a hard visual and mental focus. Visual focus, or being able to “hard focus” on the target has been discussed in a previous blog – but an analogy about  taking a hard focus means looking at a door, then looking closely at the knob that opens the door, then focusing closer still on the keyhole in the knob, in the door, on the house.  Having a good mental focus means bringing your mind into the elements of the firing stroke, and concentrating on executing each step as perfectly as you can. The question is not “Can I shoot?” but rather “Can I follow instruction?” Mentally focusing on each step of the firing stroke, one step then another, and combining your mental focus with a good visual “hard” focus will guarantee your shooting success.

It doesn’t matter whether you’re a man or a woman when it comes to being the better shooter. Becoming a great shooter means training to get the skills you need whether you are shooting a pistol, shotgun, bolt-rifle, or M4 carbine. You can get the required skills for being a great shooter as part of a larger training regimen at Texas Pistol & Rifle Academy, to attain point of aim, point of impact shooting performance that will pay dividends the rest of your life.

Key elements of shooting – acquiring a hard focus

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Regardless of the weapon system you are using, be it pistol, shotgun, bolt-rifle, or M4 carbine, the ability to acquire and maintain a hard visual focus is key for point of aim, point of impact shooting. But what does it mean to acquire a hard visual focus? Whether you are first signing up for firearms training or want to improve whether related to gun safety courses, license to carry classes or tactical shooting, you will be asked to “hard focus” on the target at Texas Pistol & Rifle Academy. Hard focusing on the target means to visually choose the place on the target where the shot will land.

Common Focus vs. Hard Focus

Common focus is what we do on a daily basis. When we go about our day we look around and engage visually with our environment so we can interact with it successfully – like driving without crashing or walking around without bumping into anything. But acquiring and maintaining a hard focus is a step above common daily focus. The analogy would be looking at a house in the distance. You can discern its common features like a chimney, a door, a roof, some windows – and this would be an example of common focus. But taking a hard focus means looking at the door, then looking closely at the knob that opens the door, then focusing closer still on the keyhole in the knob, in the door, on the house. Taking your focus to the next level by acquiring and maintaining a hard focus is key for successful shooting.

Being a great shooter means training to get the skills to acquire and maintain a hard focus whether you are shooting a pistol, shotgun, bolt-rifle, or M4 carbine. You can get this skill as part of a larger training regimen at Texas Pistol & Rifle Academy, where learning to hard focus is a key skill to getting a point of aim, point of impact shot. Acquiring and practicing this skill at Texas Pistol & Rifle Academy will pay you dividends no matter the weapon system you choose.

What does it take to be a great shooter?

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Being a great shooter begins with taking a hard look in the mirror and being honest about where your current skill set falls short and immediately seeking competent training for pistol, shotgun, bolt-rifle, or M4 carbine firearms training. When you take firearms training in Texas whether related to gun safety courses, license to carry classes or tactical shooting, knowing you have something to learn is the first step to becoming a great shooter. The second step to becoming a great shooter is finding a training program that takes you where you want to go, which is what you will find at Texas Pistol & Rifle Academy.

What makes a shooting program great?

At Texas Pistol & Rifle Academy, regardless if you are shooting a pistol, shotgun, bolt-action rifle, or M4 carbine each training product is multi-level and synergistic. All TPA programs in pistol, bolt-action rifle, or M4 carbine are founded upon the combat triad. The combat triad at TPA has 3 sides, one dedicated to good equipment, another side describes the proper mental and visual focus for shooting your firearm, and the third side describes the proper sequence of events in sending the bullet. Taken together, each side synergistically enables the shooter to get point of aim – point of impact shooting performance for every shot especially under stress and accelerated heart rate. This combat triad is in every class available at TPA so a recurring student maintains a good mental framework for their shooting performance that enables them to take upper level courses in each firearm discipline.

Multi-level courses in each shooting discipline using the combat triad, proven effective for over 30 years, can transform a beginning shooter into the expert shooter they want to become. Even if your goal is just a level of proficiency and confidence above what you have now, TPA’s proven training techniques and multi-level courses in pistol, shotgun, bolt-action rifle, or M4 carbine will deliver the results you desire.