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The Legend of William Tell

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At a time soon after the opening of the Gotthard Pass, when the Habsburg emperors of Vienna sought to control Uri and thus control trans-Alpine trade, a new bailiff, Hermann Gessler, was despatched to Altdorf. The proud mountain folk of Uri had already joined with their Schwyzer and Nidwaldner neighbours at Rütli in pledging to resist the Austrians’ cruel oppression, and when Gessler raised a pole in the central square of Altdorf and perched his hat on the top, commanding all who passed before it to bow in respect, it was the last straw. William Tell, a countryman from nearby Bürglen, either hadn’t heard about Gessler’s command or chose to ignore it; whichever, he walked past the hat without bowing. Gessler seized Tell, who was well known as a marksman, and set him a challenge. He ordered him to shoot an apple off his son’s head with his crossbow; if Tell was successful, he would be released, but if he failed or refused, both he and his son would die.

The boy’s hands were tied. Tell put one arrow in his quiver and another in his crossbow, took aim, and shot the apple clean off his son’s head. Gessler was impressed and infuriated – and then asked what the second arrow was for. Tell looked the tyrant in the eye and replied that if the first arrow had struck the child, the second would have been for Gessler. For such impertinence, Tell was arrested and sentenced to lifelong imprisonment in the dungeons of Gessler’s castle at Küssnacht, northeast of Luzern. During the long boat journey a violent storm arose on the lake, and the oarsmen – unfamiliar with the lake – begged with Gessler to release Tell so that he could steer them to safety. Gessler acceded, and Tell cannily manoeuvred the boat close to the shore, then leapt to freedom, landing on a flat rock (the Tellsplatte) and simultaneously pushing the boat back into the stormy waters.

Determined to see his task through and use the second arrow, Tell hurried to Küssnacht. As Gessler and his party walked along on a dark lane called Hohlegasse on their way to the castle, Tell leapt out, shot a bolt into the tyrant’s heart and melted back into the woods to return to Uri. His comrades were inspired by Tell’s act of bravery to throw off the yoke of Habsburg oppression in their homeland, and to remain forever free.

This story was told at firesides across the colonies to inspire the colonists to throw off the yoke of English tyranny and create an American nation. The determination to be free and develop the discipline of marksmanship resides in each of us to this very day, awaiting to be awakened.

Call Josh Duhon today (214) 663-3910, to find the right course for your needs and learn to shoot like a legend and gain the resolve to do so.

American Made: Traditions and Resolve

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What is the finest product America has ever created? Instantly you may think of something Edison or Ford created making life easier for everyone. But have you ever considered that American Traditions are also American Made products? Watch any Western, including the Lone Ranger, and you quickly discover the American Tradition of being able to shoot straight and incredible resolve. Legend has it that the Lone Ranger story was based on the real lawman, Bass Reeves, of whom was said he was “absolutely fearless and knowing no master but duty.”

What do you resolve to do?

Reeves ability to use his skills of shooting and resolve made him a legend among all lawmen in the newly reunified United States of America. Although you may never be called upon to tame the Indian Territory, you may one day face a situation when the ability to shoot and the steady resolve to do so are exactly what you need. Training at Texas Pistol and Rifle Academy in Whitewright Texas will give you the skills you need to prevail. Be it bolt action rifle, shotgun, M4 carbine or pistol, you will find the skills you need to get the job done. Mindset training is part of each course, helping you build the personal resolve to persevere in your training. Shoot straight and resolve to do so. The Oklahoma City Weekly Times-Journal reported, “Reeves was never known to show the slightest excitement, under any circumstance. He does not know what fear is.” Train at TPA and you can claim this resolve and ability to shoot for yourself.

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Training you can rely on

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Following the latest episode of political theater, the ban on something is coming at some point. Regardless of what device is banned, what actually diminishes us all is that there is bipartisan support. If those you relied upon as traditional supporters of your second amendment rights have let you down, fear not. There is still one person that will always be on your side. You. The one device you can always rely on is your training. Beyond equipment, your skills will help you prevail. At Texas Pistol and Rifle Academy, you can rely on rock-solid training no matter your choice of weapon system. Be it bolt action rifle, shotgun, M4 carbine or pistol, you will find the skills you need to get the job done.

Your training will save you

The prime piece of advice most people give to professionals when faced with a daunting, if not a life-threatening task, is to rely on your training. Soldiers, first responders, pilots they all have a fundamental system they go to when the chips are down and chaos reigns. At TPA you can receive the train up you need in multiple weapon systems no matter your goal. Whether you train for sporting or defensive purposes, you can wear the training from TPA like a warm blanket on a cold night. No matter who conspires against you to diminish your rights, you can always rely on your training and not solely on your devices.

Fulfill your need to succeed by attending a class at TPA – Call Josh Duhon today (214) 663-3910, to find the right course for your needs and get prepared.

Driven to succeed

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As Americans, the drive to be the best begins when competition begins. If you have a sibling, this starts at their birth. Otherwise, the first few days in the schoolyard you begin to learn what “pecking order” means. But no matter your chosen endeavor, choosing success vs. failure is pretty natural. When you shoot firearms, shooting well begins with desire but must be complemented with skill. Skill comes from training. And you will find no better training than what you receive at Texas Pistol and Rifle Academy in Whitewright Texas.

Be the best

Shooting a rifle requires skill. Shooting a pistol requires more skill. No matter your chosen weapon platform the M4 carbine, bolt rifle, pistol or combat shotgun, you will find the skills you need. Consider the long-range bolt rifle. Perfect for multiple long-range applications, there are a key group of skills you need to shoot well. Although the fundamentals of marksmanship are well established, correctly applying those steps requires personal instruction. When you want to shoot to 600 yards, you need to have complete mastery of the skills you need. You can receive this training and more at Texas Pistol and Rifle Academy. When you are ready to learn the new skill of shooting, or willing to take your skills to the next level, training at TPA is the right choice.

Fulfill your need to succeed by attending a class at TPA – Call Josh Duhon today (214) 663-3910, to find the right course for your needs and get prepared.