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First vs. Third Person

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When using the terms first vs. third person you can automatically remember some of what you learned in high school literature class. But here, the context is more direct. Will you save yourself? Or will you wait for someone to save you? Circumstances call for different responses but have you considered what tools you will need, beyond resolve, to help yourself in any situation? Weapons training at Texas Pistol & Rifle Academy is one ingredient in your plan for salvation that starts with taking a first person role in your own defense.

How will you respond?

The training you will receive at TPA in the use of a pistol, bolt action rifle, combat shotgun, or M4 carbine gives you the mental and physical tools you need to solve many of the problems you face from an attacker. Part of this training involves grooming the shooter’s mindset to pursue a positive self-preservation interest to drive their dedication to training and individual practice. Believe it or not, some mindsets you will find in the wild rely heavily on third party pressure to bring relief to an assaulted party. You have to face the fact that some people will not act even to save their own lives. But you can be different. Train at TPA in any of the weapon disciplines and sleep better at night knowing you will be an immediate responder and not have to wait for the first responders to arrive.

Call Josh Duhon today (214) 663-3910 and get started on your path to be the first person you can rely on to help you overcome the challenges you may face today!

Against the grain

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A famous photograph is circulating around the internet that shows a lone worker refusing to give the Nazi salute when everyone around him is saluting. Although the pedigree of the non-saluter has been disputed, the facts are that on June 13, 1936 at the Blohm + Voss shipyard in Hamburg Germany at the launching of the training vessel Horst Wessel, one man refused give the Nazi salute at the launch, folding his arms over his chest. Although it may not seem as brave as charging a machine gun nest, imagine standing among your coworkers, in the height of the power of the Nazi regime, and refusing to comply. Bold is too small a word. Although some identify the man as August Landmesser, and others as Gustav Wegert, there’s no doubt that on that day, one man was incredibly brave and refused to go along with the mob.

What role will you play?

With the resurgence of the assault on the 2nd amendment, all Americans should understand that everyone has a role to play. You will have to decide what yours will be. For some this means arguing with your friends on the internet, for others they may join the NRA, others still will back certain political parties. No matter what side you are on, people are mobilizing right now in the attack and in the defense of the 2nd amendment. Who will win is as undecided as it was during the American Revolution. But the best defense of a right, is the exercise of that right. When you train at Texas Pistol & Rifle Academy, you are exercising the right to bear arms enshrined in the Bill of Rights. The ability to shoot and having the resolve to do so is part and parcel of what it means to be an American. You can do your part by training at TPA with a pistol, shotgun, M4 carbine and bolt rifle. Throughout history, only a people that could defend themselves had the ability to live freely.

Call Josh Duhon today (214) 663-3910 and exercise your freedoms enshrined in the Bill of Rights, even if it means going against the grain.

Knowledge is light, gear is heavy

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It should be no surprise that once again, the wolves who would weaken the U.S. Constitution by eliminating the 2nd amendment are at the door. Gone are the platitudes about common sense gun control. Evidenced by a recent New York Times editorial, the goal of the anti-gun crowd is reflected in their latest headline “To Repeat: Repeal the Second Amendment.” So to what refuge should law abiding citizens who believe in all the rights enshrined in the Bill of Rights go towards in these troubled times? You should go to where countless professionals have gone since time immemorial, to your training.

The Eye of the Storm

Fall to the level of your training and you can fight any battle and face any enemy. How far you fall is dependent upon your training. Train frequently, and in a variety of skills and you will create a nurturing ecosystem of expertise that will help you weather any storm. At Texas Pistol & Rifle Academy, you can train in a variety of weapon systems and evolve into a person who can shoot with a combat mindset no matter what bang stick you place into your hands. The key is frequency and in-depth content, no matter if you shoot a pistol, bolt action rifle, M4 carbine, or combat shotgun. Each repetition of the firing stroke, and each round fired under stress inoculates you to the chaos that may be swirling around you. In the most violent hurricane, the eye is calm. You can be the calm eye of the storm if you invest in your training and put in the hours of work. As you can plainly see, they are after the gear, but no one can steal your training or your mindset, and you can develop these at TPA.

Call Josh Duhon today at 214-663-3910 to develop your personal eye of the storm to you can prevail in the midst of chaos and remember knowledge is light, gear is heavy.

Conquering Fear

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There are plenty of things to be afraid of, spiders, snakes, water, falling, flying, failing, commitment, success the list goes on and on. But none are as deeply paralyzing, as the fear of fear. In fact, this fear runs so deep and so pervasively in some that the idea of taking action towards remedy is frozen in place. This is especially seen in people who want to do “something” to protect themselves against a threat but have no idea what to do. This state is often enhanced by their minds churning day in and day out about all the bad things that could possibly befall them and their families.  But there is hope.

Wise words

“Fear is wisdom in the face of danger” has been attributed to Arthur Conan Doyle’s character Sherlock Holmes. Many envision the warriors and first responders who face down danger to be completely fearless in their duties, but this could not be farther from the truth. Fear is an asset that keeps you alive, and like a powerful racehorse can do great damage if not properly controlled. What is the best way to control fear? Training. When confronting a threat to your safety you can control the fear you will feel by having a body of training that you can rely on to eliminate the threat. The foundation of training is repetition, and this along with a sound firing stroke is exactly what you will find at Texas Pistol & Rifle Academy. Whether you choose to use a handgun, shotgun, bolt rifle or M4 carbine you will succeed in these sound and proven training protocols.

Call Josh Duhon today at 214-663-3910 to take your first steps into a world where fear is just another tool in your toolbox forged to help you prevail.

Your Critical Moment

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In every great story throughout history, there is an event that is recorded as a critical moment. Somewhere in the unfolding of events, a critical moment had to be met that would, in turn, create a cascade of actions that would become legend. At these critical junctures, heroes or tragedies are born. An example would be David & Goliath. Goliath was a warrior unrivaled on the battlefield…until he met David. David was a Nobody until he killed Goliath. Although your life may not be recorded for the ages, your life will be replete with critical moments and critical choices. For instance, you must choose to take firearm training if you have any hope of proficiency.

Critical Choices

When you choose to take firearms training you are making a decision that can reward you over a lifetime. If you choose to gain proficiency in the bolt rifle, combat shotgun, handgun or M4 carbine you will be rewarded with a skill that could save your life. Training at Texas Pistol & Rifle Academy offers you the opportunity to gain a skill that will serve you in potentially your darkest hour. When you choose to use a firearm as part of your personal defense strategy, the rest of your life is on the line. Succeed and your life gets longer, fail and a tragedy may unfold that lasts a long time. Although Roman Emperor and Stoic philosopher Marcus Aurelius were quoted in saying “you may leave life at any moment…” attaining the skills you need for a proper defense is never a time that is wasted. Now you have the presence of mind to make a critical choice. Choose wisely.

Call Josh Duhon today at (214) 663-3910 to begin your critical pathway to develop shooting proficiency and change your life today!

Intention vs. Action

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In modern books about success, authors often focus on having the right intention. For many, this goes beyond the common “why” you want to do something. Some even go as far as a formal dedication to their intention before they undertake a task – like self-improvement for the sake of a family member, or running a marathon in memory of a lost comrade. But intentions aside, what really counts, is action. What actions are you taking? When considering your shooting goals, what actions are you taking towards them?

Men of Action, women of action

If you intend to shoot a pistol, combat shotgun, bolt rifle, or M4 carbine this year nothing will help you towards your goals like committing to training with that weapon platform. At Texas Pistol & Rifle Academy you can take the steps you need to be successful. Training is a step you can take even before you own a firearm. At TPA you can rent the weapons you need to take immediate action toward training. Ultimately, few want to tell, and fewer want to hear the stories of what someone wanted to do. Legends only tell tales of what they have done, and perhaps what they would have done differently given more time on the Earth. Don’t let your intentions be betrayed by the passage of time. The time for action is now. Take the steps you need to train with the weapon system of your choice and become proficient and confident. Become the person of action on the firing line just like you are in your day to day life. Once you finish you will have a skillset that you can practice and be proud of.

Contact Josh Duhon at 214-663-3910 when you are ready to take action – change your life for the better today!

It’s about CONTROL, not guns.

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The following is a reprinted article, that bears repeating…

There are 30,000 gun related deaths per year by firearms, and this number is not disputed.  U.S. population 324,059,091 as of Wednesday, June 22, 2017.  Do the math:  0.000000925% of the population dies from gun related actions each year. Statistically speaking, this is insignificant! What is never told, however, is a breakdown of those 30,000 deaths, to put them in perspective as compared to other causes of death:

65%  of those deaths are by suicide which would never be prevented by gun laws

15%  are by law enforcement in the line of duty and justified

17%  are through criminal activity, gang and drug related or mentally ill persons – gun violence

3%  are accidental discharge deaths

So technically, “gun violence” is not 30,000 annually, but drops to 5,100.  Still too many? Well, first, how are those deaths spanned across the nation?

480 homicides (9.4%)  were in Chicago

344 homicides (6.7%)  were in Baltimore

333 homicides (6.5%)  were in Detroit

119 homicides (2.3%)  were in Washington D.C. (a 54% increase over prior years)

So basically, 25% of all gun crime happens in just 4 cities. All 4 of those cities have strict gun laws, so it is not the lack of law that is the root cause. This basically leaves 3,825 for the entire rest of the nation, or about 75 deaths per state. That is an average because some States have much higher rates than others.  For example, California had 1,169 and Alabama had 1. Now, who has the strictest gun laws by far?  California, of course, but understand, so it is not guns causing this. It is a crime rate spawned by the number of criminal persons residing in those cities and states. So if all cities and states are not created equally, then there must be something other than the tool causing the gun deaths.

Are 5,100 deaths per year horrific? How about in comparison to other deaths? All death is sad and especially so when it is in the commission of a crime but that is the nature of crime. Robbery, death, rape, assault all is done by criminals and thinking that criminals will obey laws is ludicrous. That’s why they are criminals. But what about other deaths each year?

40,000+ die from a drug overdose–THERE IS NO EXCUSE FOR THAT!

36,000 people die per year from the flu, far exceeding the criminal gun deaths

34,000 people die per year in traffic fatalities (exceeding gun deaths even if you include suicide)

Now it gets good:

200,000+ people die each year (and growing) from preventable medical errors You are safer in Chicago than when you are in a hospital!

710,000 people die per year from heart disease. It’s time to stop the double cheeseburgers! So what is the point?  If Obama and the anti-gun movement had focused their attention on heart disease, even a 10% decrease in cardiac deaths would save twice the number of lives annually of all gun-related deaths (including suicide, law enforcement, etc.). A 10% reduction in medical errors would be 66% of the total gun deaths or 4 times the number of criminal homicides. Simple, easily preventable 10% reductions! So you have to ask yourself, in the grand scheme of things, why the focus on guns? It’s pretty simple.: Taking away guns gives “control” to governments. Another thing to remember is “which political party is constantly trying to take away the guns, and is always wanting a bigger government?” The founders of this nation knew that regardless of the form of government, those in power may become corrupt and seek to rule as the British did by trying to disarm the populace of the colonies. It is not difficult to understand that a disarmed populace is a “controlled” populace. Thus, the second amendment was proudly and boldly included in the U.S. Constitution. It must be preserved at all costs!

So the next time someone tries to tell you that gun control is about saving lives, look at these facts and remember these words from Noah Webster: “Before a standing army can rule, the people must be disarmed, as they are in almost every kingdom in Europe. The supreme power in America cannot enforce unjust laws by the sword, because the whole body of the people are armed and constitute a force superior to any band of regular troops that can be, on any pretense, raised in the United States. A military force at the command of Congress can execute no laws, but such as the people perceive to be just and constitutional; for they will possess the power.”

Remember, when it comes to “gun control,” the important word is “control,” not “gun.”

Milestones – How do you know that you are growing?

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The bow and arrow first appeared before recorded history. Before people could read or write they were using bows and arrows. Earliest examples appeared at the site of Nataruk in Turkana County, Kenya at the transition from the Upper Paleolithic to the Mesolithic periods. After the last glacial periods, the bow and arrow moved to all hemispheres except Australia. But at what point was archery born? Although the technology of the bow and arrow appeared early, at what point did the art, practice, and skill of shooting arrows with bows emerge?

Eating solid food.

The same comparison can be made to firearms. Although you may have grown up shooting firearms, at what point did you become a rifleman? The key is intention at your target. When you train to hit a specific place on a target with an arrow from a bow, using a repeatable and consistent method, you become an archer. When you train to hit a target with a rifle bullet with a repeatable and consistent firing stroke, you become a rifleman. When you consistently get point of aim, point of impact performance, you become a marksman. In every case, the key feature required is training in a consistent set of performance point so you always hit your target on the intended spot. At Texas Pistol & Rifle Academy in Whitewright Texas, you will get the training you need in the weapon system you choose to perform well constantly. Whether you chose the bow, bolt rifle, handgun, M4 carbine or combat shotgun, you can train for success. No matter your background in shooting, you owe it to yourself to train with a method that helps you hit anytime you use your weapon system. With the training you receive at TPA you can hit the marksmanship milestones you need to be a competent and confident shooter.

Call Josh Duhon today (214) 663-3910, to find the right course for your needs and hit the shooting milestones you need to be the marksman you can be.

Human Nature – Nobody knows when war began

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There is a series of cave paintings in Valltorta Easter Spain that depicts what is presumed the daily life of early man. Although many depict scenes presumed to be hunting, one stands out. In this painting, two lines of humans armed with bows face one another. Although what actually happened is lost to history, it doesn’t take much imagination to guess that interpersonal conflict, and conflicts between groups of people appear early in the human family tree.

Honoring your nature

As civilized humans today, we spend most of our time looking out for ourselves and our families. But even if you aren’t a soldier, conflict at various levels can pop-up unexpectedly in your daily life. Today, something as simple as a disagreement over a parking space or lane change can explode into armed conflict. Before there were soldiers, there was a warrior class, and before the warrior class, there were members of the group who would set out to protect their family group with violence that even early man knew was life-threatening. The Early man likely knew that pursuing warfare full time was not in his best interest, and yet developed the means and methods to survive the encounter. Training for conflict, even in early man, was seen as the best means to engage in a high risk-high cost activity that meant survival. Training for this type of sudden, inter-personal violence is what you will find at Texas Pistol and Rifle Academy. Whether you want training beyond your Texas LTC, or just want to sleep better at night with your shotgun or M4 at the bedside, you need the training to prevail. At TPA, you will learn how best to use the weapon system of your choice and the mindset required to win the fight.

Call Josh Duhon today (214) 663-3910, to find the right course for your needs and learn to prevail in conflict and honor your nature as a fighter today!

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.

A False sense of security

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With the ushering in of a new administration, the gun industry experienced what many have called the “Trump-slump”. In the run-up to the election, when it seemed the anti-gun candidate would prevail, many manufacturers and consumers stocked up on what was sure to be a scarcity of weapons component, firearms, ammunition and associated firearm products. What followed was a deep pause in firearms related purchases. But is it really time to breathe easily? Is this pause in the assault on firearms freedoms a turn of the tide or merely a pause in the war for the enemies of freedom to regroup?

The eye of the storm

If you aren’t purchasing firearms, ammunition, and critical weapons training, you are setting yourself up for failure. All the people who would have gladly produced legislation curtailing your freedoms did not go away with the last election. The bills to curtail your second amendment writes aren’t waiting to be written, they are merely waiting to be proposed as new legislation when the political climate is “right”. No matter what equipment you can acquire in the good times, that will be scarce in the coming bad times, are useless unless matched with top-tier training. At Texas Pistol and Rifle Academy, you can train with multiple weapon platforms and gain the proficiency you need to defend yourself and your family. Whether your preferred weapon is the pistol, bolt rifle, combat shotgun or M4 carbine you can develop a weapons expertise that is not limited to a specific platform. Make hay while the sun shines and train at Texas Pistol and Rifle Academy before the eye of the storm passes.

What keeps you up at night? – violence

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Watching the evening news nightly is probably not the best way to spend the evening. Although adults can easily see what’s supposed to be news versus sensationalism for ratings, sometimes the news stories grab us awake. Then they keep you awake, deep into the night. It’s easy for sane, peace-loving people to dismiss violence as the sole realm of the sociopath. But when you think about what’s “out there” do you think about the tools you may need to face it? Whether you favor the handgun, shotgun, M4 carbine, or rifle, you will find the tools you are looking for at Texas Pistol & Rifle Academy in Whitewright Texas.

Sleep Well Again

Looking at violence through the lens of reason, it’s easy to see that it’s a tool like any other. When you step away from the socialization everyone receives in a civilized society, you can see the role that violence has played throughout human history. Whether violence is more prevalent today than any other time, who knows? But you can access the tool of violence for the purpose of your defense and be very effective. When you train to use firearms as an option for your defense at TPA you get more than how to use a firearm. You get the training under stress you need to do what you need to do to win the day. Each course offers multiple levels of training across a number of weapon systems.

Take the steps you need to sleep well again at night. Take the fear out of violence and put that tool in your toolbox at TPA.

Make hay while the sun shines

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Since the expiration of the 1994 Assault Weapons Ban the firearms manufacturing and training industries have seen an explosion like never before in their history. Although a victory for the 2nd amendment and American gun traditions, this victory may be short lived. Already the forces who have fought vehemently to curtail even the most basic gun ownership rights are mustering their resources, re-crafting their message, and waiting for the opportunity to relaunch their attacks. But in these, our Halcyon days of firearms freedom, what are you doing to make the most of the freedoms you now enjoy?

Sun rise, sun set…

What are you doing right now to make the most of the firearms freedoms you enjoy today? What are you doing to prepare should the political winds change and a new Clinton Era ban appears on the horizon? Many would suggest running out and buying all the guns and ammo you can. Although understandable, this may not be as prudent as it sounds. If you really want to invest in your freedom, then invest in safe, proven and sustainable firearms training. At Texas Pistol and Rifle Academy, you can gain the firearms training you need, whether for pistol, bolt action rifle, M4 carbine or combat shotgun, to make the most of the firearms you have – thereby being immune to any future bans. Training under the special TPA protocols that use stress and natural body reactions to stress for training will enable you to prevail no matter what you face. Whether facing a trophy buck or fighting for your defense, you can bet on the training you receive at TPA to prevail.

Make hay while the sun shines and secure your training slot at TPA and invest in your future of freedom.

Operational Confidence – The Home Defense Shooter

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Many people own firearms. Some for sports, some as an inheritance, and some for the specific purpose of defense. Whether you own a shotgun, M4 carbine, handgun, or bolt action rifle, the need for sound training to deploy your weapon system is essential. Although many purchase a shotgun, M4 carbine, or handgun for home defense, many spend little on training. Then they wonder why they remain ill at ease in their home and lack confidence.

Confidence in the home

In home defense situations, most attacks against the occupants will come deep in the night or very early morning and involve more than one attacker. Thieves work when no one is home. But a home invader waits until you are at your most vulnerable, likely when you and your loved ones are deep asleep. Can you rise from a deep sleep to the noise of a home alarm or your dogs barking, children shouting, and have shooting skills to rely on to solve your problems? The skills you need to solve these types of problems only come from reliable training. At Texas Pistol & Rifle Academy, you will learn the firing stroke you need, and get the repetition under stress required to ingrain the techniques. So that when you are under a startle response, you can collect yourself and take care of the things that go bump in the night. At TPA, you can train on the square range, shoot house and under darkness to get the feel of fighting in austere environments. Get the win with proper training at Texas Pistol & Rifle Academy in Whitewright Texas today!

Predator vs. Prey – the Leopard and the Impala

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When predators look for prey in the wild, two critical criteria must be met. The prey must be available within the Predator’s abilities like speed or biting force, and the prey must be weak enough not to injure or kill the predator in his pursuit. A similar calculus happens in society. The strong who do not follow the standards of society look to prey upon the weak. But because humans are thinking animals they were able to create tools to deal with the threats of modern societies, namely firearms. As history tells it “God created man, but Sam Colt made them equal”.

No horns = no Leopards? No guns = no crime?

The gun control community would have you believe that eliminating guns will eliminate crime. But no matter how you slice it this is simply not true. Back to our leopard and impala – the leopard attacks with his teeth and claws. The Impala defends itself with its horns and hooves. Cutting the horns off the Impala won’t stop the leopard from attacking. But this is what the gun control crowd would have you believe. If you feel a subtle apprehension that not having gun training or owning a firearm will make you immune from crime, then you’ve come to the right place. At  Texas Pistol & Rifle Academy you can learn the proper firing techniques whether you shoot a pistol, shotgun, bolt rifle, or M4 carbine. Learn the skills you need to keep the leopards at bay today!

You must train the mental with the physical

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All too often the focus of training locks onto what the body is doing. No matter the activity, whether sports or shooting, the focus on what different parts of the body are doing to execute dominate many training regimens. But whether you are shooting a pistol, M4 carbine, bolt rifle, or combat shotgun you must learn to dominate your mental focus in order to be successful in your physical training. At Texas Pistol & Rifle Academy you will gain the mental and visual focus training you need to be successful in your firing stroke every time you pull the trigger.

Shooting is a mental, visual, and physical activity

It’s easy to understand that shooting is a mental, visual, and physical activity – but often without training the shooter misunderstands what that really means. Your mental focus must be on the right element of the firing stroke so you can overcome your body’s natural buck, jerk, or slap of the trigger. Your visual focus must be correct so you can have your weapon system properly aimed the moment the trigger breaks. Finally, what your body is doing the moment the trigger breaks, with an emphasis on the ergonomic and efficient use of your body, will help you get consistency shot to shot no matter your target.

Training in all these elements, mental, visual, and physical, of the firing stroke whether you are shooting a pistol, M4 carbine, bolt rifle, or combat shotgun is available at Texas Pistol & Rifle Academy. Take the steps you need to guarantee your success today!

Sympathetic finger movement under stress

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Attend any class at Texas Pistol & Rifle Academy and you will hear the “Jump Tower” story. Not to give it away, but the story illustrates how the body’s will for self-preservation can hijack rational thought and interrupt even the simplest of commands for action. The takeaway is this, every human being is born with a will towards self-preservation that pervades all action. Under stress, your will towards self-preservation manifests itself as a buck, jerk, or slap of the trigger because although you believe your mind is focused on the shot, your body is actually focused on the blast that will soon come from the muzzle. Children don’t have to be taught to startle at a thunderclap – but the adult can be taught to use their natural tendencies to get the shot they want.

Stress can steal your shot

A bad trigger press can ruin a perfect shot setup. Whether you are shooting a pistol, M4 carbine, shotgun, or bolt rifle, pressing the trigger poorly will move the sights, and you will miss the shot. Under stress, your body’s application of pressure to the trigger is in “overdrive” because of adrenaline – recruiting more muscles to the task. When pulling the trigger, sympathetic finger movement will hijack your trigger pull by recruiting the remaining fingers in the hand creating a full handed clutching or squeezing. In the example of the pistol, a right-handed shooter will hit low and left of the point of aim, and a left-handed shooter will hit low-right. At TPA you will learn a firing stroke that works through your sympathetic finger movement to deliver a point of aim, point of impact shot on target every time you pull the trigger. Learn to overcome sympathetic finger movement to get point of aim, point of impact hits every time you decide to pull the trigger – train at TPA today!

Shooting under stress: How understanding your body’s reaction can make or break your shot

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As you move through the day to day of your activities, if you look closely, you will find you move with just the right amount of speed and force. What does this mean? It means you use a different amount of speed and force opening an envelope as opposed to swatting at a wasp inside your car. Whether you need swift forceful gross motor skill, or delicate, fine motor skill, your body naturally applies just the right amount to get the job done. But when you add adrenaline and accelerated heart rate into the mix, this balance can be thrown off kilter. Understanding how adrenaline from stress can imbalance your natural movements will help you deliver a point of aim, point of impact shot on target whether you are shooting a pistol, M4 carbine, combat shotgun, or bolt rifle. At Texas Pistol & Rifle Academy you will learn the skills you need to perform under accelerated heart rate to prevail.

D0 what comes naturally, even under stress

When accelerated heart rate from adrenaline and stress enter the shooting equation, it becomes easier to let your body collapse into gross motor skills when trying to control the trigger that often requires a fine motor skill. When gross motor skill takes over, the trigger pull decomposes into a clutch of the entire grip, throwing the shot off target, instead of the steady pressure required to compress the trigger and not disrupt the sight picture. Using the firing stroke taught at TPA, you will learn how to use your body’s natural reaction to stress, and gross motor skill under accelerated heart rate, to retain a point of aim, point of impact shooting performance that will allow you to prevail. You cannot escape your physiology, so learn how to use it to your advantage so you may prevail in your moment of truth.

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.