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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!

What good shooting is…and isn’t

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Whenever we, as Americans, have taken on a new task we always endeavor to do our best. History is replete with examples of rising to the occasion, and shooting is no different. But what happens when you have no personal or familial experience with firearms? What if your parents just weren’t gun people? When you decide to take up a pistol, shotgun, M4 carbine or bolt action rifle you should decide early what kind of practice you want to do. All too often this question is answered based on the equipment you can access. Although the gun can help, it’s the shooter that determines what good shooting is. When you train at Texas Pistol and Rifle Academy, good shooting is the ability of the shooter to place a well-aimed shot at their intended point of aim, consistently and skillfully, exercising the fundamentals of marksmanship in their training.

What good shooting isn’t

Good shooting isn’t investing your identity as a shooter in the equipment you buy. It is, being able to get a great shot out of whatever weapon system is placed in your hands. It isn’t about beating artificial split times for multiple target engagements. But it is, being able to execute your TPA training when under a significant amount of stress and deliver point of aim, point of impact performance. At TPA you can get the training you need to be effective in the real world, regardless of the weapon system you deploy. Whether you are choosing to shoot for defensive or sporting purposes, you owe it to yourself and your craft to do your best, and be the best you can be. This starts with great training that you will receive at TPA.

Call Josh Duhon today (214) 663-3910, to find the right course for your needs and learn what good shooting is and how to master good shooting techniques 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.

Prepared vs. Prepper – mental toughness

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Natural disasters like the hurricane in Houston bring back memories of the Prepper movements of the late 90’s and early 2000’s. Although these movements were packaged into reality television shows, the basis for these groups remains the same. Historically, natural disasters are part of life on planet earth. But before you sell the house and pack the family into a salt mine or decommissioned missile silo, ask yourself this. Is preparation physical or mental? Can you really be prepared if you have all the gasoline, water, and food but are mentally fragile? Mental toughness is created through training under stress. And this stress inoculation is exactly what you get when you take firearms training at Texas Pistol and Rifle Academy in Whitewright Texas.

Prepared is 99% mental

No doubt another disaster is on the horizon. But there are ways to stay mentally prepared through your daily life. If you carry a concealed handgun, receiving training in how to deploy the weapon from your day clothes, and learning the mental framework of carrying a firearm, is critical. At TPA you can learn how to mentally prepare to combat anti-social violence and prevail. Firearms training, whether handgun, bolt action rifle, M4 carbine, or combat shotgun, has strong mental and physical components. There is more to shooting than simply how you stand and how you grip the weapon. Winning is about mental preparation and training before conflict arrives.

Be prepared – Come to Texas Pistol and Rifle Academy and get the mental training you need to prevail in conflict today!

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!