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Give the Gift of Gunfire This Holiday Season

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When looking for the perfect North Texas Shooting School, it is easy to get distracted. Find your way to one of Texas best schools when you sign up at Texas Pistol & Rifle Academy. When you want to learn about your pistol, rifle, shotgun, or AR-15 there is no better shooting school to pick. Learn about your handgun in the right environment. Texas Pistol & Rifle Academy offers plenty of firing ranges to choose from depending on what you want to learn.

Texas Pistol & Rifle Academy, your premiere North Texas Shooting School, is proud to open this holiday season with the perfect gift. Give the gift of gunfire this season to those you love. Whether a seasoned or novice shooter, what better way to get into the sport and practice of shooting and firearms than with a gift certificate. With Texas hunting season upon us, isn’t it time to get ready? Give yourself or your loved one the gift of a hunting trophy when you purchase a gift certificate good for training. Nobody wants another pair of socks. Give the gift of an amazing experience when you purchase a gift certificate from the best north Texas shooting school around.

Shooting can be more than hunting. Give the gift of confidence and peace of mind when you purchase a gift certificate for defense training. Let your loved one sleep well at night knowing they can get the training they need to use their pistol, rifle or shotgun to defend themselves. How much better will you sleep knowing your loved one has a firearm, and finally knows how to use it? Use this holiday season to purchase the right gift. Buy the perfect gift certificate you know they need, in a the perfect size. Inquire at Texas Pistol & Rifle Academy and call 903-271-8890 today!

Knowledge is light, gear is heavy

gear

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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.

Motivation vs. Discipline

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Most modern self-help books, programs, and speakers traffic in the dark art of motivational speaking. Handing out a healthy dose of Ra-Ra-Ra-Sis-Boom-Bah to get people off their couch and out the door to exercise, eat right, do more work, or whatever is a multi-billion dollar industry. But whether the speeches or posters offer a dose of I’m ok-You’re ok, or a pat on the back masquerading as tough love, the input is still motivational speaking and the outcome is often less than hoped for – a flurry of activity that swiftly wanes once the real grind begins. The same happens in shooting. Whether the catalyst is a personal or 3rd person anecdote about a shooting, robbery or other incident people often run out, buy a gun, then get their license to carry. But after the memory begins to fade, the gun lands in the safe only to be thought of when the next story comes along. But is there a way to combat this ebb and flow of motivation and build something durable?

Shooting is a discipline

Whether you decide to shoot a handgun, bolt rifle, M4 carbine, or combat shotgun the training you receive at Texas Pistol and Rifle Academy is a shooting discipline. When someone is disciplined in a behavior, they will execute an action regardless of their internal or external environment. The training you receive at TPA is perfect for your shooting discipline as each training program offers a systematic and repeatable method of shooting a weapon. If you continue your practice of the methods you learn at TPA you will develop a shooting discipline that you can execute under the most austere condition. Imagine what your world would look like if no matter your mood or the weather, you practiced your shooting discipline.

Call Josh Duhon today at (214) 663-3910 to begin your pathway to develop a shooting discipline and change your life for the better!

Immediate Responder: Faster than a First Responder

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Whether you enjoy a trusted news source, or regard the modern media as an amalgam of fake news and extremist politics, it’s hard to ignore the stories about crime. Although the technical numbers may be reported differently between the news outlets, no one is reporting that all is well. In fact, some sources report up to 800,000 criminally violent acts occur to your fellow citizens every year, and worse, year over year. So what is the solution? With emergency response times increasing in major cities, you may be waiting up to 15 minutes for a First Responder. But what if you could find the help you need as close as your own hand?

The Equalizer is not a gun, but training

It was said that God created man, but Sam Colt made them equal with the introduction of the Colt Peacemaker. A gun is a force magnifying tool, but only in trained hands is it a rescue tool. When you train at Texas Pistol & Rifle Academy you gain the skills you need to be an Immediate Responder. When you train with a pistol, M4 carbine, or combat shotgun, you are combining the skills you need with the tools you have to help yourself. You can act on your own behalf and save your day long before the First Responders ever arrive. The key is having the ability to use a firearm under stress. This is the training you will find at TPA in the Defensive Pistol Course if you choose to carry a handgun. For home defense, you can rely on your combat shotgun or M4 carbine. Again, needing training under stress is required when the first indicator of trouble is a bunch of strangers kicking down your front door.

Call Josh Duhon today (214) 663-3910, to find the right course for your needs and become the Immediate Responder you need to be today!

The Power of Ritual

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Rituals pervade everyday life, sometimes more than we know. Although the word ritual has been watered down to include patting our pockets for our essentials before we walk out the door, there are some basic human rituals that exist even today. The earliest traces of rituals surround pre-civilization and focus on hunting. But was taking the game really the ritual? The American hunting class has enjoyed explosive growth now that more women are involved, as they have since the beginning. But is hunting really the earliest ritual humans engaged in?

Take what you need

With deer season in full swing in Texas, we can all imagine the thrill of the hunt. Waiting in a blind, making the shot, putting a knife in our hands to gut, skin, and quarter. Hunting is very personal. But another thrill emerges after the hunt. Sharing the meat with our friends and loved ones is also an essential part. So essential in fact, that author Richard Leakey writes in People of the Lake that “The essential element of the uniquely human way of life was the economic pact between the suppliers of meat and the suppliers of vegetables…sharing, not hunting or gathering as such, is what made us human.”

But critical to our ritual of sharing game is being able to take the quarry in the first place. Modern technology has given the gun to our instincts to hunt with magnificent results. When you are ready to reach out with your bolt rifle to 600 yards, deliver your shot with confidence. Come train at Texas Pistol and Rifle Academy and engage in the rituals that bind us all together. Take your game, share your meat, and build your tribe.

Call Josh Duhon today (214) 663-3910, to find the right course for your needs and learn how to master the bolt rifle and master your hunting ritual 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.

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.

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.

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!

Doctrine vs. Dogma – Modern firearm techniques

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The indisputable fountainhead of modern firearms training was Jeff Cooper at his facility in Arizona, Gunsite. In fact, many of today’s firearms instructors came from that first class of students who still teach today. Cooper’s contribution to the science and society of modern firearms training is undeniable, but his contribution goes beyond how to handle a pistol. What he really introduced into the marketplace was a packaged training program for the civilian consumer – which demands the best, safest, and proven training money can buy. Since Cooper’s time, the evolution from his Weaver stance has migrated into the modern pistol technique by Bill Rogers. Changes to shooting techniques have been made since then, for better or worse.

How to recognize doctrine vs. dogma?

Today, many firearm training companies have a binary behavior. They either stick with a dogmatic shooting program that leaves no room for innovation or, they flitter around to multiple “new” techniques without having a sure foundation – what’s here today, will be gone tomorrow. At Texas Pistol & Rifle Academy, you can enjoy data-driven firearms techniques based on actual human performance under stress. Every instructor at TPA seeks outside training, it’s the only way to keep abreast of the latest technology and techniques. But what TPA instructors have, unlike many others, are a very discerning eye for what will work when someone is shooting at accelerated heart rate. Essentially baseball scouts of the shooting world – we know good techniques when we see them. Avoid the dogma and fly by night training. Whether you are shooting a bolt rifle, pistol, M4 carbine, or shotgun, at TPA the techniques you are using have been researched and tested countless times with proven results.

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!

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.