Our shooters enjoy the totally private setting, while instruction is given!

Never Miss the Shot of a Lifetime

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For many, the chance to shoot an exotic game animal only comes once in a lifetime. Never miss your chance to take the shot of a lifetime. Train for your long range rifle shot with the 2-day Basic Long Range Rifle Course at Texas Pistol & Rifle Academy. No matter your level of experience, whether a novice or seasoned shooter, you will find the training you need just 45 minutes north of Dallas in Whitewright Texas. Before you spend tens of thousands of dollars to hunt an exotic animal half the world away, you owe it to yourself to be trained to take the long shot you may need. No one wants to tell a story about the animal that got away – and no one wants to hear it either.

Now there is an even easier way for you or the hunter in your life get the training they need to make that important shot. During this holiday season, Texas Pistol & Rifle Academy is offering gift certificates. These convenient gift certificates can be purchased directly through the website. After purchase, you will be contacted to schedule your training date based on the type of gift certificate you purchased. This holiday season, the TPA gift certificates are available in half-day, 1-day and 2-day course packages. Give your hunter the luxury gift you have always wanted to give. Help them make that once in a lifetime shot when you purchase a training gift certificate.

Training gift certificates are also available for the other shooting disciplines taught at Texas Pistol & Rifle Academy. Courses are offered for pistol, AR-15 carbine, combat and sporting shotgun and long range rifle. A half-day training gift certificate is the perfect gift for the new shooter who is just getting familiar with their new firearm. Visit the website today or contact Rober Duhon directly at 903-271-8890 and order your training gift certificate!

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!

Booth 10360 – NRA Annual Meeting 2018

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This weekend 2nd amendment supporters will descend on the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center in Dallas Texas to indulge in the glee of freedom and the NRA annual meeting. Texas Pistol & Rifle Academy will also be there to answer your questions in person about training products and signups. Meet the whole training cadre and ask us questions about what to expect to get out of your time on the range. No matter how many training schools you meet that day, none will offer the same level of private student training that you will find at TPA.

Whether you are determined to shoot a pistol, combat shotgun, bolt action rifle or M4 well for sport or self-defense, TPA has the class series you need to be a confident and competent shooter. Bring your family members and see how you can integrate the training you receive at TPA into your family safety plan. Your satisfaction and safety are top priorities at TPA and are fully integrated into every element of the training environment and curriculum.

Call Josh Duhon today (214) 663-3910 or come to the NRA and speak with him in person to schedule your next class and discover what TPA can do for you.

Private vs. Group Classes

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When you go searching into the firearms training marketplace, you discover a wide array of offerings in a number of settings. A large percentage of these offerings are in a group setting. Group classes offer great benefits to the gun school, the main one being profit margin – the more people you can teach for the same cost of teaching, the more money you get to keep. But what happens to the student? If you have a class of shooters at the same level, it can go quite well for everyone because they are learning at the same place. But what about a group of shooters at different levels? Often the pace of the class moves towards the highly skilled because it becomes easier for the instructor to hold drills. The beginner student gets left behind.

TPA

When you train at Texas Pistol & Rifle Academy, you get to learn in a private session. Private at TPA is defined as no more than 4 shooters on the firing line. Why 4? Because it creates a training nexus where each student receives individual attention yet allows the students to learn and work together with new skills and safety. Each student and the instructor is responsible for safety, and the more the merrier, while maintaining individual shooter attention from the instructor. Depending on the training series you are taking, the 4 people you begin a series with becomes your fire team, and you get to experience more in depth training with shooting, moving and communicating as a fire team. The camaraderie that builds from a small and private firing line is something special to see form over a day of training, and makes the class more memorable for each participant.

Call Josh Duhon today (214) 663-3910 and discover the difference a private shooting setting makes and discover your new fire team today!

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!

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!

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!

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!

Making a Rifleman

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When examining historical examples of great shooters, an early WW1 account is recorded in HW McBride’s A Rifleman Went to War. Although more a soldiers diary that a technical manual on marksmanship, you will find the emphasis on the traits of a true rifleman when called to save his life, and those of his comrades, with his rifle. Critical to this point is how soldiers were trained. McBride states “I have said that the musketry instruction was, in the main, similar to that of the United States Army and this is true…The weakness of both, in my opinion, lies in the lack of sufficient practice after the above instruction has been assimilated…The time for instruction firing is usually limited—as is the ammunition allowance—and the record firing is crammed into a few hectic days.  Everything must be done just so and so.”

But there is a solution

McBride, however, goes on to provide a remedy to regimentation spoiling shooting training. “My idea of training a rifleman would be to put him through the full instructional course and then give him a lot of ammunition and let him go out on the range, at odd times, and work out his own salvation.” At Texas Pistol and Rifle Academy, you will discover a training program that challenges you to become more than a safe and proficient shooter.  Whether you are running a combat shotgun, M4 carbine, pistol, or bolt action rifle, TPA has the training you need. At TPA you will learn what it takes to operate your firearm and “work out your own salvation…” when the time comes.

Call Josh Duhon today (214) 663-3910, to find the right course for your needs and learn to shoot like a rifleman and work out your own salvation.

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.

Are you ready?

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Being prepared can mean different things to different people. Certainly, this relates to the value or risk of your tasks. Being ready to go to the grocery store vs being ready to see what that crash from the back of the house was are two different things? Or are they? In our modern times of asymmetrical warfare that potentially, if improbably, strikes where we conduct our day to day lives, preparedness takes on a whole new meaning. Having a good plan is a start to preparedness, but acquiring the skills to execute this plan are more important. Being able to use a handgun, bolt rifle, M4 carbine or combat shotgun can be a critical step to having an effective plan for preparedness.

Being prepared means being ready

At Texas Pistol and Rifle Academy in Whitewright Texas, you can get the skills you need to be ready. Whether you have been hunting and shooting since you were a child or new to firearms, you will find exactly what you need. Come in today and learn how to properly shoot a handgun and deploy it as a licensed to carry holder. Or prepare yourself inside the home by learning to run a combat shotgun and sleep a little easier at night. If you prefer the feel of a rifle, the M4 carbine is the most versatile defensive weapon platform the world has ever seen – you can make it your own. No matter which weapon you choose, having the skills to deploy it is a critical step in being prepared.

Answer the question of are you ready 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.

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!

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 is nothing like riding a bike

For most skills requiring muscle memory, early learning and practice are sufficient to maintain the skillset throughout life with little continuing practice. Riding a bike and swimming are primary examples of early learning that can persist throughout life. Shooting a firearm, however, whether a pistol, shotgun, bolt-rifle, or M4 carbine, is a diminishing skill. Although retaining basic understanding can be maintained, shooting a firearm well requires expert training and a good practice discipline to perform at a level you can rely on to prevail. At Texas Pistol & Rifle Academy, you have the opportunity be trained with a sustainable firing stroke that you can use under stress. Good training at TPA with a good practice discipline will help you prepare for your moment of truth.

To succeed you must practice your training

The training you will receive at Texas Pistol & Rifle Academy, gives you a skill set for whichever weapon platform you choose, whether a pistol, shotgun, bolt-rifle, or M4 carbine. For each weapon system, you get trained in a protocol for how to deliver accurate fire on target under stress no matter your experience level. To maintain the skills you learn from classes at TPA, you must practice what you have learned. This practice discipline includes maintaining a good dry fire practice discipline and getting enough range time to maintain your exposure to recoil.

Combining the training you receive at TPA, with a good dry fire and live fire discipline, you should expect to reliably maintain the skills you have acquired. Continuing your shooting education at TPA, where each class builds upon the last, you can enjoy a continuum of professional growth throughout your shooting career and flourish as a shooter. When you are ready to live to your potential as a shooter, you are ready to train at Texas Pistol & Rifle Academy in Whitewright Texas.

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.