30+ years of training has taught us... the shooting environment is totally critical to what you absorb and retain in regards to "firearms instruction"

Course highlight: Fighting Carbine Series

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Often demonized, the AR-15 and similar semi-automatic carbines are in more gun safes across the Unites States than ever before. But despite their infamy in the modern media, there is no denying their ease of use regardless of your physical stamina and their force multiplying effect for the lone defender of the home. Whether you use yours for hunting, personal defense or both, you should have the training to get the rifle into action and to keep the gun running. Shooting, moving, and communicating in team exercises are also a critical component of team tactics and should be developed when you and your friends with AR’s have to consolidate effort and work together. At Texas Pistol & Rifle Academy, you can take the Fighting Carbine Series that consists of multiple courses to give you a firm foundation in weapons handling, movement, and team exercises.

What you get

In the basic class you begin with the fundamentals of marksmanship for the rifle. Much of this work focuses on the basics of good body position around the gun for maximum stability and shooter performance. This enables good zeroing, and creates a muscle memory for getting the gun into action from distance. As the course levels progress, you are groomed as a shooter in all the capabilities of the M4 platform. From distance to room clearing, you get training and exposure to skills that will enhance your capabilities with this rifle. These skills will enhance your ability to run the gun under stress. Shoot house and low light courses enhance your awareness of how to move and use your rifle in enclosed spaces and what types of movements enable to get shots on target in close quarters. As always, the private setting at TPA allows for the student to train in depth to the degree they demonstrate they are digesting the curriculum – you can drink from the water fountain or the firehose.

Call Josh Duhon today (214) 663-3910 and get started on your path to become the master of the Fighting Carbine Series and be well versed in your own defense.

Course highlight: The Handgun Series

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One of the most ubiquitous weapons in the American personal arsenal is likely the handgun. Synonymous with personal defense, handguns are often handed down from parents or gifted during milestone celebrations like moving into a first home, or welcoming a first child. Whatever the occasion, the handgun is recognized as a means of personal defense and hearth and home. But having a true defensive posture requires more than just the tools to get the job done. Training to use the handgun is as important as owning the handgun. At Texas Pistol & Rifle Academy, you can take the that consists of a basic, intermediate and advanced level courses to give you a firm foundation in weapons handling.

What you get

The Basic Level course is perfect for anyone who has never held a firearm, or those needing a refresher in the fundamentals of gun handling. Body position and grip, 3 types of reloads, 3 types of malfunction clearing matched with a practical exercise is enough to give the novice student plenty to do during a full day of training. The Intermediate Level builds upon the Basic by adding off-hand shooting and weapons manipulation and movement. When you reach the Advanced level, you are ready for training that lets you deploy your weapon from your everyday carry position. The Advanced level is taught from your concealed carry posture, or however you carry your handgun daily. As always, there is a low-light level course available for the handgun series that immerses you in the same training you have had but in darkness. As always, the private setting at TPA allows for the student to train in depth to the degree they demonstrate they are digesting the curriculum – you can drink from the water fountain or the firehose.

Call Josh Duhon today (214) 663-3910 and get started on your path to become the master of the Defensive Pistol Series and be well versed in your own defense.

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.

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!

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 Legend of William Tell

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

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

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

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

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

American Made: Traditions and Resolve

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

What do you resolve to do?

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

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

Training you can rely on

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

Your training will save you

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

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

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.

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.

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.

What do you get from shooting at TPA?

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When you take firearms training in Texas whether related to gun safety courses, license to carry classes or tactical shooting, you want to be sure you get something valuable for your investment of time and money even when you step away from the gun range. At Texas Pistol & Rifle Academy, regardless of the weapon platform of pistol, bolt-action rifle, or M4 carbine you get to take home a proven system of weapons manipulation. Whether you pursue African game, Texas whitetail, or tactical shooting Texas Pistol & Rifle Academy delivers a consistent shooting protocol across disciplines that allows the shooter to practice even when they step away from the gun range.

What is the takeaway?

Shooting a firearm well is a diminishing skill, and unfortunately not everyone has access to a private gun range or can make daily trips to their favorite indoor or outdoor gun range. With the firearms training you get at Texas Pistol & Rifle Academy, you can take home a procedure to practice that you can use in the privacy of your own home.

A good and well-rehearsed firing stroke will deliver point of aim / point of impact performance when you shoot a live round at a target. Practicing the techniques you learn at Texas Pistol & Rifle Academy, without any ammunition can generate the same results. Practicing without ammunition is what’s known as dry fire practice and can be an extremely effective practice routine. Regardless of the weapon system you train on at Texas Pistol & Rifle Academy, you can take home a dry fire protocol that will help you maintain proficiency when you are away from a live fire gun range.

Whether you are a seasoned shooter or completely new to firearms and wish to pursue game or self-defense shooting, Texas Pistol & Rifle Academy in Whitewright Texas can meet all your shooting needs.

Who comes to shoot at TPA?

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When you seek firearms training in Texas whether related to gun safety courses, license to carry classes or tactical shooting in Texas, there is really only one choice for success. Texas Pistol and Rifle Academy in Whitewright Texas has served the national shooting community for over thirty years. Regardless of their background, be it bolt rifle whitetail hunters, tactical shooters, or African game hunters each student that comes to Texas Pistol and Rifle Academy has one thing in common – a unique drive to be the best at whatever goal they pursue. At Texas Pistol & Rifle Academy, your success in shooting is our business.

Where do I start?

Many students at Texas Pistol and Rifle Academy come from the illustrious ranks of the Dallas Safari Club, an international big game hunting organization dedicated to the conservation of the world’s finest game animals and the communities that depend on the products of hunting conservation. At Texas Pistol and Rifle Academy they look to polish their long range bolt rifle skills by learning how to dial-up their rifle scopes out to 600 yards or use the mil-dot reticle system to use proper holdover so they can be assured of a first shot trophy when they step onto the African Savannah.

But hunting isn’t the only doorway into a successful shooting career. Many hunters have friends and relatives who need self-defense firearm training or simply want a level of comfort and confidence with a firearm that sits like a warm blanket on a cold night when the moment of self-defense arises. Handgun, shotgun, and M4 Carbine classes at Texas Pistol and Rifle Academy are second to none in safety and shooting proficiency.

Whether you are a seasoned shooter or completely new to firearms and wish to pursue game or self-defense shooting, Texas Pistol & Rifle Academy in Whitewright Texas can meet all your shooting needs.