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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.

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!

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!

Your path to mastery

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Although the journey of a thousand miles begins with the first step, it is beyond the first step that begins the pathway to mastery. With the advent of the New Year, the first wave of broken resolutions are beginning to litter the floor of half-hearted lives. The key to progress isn’t about will, but having a stepwise plan to achieve your goals. Whether your goal is to be a better pistol, bolt rifle, M4 carbine or combat shotgun shooter, Texas Pistol & Rifle Academy has the classes and the plan to help you achieve your goals.

Mastery on the range and beyond

What you will learn at TPA is a stepwise program that is created to instill confidence and competence in the new and experienced shooter. Every first class for each weapon system offers the essentials of the fundamentals for successful weapon manipulation. Here you will receive a sound foundation of how to use your mind and body to deliver consistent, well-aimed shots on target with every trigger press. Your pathway to mastery begins with the Basic series of classes. To be successful, we encourage you to dry fire practice the fundamentals you learned in your time away from the range between classes at TPA. Learning techniques at TPA, then taking them home and practicing on your own, then coming back for the next level of class is the formula for success if you want to be a masterful shooter. With this cycle of learning, training, and then learning more you can forge your own pathway to success no matter what weapon system you choose to master. Let this year be definitive in your mastery of your personal safety and success.

Contact Josh Duhon at 214-663-3910 when you are ready to step onto the path to mastery – change your life for the better today!

The Ritual of Victory

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Although no one knows when it started, the commemoration of victory is as long as human history. Certainly, the first humans to throw a high five are long since forgotten, but you can trace the word “hooray” back to Ghengis Khan as he rolled across the Steppes. But is it the finish that makes something worth celebrating? Or is it more about knowing where you started from, and how far you have come, that makes victory worth celebrating?

It’s the height that makes the mountain

At Texas Pistol and Rifle Academy, there is special recognition that all students receive. When someone commits to a class, they are essentially telling us that they have looked at themselves in the mirror and acknowledged that they are lacking. Confessing that there is something that you don’t know takes a special kind of courage. Make no mistake, gun handling and training in a course of fire can be extremely challenging. But overcoming this challenge, and better still, gaining mastery of a skill that you felt deficient in is a real victory. Whether you shoot the pistol, bolt rifle, M4 carbine or combat shotgun, you have the opportunity to be better. But this begins with the long hard look in the mirror to acknowledge that what you know isn’t enough. Take those first few steps in training at TPA and you will be richly rewarded with a skill set that few can claim. Better still, you will have the deep satisfaction of knowing where you started in your training and savoring how far you have come. This is a victory worth celebrating and savoring. Begin your training today and get on the path of success with your firearms training and pepper your life with moments of victory.

Call Josh Duhon today (214) 663-3910, to find the right course for your needs and put yourself on the path to cherish personal victories 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!

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.

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!

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.