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Intention vs. Action

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In modern books about success, authors often focus on having the right intention. For many, this goes beyond the common “why” you want to do something. Some even go as far as a formal dedication to their intention before they undertake a task – like self-improvement for the sake of a family member, or running a marathon in memory of a lost comrade. But intentions aside, what really counts, is action. What actions are you taking? When considering your shooting goals, what actions are you taking towards them?

Men of Action, women of action

If you intend to shoot a pistol, combat shotgun, bolt rifle, or M4 carbine this year nothing will help you towards your goals like committing to training with that weapon platform. At Texas Pistol & Rifle Academy you can take the steps you need to be successful. Training is a step you can take even before you own a firearm. At TPA you can rent the weapons you need to take immediate action toward training. Ultimately, few want to tell, and fewer want to hear the stories of what someone wanted to do. Legends only tell tales of what they have done, and perhaps what they would have done differently given more time on the Earth. Don’t let your intentions be betrayed by the passage of time. The time for action is now. Take the steps you need to train with the weapon system of your choice and become proficient and confident. Become the person of action on the firing line just like you are in your day to day life. Once you finish you will have a skillset that you can practice and be proud of.

Contact Josh Duhon at 214-663-3910 when you are ready to take action – change your life for the better today!

Milestones – How do you know that you are growing?

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The bow and arrow first appeared before recorded history. Before people could read or write they were using bows and arrows. Earliest examples appeared at the site of Nataruk in Turkana County, Kenya at the transition from the Upper Paleolithic to the Mesolithic periods. After the last glacial periods, the bow and arrow moved to all hemispheres except Australia. But at what point was archery born? Although the technology of the bow and arrow appeared early, at what point did the art, practice, and skill of shooting arrows with bows emerge?

Eating solid food.

The same comparison can be made to firearms. Although you may have grown up shooting firearms, at what point did you become a rifleman? The key is intention at your target. When you train to hit a specific place on a target with an arrow from a bow, using a repeatable and consistent method, you become an archer. When you train to hit a target with a rifle bullet with a repeatable and consistent firing stroke, you become a rifleman. When you consistently get point of aim, point of impact performance, you become a marksman. In every case, the key feature required is training in a consistent set of performance point so you always hit your target on the intended spot. At Texas Pistol & Rifle Academy in Whitewright Texas, you will get the training you need in the weapon system you choose to perform well constantly. Whether you chose the bow, bolt rifle, handgun, M4 carbine or combat shotgun, you can train for success. No matter your background in shooting, you owe it to yourself to train with a method that helps you hit anytime you use your weapon system. With the training you receive at TPA you can hit the marksmanship milestones you need to be a competent and confident shooter.

Call Josh Duhon today (214) 663-3910, to find the right course for your needs and hit the shooting milestones you need to be the marksman you can be.

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.

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.

Winning is a habit. Unfortunately, so is losing – Vince Lombardi

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Feeling the need to begin new habits typically begin every New Years Eve. Resolutions and promises are made and usually broken in short order. Dieting and exercise are very popular good habits to create and take a consistent effort every day to ingrain your new habit. But what about forming new and good gun habits? Is it possible to start a good gun habit that will put you on solid footing to prevail in an armed encounter? Whether a pistol, shotgun, bolt-rifle, or M4 carbine, having the tools you need to prevail in with you wins half the battle. Especially after you train at  Texas Pistol & Rifle Academy, building the good habit of having your firearm with you is the right first step to prevail.

Build the habit that can save your life– carry your handgun daily

If you are new to carrying a pistol as a Texas LTC holder, building the habit of having your pistol with you, on your body constantly, can be slightly uncomfortable at first. Stress from the self-consciousness of carrying a loaded firearm can be a little daunting. But like so many activities that improve with practice, creating the habit of carrying your pistol will also get easier. After you have trained at Texas Pistol & Rifle Academy, you can take your new knowledge and begin building your personal defense plan by building the habit of carrying your handgun everywhere you go that the law allows.

After practicing a few weeks carrying your handgun with you everywhere the law allows, you will soon discover that putting on your holster is as easy as throwing your keys in your pocket. Creating the good habit of taking your handgun with you, will create a winning habit that serves your self-defense allowing you to prevail.

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.