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Choose Between Two Options
- $74 for a 10-hour state-certified concealed-handgun-license course with range time, eye-and-ear protection, and two one-hour live range sessions for one (up to $149 value)
- $148 for the above package for two, which includes two 10-hour state-certified concealed-handgun-license courses with range time, eye-and-ear protection, and four one-hour live range sessions (up to $298 value)
The Texas concealed-handgun-license course includes 10 hours of classroom instruction and demonstration, as well as range time with included eye and ear protection and two one-hour range sessions for each person, for use at a later date on the live-fire range. The program exceeds the minimum state requirements for obtaining a state concealed-handgun license. Upon completion of the course, students receive a certificate of achievement and all necessary forms to apply for a permit.
Gander Mountain Academy
A marksman aligns his sight on the target 25 yards away. He pulls the trigger, steadies the recoil, and watches the round pierce near the bull's eye—but he never fired a bullet. The target wasn't actually 25 yards away, either. That's how precise Gander Mountain Academy's virtual range can render its simulated targets, from scaling distance to adding bullet holes based on its laser-guidance system. The range's technology delivers an array of training benefits, such as making the experience less intimidating for novice shooters, allowing more repetition by cutting out ammo costs, and letting advanced marksmen choose more-sophisticated target scenarios.
Gander Mountain's ownership developed this training technology upon recognizing that with nearly 120 stores, it was among the nation's largest retailer of firearms. This led to Gander Mountain Academy, a place where technology such as the virtual range meets elite-training resources previously available only to the military and law enforcement. Blending multimedia classroom and hands-on range training, instructors use the academy's FRS Learning System—an acronym standing for fundamentals, repetition, and simulation—in each of the academy's more than 15 classes. Whether students want to earn their concealed-carry licenses, ensure safety when hunting, or attend a self-defense session designed exclusively for women or families, the ample resources and seasoned instructors can help turn every participant into a safer firearm owner. Beyond virtual learning, the live-fire range's booths are wide enough to comfortably accommodate both a shooter and instructor, and fully armored partitions encase each booth in bulletproof protection.
For even more in-depth training, firearms instructors load simulations that challenge marksmen in up to a 300-degree space. Time on the ranges or in the simulator can be prebooked through the academy's online reservation system or by phone.