Though the instructors at Dallas Concealed Carry recognize that some people want intense drill-sergeant-style training, they prefer the relaxed approach. The instructors maintain a light, friendly atmosphere with lively classroom training bolstered by multimedia presentations. They teach the basics of marksmanship and lead classes such as the certified concealed-handgun-license course, which includes classroom instruction taught by a certified instructor, range instruction with a certified firearms instructor, a range-proficiency test, and help filling out all the necessary paperwork to apply for a license.
The sound of gunfire cracks on the shooting range at Great Southwest Gun and Archery, yet it’s never heard by the bowman on the adjacent archery range, who lets his arrow fly toward a bull’s-eye. Great Southwest’s climate-controlled, 20-yard indoor range ably absorbs both pistol and rifle calibers up to .45 ACP, and a ventilation system quickly filters the air of lingering smoke and errant particles. Next door, the 25-yard archery range caters to bowmen, giving them both dedicated and 3-D targets on which to test their marksmanship. In addition to open shooting, the ranges also host classes in shooting and archery under the direction of experienced instructors, some certified by the state to teach the Texas Department of Public Safety’s concealed-handgun-license curriculum. The pro shop accommodates both types of sportsmen as well, staffed by technicians versed in firearm services from cleaning to custom builds, and bow services such as changing strings.
Forum Roller World’s vast polished hardwood floor stretches below a similarly vast ceiling outfitted with festive lights. And between the two? A scrum of roller skaters gliding, weaving, and figure-eighting to the tune of music such as hip-hop and gospel. This large facility welcomes skaters of all levels to slip into a pair of skates and cruise the floors. On Sunday nights until 1 a.m., adults rule the roost, where they can skate at their own speed without having to dodge children or re-oil their training wheels.
Go Strapped Concealed Handgun hosts classes at Winchester Shooting Gallery, which houses indoor rifle and pistol lanes.
Handgun rentals are available for students who do not have their own.
Bryan D. Proctor, II is the certified instructor behind Go Strapped Concealed Handgun. To say he brings a lot of experience to the classroom and range is a bit of an understatement, as that experience includes both military service and more than a decade spent as a police officer. At Go Strapped, Proctor primarily teaches CHL courses, though for beginners he combines the CHL curriculum with NRA-certified lessons in basic pistol shooting and gun safety.
As the name suggests, Premier Gun Show produces some of the most popular gun shows across the state of Texas. At the shows, which include The Original Fort Worth Gun Show, DFW Premier Gun Shows at Big Town, and others in Houston, Waco, and San Antonio, dealers showcase firearms, including collectables, used firearms, and new guns right from their manufacturers. But the ample space of the convention halls also fill with other collectables. Depending on the show, visitors might find Western-style clothing, militaria, camouflage, knives, and firearms accessories.
Instructors David Freeman and Jerry Colliver both served in the military; David piloted medical-evacuation helicopters during Vietnam, and Jerry operated nuclear-missile silos during the Cold War. Despite this experience, they prefer not to approach firearm use from a military perspective. Instead, the NRA-certified instructors teach with a relaxed style that's absent of jargon and acronyms. This approach helps students to feel comfortable owning, carrying, and shooting firearms.
During their classes, the duo emphasizes topics such as nonviolent dispute resolution, safe firearm storage, and the fundamentals of handgun shooting, which students further master with practice time on the range. David and Jerry employ similar techniques to teach beginner hunters Texas's hunting regulations.