Elk Castle Shooting Sports was originally founded as the Ewell Cross Gun Shop in 1947. Since then, the store has grown into an all-encompassing emporium with new, used, and consignment firearms and firearm accessories. Elk Castle's gunsmith, lovingly nicknamed Big Dave, has customized and repaired a weapon from many of his customers.
Texas Handgun Academy houses an indoor, air-conditioned shooting range.
For range qualification, Texas Handgun Academy rents 9-millimeter handguns.
At Texas Handgun Academy, state-licensed instructors focus on teaching concealed-handgun-license classes.
Instructors at Bullet Trap call upon their onsite range and classroom space to teach courses, most of which focus on helping students qualify for a concealed-handgun license. Beyond that, they go over the fundamentals in beginner handgun lessons and work with students during private sessions. The range connects to a 4,200-square-foot showroom, where the staff advises on arms, ammo, and accessories.
At Off Duty Armory, instructors with backgrounds ranging from hunting to antiterrorism operations lead classes that include standard NRA courses, women's-only sessions, and one-on-one training. The facility also houses a pro shop, where weapons experts dispense advice on both armed and nonlethal forms of self-defense.
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.
Every staff member at Shoot Smart attends NRA Range Safety Officer training, and each instructor passes a rigorous certification program. Only then are they ready to take students through Shoot Smart's proprietary training path. That curriculum encompasses five levels of firearms classes, starting with a New Shooter I session for complete beginners. From there, instructors cover more advanced skills, such as firing in the dark and operating an AR-15. Shoot Smart's team also includes a gunsmith, who is available to clean and maintain firearms Tuesday?Saturday.