Texas Straight Shooter - FAQ

Q.  There are lots of Texas LTC (CHL) instructors and classes around, what makes your classes unique?
A.  Personal attention and quality of instruction. I focus my classes on small groups and individuals. I am an experienced teacher and have Instructed Combat Marksmanship for 18 years. I cover all the DPS material thoroughly. I do profile my students to insure responsible people will be carrying not only safely but ethically as well. I teach students to value life, support and comply with law enforcement and carry courteously and safely. I use quality PowerPoint presentations, videos and hands on exercises. I work patiently with students until they qualify if possible. A LTC class is a better experience in a smaller group and a comfortable setting.

Q.  I saw an advertisement for a cheaper LTC class on a coupon website. Why is your price higher?

A. Cheaper coupon type classes are usually large impersonal classes. I only teach smaller classes where I can give quality instruction and personal attention and ensure safety. I work hard to make the classes as enjoyable, informative and stress-free as possible. I will answer your questions and help you before or after the class. My private class rates are lower than any instructor, if available at all.

Q.  Where do you hold your handgun classes?
A.  I usually hold my classes in a comfortable classroom setting at the Bastrop Chamber of Commerce just a short drive from the Austin, La Grange and Lockhart areas. I conduct the shooting proficiency test at private land 25 min from downtown Bastrop. I can travel to your location for a private class if preferred. I will hold private classes in homes, meeting rooms and churches and conduct the shooting tests at nearby private land or a shooting range.

Q.  How do I register for a class?
A.  Go to texasstraightshooter.com Registration page. I will email the class preparation and deposit information to you. A $45 non-refundable deposit or full payment by mail or online payment is required to finalize a space in the class. If a student has to cancel for a good reason, I will apply the student’s deposit to a future class.

Q.  How do I apply for a new Texas License to Carry?
A.  You can view my Texas LTC Application Instructions by clicking here. You need to complete two major tasks: 1) Complete a Texas LTC class to get the CHL-100 Certificate of Training form to submit to the Texas Department of Public Safety. The Certificate of Training is valid for 2 years if you want to spread out the cost of obtaining the license over a few months. 2) Complete the license application process through Texas DPS and pay the license fee. The fee is usually $140, but there are discounts for veterans, senior citizens and other special conditions. You can view the DPS license fee schedule by going to http://www.dps.texas.gov/rsd/chl/index.htm. DPS prefers you to use their online application process, but you can still submit a paper application. As a part of the online application process, you will also pay for and schedule electronic fingerprinting ($10). It usually takes 30-60 days to receive your license once you have completed the application process through DPS.

Q.  What should I expect at a LTC class?
A.  The Texas LTC class is at least 4 hours of classroom instruction plus the time it takes for breaks and to shoot the proficiency test at the range. My classes are approximately 6 hours total. The classroom instruction will cover the DPS required subjects using PowerPoint presentations, videos and hands-on exercises. There is a standard 25 question written test at the end of the class. The questions are multiple choice and true/false. If you pay attention in class, you should have no problem on the written test.

Q.  What do I need to bring to a LTC class?
A.  You will need a good black pen and paper for notes for the classroom portion. You can use your own handgun or rent one from me for $10 for the shooting proficiency test. Students can share a handgun if needed. You will need an UNLOADED handgun, one UNLOADED magazine and 50-100 rounds of factory new ammunition. Also check http://www.texas-straight-shooter.com/what-to-bring-.html

Q.  What kind of handgun and ammunition do I need to bring to a LTC class?
A.  The handgun must be .22 caliber or larger and in SAFE and RELIABLE working condition. It can be a semi-auto pistol or revolver – it no longer matters. You will need 50-100 rounds of ammunition for the shooting test. NO RELOADED or cheap foreign ammo can be used for safety and reliability reasons.

Q.  How much experience with shooting handguns do I need to have before I take a LTC class?
A.  Students new to shooting handguns are welcome. The Texas LTC class is not intended or designed for people who have never or rarely shot a handgun, but inexperienced students usually pass the shooting proficiency test without a problem. A student needs to be familiar with his or her handgun and know how to load a magazine and load, operate, shoot and unload the handgun safely before the class. If a person is completely new to shooting handguns, I suggest he or she enroll in my Comfort class and gain some experience at my shooting range before taking the LTC class. If a student does not pass the range qualification test the first time, I will have him or her shoot it again if time allows or schedule another trip to the range later ($40 extra fee). I patiently work with students until they qualify if possible. I offer an Comfort class and shooting lessons for newer shooters needing instruction and practice.

Q. What is the LTC Shooting Proficiency Test?
A.  The shooting proficiency test requires students to shoot 50 rounds of ammunition at a “B-27” human silhouette target.  Students shoot 20 rounds from 3 yards, 20 rounds from 7 yards and 10 rounds at 15 yards in specific steps with time to rest in between. For maximum points, students need to shoot most of the 50 rounds into the center 13″w X 18″h area of the B-27 target. A student must score 175 out of 250 possible points to qualify (70%). The test is usually conducted at private land near Bastrop. I work hard to make the shooting test as safe, stress-free and enjoyable as possible.

A LTC student needs to be familiar with his or her handgun and know how to load a magazine and load, operate, shoot and unload the handgun safely before the class.

Q. When can I apply to Texas DPS for a License to Carry?
A. You can start the license application process with DPS before or after the class. It will speed up the process if you start working on the application before the class, but it is up to you. The LTC-100 Certificate of Training is valid for 2 years if someone wants to take the LTC class now and apply for the license a little later to spread out the cost.

Q.  What are the requirements for obtaining a License to Carry in Texas?
A.  The best source of information on requirements and everything related to concealed handgun licenses is found on the Texas DPS LTC (CHL) website. The Texas “Concealed Handgun License” or “CHL” is now called a “License to Carry” or “LTC” with the legalization of licensed open carry in Texas on January 1, 2016.

Q.  I lost my LTC-100 Certificate of Training. Can I get a replacement?
A.  Yes. Email me with the date or month and year of your class and I will confirm your class completion and produce a replacement certificate. I can meet up with you or mail it to you. You will need to sign it and text or email a copy of the completed certificate to me for my records. There is a $10 fee for replacement certificates.

Email the Coach at Texasstraightshooterbastrop@gmail.com for more information about classes, scheduling and pricing or to register for a class.

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