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Texas LTC Change in Fees Senate Bill 16 

Texas LTC Change in Fees Senate Bill 16

Change in Fees

Senate Bill 16  Effective: September 1, 2017

Caption: Relating to decreasing the fee for the issuance of an original or renewal license to carry a handgun.

  • This bill reduces the standard original license to carry an application fee from $140 to $40.
  • This bill sets the standard renewal license to carry application fee at $40.
  • This bill sets the Senior Citizen and the Indigent license to carry application fee at $40. In addition, this bill set the Senior Citizen and the Indigent renewal license to carry fee to $35.
  • This bill waives license to carry application fees for an Active Texas Peace Officer and Texas Military Forces. The application and renewal fees are reduced from $25 to $0.

To read about all of the new Texas LTC legislation visit  New laws for Handgun Licensing Program

Posted in News, TX LTC / CHL

Texas Community College Campus Carry in Effect Today

Texas Community College Campus Carry in Effect Today

I know that DoubleActionCHL has been quiet for a while on our BLOG, but we are back. Many new and exciting changes are in the works, but more about those later.

One major Texas LTC law goes into affect today, and many other September 1st. We will review the September 1st laws in later BLOG posts, so stay tuned for those.

Texas Community College Campus Carry in Effect Today. The portion of Senate Bill 11 which allows CONCEALED CARRY ONLY on Texas Community Colleges goes into effect today, August 1st, 2017. This allows a Texas LTC holder to conceal carry on a Texas Community College Campus, unless otherwise denied. Check with your Community College first as they can deny concealed carry, according to the Bill posted below, via rules, regulations, or other provisions. This included 30.06 (30.07 doesn’t apply as you CAN’T open carry on any college campuses).

Campus Carry

Senate Bill 11  Effective: August 1, 2016

Caption:  Relating to the carrying of handguns on the campuses of and certain other locations associated with institutions of higher education; providing a criminal penalty.  

  • Authorizes a license holder to carry a concealed handgun on or about the license holder’s person while the license holder is on the campus of an institution of higher education or private or independent institution of higher education in this state.   Open carrying of handguns is still prohibited at these locations.
  • Authorizes an institution of higher education or private or independent institution of higher education in this state to establish rules, regulation, or other provisions concerning the storage of handguns in dormitories or other residential facilities that are owned or leased and operated by the institution and located on the campus of the institution.
  • Requires the president or other chief executive officer of an institution of higher education in this state to establish reasonable rules, regulations, or other provisions regarding the carrying of concealed handguns by license holders on the campus or on specific premises located on the campus.
  • Authorizes posting of a sign under Penal Code Section 30.06 with respect to any portion of a premises on which license holders may not carry.
  • The effective date of this law for a public junior college is August 1, 2017
Posted in News, TX LTC / CHL

Practicing With a Firearm with an Injury

Practicing With a Firearm with an Injury

Life isn’t perfect, most of the time. We often get hurt, if you are anything like me, pretty often, and even minor injuries can affect us day to day. What do you do if you are injured and want to go to the range to practice? Should you practice? This is a tough question, and there are two sides to the question. Can you practice and handle a firearm in a safe manner without endangering yourself or others? If the answer is “YES!” Then go, have fun, and realize that you may be slower, and not as accurate as you are normally. Do you need additional training in or to be able to practice in a safe or new manor because of the injury? You may even have to get a little extra training if the injury is long term to make the needed adjustments. Secondly, I believe that you should practice when life isn’t perfect, because often, you will need to protect yourself, when life isn’t going right.

I’m facing this right now. I injured my finger (hand), not sure how, learning to ride a motorcycle. It will be fine, but is affecting my grip. I’m taking it day by day and will test out my grip tonight before I go to the range to make sure that I can hold on to the firearm without any danger.

Update: Since my grip was returning, although slowly, I felt like I could hold the firearm and be safe, after practicing using dry fire outside of the range. I wasn’t perfect, and had a brain-fart or two, but was safe the entire time, just not as fast and accurate as I normally would be.

 

 

Posted in Firearm Basics, Practical Shooting, TX LTC / CHL

Acting IDPA Match Director on May 11 at Shiloh Shooting Range

Acting IDPA Match Director on May 11 at Shiloh Shooting Range

Thursday  starting at 6:30 pm CST, I will be Acting IDPA Match Director on May 11 at Shiloh Shooting Range. If you have ever wondered where you can practice your advanced shooting defensive skills, or have completed all of the basics and want to advance to the next level, here is your chance.

Sign up at http://www.shilohidpa.com/

Learn more about IDPA at http://www.idpa.com/

See you there!

Acting IDPA Match Director on May 11 at Shiloh Shooting Range

Posted in Practical Shooting

Shooting is the Perfect Remedy for the Stresses of Everyday Life

Shooting is the Perfect Remedy for the Stresses of Everyday Life

I know it has been a while since we posted anything. Life has been busy and stressful. Despite the stress, I was still able to be acting match director, and place 3rd after a couple of weeks off due to other obligations.

If you have the basics down, I highly encourage your to try competition shooting. Both men and women are welcome, if fact bring your spouse or significant other.

Sign up at http://www.shilohidpa.com/

This week and next are USPSA, but I will be match directing the next IDPA night in May. We would love to see you there!

Shooting is the Perfect Remedy for the Stresses of Everyday Life

Posted in General, Practical Shooting

Proper Mindset to Concealed Carry and Open Carry

Proper Mindset to Concealed Carry and Open Carry

We can separate the Proper Mindset to Concealed Carry and Open Carry into two parts. The mindset needed before you decide that you want to protect yourself using concealed carry and/or open carry, and the proper mindset needed after legally obtained the right to conceal and/or open carry. While both mindsets are similar, they can be greatly different as well.

Part 1 of the Proper Mindset to Concealed Carry and Open Carry

This is the most critical aspect, and should not be taken lightly. However, don’t get so caught up in research and preparedness that you don’t take action.

DoubleActionCHL has heard in our LTC classes time and time again, “It has taken me years before I built up enough courage to learn how to shoot a gun, and take an LTC class.” or, the one I hate to hear, “I was attacked and I’m here to learn how to defend myself.”

The reason the latter is the one I hate to hear is twofold. First, they waited until something happened, and secondly, they usually want to action and carry, sooner than they are actually ready to do so, and will. Often their pistol is brand new in the case and has never been shot, or shot very little, and they have not be skip critical steps in the process.

Don’t get me wrong! In either case, you are welcome and encourage to take a CHL, CCW, or LTC class, just please don’t skip the next step which is Basic Firearms Training and Safety.

After you have decided to protect you and your family, learned the basics of firearms and firearms safety, acquired the proper licensing (if required by your local or national government) here is the second part of the Proper Mindset to Concealed Carry and Open Carry.

Part 2 of the Proper Mindset to Concealed Carry and Open Carry

5 Main Areas of Proper Mindset

Don’t miss-understand, everyone has the right to protect themselves from an illegal attacker

The proper mindset of a CHL holder, or anyone wanting to protect themselves, can be broken down into 5 areas. Each area builds on its self, with the first goal being avoidance, and the end goal Survival an attack, heaven forbid that it ever get that far.

The 5 main areas are:

  • Avoidance
  • Be an adult
  • Stop the threat
  • Survival
  • Just a citizen, not law enforcement!

Surviving an attack (to some degree) and carrying a CHL Concealed Pistol for self-defense all take the proper mindset. If you do have the horrible misfortune to be attacked, your actions (training), along with your “will to survive” will make all the difference in the world. The best survival technique out there, is to not be in a bad situation in the first place; avoidance!

Visit our mindset webpage for more details: http://doubleactionchl.com/Resources/CHL-Info/Proper-Mindset/proper-mindset.html

Proper Mindset to Concealed Carry and Open Carry

Posted in Firearm Basics, General, Personal Protection, TX LTC / CHL

Practice even when everything isn’t perfect

Practice even when everything isn’t perfect

Life gets in the way. This is a fact for all of us and this will never change. There is always factors that may prevent us from being able to go to the range and practice the most common are family responsibilities and/or work responsibilities.

We all have the same amount of time in a day, find or make the time! If you can’t make it to the range (maybe it is closed due to snowy conditions, or maybe you don’t have one close) then learn and practice using dry fire techniques, air soft, or pellet guns (first, find out if they are legal in your area).

It is better to practice more often, then the actually length of time. However, practice as if it a real situation (or to the best that your conditions will allow). Remember your firearm basics! Follow them at all times, even if you are practicing with a toy (practice firearm).

If you are any sort of athlete, or want to be athlete like me, injuries are common, and sometimes long term. Practice even when conditions are not perfect, in fact, this is probably the best time to practice. Granted, you may have to modify your practice. Here is an example, if you have hurt your foot, you may have to sit on a bench when you practice. This is fine, but beware that if you draw from a holster, keep the muzzle away from your leg!

Again, find the time to practice, even when life tries to get in the way. Do this as often as you can, even if you can only spend 10 – 15 minutes at a time practicing. Can’t go to the range, learn, setup, and practice dryfire techniques, or use an airsoft or pellet gun instead, but try and use one with a “blowback” feature. This means the slide moves, when it is discharged; Simulating a real guns movement.

 

Posted in Firearm Basics, Practical Shooting, TX LTC / CHL

10 steps to Concealed Carry and Open Carry

10 steps to Concealed Carry and Open Carry

Over the many years that we have taught concealed carry, open carry, and other personal protection techniques, we have determined that the process can be broken down into 10 major areas or steps. Many of the following steps shouldn’t be skipped (but often are), and should be revisited time to time.

Through out the next several weeks, we will be reviewing our 10 steps to Concealed Carry and Open Carry. We will visit some areas more than others, but we will at least show you where you can find out more information on each area if it isn’t an area that we specialize in.

Our main website and BLOG will be redesigned around the following steps as well in an effort to help people find exactly what they need, and highlights are up-coming new focus.

Feed back and constructive criticism is welcome.

10 steps to Concealed Carry and Open Carry:

  1. Proper Mindset
  2. Basic Firearms Training
  3. Acquire the necessary licensing (if required) and learn the local laws
  4. Acquire the necessary gear and tools
  5. Learn and practice Concealment / Open Carry techniques
  6. Actually Conceal and/or Open Carry!
  7. Adjust Carry Option as needed (i.e weather or clothing restrictions)
  8. Legal Protection (Protection for after you are forced to defend yourself or your family)
  9. Other Safety gear and techniques
  10. Advanced Training and on-going Practice

10 steps to Concealed Carry and Open Carry

Posted in About DoubleActionCHL, TX LTC / CHL

How gun silencers work and why you need them

How gun silencers work and why you need them

Granted this article is written with a political spin, but this is something that I believe is miss-understood often. A silencer doesn’t make a gun completely quiet, but it does help protect a shooters (and spectators) hearing along with stopping the sound from traveling a great distance. Some ranges require them, especially when shooting in the evenings. They are being respectful of their surroundings!

http://thefederalist.com/2017/01/09/progressives-dont-understand-how-gun-silencers-work-here-are-some-facts-to-help-them/

Posted in General

Higher End Gear Won’t Improve Poor Shooting Skills Enough

Higher End Gear Won’t Improve Poor Shooting Skills Enough

The following is great advice for anyone who wants to get into competitions, defensive shooting (or carry), or just someone who wants to do better at the range.

I don’t invest high dollars into my competition or carry gear. I do however, buy quality gear, and practice using time and expert tested practice/training techniques. Often I will out-shoot the “weekend warier” who has invested a mint into his pistol and gear.

In other words, it is my experience, that higher end or better equipment will not make up for poor shooting skills. Spending more, or buying higher quality, may improve your shooting ability, but it will not make up the difference of poor shooting skills and techniques.

Don’t put yourself or other at risk because of incorrect or untested shooting gear

Higher end equipment may even make your shooting skills worse, and put you and other around you at more risk. Some equipment takes unique training and practice to use, while other equipment might have higher tolerances engineered into them, or it may not be best for every situation.

Here are a few examples:

Buying up:

It has been my experience that when looking down the sites of a Glock (roughly $550) compared to a Sig Sauer (roughly $1000), that the Sig has “tighter” tolerances. Your eye has align the sites up almost perfectly in order to bull-eye the target.

Using higher end equipment incorrectly:

After watching a few professionals on YouTube, you run out and buy the “race” holster that they were using. (These are specially designed holsters that allow the wearer to unholster the weapon faster, but may not always provide maximum retention.) While open carrying your defensive pistol in your new race holster, you bump into a desk, and your pistol falls to the floor endangering you and everyone around you.

With any equipment purchase, make sure that you test it, and of course, if you haven’t already, get quality training.

 

The often say “Practice makes perfect.” Some of the top firearms instructors have added, “Perfect practice, makes perfect!”

Posted in Firearm Basics, Practical Shooting, TX LTC / CHL, Uncategorized
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