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Upcoming Bay Closures

March 7th, 2017

Here is a list of some of the upcoming bay closures due to training. Want to get in on the fun? Check out our training courses here or give us a call.
 
3/7 – Alliance traditional lanes closed at 8 pm for a Trouble Shooting class
3/8 – Alliance private suites closed at 7:30pm for a Drill Night class
3/9 – Grand Prairie traditional lanes closed at 8 pm for a Rapid Fire class
3/10 – Alliance private suites closed at 8 pm for Holster Draw class
3/13 – Grand Prairie traditional lanes closed at 8 pm for a New Shooter class
3/14 – Grand Prairie traditional lanes closed at 8 pm for a Trouble Shooting class
3/17 – Grand Prairie private suites closed at 8 pm for a Holster Draw class
3/20 – Alliance traditional lanes closed at 8 pm for a New Shooter class
3/21 – Alliance traditional lanes closed at 8 pm for a Trouble Shooting class
3/24 – Alliance private suites closed at 7 pm for a Self Defense class
3/27 – Grand Prairie traditional lanes closed at 8 pm for a New Shooter class
3/28 – Grand Prairie traditional lanes closed at 8 pm for a Trouble Shooting class
3/31 – Grand Prairie private suites closed at 7 pm for a Self Defense class

Mental Dynamics of Target Shooting with Gabby Franco

March 7th, 2017

We are always looking for new and interesting ways for our customers to continue to practice and improve their shooting proficiency. Our skill set of shooting can be perishable if we do not practice, challenge, and continually evaluate our performance.
 

Gabby offers an in depth look at how our mind set can positively, or negatively, affect our shooting performance. Even though our customer base varies in skill level and purpose for shooting, the mental aspect of the sport remains the same. We can all take away learning points which will help us evaluate our skills, prepare us for heightened stress levels (i.e. competition, self-defense), and possibly change our mindset during shooting.
 

We wish to partner with an Olympic shooter like Gabby and introduce her, and her level of skill, to the customers, especially women customers. Gabby can elevate their game. We see value in bringing Gabby’s insider fame to our range as part of our superb training and as part of our professional atmosphere.
 

Although Gabby can present a tactical persona when appropriate, at heart she is a very sweet woman who is very family-oriented.
 

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Shoot Smart to Become Largest Chain of Gun Ranges in Texas

March 1st, 2017

Gun range to expand into Benbrook in late spring 2017

 
Shoot Smart Benbrook Location
 
February 23, 2017 (Fort Worth, TEXAS)Shoot Smart, the 2016 NSSF SHOT Business Magazine Range of the Year, has announced plans to expand into Benbrook, Texas in late spring 2017. The new location marks the third location for owners Roxanne and Jim Laney and with the addition of a third range, Shoot Smart will become the largest chain of gun ranges in Texas. The chain has been open since 2011 and has a location in Grand Prairie and in the Alliance area.
 
“We are elated to be expanding to Benbrook, one of the most sought-after communities in the Fort Worth area,” says Roxanne Laney, Shoot Smart CEO. “Shoot Smart’s mission is to expand the shooting sports by creating lifelong shooters in a safe and fun environment. That’s why our customer base has been growing since we opened in 2011.”
 
The new location in Benbrook will have 13 lanes; including seven traditional lanes and six private suites. All lanes will feature two-way voice and video communication between the lanes and the Shoot Smart control station, making it easier for shooters to order additional ammunition or rent a new firearm.
 
The range is introducing an all-new target retrieval system in the private suites that are wireless and controlled by a programmable touchpad, which feature turning and lighting capabilities. Shoot Smart has partnered with Rushing Air Treated Air Systems to provide enhanced climate control functionality with maximum environmental safety measures.
 
The entire team at Shoot Smart will be trained as NRA certified Range Safety Officers and a Range Safety Officer is always on duty. LTC (License to Carry) classes, along with LTC preparation are taught by highly qualified instructors. The team will also be ready to assist people who have never handled a firearm with New Shooter classes.
 
“Our goal is to provide a customer-oriented facility, and we have nearly a thousand 5 star reviews proving our success” says Laney. “When you walk into Shoot Smart, you will find a clean, well-lit, welcoming facility. We want to create a distinct destination that provides a best-in-class shooting range while offering the highest level of personal attention to our customers.”
 
For the opening of the new location, Shoot Smart is offering a limited quantity of the coveted Lifetime Memberships, as well as an introductory Buy One, Get One free offer to new members. There will be an exclusive members only opening event with more details coming soon. Private event space will be available for parties at the Benbrook location in spring/summer 2018 (Alliance and Grand Prairie offer space now).
 
The new location will be in located at 9455 Benbrook Blvd. Benbrook, TX 76126
 

HIT or MISS: Sig Sauer P238 Review

December 9th, 2016

Presented by Shoot Smart
Review by Scott Thornton

Sig Sauer P238

Introduced in 2009, the Sig Sauer P238 is a single-action only (SOA), sub-compact semi automatic handgun chambered in .380 ACP. It was released as an updated and upgraded version of the original Colt Mustang. The P238 is currently offered in 22 – yes 22! – unique versions which vary in price from $599 to $850. There is something for everyone in this line of pistols. The frames are available in either anodized aluminum or stainless steel, which does affect the weight, and to some extent the reliability of the model. I have purchased two of these pistols – an aluminum frame for my mom and a stainless steel framed HD for my sister.
 
One of the features I like most about the P238 is that racking the slide is easy. It is probably one of the easiest slides to rack I have seen on a small semi-auto. That is a great feature for shooters that have strength issues in their hands, like my mom who is 80 and has some arthritis in her fingers.
 
Here’s where I put the Sig Sauer P238…
 

HIT or MISS

 
HIT: Reliability. As with many small semi-automatic handguns, the P238 is a picky “eater.” It works best with heavier (90 grain or more) FMJ bullets and polymer tipped hollow points. Lighter bullets can induce short cycling of the slide, causing either a failure to eject or failure to feed malfunction. Hollow points with a large cavity tend to catch on the feed ramp, and don’t always feed correctly. However, once the correct ammunition for the pistol has been determined, the P238 runs well with very few issues. I prefer the Hornady 90 gr. FTX Critical Defense polymer tipped hollow point for concealed carry. This load is designed specifically for short barreled, concealed carry firearms.
 
HIT: Ease of Maintenance. The P238 has an all-metal frame and slide and is not as forgiving as a polymer framed pistol when it comes to maintenance. If you shoot frequently then cleaning after every other range session (about 200 rounds) is recommended. If the P238 is your carry pistol, then cleaning after each range session is recommended. Disassembly of the pistol takes less than a minute. Reassembly, while easy, does require that you pay attention while inserting the slide stop due to a small spring, which must be in the correct position on the slide stop during assembly.
 
MISS: Durability. The most common issue we have with P238s in the rental fleet is having the grip screws come loose, fall out, and being lost on the range. This is a result of having an aluminum frame and using steel screws to attach the grip panels. The screws are easy to over tighten, which strips the threads. The models with a stainless-steel frame don’t seem to have the same issue. I would use blue Loctite, or a similar product, on the aluminum frame model. The recoil spring should be replaced after a few thousand rounds as well. Springs are inexpensive and will increase the service life of your handgun.
 
HIT: Accuracy. With a barrel length of only 2.7 inches many shooters consider the P238 a “close range” pistol – “close range” being 7 yards or closer. However, its accuracy is more than adequate for engaging targets out to 25 yards. I shot these groups at 7 yards and 15 yards with a P238 from our rental fleet.
 
Targets
 
HIT: Sights. The sights on the P238 are some of the best I have seen on a small pistol. They are available in either white dot or SIGLITE Night Sights. The sights are easy to see and provide good sight alignment and sight picture. The sights are large and durable enough for hard use during training as well. This photo compares the sights on a Colt Mustang (left) to those of the Sig P238 (right).
 
Sights
 
HIT: Ergonomics. For shooters with average to small hands, the P238 has a nice feel even though the pinky finger curls under the frame when using the 6-round magazine. An extended magazine is available and it provides support for the pinky finger. It also gives the pistol the feel of a larger pistol. The controls are easy to reach and manipulate. Shooters with large hands may find the pistol to be too small. I have average size hands and have no problem getting a correct grip on the pistol.
 
Grip
 
HIT: Trigger. The P238 is a Single Action Only (SAO) pistol which uses a hammer to strike the firing pin. The trigger has very little slack during the press, and has a distinct audible and physical click upon reset, which is short. Though the trigger pull-weight is a little heavy, between 7.5 lb. to 8.5 lb., that is normal for small pistols designed for concealed carry.
 
HIT: Safety. The P238 features a frame mounted, thumb activated, safety. An ambidextrous safety is available on some models. On most models the thumb safety is designed for right-handed shooters. The thumb safety is disengaged by pressing down on the safety with the firing side thumb as you present to your target. It is engaged by pressing up with the thumb. If the hammer is in the cocked position the slide will still move when the safety is engaged. This lets you load or unload the pistol with the safety ON.
 
MISS: Magazine. The P238 comes with a 6-round magazine which fits flush with the bottom of the magazine well. While this makes the pistol easier to conceal I would rather have the extended magazine as the standard magazine. The extended magazine gives you more control of the pistol during recoil and just feels better.
 
HIT: Value. With 22 models to choose from there is a P238 to fit most shooter’s budgets. The Nitron model is on the lower side of the price range at $599. This puts it in the mid-level range for a defensive handgun. With proper care, and maintenance, the P238 series of handguns should provide good reliable service for years to come.
 

 

Happy Hour Update

November 18th, 2016

Shoot Smart is excited to spend time with all of you during the holidays. As you know, the ranges can get pretty busy this time of year, so to help us accommodate everyone, we will be suspending happy hour starting November 21. But don’t worry, we will be bringing it back in 2017!

HIT or MISS

October 13th, 2016

Presented by Shoot Smart
Review by Scott Thornton
 
Welcome to HIT or MISS, a gun review series for new gun enthusiasts. In this series I will discuss why a particular firearm is a HIT or a MISS based on my experience, or on the experience of customers who come to the range. I hope this series will be entertaining and educational.
 

HIT or MISS #1: Glock 17 Gen 4

 
The Glock 17, in 9×19 mm, is one of the most popular modern handguns in the world. I say “modern” because it has only been in service since 1982. In the gun world it is still a new design. When it first hit the market there were several critics of this new “plastic gun that can go through an airport metal detector undetected.” They thought it was ugly, referring to the pistol as the “Block 17.”
 
But the gun can be detected – the slide and barrel are made of steel after all – and really, beauty is in the eye of the beholder. Since its introduction, the Glock 17, has proven to be one of the most reliable, durable and easy to maintain pistols in the world, and it spawned an expansive line of similarly popular models, including the Glock 19 and 26. So let me show you the real merits of the Glock 17. Then you can try it out at the range, and decide for yourself.
 
HIT: Reliability. The Glock 17 Gen 4 pistol is one of the most reliable handguns on the market. Within the rental fleet at Shoot Smart, the Glock 17 is one of the most popular handguns used by customers. Even though the pistol is fired thousands of times, it maintains one of the lowest out-of-service rates of any handgun in the fleet.
 
HIT: Ease of Maintenance. Being able to clean and maintain your firearm is fairly important. The Glock 17 is very easy to disassemble and reassemble. It also requires minimal maintenance to remain reliable. In fact, there are many Glock owners who wait as long as 1,000 rounds or more between cleanings. So this firearm is perfect if you don’t like cleaning guns!
 
HIT: Accuracy. Almost any quality handgun is capable of 2” groups, or smaller, at 25 yards. The Glock 17 is no exception. I can consistently keep my groups on my business card at 15 yards or beyond. I can show you how, but that’s a different article!
 
Business Card with shot through bullseye
 
HIT: Durability. I have been using my first Glock 17 for training and competition for over 15 years. I have somewhere between 25,000 to 30,000 rounds of 9mm FMJ through it. I have done thousands of presentations from the holster with it. After 15+ years of use, there is only slight holster wear on the slide. The Tenifer finish on the slide and barrel is very hard and resistant to wear, so you can rest assured your Glock will last, too.
 
MISS: Sights. The factory sights on the Glock 17 are made of the same material as the frame. While I never had an issue with the sights, I did replace my Glock sights with after-market versions that serve me better.
 
Glock Sights
 
HIT: Barrel: The barrel used in the Glock 17 is hammer forged and has polygonal rifling. The polygonal rifle’s excellent accuracy results from an increase in bullet-to-barrel contact, which reduces the propellant gases from blowing past the bullet, thereby increasing velocity. The rifling also makes the barrel easy to clean – just remember to use jacketed bullets to maintain a healthy barrel!
 
Jacketed Bullet
 
HIT: Frame. The frame of the Glock 17 is made of light-weight polymers. The frame is chemical resistant, impact resistant, fairly heat resistant, and to me, seems to reduce noticeable recoil. The frame is also fairly easy to customize with a technique called “stippling.” Stippling is a modification to the surface of the frame in which dots, grooves or other patterns are melted into the plastic, thereby increasing grip friction.
 
Stippled Grip
 
MISS: Ergonomics. Until the introduction of the Generation 4 Glock 17, older variants were known for fairly thick, square grips. The updated Gen 4 frame helped to alleviate some of the issues. For example, Gen 4 models include adjustable back straps to help different sized hands feel more comfortable around the grip. While I feel comfortable with the grip, one of the most common complaints among new users is the grip. Here’s a tip: If you love the gun, but not the grip, consider customizing it to fit your hand. Our gunsmiths can help!
 
HIT: Trigger. The factory trigger on the Glock 17 is fairly good. There is some slack, or free movement, during the initial part of the trigger press, but once you feel resistance the trigger press is a consistent 5 ½ pounds. There is a definite physical and audible click when the trigger resets. For duty and concealed carry, the factory trigger is more than adequate. For competitive shooters, or shooters with more experience, there are several after-market triggers available which can significantly reduce trigger pull weight.
 
HIT: Safe-Action Trigger Safety. The safety is located within the trigger face of the trigger on all Glock series pistols. If you don’t depress the trigger correctly, the pistol is not going to fire. There are also two internal safeties inside the slide and frame.
 
HIT: Magazines. The Glock factory magazines are very durable. They are not particularly easy to take apart the first time, but once apart they are easy to clean and put back together. I highly recommend sticking to factory magazines for use in Glock pistols. The standard factory magazine for the Glock 17 holds 17 rounds of ammunition.
 
HIT: Value. The Glock 17 pistols are considered to be in the mid-level price range when compared to a similar pistol from other manufacturers, but they have a proven track record for durability and longevity. I guarantee most you reading this will never see the lifespan of a Glock 17. The value of the pistol will be realized when you are shooting your first Glock 17 twenty plus years later and it is still running like new. I feel mine has gotten smoother with age.
 
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Overall I would rate the Glock 17 a HIT. If you’re looking for an all-purpose, self-defense, competition, and fun-on-the-range gun, the Glock 17 won’t disappoint.
 
I hope you have enjoyed this first installment of the HIT or MISS series of gun reviews. Until next time, shoot safe, shoot straight and Shoot Smart!

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