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Firearm History: Gettysburg 

June 24th, 2014

July 1st marks the 151st anniversary of the three-day-long Battle of Gettysburg, often considered the turning point of the Civil War. With General Robert E Lee’s army in high spirits in the wake of an astounding victory over the Union at Chancellorsville, Lee hoped moving North to face the Union would take pressure off Virginia’s war ravaged farms during their growing season and pressure President Lincoln’s administration to come to a settlement involving the war.
The opening battle on July 1, 1863 was a much larger encounter than is generally depicted, ranking as the 12th bloodiest battle of the Civil War with ultimately 30,000 Confederates defeating 20,000 Yankees, resulting in roughly 15,500 casualties. The second day of battle was the largest and costliest of the three days involving more than 100,000 soldiers with a casualty count of about 20,000. The Confederates gained ground attacking the left and right flanks of the Union blockade, but at the end of the day the Union defenders remained in strong position. By the third day, the confederates had moved their attack to the center of the Union defense; their charge upon the line was met by Union rifle and artillery fire, resulting in great losses to the Confederacy and a torturous retreat of Lee’s army back to Virginia. 
What firearms were used at the Battle of Gettysburg? The opposing armies used a variety of weapons at the Battle of Gettysburg including bayonets, revolvers, and the primary infantry weapon: the single-shot, muzzle-loading, rifled musket. Federal cavalry were equipped with Sharps and Burnside single-shot carbines, and a small number of Spencer repeating rifles were used as well. The two armies also used artillery, such as rifled and smoothbore cannons, with solid shot, hollow shells, and canister rounds as ammunition. The firearms and artillery used at Gettysburg are considered to have greatly influenced the tactics employed on the battlefield, altering infantry formations and combat style.

Special Hours for July 4th

June 24th, 2014

So that our team members may enjoy the fireworks with friends and family, we’ll be closing early on July 4th at 6pm. We’ll be open 9am to 6pm on 7/4/14, and 9am to 9pm 7/5-7/6. Thanks for your understanding and for your business. See you at the range!

Shoot Smart Hosts Shootout Pistol Match!

June 24th, 2014



Looking for a little more excitement at the range? Join our Shootout Match—it’s fun and competitive. This 2-hour match will test your speed and accuracy while you have a blast running through six unique shooting scenarios.
All shooting is timed and is from the holster, all while beyond the shooting booth. You will leap out of a chair, move, use cover, perform reloads, aim at multiple targets, and shoot from multiple distances. And you’ll shoot one-handed! Bring your A-game, your pistol, three magazines, and two boxes of ammo.
We designed this match for shooters who have taken Shoot Smart’s self-defense class or have experience drawing from a holster. Haven’t taken our self-defense course yet? You still have time!
To sign up, check out our website at Or send us a note at
There will be various prizes, including a Springfield XDM 9mm!!!
The match repeats every day for a week in late July. Choose from five different dates to accommodate your schedule. 
The match will be held from 7:30 to 10 pm each night. The cost is $59.99 per person.
Here’s what you’ll need for the match:

  • Semi-auto pistol chambered in 9 mm, .40 S&W or .45ACP
  • Holster/belt rig / Two Mag pouches
  • Three magazines (10 rd min)
  • 100 rounds of ammo

If you have never had the opportunity to shoot a competitive event, this is your chance!
Sign up now at– select “Special Events” and then select “Shoot Smart Shootout Handgun Match” from the “Class” drop down menu.

Happy Anniversary Grand Prairie!

June 24th, 2014

One year ago, there was one Shoot Smart. Today, there are two. Tomorrow, the future lies in wait!
We’re happy to share our first anniversary of Shoot Smart Grand Prairie with you, our customers, friends, and fans. Though we’re keeping this celebration low-key, it’s foremost in our thoughts. Not long ago, we were sitting around the kitchen table, planning the business. Now, there are two stores, more than 30 employees, and a lot of great people coming in our doors. We couldn’t have done it without you!
Our July anniversary, officially July 26th, brings with it a few offerings of thanks from our family to yours. Cases of .40 S&W are on sale at just $14.99/box. Major calibers, such as 9mm and .45 ACP, are seeing price reductions along with fewer restrictions. And we’re upgrading our HVAC for Bay 1 at the Alliance location. You can read more on those items in this issue.
Thank you again for being a part of our business. We look forward to sharing many more anniversaries with all of you!
– Roxanne, Jim, & Jared

Construction Update!

June 24th, 2014

Fans! We’re taking our first major steps to upgrade the HVAC in Bay 1 at Alliance/Fort Worth. On June 24th and 25th, we closed for the first phase of the project. With that work completed, we’ll be able to move forward with installation of the HVAC hardware. This will include new duct work, diffusers, controls, and ventilation fans, as well as a brand new high-capacity air conditioning unit.
While we do not yet have confirmed dates for the installation of the hardware, we are confident that the upgrades will finished in mid- July. When the information is confirmed, you will be notified through Facebook, eblast, and our website.
For your convenience, there will be no disruptions during the 4th of July weekend.
If you have any questions or concerns, please contact us at
Thank you for your patience, and for your business.
– Jared Sloane, Chief Operations Officer

CHL Corner: Intoxication

June 24th, 2014

Is there a legal limit of intoxication for a CHL holder?
As we get closer to fireworks and time out on the lake for July 4th, this important question will come up for many of us.
The answer to this question is simple and straight forward. No, there is not a legal limit of intoxication for a CHL holder. But this does not mean that a CHL holder can be intoxicated while carrying a firearm. The state has defined for us in the penal code what intoxicated means.
“Intoxicated means not having the normal use of mental or physical faculties by reason of the introduction of alcohol, a controlled substance, a drug, a dangerous drug, a combination of two or more of those substances, or any other substance into the body; or, having an alcohol concentration of 0.08 or more.” (At this point you are legally considered intoxicated and the officers need not prove you have lost use of your mental or physical faculties.)
So if one drink causes you to lose your normal mental or physical faculties the penal code views you to be intoxicated. Some other items that could cause you to lose normal faculties could be things like allergy medicine, cold medicine, prescription medicines and illegal drugs.
It is important to remember that this section of the penal code is specific to being intoxicated while carrying a firearm concealed on or about your person. So please be mindful when carrying.
Have a happy and safe holiday!
– Cassie Roberts, CHL Instructor

Get A Bang For Your Buck: Dry Fire Practice

June 24th, 2014

It takes 3,000 repetitions of a skill before it becomes a habit. 3,000 rounds of 9mm ammunition would cost over $900. How do you get that level of practice for $0.00? Dry practice.
Dry practice, also called dry firing, allows you to improve your shooting skills without the expense of using ammunition. And that’s a big bang for your buck! But, most importantly, it allows you to focus on your fundamentals of stance, grip, sight alignment, sight picture, breath control, and trigger press without the distraction of muzzle blast and recoil.
A fundamental skill to start with is trigger press. It doesn’t matter if you have a great stance and grip – if you smash the trigger you will have a bad shot!
The trigger press is the moment when all the other elements come together. A correct trigger press should be smooth, with pressure applied straight to the rear of the firearm. Dry practice allows you to see the movement of the sights as you press the trigger and at the moment when the hammer or striker falls.
While you’re at it, you can also work on other skills such as presentation from the holster and movement using dry practice.
Remember, safety first! Treat your firearm as if it were loaded, even if you know it’s not. Check your firearm before you start dry fire practice – make sure it’s empty. And always remove ammunition from the area where you’re practicing.
If you need any help to get started, or if you’d like to learn a new skill, feel free to contact me, or any one of our instructors, any time.
Good luck, and have fun!
Joe Loza, Training Manager

Update on Ammunition Prices

June 24th, 2014

Dear Valued Customers,
On Friday, June 20th, we announced by e-blast that prices are falling and restrictions are being lifted on certain major calibers sold in our stores. The past year and a half have been difficult on all of us as far as ammunition goes. Shelves were barren at big box stores, online retailers were charging astronomical prices, and we did everything in our power to keep ammunition in stock for your convenience. After that long and difficult period, we are beginning to see the light! While we’re not out of the woods yet, things do appear to be turning around.
We want to pass along the good news by reducing prices on several of our major calibers, such as 9mm, .40 S&W, .45 ACP, and .223 Remington. Here’s our new pricing, effective Friday, June 20th. 

  • 9mm, box of 50, for $15.99
  • .40 S&W, box of 50, for $16.99
  • .45 ACP, box of 50, for $21.99
  • .223 Remington, box of 20, for $9.99

You can expect to see further price reductions for other calibers as they become more available to us. 
Quantity restrictions on those same calibers, and many more, have been lifted. We ask for your cooperation in purchasing our ammo for your same-day range use only. Please note, due to high volume for new shooters and training, .22LR remains under restrictions (100 rounds per customer).  
From all of us on the Shoot Smart Team, thank you for your loyalty and patience. I hope to see you on the range soon.
– Jared Sloane, Chief Operations Officer

Happy July .40! Big .40 S&W Sale!

June 24th, 2014

The 4th of July is closing in on us, and it’s a great weekend to visit your favorite gun range! If you didn’t have a good reason to visit us this 4th of July Weekend, now you do!
Simply stated, we have too much .40 S&W. So we want to share it with you. That’s why, this year, we’re celebrating Happy July .40!
Cases of .40 S&W are on sale for just $14.99/box!* This is factory new ammunition and it’s priced at levels not seen since 2012! The sale starts July 1st and runs through July 4th, 2014. Supplies are limited so don’t wait!
Have a Happy July .40, and we’ll see you on the range!
*The sale is effective 7/1/2014 – 7/4/2014, or until supplies run out. Supplies are limited and not guaranteed. The list price applies to the purchase of a full case (20 boxes of 50 rounds each). Applicable taxes due at checkout. Ammunition reservations are not available. Cases are available at a first-come, first-served basis. No phone calls please.

Firearm History: D-Day

June 6th, 2014

Today is the 70th anniversary of the invasion of Normandy, better known as D-Day. After Soviet pressure for the first three years of World War II, the Western Allies finally invaded northern France on June 6, 1944, which led to another successful attack on southern France. These attacks resulted in the liberation of Paris and the defeat of the German Army units in France.
D-Day was the turning point of World War II, a day that changed the course of history. Later in June, the Soviets successfully pushed German troops from both the Western Ukraine and Eastern Poland and American soldiers were able to press back Japanese forces in the Battle of the Philippine Sea. The sacrifice of D-Day soldiers paved the way for Nazi Germany’s surrender little under a year later.
What firearms were used on D-Day? The American, British, and Canadian forces had an assortment of weapons at their disposal, including M1 Garand Rifles (this precursor to the modern assault rifle was most prevalent on the Normandy beach), Thompson sub-machine guns (nicknamed the “Chicago typewriter”), Springfield .30 sniper rifles, Browning Automatic Rifles, and Sten guns, which were much lighter and more accurate than the built-for-speed Thompson. Although the Lee-Enfield .303 rifle fired at a slower rate than the Garand Rifles, these magazine-fed bolt-action rifles held ten rounds and were quite accurate.
German forces defended the beach using many fine firearms but most notably, the KAR 98k, a bolt-action rifle with great accuracy but equipped with not much ammunition. Many German infantrymen also used the MP40, which could accurately fire at twice the range of the American Thompson. The Germans also used one of the best light machine guns in history: the MG42, which could hit its target up to 1,000 meters away and fired approximately 1,200 rounds per minute.
If you stop into the range today, we hope you will take a moment to honor the fallen on the anniversary of this critical day in history.