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Firearm Super Sale

May 5th, 2014

We are all well aware of the problems with supply and demand in our industry. It seems that the manufacturers and distributors are never aligned! The problems are all the more apparent to us because we recently received shipments of firearms for orders placed as early as January. So what are we going to do?
 
How about a blowout special on firearms?
 
Starting May 5th through May 9th, firearms at Shoot Smart are ON SALE, up to 30% OFF!* These prices are the lowest they’ll be, maybe ever! So don’t miss this opportunity to get the gun you’ve always wanted. Come shoot with us and get a great deal on your favorite gun.
 
Visit one of our locations and ask a customer service representative for more details. No phone calls please!
 
*Sale valid between 5/5/14 – 5/9/14 on new firearm sales only while supplies last; does not apply to used or rental firearms. Discount rates up to 30% are applicable to Springfield Armory models and firearms chambered in .40 S&W, other firearms up to 10% OFF; discounts may not be applicable to all models. See store for more details. No information will be offered by email or phone. Discount applied to the full retail price of the firearm at checkout. Full price or membership rate lane rental required to unlock the firearm discount. All firearm sales are final pending a federal background check, local, state, and federal laws.

Firearm History: Battle of Spotsylvania Court House

May 5th, 2014

May 8th marks the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Spotsylvania Court House, one of the most lethal battles in American history. Fought between Gen. Ulysses S. Grant and Robert E. Lee’s armies during the American Civil War, the Battle of Spotsylvania Court House raged on from May 8-21, 1864. Of the estimated 152,000 men who fought in the battle, there were 32,000 casualties during that bloody week in Virginia. The outcome was tactically inconclusive.
 
The combat was unlike anything the Confederate infantrymen had seen before in the Civil War battles: the entire landscape was destroyed from twenty-four hours of concentrated firepower. May 12th was later described by surviving troops as the most intense day of battle. The area is now known as the Bloody Angle. An oak tree trunk, twenty-two inches in diameter, can be found at the Smithsonian, having been famously severed by the relentless rifle fire of Bloody Angle. The ‘Spotsylvania Stump’ is peppered with bullet holes.
 
More variety of artillery projectiles and cannons were used during the American Civil War than in any other time in history and it was artillery fire that finally brought the raging battle to a close. The abatis* strategy backfired, as Lt. Gen. Richard S. Ewell’s Second Corps was essentially trapped and subject to devastating artillery fire with which the infantry rifles could not compete. As a reaction to this development, Grant attempted to trick and defeat Lee’s armies by luring them to a different, more suitable battleground, but Lee had other plans: he marched his armies right out of the battlefield. Grant tried and failed several times to engage Lee. The armies would later face each other again during the Siege of Petersburg.
What kinds of guns were prevalent in the Battle of Spotsylvania Court House? By 1863, new rifles were replacing muskets on Civil War battlefields. The minie ball was also introduced, which was easier and faster to load into a rifle than other ammunition choices. The minie ball also caused much more damage than previous weapons, which battlefield surgeons were not equipped to deal with. The American Civil War is considered by many to be the first modern war due to these advances in weaponry.
 
*Abatis is a battlefield fortification built using woven tree branches to ward off approaching forces for as long as possible. Abatis was first used during the Roman Imperial period and was last used during the American Civil War.

Shoot Smart Hosts Shootout Pistol Match!

May 1st, 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 http://www.shootsmartusa.com/learn. Or send us a note at info@shootsmarttx.com.
 
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 http://www.shootsmartusa.com/learn—select “Special Events” and then select “Shoot Smart Shootout Handgun Match” from the “Class” drop down menu.

CHL Corner: License Transfer

May 1st, 2014

Is my license transferable to Texas from another state?
 
Texas is a booming state drawing a great deal of business and new residents every day. So we hear this question on a frequent basis. You’ve moved here from another state and while there, you received a concealed handgun permit. Now that you’re in Texas, you want to know if you can carry without taking the Texas CHL.
 
The short answer to this question is “no,” an out-of-state license is not transferable to Texas. However, an out-of-state license holder may be able to carry in Texas, provided that Texas honors the license of that other state. It is important to note here that your out-of-state license may not be valid if the issuing state does not recognize non-residents. You can find out more information about Texas reciprocity by visiting http://www.handgunlaw.us.
 
As a CHL instructor, I strongly recommended that an out-of-state license holder at least take the Texas CHL class, if not go all the way through with obtaining a Texas CHL. The licensing classes from other states will not have taught the laws specific to Texas and this could land an out-of-state license holder in trouble. So I suggest erring on the side of caution and taking the Texas class.
 
The process for an out of state holder to obtain a CHL is very simple and does not differ from a resident application.
 
To complete the application process or get more information on the Texas CHL laws please visit http://www.dps.texas.gov/rsd/chl/index.htm. To register for the Texas CHL class, please visit us at http://www.shootsmartusa.com/learn.
 
– Cassie Roberts, CHL Instructor

And the Winner is…

May 1st, 2014

Last month, we announced we had winners for our March birthday celebration prize drawing. We gave away an iPad Mini, a case of pistol ammunition, and a Glock 42! We’d like to send a big congrats to the three lucky winners of our March giveaway. Aaron Garcia won a Glock 42, Michelle Collins won a case of 9mm ammo and Taz Watson won an iPad Mini. Please join us in congratulating them!
 
Not feeling very congratulatory? Well, then try your luck again with our Patriot drawing, starting May 5th. You have another opportunity to get your hands on a brand new POF rifle! See the article, “Be a Patriot this Summer” for more details.

Bay Closures for Spring Cleaning

May 1st, 2014

With spring comes spring cleaning! This year, we’re going to take a few steps to upgrade and clean up our bays at Shoot Smart Alliance, and we’re going to clean the berms at both locations. Our projects will include carpet cleaning, painting, sound abatement, and maintenance on our lane equipment.
 
The berm mining work is being completed by Castle-Rose, Inc. Environmental & Construction. The job will be completed the week of May 12th and it does mean bay closures throughout the week. Here is a schedule of closures so you can plan accordingly. Please note our retail stores will remain open some days during the week, as posted.
 

    Monday May 12th, Alliance Bay 2 CLOSED, Bay 1/Retail OPEN (10am – 9pm)
    Tuesday May 13th, Alliance Bay 1 & Bay 2 CLOSED, Retail OPEN (10am – 7:30pm)
    Wednesday May 14th, Alliance Bay 1 & Bay 2 CLOSED, Retail OPEN (10am – 7:30pm)
    Thursday May 15th, Grand Prairie Bay 1 & Bay 2 CLOSED, Retail OPEN (10am – 7:30pm)
    Friday May 16th, Grand Prairie Bay 2 CLOSED, Bay 1/Retail OPEN (10am – 9pm)

 
We plan to resume normal hours starting Saturday, May 17th at 9am. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause you. And as always, we appreciate your loyalty and business.

Shoot Smart on WFAA Daybreak

April 3rd, 2014

In March, Shoot Smart was featured on WFAA’s Daybreak. Our CEO, Roxanne Laney, spoke with Channel 8’s Brian Glenn at our new Grand Prairie location in the 5 AM hour about teaching families gun safety and smart shooting. Roxanne explained that here at Shoot Smart, shooting is a sport. We emphasize sportsmanship and teach responsibility.
 
This interview prompted an interesting debate back at the WFAA studio. We learned that WFAA traffic reporter Marlene has taught her children about gun safety. We hope you’ll bring your family out to Shoot Smart sometime, Marlene!
 
Behind the scenes, Shoot Smart instructor Cassie gave Brian a lesson on safe shooting between our two segments. During the 6 AM hour, Cassie gave Brian a quick shooting review on-camera before letting him show off his skills to WFAA viewers. We want to thank Cassie again for waking up early for this special news story!
 
Watch both interviews here: Shoot Smart on WFAA Daybreak

2014 Summer Youth League

April 3rd, 2014

Our Summer Youth League is ready to kick-off for 2014! Two 6-week sessions will fill this year’s youth league schedule at our Alliance range, with early league starting June 12 and late league starting July 20.
 
Both early and late Summer Youth League sessions will consist of shooters ages 8 to 15. From there, participants will be divided into brackets of 8 to 11 year olds and 12 to 15 year olds. There will be three shooters per team and five teams maximum per age bracket. Participants will only compete against those in their same age group. The early league session starting in June will be Thursday mornings from 9am to 11am for 8 to 11 year olds and 1pm-3pm for the 12 to 15 year old participants. The late league session staring in July will be on Sunday nights from 5pm to 7pm for 8 to 11 year olds and 7pm to 9pm for 12 to 15 year olds.
 
The league fee is $89.99 per person, which includes a New Shooter Class, targets, firearm rental and prizes. Each participant will use 20 to 30 rounds of .22 caliber ammo each week. Ammunition will need to be purchased or brought in each week.
 
More information and registration can be found under ‘Learn’ on our website, www.shootsmartusa.com/learn. Space is limited, so register your child now before the league fills up!

March Giveaway Winners

April 3rd, 2014

We celebrated our 3rd birthday last month on March 26th, and instead of expecting a gift, we decided to give YOU all something for being such awesome customers. So, congrats to the three winners of our March giveaway! The winners will receive a Glock 42, an iPad mini, or a case of pistol ammunition. The names of the winners will be announced on Facebook in April and we’ll share their thoughts on winning their awesome prizes in our May newsletter.
 
How it worked was, in celebration of our 3rd birthday, our customers got tickets throughout the month of March by simply renting a lane to shoot with us. Customers could choose in which of the three prize boxes to drop their tickets. On April 1, we pulled a name out of all the entries for each prize.
 
Overall, we want to give a huge thanks to ALL of you, our loyal customers, for three great years! We look forward to many, many more. Didn’t win this time? Stay tuned for the next promotion, running May through June.

A New Shooter Experience

April 3rd, 2014

This note from Blanca made our day. We love hearing from our customers! Tell us about your experience by emailing info@shootsmarttx.com. We’re glad you had a great time in our New Shooter I class, Blanca! We’re looking forward to seeing you again for New Shooter II.
 
“After so many years of thinking of learning about firearms, always thinking would I be able to do this? To learn how to shoot a gun? I finally decided to sign up for the New Shooter I course at Shoot Smart in Fort Worth not knowing it was going to be an amazing experience. The class included all the equipment, and the trainers were very knowledgeable. They showed and illustrated the parts of a gun, the stance and all this step by step, the instructors really know what they are doing, they are great trainers!! Shoot Smart location is super convenient and their facilities are amazing. This place is well organized, clean, their website is very user friendly and the training booking process very easy from beginning to end.
 
Got that ŒNew Shooter I done! I decided to sign up for a Private Lesson for New Shooter II course! WOW! My knowledgeable trainer, Joe! Again, he refreshed all the basics, how to hold, load the firearm. While in the lane, Joe watched me, coached me on how to focus on the target and position myself to shoot correctly, hold the firearm correctly, the grip, shooting fundamentals. Joe patiently instructed me to watch my sight alignment and we exercised this over and over until I got it! I was so excited, I did not want to leave!. My experience at Shoot Smart has been awesome! Thanks so much for all your help!
 
Looking forward to become a master! And get my CHL! At Shoot Smart!”
 
-Blanca