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Retail Corner: 4 Year Anniversary Sale!

March 4th, 2015

Did you know March 26th is our 4th anniversary? Over the years, our approach to retail solutions for customers has changed in appearance, but not in purpose. Our mission has been to outfit our customers with reliable, quality goods at fair prices. Those goods include firearms, ammunition, and accessories. We hope you’ll agree that we’ve been successful so far.
 
This year, we are planning to bring you plenty of specials and events – think firearm auction and Find Your Perfect Fit. And we’ll also introduce some new products and manufacturers to our lineup, such as TxAT Aguila Ammunition and CanCan concealment. But to start off, it seemed appropriate to ring in our 5th year of business with an ammo sale!
 
This Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, Blazer 9mm 115gr 50 ct boxes will be on sale for just $11.49/box when purchased by the case, or $12.49/box, while supplies last!
 
Plus, Aguila .22 LR 40gr High Velocity 50ct boxes go on sale starting March 19th for just $4.79/box – no limits. That’s a 50% discount over current prices! We’re expecting a shipment of over 100,000 rounds, but supplies won’t last long. So don’t miss this opportunity to stock up!
 
Join us this month to celebrate 4 great years and many more! See you at the range.
 


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Leagues Start Soon! Sign Up Now!

March 4th, 2015

Have you ever thought about challenging yourself at the next level? Consider joining the Shoot Smart League! Registration for the 2015 Spring League is now open! This year, the league has been designed for shooters with any skill level. The league is open to five teams of three per location, for a total of just 30 league members. Sign up your own team or make new friends in a combined team.
 
Leagues are a fun way to improve on old skills or add new ones. Friendly competition can help you identify areas to work on while keeping things entertaining for your entire team. As you compete with other shooters and volley for the lead, you’ll see who has what it takes to win! And remember, with Shoot Smart instructors on duty daily, you have the resources you need to keep your skills sharp, your team in the lead, and your head held high.
 
Shooters will meet each week for six weeks to compete, and each week offers a different course of fire. The courses are an entertaining way to test and enhance your shooting skills. Prizes will be awarded at the end of the league.
 
Participants must be at least 16 years old and may use a firearm chambered in 9 mm, .40, or .45 ACP only. Participants under 18 years of age must be accompanied by an adult 21 or older during league activity. Participants under age 21 may not purchase handgun ammunition.
 
For more information or to register please visit us at www.shootsmart.com/learn. Below the “Path to Proficiency” model, select the Special Events tab and select “Spring League” from the drop down Class menu. Then select Book and continue through the registration process.
 
Make sure to sign up today to reserve your spot – space is limited!
 
Spring League Recap:
 
Cost: $99.99/person

  • Grand Prairie – Sundays: March 29th, 2015 to May 10th, 2015. 6 pm – 9 pm
  • Alliance/Fort Worth – Sundays: April 12th, 2015 to May 17th, 2015. 6 pm – 9 pm

*NOTE: Leagues will not meet on Easter Sunday.
 
Required Equipment:

  • Handgun (caliber 9 mm, .40, .45 ACP only) – Ask us if you need advice!
  • 50 rounds of ammunition per night – Buy it in store!
  • Minimum two magazines – Don’t forget your loaders!

 


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CHL Corner: Intoxication Limit

March 4th, 2015

Is there a legal limit of intoxication for a CHL holder?
 
March is a big month this year. Saint Patrick’s Day. March Madness. .22LR ammo sale at Shoot Smart! So there are plenty of reasons to celebrate. So, we’d like to take a moment to address this important question that may come up for many of us.
 
The answer to this question – is there a legal limit of intoxication for a CHL holder – 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 safe and enjoyable March!

President’s Letter: March 2015

March 4th, 2015

On March 26, the Alliance range turns 4 years old!

 

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A lot has happened since these members lined up on opening day. In the first year, we started up and brought our training program into being, thanks to the hard work of Andrew Stewart and Scott Thornton. Customers discovered us and swamped the range by Christmas of 2011.

 

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In 2012, we added the second bay of private suites, along with a classroom and gunsmith shop. The addition resulted from the hard work of many people, but mostly Jared Sloane, who was tasked with designing and building the addition. We also bought the property from Jerry Mooneyham, the very nice guy that made wood furniture here. In the photo below, Jared and Andrew are unloading the rubber for the new berm, thanks to Jerry, who graciously loaned his forklift for all occasions.

 

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In early March of 2013, we got a phone call from the owner of the Great Southwest Gun & Archery range. He wondered if we’d like to buy the range. We did. In July 2013, we closed the deal and remodeled. We opened as Shoot Smart Grand Prairie in November 2013.

 

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And here it is. Shoot Smart Grand Prairie.
 
So what’s in store for year number 5? Well, if there is a theme to our business, it is growth. So here’s to another successful year!

 

Roxanne

Shoot Smart Canned Food Drive

March 4th, 2015

From April 10 – 15, we will be collecting canned food items at both of our locations to benefit the Tarrant Area Food Bank in Fort Worth. We will be accepting canned goods, non-perishable foods and non-food items such as diapers and toothpaste.
 
Our goal is to raise $1,000 and 1,000 pounds of goods per store! Help us achieve this goal and donate and you will receive 25% off a primary lane rental that day. As well as canned goods, we will also be gladly accepting monetary donations to present to the food banks. A $1.00 donation helps Tarrant Area Food Bank provide enough donated food for 5 meals. With our $1,000 donation goal, the food bank will be able to provide 5,000 meals. Every little bit helps!
 
The Tarrant Area Food Bank serves as the primary source of donated food for people seeking food assistance in 13 North Texas counties, of which one-third of those citizens are children. In fact, an average of 1 of 4 children within these 13 counties lives in a food-insecure household. Your donations will ultimately be given to church food pantries, senior citizen centers, emergency shelters for abuse victims and homeless families, soup kitchens, low-income child care centers, rehabilitation facilities and other social service centers.
 
So join us in helping our community by donating and enjoy 25% off a primary lane rental! In order to get the discount, you must bring in a minimum of 5 cans/goods or donate at least $5. All donations will be accepted at your favorite Shoot Smart location.
 
For a list of most needed items go to: Food Drive Items

SHOT Show Takeaway: Syren Songs of Things to Come

February 5th, 2015

In January, I was fortunate to join the Shoot Smart team at the National Shooting Sport Foundation’s Shooting Hunting Outdoor Trade Show (SHOT) in Las Vegas, Nevada. This event is a chance for venders, dealers, and ranges to come together and share new ideas and products for the coming year. It was my first time at the event, and I had a great time with my team. The most impressive thing to me, though, was an exciting new trend in women-driven products. My very favorite – the Ceasar Guerini Syren shotgun line for women!
 
The waning of pink “women’s” merchandise at the SHOT show was noticeable, and to me that is a huge step forward. Generally when products in the outdoor industry are introduced in women’s lines they are men’s versions that have been dyed or painted pink. They generally have not been modified or changed much to properly suit women. I was thrilled to see that many of the vendors at the show really outdid themselves this year with new women’s lines. Clothing was designed with a cute, stylish cut in a variety of colors (not just pink, camo, or pink camo). And shooting accessories came in smaller sizes and shapes in bright colors.
 
The Syren line of women’s shotguns by Italian shotgun manufacturer Caesar Guerini was by far the best industry initiative to me. (I may be slightly biased because I’m an active shotgunner). Syren shotguns are designed from the ground up by women shooters for women shooters; not men’s guns cut a bit shorter for women. The company took the basic design of several of their standard over and under shotguns, as well as a few semi-autos, and gave them an overhaul with women specifically in mind. The stocks are significantly shorter, slightly thinner, with a higher comb, and feature light weight barrels to make the gun more balanced and fun to shoot.
 
The new Syren line is full of features that offer women an off-the-shelf shotgun purchase, and that means less money spent on aftermarket modifications and more money spent on competing, instruction, or gear. Women want products designed to fit their body types, needs, and wants. The Syren line by Ceasar Guerini makes me excited for the future of shooting for women.
 
I hope to see more major manufacturers reach out to female pro staffers and employees to see what we would like to use. There has to be another color out there other than pink! If more manufacturers of firearms and accessories take Caesar Guerini’s path, more women like me will develop a healthy stake in our sport.
 
– Cassie Shockey, CHL Instructor & Assistant Manager

Retail Corner: 2015 Products

February 5th, 2015

There are plenty of new products to be excited about in 2015! Manufacturers at SHOT Show were a glow with positivity about production runs and deliverables. And though there weren’t too many new guns entering the market – CCP, Curve, and MOS aside – there is a lot of positive movement towards feminine-centric colors and designs in accessories.
 
Yes! Shoot Smart will add the new Walther CCP .380 to the rental fleets. Expect to see this addition immediately (Alliance/Fort Worth has one already!). It is a great little firearm with ease of use and comfort tied into the reliability of the Walther brand. And yes, Shoot Smart will also host the new Taurus Curve in the rental fleets. This pocket option has a curved frame (sorry lefty’s), attached pocket clip, pinch and pull magazine, and laser/light option – coming soon. The new Glock MOS will also join the rental fleets in February. The MOS features a slide mount system to add optics like the Trijicon RMR. Expect to see other rental additions this year, including the Kahr P2380, FN PS90 and FN SCAR, Ruger SP101 and 22/45 Lite, Daniel Defense M4A1, and H&K P2000.
 
Maybe most exciting on the firearm front for us is the addition of new Glock exclusives from AcuSport, including the Glock 19 in Desert Sand, Tactical Gray, and Burnt Bronze. Other new sale options include the Taurus Curve and H&K VP9, along with new accessories like Crimson Trace laser systems (soon available to try in our rental fleet), LAG kydex holsters, purple Howard Leight Impact Sports, Flashbang holsters for women, and new colors in Venture Gear VG ear muffs from Pyramex. Keep an eye on the calendar for product demo days throughout the year, or stop in store and try these products any time.
 
On the horizon – ammunition vending machines! This awesome idea was shelved in early 2013 after the ammunition shortages hit our industry hard. With things improving, and ammunition aplenty, it is time to get back to our innovative roots. Keep an eye out for a beta version later this year. In the meantime, there are no limits on ammunition purchases, so don’t hold yourself back!
 

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Shoot Smart Leagues Are Back!

February 5th, 2015

Registration for the 2015 Spring League is now open! This year, the league has been designed for shooters with any skill level. The league is open to five teams of three per location, for a total of just 30 league members. Sign up your own team or make new friends in a combined team.
 
Leagues are a fun way to improve on old skills or add new ones. Friendly competition can help you identify areas to work on while keeping things entertaining for your entire team. As you compete with other shooters and volley for the lead, you’ll see who has what it takes to win! And remember, with Shoot Smart instructors on duty daily, you have the resources you need to keep your skills sharp, your team in the lead, and your head held high.
 
Shooters will meet each week for six weeks to compete, and each week offers a different course of fire. The courses are an entertaining way to test and enhance your shooting skills. Prizes will be awarded at the end of the league.
 
Participants must be at least 16 years old and may use a firearm chambered in 9 mm, .40, or .45 ACP only. Participants under 18 years of age must be accompanied by an adult 21 or older during league activity. Participants under age 21 may not purchase handgun ammunition.
 
For more information or to register please visit us at www.shootsmart.com/learn. Below the “Path to Proficiency” model, select the Special Events tab and select “Spring League” from the drop down Class menu. Then select Book and continue through the registration process.
 
Make sure to sign up today to reserve your spot – space is limited!
 
Spring League Recap:
 
Cost: $99.99/person

  • Grand Prairie – Sundays: March 29th, 2015 to May 10th, 2015. 6 pm – 9 pm
  • Alliance/Fort Worth – Sundays: April 12th, 2015 to May 17th, 2015. 6 pm – 9 pm

*NOTE: Leagues will not meet on Easter Sunday.
 
Required Equipment:

  • Handgun (caliber 9 mm, .40, .45 ACP only) – Ask us if you need advice!
  • 50 rounds of ammunition per night – Buy it in store!
  • Minimum two magazines – Don’t forget your loaders!

 


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CHL Corner: Getting Your CHL

February 5th, 2015

What is the process for getting a CHL and how long does everything take?
 
We often get questions about the CHL timeline, and we understand why. It can be complex and confusing, but the process for applying for a CHL is much simpler than most people know. Here are the steps I recommend and time frames for each.

  • Visit the DPS website, complete the application, and pay the state fee all online. Once complete the application will remain valid for one calendar year.
  • At the bottom of the application page, you can schedule required fingerprinting from the fingerprinting services link. Fingerprints done previously will not be used unless they were done at an L-1 certified location. The fingerprints are submitted by the company directly to the DPS, and you will be given a receipt stating you completed the fingerprinting. The fingerprints will also be valid for one calendar year.
  • Finally, visit our Learn page to book a class that fits your schedule. After completing the class you will receive a class completion form from the instructor. You must send this form to the DPS before your application timeframe expires. Note, the class completion form will be valid for two years from the date the class was completed.

 
Here’s an example to clarify the process:
 
On March 1st, 2015, you complete the DPS application. This application is now valid until March 1st, 2016. You complete your fingerprints at a local L-1 certified location on October 5th, 2014. These fingerprint records are now valid through October 5th, 2015. On October 15th, you complete your CHL class at Shoot Smart. You now have until October 1st, 2015 to submit your class completion form – but I strongly recommend you send it immediately upon completing the class.
 
You may complete steps 1 & 3 in either order, but make sure that you complete the entire process within the allotted timeframe. If your application expires, you will be required to resubmit. If your class completion form expires, you will be required to retake the class.
 
Once you have completed all of these steps all that remains is to send the following documents to the state all at one time.

  • Class completion form
  • Any supporting documents applicable to you, such as a DD214, proof of residence, or criminal background information.

 
As always, if you have any questions, please ask. We’re here to help! To register for your CHL at Shoot Smart, visit our Learn page. Good luck and I look forward to seeing you in class soon.
 
– Cassie Roberts, CHL Instructor