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Alliance Adds Space(s)

October 24th, 2014

Parking spaces, that is! In late summer, you may remember seeing our Alliance parking lot under construction. We added a new pad where the old loading dock used to be. Our goal was to reduce the dust, remove the dock, and add a whole bunch of spaces for you to park your cars. The only thing left to do is paint the stripes.
 
It has taken some time, and we finally have the best layout for adding maximum capacity. Once painted, our lot will practically double. For you, that means your chances of getting a spot on a busy holiday Saturday also double! And for those really busy days, we’ll still have the valet option (which is pretty great for those cold, wet wintery days).
 
Now that the heat is behind us, we can begin the process, which involves power washing the lot and removing the old lines. We’ll then come in, plot our layout, and paint away. Hopefully, this means very little to you. Just in case, though, stay tuned on Facebook for notices about lot closures or delays. The work will be done by Thanksgiving.

Shoot Smart Rule 9 Explained

October 24th, 2014

Often, we run into a little hiccup at check-in. Since our doors opened, and especially throughout the tough times of 2013, customers have routinely come in ready to shoot with their recently purchased steel-jacketed ammo. That’s where things get a little bogged down. Our very own Shoot Smart Rule 9 states, “No steel jacket or steel core ammunition.” And by the way, the unwritten, but implied, addition is no incendiary ammunition either.
 
The reason steel jacketed, steel core, armor piercing, or incendiary ammunition is not allowed is that it can cause damage to the range. Standard brass jacketed ammunition in the very popular calibers of .223 Remington, 5.56mm, and 7.62x39mm can penetrate ¼ inch of mild steel. These same rounds will not penetrate the AR500 steel used in the baffles on the range. Steel core and armor piercing ammunition may or may not penetrate the AR500, but can cause damage. Once damaged, the AR 500 can’t be repaired; it has to be replaced. At about $40 per square foot that can get expensive quick.
 
Steel jacketed ammunition in handgun calibers can damage mild steel, causing dimples in the surface. The dimples can increase the likelihood of metal fragments ricocheting back towards the firing line. While it will not damage the AR500 steel baffles it does generate sparks. While rare, sparks or even hot pieces of jacket material can ignite unburnt gun powder which accumulates on the range. Most of these flash fires only last a few seconds and normally don’t cause any serious damage (but tell a range safety officer immediately if it happens near you).
 
Incendiary ammunition, e.g. tracers, are prohibited because once buried in the rubber backstop they can cause a fire. This happened at our Alliance range when a customer shot several tracers in Bay 2. Fortunately shooters in an adjacent bay saw smoke rising from the backstop and the burning material was safely removed. Sadly, a competitor in Dallas recently burned to the ground because of a similar incident.
 
Many people shoot steel jacketed ammunition, particularly in rifle calibers, because it is normally less expensive than brass jacketed ammunition. While there is an initial savings in ammunition cost there is an added expense in wear and tear on your firearm. In semiautomatic rifles, extractors have a higher breakage rate, and the rifling in the barrels is shot out much quicker. This happens because, unlike soft brass, hard steel does not conform to the firearm when fired, causing stress inside the barrel and chamber.
 
So added all together, the reason to buy steel ammo (price) never pays off against the reasons to avoid it. If you aren’t sure if your ammunition contains steel components in the bullet, try our simple test. Using a cheap kitchen magnet, touch the magnet to the tip or sides of the projectile. If it sticks to the magnet, don’t buy it!
 
You are always welcome to bring your own ammunition to the range, just leave the steel stuff at home.
 
-Scott Thornton, Assistant Manager & Chief Range Safety Office

Shootout Match: Round 2

October 24th, 2014

Have you signed up yet? Looking for some fun? Are you ready to test your skills? Enrollment is open for the second Shoot Smart Shootout Match – this time at our Grand Prairie location! This competition is based on our first match, but many of the stages have been modified.
 
The event will take place at 7:30 pm on November 5th, 6th, and 7th at our Grand Prairie range. Scores will be based on speed and accuracy, and they’ll be posted on Facebook following each session. And yes! we will have prizes!
 
Entry to this match is only $39.99, and space is limited! There are only 19 out of 42 slots left! To enter the November match, click here to register. Choose the “Special Events” button, just above the “Options” box. Select your preferred date and complete the online registration process.
 
Shoot Smart Shootout Matches are designed to test all your defensive shooting skills. You will draw from a holster, shoot from behind cover, leap out of a chair, shoot on the move, and engage multiple targets. All of that with the added adrenaline boost of having a timer behind you!
 
Matches allow you to experience the excitement of competitive shooting, and see if all of the practice you have put at the range has paid off. Not only will you be testing your skills, but I promise you’ll have a blast doing it! You will be able to get out of the booth, and shoot in ways you normally don’t get to do. If you haven’t had the chance before, this is your opportunity to be introduced into competitive shooting sports. And for our first match competitors, this is your chance for retribution!
 
If you want an edge in the competition, all of the drills that are in this course are covered in the Self Defense and Action Pistol classes. There is no secret to winning a competition; it simply comes down to learning the fundamentals and doing them well. So I strongly encourage everyone to practice before the match. All of our instructors are eager to help you too. You can make appointments with us for private lessons or get into one of our classes today, click here to sign up.
 
See you at the competition and keep up the training!
 
Adam Ward, Training Manager

Red Shirt Fridays

September 22nd, 2014

Have you noticed anything different on Fridays at our ranges? It’s probably those bright red shirts our team members are wearing. Thanks to some thoughtful veterans on our team, Shoot Smart is joining the national Red Shirt Friday movement. Every Friday, our team members will be wearing a red shirt of our own design in honor of those who are serving in the military at home and abroad.
 
The purpose of Red Shirt Friday is to raise awareness that our military forces are deployed far away from home and family to keep us safe. We honor them with our nod to their service by wearing a red shirt on Fridays.
 
If you like our shirts and/or wish to join in on Red Shirt Friday, we also have T-shirts for sale for $19.99. For every shirt sold, Shoot Smart will donate $3 to the Red Shirt Friday organization redshirtfridays.org. These shirts are available at both locations.
 
To learn more about Red Shirt Fridays, please visit redshirtfridays.org.

Free Carry Law Seminars Are Back!

September 22nd, 2014

Our free seminars on gun laws, offered in mid-September, sold out no matter how many seats we added — so we’re holding them again in October!
 
Attorneys from Texas Law Shield and a local police officer will elaborate on gun laws affecting both CHL and non-CHL holders. We offer two free seminars at Grand Prairie on October 11th, and two free seminars at Alliance on October 12th. The two seminars are on different topics, and you must register for each seminar.
 
The morning sessions, at 10 am, cover the “stand your ground laws” and the legally justified use of deadly force. The afternoon sessions, at 2 pm, cover the laws of police search, seizure, and arrest. You will learn what to do once the police arrive on the scene.
 
Texas Law Shield is a licensed legal service company that offers a firearms legal defense program. They offer comprehensive legal protection for both CHL and non-CHL holders. Texas Law Shield members have access to 24/7/365 legal protection and advice from actual lawyers. If you are ever involved in a gun incident, you will need legal counsel throughout the entire trial process, even if you never fired a shot.
 
Don’t miss out on this opportunity to learn valuable information on the laws as well as how to handle an extremely stressful situation. These seminars are free to Shoot Smart customers. We look forward to seeing you at the seminars. Keep up your training and remember to shoot smart.

New Shooters Make a Big Impact

September 22nd, 2014

The National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) has recently released information that spells out the impact of new shooting sports participants. It is very clear that these new entrants are changing the face of today’s target shooter. Not only are new shooters trending more female and urban, but they are bringing with them billions of dollars in economic impact.
 
According to the infographic “The Changing Face of Today’s Target Shooter,” the average new shooter is younger, more female, and more urban. An exciting new trend cited in the infographic, as well as in earlier releases, is the age of new shooters. 77% of new shooters, or shooters with less than 5 years of experience, got their start in the shooting sports when they were older than 18! That’s a far cry from the traditional days of starting out with granddad. And that means our sport is growing!
 

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The NSSF also released an infographic recently that showed the economic impact of the shooting sports. A whopping $10 billion was spent on annual target shooting by nearly 20 million people! That netted more than 185,000 jobs and $3.5 billion in taxes. Target shooters spent 39% of their $10 billion on firearms with another 12% on ammunition, or a combined $5.1 billion.
 

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It is clear that the growth of new participants into the shooting sports – some 34.4 million people from 2009 to 2012 – has made a significant impact on the industry. At Shoot Smart, we’re proud to be among the leaders in the target sports industry, creating opportunities for new shooters, women, families, and young professionals to join our ranks.
 
Please take a moment to help us understand how we stack up against the NSSF’s new data by taking a brief survey. To thank you for your time, you will be offered a special discount upon completion of the survey. Click below to take the survey:
 
 
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You can learn more about the NSSF’s research on the growth and impact of target shooting in our country by following these links:
 
The Changing Face of Today’s Target Shooter
 
Target Shooting in America

CHL Corner: Halloween and Criminal Mischief

September 22nd, 2014

While most adults and kids will be spending the evening trick or treating, at haunted houses, or parties, some kids (even some adults) will be participating in the slightly more destructive side of Halloween – pranking! Egging, toilet papering, ding dong ditching and other mischievous activities are all part of Halloween night lore. These things all seem like fun and games at the time and sometimes parents turn a blind eye to this type of character building. But before you or your kids go out this Halloween night, there are a few things that you need to remember about Texas “use of force” laws.
 
The Texas penal code 9.42 states that a person is justified in using deadly force against another to protect land or tangible, movable property to prevent the other’s imminent commission of arson, burglary, robbery, aggravated robbery, theft during the nighttime, or criminal mischief during the nighttime.
 
Criminal mischief during the night is defined as when a person intentionally or knowingly damages or destroys the tangible property of the owner; he intentionally or knowingly tampers with the tangible property of the owner and causes pecuniary loss or substantial inconvenience to the owner or a third person; or he intentionally or knowingly makes markings, including inscriptions, slogans, drawings, or paintings, on the tangible property of the owner.
 
Remember, many people are taken by surprise when they hear someone unexpectedly outside their house late at night. Typically, it can be very hard to see clearly when its dark and that makes it very hard to see what, and more importantly, who, is on the property. Is that noise outside the neighbor kid throwing eggs or a potential burglar?
 
So please, take this into consideration when planning your Halloween activities. Be safe, respect your neighbors, and have a great time this Halloween!
 
– Cassie Roberts, CHL Instructor & Assistant Manager

Which Stance Is Better?

September 22nd, 2014

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Which stance is better, isosceles or Weaver?
I get asked that question all of the time. The easy answer is, “whichever one gives you the best balance.” At Shoot Smart we teach the isosceles stance, named after the isosceles triangle. Does that mean it’s better than the Weaver? Not necessarily. We chose the isosceles in order to standardize training, because it is easy to teach, and it works well for most students.
 
So what is the difference between the isosceles stance and the Weaver stance?
To assume the isosceles stance, stand facing the target with your feet parallel, about shoulder width apart, the toes are pointed forward, the firing (strong) side foot may be slightly to the rear, the knees are slightly flexed, the hips are over your feet, your shoulders are squared over your hips, the arms are extended with a slight flex at the elbow, and your weight is forward.
 
To assume the Weaver stance, stand facing the target with your feet parallel, about shoulder width apart. Then step back with your firing side foot about six inches, raise your heels and turn your body towards your firing side. Your feet should now be parallel but at a 30 degree offset from the target. Your knees should be slightly flexed, your hips are over your feet, and your shoulders are squared over your hips. The firing side arm is extended towards the target with a slight bend at the elbow, the support side arm is sharply bent at the elbow and oriented towards the ground. Your weight is forward.
 
In reality, it doesn’t matter which stance you choose at first since you are just beginning. As you gain more experience you will refine what works best for you. Don’t be afraid to try both. I have worked with cheerleaders, dancers, martial artist, and athletes and each of them has a different idea of what works. While they had similarities none were the same when it came to what was comfortable. In the end your stance is your stance. As long as your stance provides for good balance, ease of movement, and is safe, it is probably right for you.
 
To learn more about stance and how we apply it in our training program, enroll with us today. Visit our learn page or contact me at scott@shootsmarttx.com.
 
Scott Thornton, Instructor & Assistant Manager

Shootout Match: Round 2

September 22nd, 2014

Are you ready to test your skills? Enrollment is open for the second Shoot Smart Shootout Match—this time at our Grand Prairie location! This competition is based on our first match, but many of the stages have been modified.
 
The event will take place at 7:30 pm on November 5th, 6th, and 7th at our Grand Prairie range. Scores will be based on speed and accuracy, and they’ll be posted on Facebook following each session. And yes! we will have prizes!
 
Entry to this match is only $39.99, and space is limited! There are only 42 slots available! To enter the November match, visit our Learn page and click “Special Events.” Select your preferred date and complete the online registration process.
 
Shoot Smart Shootout Matches are designed to test all your defensive shooting skills. You will draw from a holster, shoot from behind cover, leap out of a chair, shoot on the move, and engage multiple targets. All of that with the added adrenaline boost of having a timer behind you! Matches allow you to experience the excitement of competitive shooting, and see if all of the practice you have put at the range has paid off. Not only will you be testing your skills, but I promise you’ll have a blast doing it! You will be able to get out of the booth, and shoot in ways you normally don’t get to do. If you haven’t had the chance before, this is your opportunity to be introduced into competitive shooting sports. And for our first match competitors, this is your chance for retribution!
 
If you want an edge in the competition, all of the drills that are in this course are covered in the Self Defense and Action Pistol classes. There is no secret to winning a competition; it simply comes down to learning the fundamentals and doing them well. So I strongly encourage everyone to practice before the match. All of our instructors are eager to help you too. You can make appointments with us for private lessons or get into one of our classes today by registering online on our website.
 
See you at the competition and keep up the training!
 
Adam Ward, Training Manager

Competitors Blast Through Shootout

August 19th, 2014

The first Shoot Smart designed match took place the last week of July, and it was a hit! The match was well-attended because it was designed to give shooters at all levels of skill an opportunity to compete. A few details need to be ironed out before the next match, but generally, everything went smoothly. We had a drawing for most prizes, such as a Springfield XD-S .45, GPS range bags, and 5.11 pistol cases.
 
Can you shoot from a holster? Can you shoot and move? Have you ever shot in a timed scenario? If not, you don’t know what you’re missing. Join the game and improve your aim. Stay tuned for future events on Facebook or check out our training program here.
 
Here are the scores from the match:
 
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