Firearms Instruction

MAG-30 Range Advanced Handgun Course - June 9-11, 2017

MAG-30 Range is a three-day course is specifically designed to bring the MAG-20 Range or MAG-40 Graduate to the next level of their shooting skills using Massad Ayoob’s Defensive Handgun Shooting System. MAG-30 Range is a physically and mentally demanding course. The 3,000 round count Course of Fire is extremely structured for maximum efficiency. Each core technique is trained, skill builder drills are performed and a minimum score is needed for each of the seven (7) qualifications. SEE MORE

Estimated ammo count: 3000 rounds.
Prerequisite: A MAG-40, a LFI-1, a StressFire *OR* a MAG-20 Range certificate and current Proof of Good Character
Cost: $550

Sign up now! Contact David Maglio, instructor, at or 414-659-5811.

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Rachel Malone

Rachel Malone

firearms instructor

Rachel has received training from Battle Road USA, Accuracy 1st, Massad Ayoob, Kathy Jackson, Paul Howe, and David Maglio, and regularly participates in Run ‘n’ Gun biathlons. She is passionate about achieving excellence, creating change, and helping others to achieve their best.

As a rifle and pistol instructor, she finds satisfaction in helping shooters find technique systems that fit them and their needs. She also enjoys introducing new shooters to firearms in a way that makes them feel comfortable, safe, and empowered.

Instructor Certifications:

  • CSAT Tac Pistol and Rifle Instructor
  • Massad Ayoob Group Staff Instructor
  • RWVA Project Appleseed Shoot Boss
  • Texas LTC Instructor

Rachel offers several types of firearms classes:

  • Handgun: the Competent to Carry series is designed in incremental blocks to teach you what you need to know to confidently carry a handgun for self defense. Complete beginners can start at 001; others can jump in at an appropriate level.
  • Rifle: you can request general rifle marksmanship, AR-15 classes, and custom classes for private groups
  • License to Carry: this is the state-required class, focusing on Texas law, that gives you the CHL-100 form to submit to DPS as part of your application for an LTC

Rachel also offers private instruction. Base rate is around $50/hour, but can vary. Sometimes there are additional range/equipment fees, and sometimes there are discounts for booking multiple hours or multiple sessions.

Sign up for classes at Texas Tactical Training Institute (which also offers additional classes with more instructors), or contact Rachel at 512-937-3006 or by email to schedule a private class for your group, or private instruction.

See class descriptions below.


License to Carry

approx. 6 hours total (range qual + 4 hours classroom time + test/paperwork)
Austin, Manor, and Georgetown range
Private classes available on request

What to Bring

For the range, bring:

  • handgun – MAKE IT SAFE (mag out, chamber empty, slide locked back, safety on if applicable)
  • 1 magazine for your handgun
  • 50 rounds of ammo for your handgun (please bring factory ammo, brass-cased) (if you fail the qualification, you’ll need another 50 rounds to re-test)
  • eye and ear protection
  • hat with brim – like a baseball cap (required – to protect your eyes from flying brass)
  • appropriate clothing for the weather

For the classroom time, bring:

  • pen and paper to take notes if desired (or laptop, etc.)
  • snacks/food (it’s fine to eat during class)


If you haven’t yet applied online for a LTC, you can go ahead and apply online (and even submit fingerprints if you like) before you take the class (that’s the quickest way to receive your LTC). Or, you can wait to apply online until after the class. It doesn’t matter.

More Info on LTC

LTC Eligibility
The Concealed Handgun Law sets out the eligibility criteria that must be met. Applicants must be at least 21 years of age (unless active duty military) and must meet Federal qualifications to purchase a handgun. A number of factors may make you ineligible to obtain a license, such as: felony convictions and some misdemeanor convictions, including charges that resulted in probation or deferred adjudication; pending criminal charges; chemical or alcohol dependency; certain types of psychological diagnoses protective or restraining orders, and defaults on state or city taxes, governmental fees, or child support. Eligibility requirements can be found in section 411.172 of the Government Code:

Steps to get TX LTC:
– apply online (or mail in paper application) + submit $140 DPS application fee
– get your fingerprints taken electronically through an L-1 facility ($9.95) (See locations in the area)
– send DPS a certificate of training (LTC-100 form – see below)

Why you have to attend an LTC class:
This class supplies you with the certificate of training (LTC-100 form) to submit with your application. To get that certificate, you must attend a class taught by a licensed LTC instructor for a minimum of 4 hours, not including breaks and paperwork; you must pass a written test and a shooting proficiency test. You may wait up to a year to apply for your LTC before the certificate becomes invalid.

You may attend a class and get the LTC-100 form at any time – it doesn’t matter if you’ve applied with DPS yet. Just don’t submit the form to DPS until you’ve completed the application.

Class Agenda:
The class will cover the 4 topics mandated by Texas law (use of force; non violent dispute resolution; handgun use; and safe and proper storage of handguns and ammunition), as well as open carry laws, holsters, and firearm retention.

Note that this is not tactical or marksmanship training. An LTC class is not designed to teach you to shoot (although we will cover range safety and may include some shooting tips as needed). You do not need to be an expert shooter to pass the shooting proficiency exam, but you DO need to already know how to safely handle, load, and shoot your firearm. If you need more instruction, please attend the Competent to Carry 101 course that’s being held right before this LTC class.

Wondering what handgun to bring? Here’s some info:
– The handgun is only for the proficiency exam, not for training. So, it doesn’t need to be firearm you plan to actually carry.
– You should have shot that specific handgun before class, and know how to safely operate it.
– You will need only one magazine. We won’t be loading more than 5 or 6 rounds at a time, so don’t worry about capacity.
– A holster is not necessary.


Competent to Carry 001

2 hours
$75 – handgun rental included
Georgetown, Manor, or Burleson ranges
Class size: 2-4 people

Never touched a gun in your life? Toying with the idea of carrying a gun but don’t know where to start? This is Step One. We’ll focus on helping you safely handle and manipulate a handgun. We’ll go at your pace because we want you to feel comfortable and competent. You’re welcome to use one of our handguns (semi-auto or revolver), or you can bring your own if you have one.

Points of instruction:

  • How a handgun operates
  • How to unload and clear a handgun to make it safe
  • How to load and unload a handgun
  • How to hold a handgun and find your own personal grip
  • How to use the sights
  • How to fire shots accurately at a target
  • How to choose a handgun that fits you and your needs

What to bring:

  • Yourself, ready to learn!
  • 50 rounds ammo, or around $15 if you want to buy some from us
  • Eye and ear protection (glasses and muffs)
  • Hat with a brim, such as baseball cap
  • Closed-toe shoes
  • Clothing appropriate to the weather


  • none
Competent to Carry 101

3 hours
Georgetown, Manor, or Burleson ranges
Class size: 3-4 people

Familiar with firearms – maybe you’ve shot handguns some – but still not comfortable going to the range and shooting on your own? This is the class for you. We’ll start at the beginning to be sure you have a solid foundation of understanding firearm operation and safe handling. Then we’ll teach you the fundamentals of shooting technique. You’ll shoot at distances ranging from 3-15 yards. We’ll practice everything you need to ace the Texas License To Carry shooting qualification at an instructor level. We’ll also demonstrate how to clean a handgun. If you’re looking to purchase a handgun, we’ll help you know how to choose one that fits you and your needs. If you already have a handgun, you can shoot that at the class, or feel free to rent one from us (semi-auto or revolver).

Points of instruction:

  • Safe handgun manipulation
  • Fundamentals of handgun shooting
  • Shooting at distances from 3-15 yards
  • The LTC shooting qualification
  • Choosing a handgun to purchase
  • Cleaning your handgun

What to bring:

  • Handgun (semi-auto or revolver)
  • 50-100 rounds of ammo for your handgun
  • Paper and pen for taking notes
  • Water (and snacks if desired)
  • Eye and ear protection (glasses and muffs)
  • Hat with a brim, such as baseball cap
  • Closed-toe shoes
  • Clothing appropriate to the weather


  • This class is appropriate if you have some basic familiarity with any type of firearm but have not had formal instruction in pistol shooting, or if you would like a class that focuses just on the basic fundamentals of shooting.
Competent to Carry 201

8 hours
Georgetown, Manor, or Burleson ranges
Class size: 5-10 people

This class covers a smorgasbord of topics that will build your confidence and competence. In shooting, you’ll build muscle memory for correct draw, holster, load, reload, malfunction clearing, finding an accurate sight picture, and working the trigger. We’ll diagnose your own personal weaknesses and help you through drills to fix those areas. The drills in this class focus on solid understanding and consistent application of fundamentals, so most drills do not have time limitations. However, we will work with a shot timer and record your times on many drills so you have a record of your ability.

We’ll also teach basic use of force under Texas law when carrying at home, in your vehicle, or in public. We’ll talk through holster options for concealing a handgun. And we’ll help you develop your own personal training plan so you can continue to improve your skills.

Points of instruction:

  • Fundamentals of handgun shooting
  • Consistent application of technique
  • Safe draw and holster
  • Procedures for loading, reloading, and clearing malfunctions
  • Diagnosing weaknesses
  • Natural point of aim
  • Multiple shots, multiple targets
  • Use of force in Texas while carrying at home, in vehicle, or in public
  • Holster/gear options
  • Developing your training plan

What to bring:

  • Handgun (semi-auto or revolver) with at least 3 mags
  • 300 rounds of ammo for your handgun
  • Quality holster that fits your handgun – OWB kydex recommended. It must stay open on its own when the gun is not in it.
  • Mag holder that holds 2 mags from your handgun
  • Paper and pen for taking notes
  • Water (and snacks if desired)
  • Eye and ear protection (glasses and muffs)
  • Hat with a brim, such as baseball cap
  • Closed-toe shoes
  • Clothing appropriate to the weather
  • Chair


  • This class is appropriate if you have attended Competent to Carry 101 and practiced on your own, or if you have had some instruction, practice regularly, and/or participate in matches.
MAG-20 Live Fire

2 days
Georgetown range
Instructed by Rachel Malone, Massad Ayoob Group Staff Instructor

A two day, 20 hour immersion course in the use of the defensive handgun under extreme stress. Draw from concealment, two-handed stances, shooting from cover, one-handed stances with either hand, speed reloading, and more are taught with an overall emphasis on fast, accurate shot placement. The course will culminate with a police-style qualification course. Estimated ammo count: 500 rounds.

Prerequisite: basic understanding of firearms safety.

Cost: $400

What Do I bring?

  • A good quality handgun, suitable for self-protection and/or concealed carry.  Remember that you will be firing approximately 500 rounds during this class, so ultra-lightweight firearms, though suitable for concealed carry, are not a good choice for class use.  If you have any questions about the suitability of your gun, please contact us.  It is a good idea to bring a spare gun, if you have one, just in case your primary gun breaks. ( it happens more than you think)
  • A good quality holster. You need a safe, quality holster and belt.  Again, if you have any questions, please contact us.
  • A minimum of 3 magazines or speed loaders for your handgun.
  • A magazine pouch/holder for at least 2 of your spare magazines or speed loaders.
  • A sturdy belt, to support the above.
  • Hearing protection.
  • Eye protection.
  • Billed cap or other brimmed headwear.
  • At least 500 rounds of decent quality, reliable ammunition. Range ammunition (FMJ, etc.) is fine.  You do not need to use premium self defense ammo for this course.
  • Clothing suitable for the weather and the range. If necessary, we will finish our range work in whatever conditions exist at class time, live-fire classes run rain or shine, mud may be involved.
  •  Raingear plus a light jacket and sweater or sweatshirt (mornings and evenings can be cold, even in Florida).
  • Note taking materials.You will need to take LOTS of notes. We’ll explain why when you get here. If you wish to use a laptop computer or a tablet, that is OK. Audio or video recording of the class is not allowed.
  • Firearm cleaning supplies plus any tools / lubricants that you might need.
  • A flashlight. Although we will not be doing any night shooting, it can get getting dark fairly early and some of our facilities have no lighting at the range.  A flashlight might be handy for packing up your gear and getting to your car. 

More info:

Rifle Marksmanship

Class length: 4 hours, 1/2-day, and full-day

Class topics: fundamentals of rifle marksmanship, field positions (prone, seated, kneeling, standing), how to zero a rifle, shooting cadences, sling usage for stability while shooting

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