So I needed to find the time and a source to get my Concealed Handgun Licenses as it was called in mid-2015. Travis and Patricia already acquired their concealed carry licenses some time ago and they went through the Wetmore Shooting Sports organization. It seemed that I could and should do the same thing. So I went on-line and found a class for 27 June 2015. Travis, through his usual style of making great friends with everybody, arranged for me to get in the class at no-cost! Saved me about $100! Outstanding!
So, here’s my journey to obtaining a Concealed Handgun License (CHL), or now my Licenses to Carry (LTC).
Around 9:30, a lady showed up and collected our papers. By then, there were quite a few cars and trucks lined up at the entrance and down the side of the road. Once all the papers were collected, we were allowed to drive through the gate and then park in the parking lot.
Now this place isn’t all that fancy. The whole place is out in the country and it’s mostly dirt. The parking lot is gravel. I parked next to other people arriving and got all my stuff. I was carrying an EDC bag with my pistol or rather, Patricia’s pistol, which I had borrowed for the shooting part of the exam. Her Ruger SR9c was a very nice shooter that I had shot about two-weeks prior to this day.
So, I walk towards the Range area and I see a guy who is kind of standing at the entrance to one side of the range. He’s directing people into the area where Wetmore Shooting Sports are going to conduct the shooting portion of the exam. There’s this one big guy and two other guys in Wetmore Shooting shirts so I assumed correctly that they were the Range Master and the Range Officers.
We’re told how many rounds to load in our magazine and how many seconds we have to shoot those rounds. In this first portion, we shoot 20 total rounds. I don’t think I could miss anything from this close!
Then we moved back to the 7 yard mark. Again, we fire a total of 20 rounds.
Then we move back to the 15 yard mark and fired a total of 10 rounds. Once done, we’ve fired 50 rounds in total.
The Range Master then tells us to go put our pistols away after one of the Range Officers visually inspects our weapon to make sure it is empty and on safe.
We then proceed back down range to look at our targets. I had most of my rounds inside the 10, 9, and 8 rings with a tendency to be shooting left and down. I don’t think I missed the target at all.
The Range Master came to look at each shooters target starting with the young lady to my right. I don’t think she has shot a pistol very much. Her hits were all over the target and some completely missed, I’m sure. The Range Master told her she definitely needed more range time. He said she needed a score of 175 out of 200 to pass this part of the test. He then began counting each of her shots inside the 10, 9, and 8 ring. He finally told her that she apparently had passed the shooting portion of the test, but barely.
He then came to my target and said I passed without any other comments. That’s OK with me because all I wanted to do was pass.
Once that was done, the Range Master told us we had about 45 minutes to get from the Bracken Range to his shop which was down 281 and near Nakoma. I knew where it was so I knew we had plenty of time. He told us if we wanted to have a lunch break to take it now on the way to the classroom.
I gathered my stuff and headed out to get something to eat. I didn’t think much of this shooting exam. If someone couldn’t hit the targets we were shooting at from the distances we stood, then they shouldn’t have a gun in their hands, ever! I know most self defense will be at close range, but really, this was in-close shooting.
I got to the Wetmore Shooting Sports building with some difficulty since the building wasn’t marked in any way. It’s just a gray building with a lot of cars parked around it. I knew the address so that was the only way I knew for sure that I had the right building. I got to the very small classroom as probably the last person to arrive, but they hadn’t started yet so that wasn’t a problem.
The classroom got pretty warm since it was really small and there were quite a group of us. I think we had about 20 people in the class plus the instructor. Speaking of him, I wouldn’t really trust this guy to know his right from left just looking at him. I think he’s been doing this so much that most of the stuff he knows, but just some of the stories he tried to tell with him as the “star” were definitely not believable and I don’t think really happened. Overall, it was pretty boring material and not very well taught.
At the last, we had a lawyer come in from the Texas Law Shield organization. He was telling us about the legal problems people who carry can get into even though they have done nothing really wrong. His organization is a group of lawyers that stand ready to represent anyone who becomes a member of Texas Law Shield. They provide a lawyer free of charge to members who have a need for one in relation to their license to carry. He said that even pulling your weapon out at a proper time could result in a law suite against you which they will provide your defense. You pay a $11 per month membership and get quite a lot of emergency services. I signed up for it right away.
After that, the Instructor or Range Master gave us a brief cram for the test. We just about went over every question that would be on the exam and we all made sure we knew the correct answers.