Texas License To Carry

A LTC applicant must complete classroom training per DPS standards, pass a written examination and pass a proficiency demonstration (shooting).

NRA Basic Pistol

Teaches the basic knowledge, skills, and attitude for owning and operating different pistols safely. Class is 8 hours, size is 6-10 individuals. This is an NRA Class that you will sign up for through the NRA site. Note, this class is being revamped and will be a blended online/classroom/range class.

GFT Introduction to Handguns

Three hour classroom plus two hour range time introducing the student to firearms. You should have your own firearm but a very limited number without one can be accomadated.


These three classes can be done as a private class for one or two individuals or can be done at your site. Arrangements for range time may have to made at a range near your locale.

Texas License To Carry
NRA Basic Pistol Class
Guardian Introduction to the Handgun


The Texas License To Carry (LTC), formerly the Concealed Handgun License.

The purpose of this class is not to teach how to handle a firearm, it is to cover the requirements, including shooting proficiency, to obtain a Texas License To Carry (LTC).

An original (first-time) LTC applicant must complete classroom training, pass a written examination and pass a proficiency demonstration (shooting). The classroom instruction may be a four to six hour course and must cover the four (4) statutory required topics:

First, read the Frequently Asked Questions about the LTC on the DPS site.

Then read the laws and statutes in the LTC-16 Booklet at: License to Carry A Handgun Laws

See LTC Qualification Course Requirements (pdf) for the proficiency demonstration (shooting) requirements.

Now start your application at the Texas Department of Public Safety - Regulatory Services Division

The license is $40 for the initial issue, $40 for each renewal (5 years), but there are also discounts. NOTE: Fees are non-refundable and non-transferable. If an application is not approved, the fees will not be refunded.  This fee does not cover the class, it is the license only.

You can take the course either before or after starting your application. You can sign up by clicking on the Schedule menu option.

Students should have their own handgun for this course and bring a fifty rounds of standard target ammunition for qualification. Note, if you are unsure about passing the shooting qualification the first time you can bring another 50 rounds and reshoot if there is time. If you do not qualify on the second pass we can arrange a makeup class/shoot for a minimal fee. Any sporting goods store that sells firearms and ammunition should be able to assist in selecting proper ammunition. .

NRA Basic Pistol Class

The NRA Basic Pistol Shooting Course is at least 8-hours of online/classroom and two hours of range time learning to shoot. Students learn NRA’s rules for safe gun handling; pistol parts and operation; ammunition; shooting fundamentals; range rules; shooting from the bench rest position, and two handed standing positions; cleaning the pistol; and continued opportunities for skill development. Students will receive the NRA Guide to the Basics of Pistol Shooting handbook, NRA Gun Safety Rules brochure, Winchester/NRA Marksmanship Qualification booklet, take a Basics of Pistol Shooting Student Examination, and course completion certificate.

Students need not have their own handgun for this course, but there are a limited amount of handguns available. If you have your own handgun bring it and a minimum of fifty rounds of standard target ammunition. If you do not have your own then indicate that when you sign up and I will let you know what's available. You will then have to bring fifty rounds of ammunition in the specified caliber. Any sporting goods store that sells firearms and ammunition should be able to assist in selecting proper ammunition.

GFT Introduction to the Handgun

Do you have a handgun in the house but don't know how to use it? Or are you contemplating the purchase of a handgun but don't know what it all means? The GFT Introduction course is three hours of classroom and two on the range. We will cover:

During the range time you will have an opportunity to fire several calibers: .22, .38, 9mm, .40, & .45. And just for the experience a 12ga.
There is a limit of six people for this class. Class is $85. You will need 100 rounds of target ammunition.
If you do not have a firearm there will be one for you to use. You can either bring 100 rounds or purchase at the shoot for $25.
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