Here’s an uncomfortable truth: the Texas CHL class does not teach all of the skills needed to safely and effectively carry a handgun for self defense.

Handguns are not magical self defense wands that automagically ward off any attacker. Handguns are tools, and like any tool, they require training to be effective at. While handguns have been proven to be the most effective self defense tool available, they decision to carry a firearm should not be taken lightly, and it should not be undertaking without the proper knowledge and skill.

Since the Texas CHL class, or any other CHL class for that matter, doesn’t teach all of the practical shooting needs to carry a firearm, this class attempts to round out those edges and provide the additional knowledge needed to come out on top in a defensive gun use.

Class goals:

  • Have a fun and safe day at the range
  • Improve handgun handling and manipulation
  • Engrain instinctual handgun fundamentals
  • Learn a safe, fast, and consistent draw from a holster
  • Speed up sight acquisition for fast first shot and follow up shots
  • Controlling the handgun through recoil

What you need to know that the CHL class didn’t teach you

The Texas CHL class’ shooting proficiency test is… a joke. The proficiency required to pass that test is not the proficiency needed to effectively use a handgun for self defense. Do not expect the Texas CHL class to help you become an expert shooter with a handgun, it mostly reviews the legal ins and outs of conceal carrying a handgun in Texas.

The Locked Back Conceal Carry Fundamentals class is focused on helping shooters become fast and accurate with their handgun so they can survive a handgun fight. The first person to get shots on target usually wins the defensive gunfight, so that is what we focus on in this class.

This class isn’t for bullseye shooting – this is for practical, real world handgun shooting.

Handgun Skills Covered

  • When should or shouldn’t you shoot
  • Handgun fundamentals
    • Stance
    • Breathing
    • Grip
    • Sight alignment and sight picture
    • Trigger pull
    • Follow through
  • Vision in shooting – Trust your sights
  • Shooting accurately and quickly from 3 to 20 yards
  • Safely, quickly, and consistently drawing from a holster
  • Acquiring a sight picture quickly
  • Recoil and shooting cadence
  • Target transitions
  • General firearm handling

But Locked Back classes don’t just teach you something and call it a day. Musicians don’t attend lessons and then never pick up their instrument again. Becoming proficient with firearms, be it for conceal carry or casual plinking, requires training outside the classroom. Locked Back classes provide techniques on how to effectively train on your own.

Demonstrable improvement

Throughout the Conceal Carry Fundamentals class, we shoot standards several times as the class progresses. These standards give us quantifiable data as to how well you’re shooting, it’s incredibly useful at identifying areas that need improvement. These standards are shot multiple times, which allows us to measure demonstrable improvement throughout the class.

Who is this class for?

The Conceal Carry Fundamentals class focuses on the fundamentals of marksmanship needed for surviving a self defense shooting. While this CCW class is geared towards conceal carriers, it provides valuable instruction useful to LEOs and competitive shooters.

This class is not intended for new shooters. Shooters must have completed the Locked Back Handgun Fundamentals class, have attended a similar handgun class from a different instructor, or have demonstrated proficiency through shooting competitions.

Gear needed for the class

  • Safety rated eye protection that provide full protection – normal sunglasses or eye glasses are not recommended
  • Hearing protection
  • A working semi automatic handgun
  • A quality holster for conceal carry or duty use – a purpose built kydex holster is recommended and using a bag to conceal carry the handgun is not allowed
  • 4-6 magazines (mag carriers not required, but useful)
  • 400 rounds of ammunition – bringing extra is always advised
  • Whatever clothes you would normally wear while conceal carrying
  • Water
  • Closed toe shoes
  • Fitting clothing that does not leave openings for hot brass to get in
  • A lunch – bring your own or there will be 1 hour to go get lunch
  • Sunscreen and a hat

Classes in Austin, Houston, and San Antonio

Locked Back’s Conceal Carry Fundamentals class is taught all across Central Texas, including at ranges near Austin, Houston, and San Antonio.

While most Locked Back classes are taught in Central Texas, with enough interest, a class could be scheduled most anywhere. If you don’t see a class available at your location, check out how to get a class scheduled.

Fundamentals for Conceal Carriers

The fundamentals of marksmanship are the foundation of shooting. With shaky fundamentals, everything else will come crashing down. As conceal carriers, we are responsible for every round we fire in a self defense situation. This means a handgun needs to be an extension of our hand and we can put shots on target quickly and accurately. But not only can we get shots on target, but we need to be able to demonstrate these skills on demand without any warm up practice time.

The Locked Back Conceal Carry Fundamentals class is purpose built to help shooters become proficient with their firearm and be the first to get shots on target.

Competitive shooters get that edge with the fundamentals

Competitive shooters have to be extremely fast and accurate while moving around and engaging multiple targets. All of that completely falls apart without strong handgun fundamentals. Even with strong handgun fundamentals, they can always be improved! While the Concal Carry Fundamentals class focuses on conceal carry skills, these skills are directly applicable for action handgun shooting like USPSA, IDPA, or even 3 gun.

To take your competitive shooting skills to the next level, check out the Dynamic 2 Gun for Competition class. More competitive shooting classes will be added in the future.