Please read this preparation information carefully. It is very important that you prepare properly!
To prepare for a Texas LTC class, you should:
1. Expect – The Texas LTC class is at least 4 hours of classroom instruction plus the time required for the written test, shooting test at the range and breaks (about 6 hours total). Sometimes the class may take a little longer to finish than scheduled. Each student must complete the 4 hours of classroom instruction and pass the written and shooting tests to receive the LTC-100 Certificate of Training. The written test consists of 25 true/false and multiple choice questions. A student must score a 70 or higher on the written test to pass. The test is not hard if a person pays attention in class. We will cover everything thoroughly. I use a friend’s private land near Springtown for the range time. No restroom facilities are available at the range. If other arrangements have been made, I may use other safe land or a local range. There will not be an opportunity to warm up or practice. You will shoot from behind a table so there is a place to set your handgun, magazine and ammo. I work hard to make the test as safe, enjoyable and stress-free as possible. I want everyone to succeed!
2. Choose a Handgun – You may bring and use any SAFE and RELIABLE semi-auto pistol or revolver of any caliber on the shooting proficiency test. Handgun type or caliber no longer matter. Students cannot use a laser, red dot sight or scope on the shooting proficiency test. Students can share a handgun if needed. You can rent a handgun from me for the shooting test for $5. If someone rents my handgun, he or she still needs to provide 50-100 rounds of new factory 9mm “Luger” ammo unless arrangements have been made to purchase the ammo from me. The handgun should be UNLOADED, clean and lightly lubricated. It really slows down the shooting test if we have to deal with constant jams.
3. Secure Ammunition– Purchase or secure 50-100 rounds of practice or range ammunition of the correct caliber for your handgun. Fifty (50) rounds is required for the shooting test, but you may bring 50 extra rounds in case you need to take the test again. I prefer students bring full metal jacket type Winchester, Remington (UMC), Federal, Speer, Blazer “Brass”, Magtech, Fiocchi or PMC brand ammo for safety and reliability. Please DO NOT bring Wolf, Tula, Silver Bear or other cheap foreign made ammo. NO RELOADED ammo can be used for safety and reliability reasons.
Walmart and Academy Sports usually have the best prices on ammo.
4. Familiarize – Spend some time reviewing how your handgun functions – loading, unloading, locking back and releasing the slide, loading magazines, etc. You must point the handgun in a safe direction and double check to make sure it is completely UNLOADED and NO AMMUNITION is around before familiarizing yourself with it.
5. Practice – Spend some time practicing shooting at a range if possible before the class. The shooting proficiency test is not difficult but practice helps. The test requires students to shoot 50 rounds of ammunition at a “B-27″ human silhouette target. Students shoot 20 rounds from 3 yards, 20 rounds from 7 yards and 10 rounds from 15 yards in specific steps with time to rest in between. For maximum points, students need to shoot most of the 50 rounds into the center 13″w X 18″h area of the B-27 target. Students must score 175 out of 250 possible points to pass or qualify (70%). Click here for the official outline of the shooting proficiency test (.pdf file). Students shoot from behind tables so there is a place to set their handguns, magazines and ammo. There will not be an opportunity to warm up or practice before the shooting test. I will do everything I can to make the shooting test as enjoyable, stress-free and safe as possible.
6. Bring – You will need a black pen, paper for notes, driver’s license, class agreement form, final payment, handgun, magazine, ammunition and ear and eye protection. The handgun and magazines must be UNLOADED and carried in a closed case, box or bag. I have extra earmuffs if students need to borrow a pair. Shooting glasses, safety glasses, prescription glasses or sunglasses can be used for eye protection. A student should wear a hat, shirt that is closed at the top and closed-toed shoes to the range.
7. Apply– You can start the license application process with Texas DPS before or after you complete the class. You can view my Texas LTC Application Instructions by clicking here. It will probably speed up the process if you start working on the application process before the class, but it is up to you. The LTC-100 Certificate of Training is valid for 2 years if you want to apply for the license a little later to spread out the cost. To learn more or start the license application process through the DPS website, click here.
I look forward to meeting and working with you. If you have any questions, feel free to email, text or call me.
Shane A. Scott, The Texas LTC Coach
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Rev. 10/17/2019 – The Texas LTC Coach, Shane A. Scott