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From: Ross & Dottie Bransford

Friday, August 28, 2015

"Arms in the hands of the citizens may be used at individual discretion for the defense of the country, the overthrow of tyranny or private self-defense." — John Adams


The State of Texas Legislature can change the laws that allow us to carry concealed handguns every two years when they meet.

Obtaining a permit to carry concealed in the State of Texas now requires a 4-6 hour Concealed Handgun License Certification Course which is outlined by the State Department of Public Safety. The class will now cover the use of force, dispute resolution, Texas laws regarding use of force as a defense, and take a 50 question test. Gun knowledge, preparation and qualifying on the range is in addition to the 4-6 hour class.

The applicant then applies and pays a fee to the State which completes a background check and completes the issuance of the license.

You need a good basic knowledge of your handgun and its operation to qualify on the range, shooting center of mass a total of 50 rounds at a B27 target from 9 feet, 21 feet, and 45 feet.

The licensee must renew with the State every 5 years.

Click on the Schedule button above to see our classes. Click on the details button by the date of the class and maps to the class and range will come up with an outline of the class. You can pay online or call us to set up to pay at class.

Here's What We Cover In Our Classes
  • 5 hour required instruction

  • Range qualification

  • Review of paperwork

The fee for the first time class is $85.00 and includes the instruction, books, range fee, snacks, and use of a loaner gun if needed.

If you are not sure of your handgun or have limited knowledge of the handgun, we do a Learn to Shoot Class approximately once a month. It is a four hour class for $75.00 and includes the use of our handguns and ammo. If you have a handgun you want to learn about, bring it. You can shoot the CHL qualification course at the end of a class if you bring a box of 50 rounds of ammo.

Private or group classes can be arranged by calling our office. The following can give you up to date information on eligibility, training and requirements:

Texas DPS


PTP Products



Austin Rifle Club
Bransford, Inc. is a Texas corporation doing business as to provide training for application for a concealed handgun license in the State of Texas and gun safety training.
Its employees, Ross W. Bransford (Certificate 00002707) and Dorothy M. Bransford “Dottie” (Certificate 00004326) are both certified CHL instructors in the state of Texas. Both are certified by NRA to teach Refuse to be a Victim, rifle, shotgun and handgun classes. Ross is a range safety officer.
They were raised in central and south Texas and have always been involved in hunting, hiking and shooting. After service in the US Air Force, Ross built and operated a marine and confiscated equipment yard in the Florida Keys. In the early 1980’s they returned to Texas and have owned and operated several related business in central Texas. Dottie has been a legal assistant and worked in the legal field in Texas and Florida for 47 years. Their experience and backgrounds give them a special perspective for teaching classes on the use of force as a defense. They have been teaching the CHL courses since 1997.
Classes for the Concealed Handgun Application are scheduled several times a month 90 days in advance and the Learn to Shoot (beginners class with self defense in mind) and Sharpening Shooting Abilities classes are scheduled about once a month. Private or group classes can be set up on a time available schedule
Our goal is to provide the best information and training to all ages and groups. We assist several groups with public information and gun safety instructions. If you know of a group we can assist or you have any questions, please call our office 512-750-9843 or 512-627-3501.
“Democracy is two wolves and a sheep voting on what to have for dinner. A Republic is a well-armed sheep.”
    Credited to Benjamin Franklin, 1759
We gratefully acknowledge the assistance of the following businesses and ask that you patronize them when you can.

30th @ Lamar

Austin Academy Stores

Lone Star Gun Range

Hank Fleming Gunsmith
4722 South Congress Ave.
Austin, Texas 78745
(512) 445-6339

The Gun Store
200 Buttercup Creek Blvd. #114
Cedar Park, TX 78913

Sprinco USA
Home of Plate+ Lubricant

Sportsman's Finest
12434 Bee Caves Rd.

Heritage Firearms
13359 Us Hwy 183 N Suite 403


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