If you are one of the over 14,000 individuals living in the Permian Basin – Midland and Odessa – who possess a license to carry a firearm, you already understand the time, education, and motivation that went into obtaining the license (Active handgun licenses – TxDPS – April 2016). You already know that the license does not take the place of regular shooting practice, and that muscle memory is a perishable skill. As a license holder, you train at Family Armory to close the distance between point of aim vs. point of impact because you understand that you’re responsible for every bullet leaving your firearm.
Most firearm owners do not possess a Texas license to carry. In fact, it would probably be accurate to say that LTC holders represent a small fraction of the total number of those who own a firearm. And as all firearms owners know, responsible ownership does not come without its share of duties. While a license to carry a firearm allows individuals to carry a firearm beyond their own personal premises in either concealed or open fashion, having the license is not required for purchasing or practicing. If you are a firearm owner, you are probably aware that some manufacturers specify a “break-in period” for new firearms to ensure reliability. You also know that your firearm operates better when using certain brands of ammunition than others. In addition, you are probably already familiar with the manufacturer’s manual for tear-down, maintenance, and cleaning/lubricating procedures.