In case you haven’t noticed, there’s a phenomenon happening in this country; the rise of Guntry Club. These large firearms social houses are sprouting up all over the gun friendly states in the U.S. and beyond, creating community and offering different ways for businesses to entertain clients and customers. I mean, guns are the new golf, you know. But what else makes them different than your traditional gun range? They’re clean, typically in good areas of town and have a family-friendly focus. On top of that, they are employing some of the best firearms trainers in the world.
When I had the opportunity to help build the Defender Outdoors Shooting Center in Fort Worth, Texas, I wanted it to be a robust concept, complete with event rooms for birthdays and baby showers (what better way to get guys to attend?) and separated bays for across the firing line training involving obstacles and active scenarios. We also built one of the only indoor SIM houses in the state of Texas to provide even MORE realistic training by being able to do force on force. This simulation shows you how easy it is for an assailant to get a shot off on you and also shows you where you hit on a moving target using SIM Marking Rounds. Law Enforcement trains in a very similar way using SIM rounds and a side effect of this instruction is an understanding of what our police officers encounter and why they may react a certain way.
As a female instructor, this was a huge chance for me to bring amazing training right into the back yards of Fort Worth residents; especially women, where my passion lies. I understand the importance of being able to take my students through actual situations they could find themselves in, busting myths or preconceived notions and transferring vital knowledge that could save their lives. This kind of training has been sorely needed in a world where most civilian gun owners only go to the range to put holes in paper. This doesn’t help create the muscle memory that our Draw From Holster classes and Every Day Carry Drills classes instill. We also offer education that trains the brain in our Judgmental Training class, where we show you when you could be a better witness vs. when you should actually pull the trigger. Gun owners also need to know their civil, criminal and financial responsibilities under the law when it comes to the execution of self defense with a firearm and we offer Deadly Force Workshops specifically for that purpose. We also teach our students that the gun may not always be the best option, therefore we offer non-lethal weapons training so people can understand all self-defense tools they have at their disposal, how to use them and in which situations they can be most helpful.
Knowing from start (Intro to Handgun) to finish (Deadly Force Workshop – What Happens After The Bang) how responsible gun ownership works from different aspects was my goal in helping create this training program, and the beauty of this is that we can offer two, three & four hour classes just minutes from where Fort Worth residents live. This is so much more convenient than the days of old when you traveled long distances for days at a time. We often host out-of-town or out-of-state groups that can knock out multiple training classes in a single weekend for an affordable price point. We see people taking time out of their month to train regularly due to this convenience and the byproduct is a safer, more educated community of gun owners. We also pride ourselves in being able to hire former military and law enforcement and being advocates for our 2nd Amendment rights.
Training is a must if you are going to be a gun owner and we offer it in a wide array of options, dates and times. The better and more often we train allows us to silence the anti-gun voices that would vote to severely dilute or extinguish our right to self-defense. For more information, guidance on your path to training, or for group rates please contact Jerah Hutchins (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Matt Lillis (email@example.com)
Defender Outdoors Shooting Center
2900 Shotts St.
Fort Worth, TX 76107
Jerah Hutchins has worked as the Membership, Events & Training Director of the Defender Outdoors Shooting Center in Fort Worth, TX for two and a half years. She is a Second Amendment thought leader on LinkedIn and has 6 years of experience training firearms. Her passion lies with the new shooter and empowering women to take control of their own safety. She is a board member of EmPOWERed, a campus carry movement that teaches collegiate students firearms and non-lethal weapons and also Veteran Forces, a veteran organization dedicated to hosting our wounded warriors and battling PTSD.