INTEGRITY FIREARM TRAINING CENTER,
INTEGRITY FTC believes that responsible firearm ownership and use means a lifetime commitment to continual education, training, and practice. Education means knowing what tools are available to you to become better at whatever discipline you pursue; whether target shooting, recreation, hunting, competition, law enforcement or military to name a few. Training includes both formal and informal. Informal training comes from media such as books and video. Formal training is conducted in a classroom and range setting. Practice means application of the education and training you receive. This includes dry fire practice, drills, technique enhancement, and actual shooting time. Practice also means abiding by the knowledge of current guns laws for your state and area, and knowing when they change.
The following references are for your benefit. We only give recommendations to the books that we have personally read and the sources we have used. In some situations we may not agree with everything written in a book, such as disagreement with a shooting grip. We have included some descriptions which sort through some of these preferences. This list is not inclusive and will be updated periodically. Please send us an email if you have others that you recommend and we will be glad to review them.
BASIC SHOOTING INSTRUCTION:
- NRA Guide to the Basics of Pistol Shooting.4th Edition. 2019. A Publication of the National Rifle Association of America. Description: One of the best places to start for youth and first-timers for pistol shooting.
- Practical Shooting. Beyond Fundamentals. 1990. Brian Enos. Description: A oldie but a goodie. A little spacey and abstract at first, but stick with it, it will make you think. Also a good place to start if you are thinking about competing some day.
ADVANCED AND TACTICAL:
- AR-15 Handbook. An Operational Guide to the AR-15 Series Semi-automatic Rifle. Mike Pannone and Erik Lawrence. 2011. Blackheart Publishing. Description: Mike Pannone and Erik lawrence were both U.S. Army Special Forces veterans and professional instructors. These guys are my favorite authors and instructors on this subject matter. They also wrote tactical Pistol Shooting, which is also my favorite pistol manual. Their AR-15 book is straight up the best condensed reference manual on the AR-15 and is full of valuable information. Handbook is also small enough to keep with you in the field.
- Tactical Pistol Shooting, 2nd Edition. Erik D. Lawrence. 2009. Gun Digest Book. F+W Media, Inc.
Description: One of the best books that I have found that stress the basics of gun handling and techniques during a deadly encounter; good coverage of loading-reloading, clearing jams, shooting positions, helpful drills and much more. The shooting stance and two-handed grip illustrated (modified Isosceles) is the stance and two handed grip we endorse and use.
For more information about Mike Lawrence see his website at https://erik-lawrence.com/
- Green Eyes & Black Rifles. Warriors Guide to the Combat Carbine. Kyle E. Lamb. 2008. Viking Tactics. Trample & Hurdle Publishers. 3rd Ed.
Description: The best combat carbine book I have ever put eyes on. Well written, organized and illustrated and from one of the masters of carbine who writes from experience.
TACTICAL INSTRUCTORS AND COURSES:
It may sound unconventional for a training company to recommend other Instructors. On the contrary, this is how we stay sharp and improve our skills. There are quite a few excellent Firearm Instructors and training organizations out there. After all, America has the best military in the world, as well as some of the best law enforcement. I will limit my list to only the ones I actually attend, although there are a half dozen that I recommend.
- Mike Pannone – Owner / Instructor of CTT-Solutions. https://www.ctt-solutions.com/ Mike is the best at his craft. I took a Covert Carry Instructor Course for Law Enforcement Officers (and qualified Civilian Instructors) with him. It was an amazing class. If you are in LE now or plan to be LE or military in your future career, then you need to take every class this guy teaches.
- National Rifle Association. http://home.nra.org/home Description: One stop shop for many NRA departments.
- Texas Concealed Handgun Association. TCHA. http://www.txchia.org/
TEXAS HANDGUN LICENSING:
Use this website link to apply for or renew your Texas License to Carry.
STATE GUN LAWS AND RECIPROCITY:
These are the two best sources for this information in Texas. Have you just moved to a new state or planning to travel out of state? I highly recommend checking with the Department of Public Safety of each state that you will be visiting or moving to. Do not trust blogs, gun groups or 3rd parties for legal information! Also it is not a bad idea to check with local law enforcement to make sure you understand how the law will be interpreted in your area.
- NRA Institute of legislative Action. https://www.nraila.org/ Description: The legal arm of the NRA. Good interactive map of State reciprocity of LTC laws.
- Texas Department of Public Safety. http://www.dps.texas.gov/RSD/LTC/legal/reciprocity/index.htm