We may still be able to provide a private class for you on a weekday, but we do not have openings in any of our regular classes.
In light of the recent terrorist attacks, we urge all CHL holders to legally carry a gun at all times. Heightened vigilance is essential, as is restraint and appropriate, lawful responses.
Unfortunately, law enforcement cannot be expected to provide public safety in this new era. Therefore it is the duty of all responsible citizens to be prepared to protect themselves and their community.
The potential for major problems which are beyond anything our nation has previously experienced, is very real. Crime is now only one of several sources of violence that we may encounter. Today, we also live in an era of growing risk from terrorism, social unrest and other causes.
For example, if only 1% of the unvetted refugees accepted into the U.S. hate Americans, this still translates into 2,550 potential terrorists. This may not seem to be a large number, but when we consider that the 9/11 attacks were perpetrated by only 19 Muslim fanatics, and the Paris attacks by three teams each consisting of just a few individuals, we recognize that the scope of our growing domestic terrorism threat is substantial.
To put this into context, in the city of San Antonio alone, there are more than 12,000 legal Muslim immigrants, plus many who have illegally entered this country through our porous borders. Thankfully, most of these are not terrorists, but some do pose a clear and present danger to community safety.
We need to recognize that life as we have known it has changed. As we contemplate the future, we need to expect violence on our doorstep. We urge you to read the book “PREPARED: Ready to Roll” by SIG Swanstrom and David Crawford.
Texas Republic Firearms Academy
Since we are a not-for-profit educational institution, you will enjoy great value as well as outstanding self-defense firearms training.
in San Antonio, Texas, we offer both individual and small-group Concealed Handgun
License (CHL Texas) training in various locations, and even handgun-included classes. In our class line-up (click on the "Firearms Classes" tab on the left) you will find self-defense firearms training with or without Texas CHL certification, introductory firearms training for those who are
new gun owners, women-only firearms classes, private instruction with or without a handgun included, family classes, and special needs firearms classes, in addition to our tactical and law enforcement-only classes which we offer around the country and worldwide.
Together, these factors create an environment where learning is easy and natural. An atmosphere that is conducive to very rapid skill development.
We specialize in high-impact skill development combined with confidence building, to make you self-reliant.
you have little or no-prior experience with firearms, no problem. Our classes, "Introduction to Handgun Use," "Self-Reliant" and "Women-Only" will get you started on the right track. "Handgun included" is an option which can be added to many of our classes; either a handgun which you can keep after successful graduation, or a handgun which you can borrow while taking a class.
We also have other introductory classes for both adults and families in our “Basic Firearms Self-Defense Core Classes” category. This includes popular classes such as CHL Certification and Handgun Self-Defense Tactics, as well as specialty courses such as "Firearms Self-Defense for the Physically Challenged." We even offer private “Parent-Child Family Firearms and Safety” classes to train the whole family (including children as young as 10-years of age), and "Executive Protection Self-Defense Firearms Training" for those who face special threats such as kidnapping and targeted assault. For more information on our courses, click on the "Firearms Classes" tab located above (on the left).
No matter the course level, each of our firearm training modules is designed to prepare you for potentially violent situations where instantaneous shoot, don’t-shoot decisions must be made. The curriculum is robust. Each firearms course includes sufficient classroom teaching to establish a firm foundation of firearms knowledge, law and ethics; but relies heavily on shooting-range practice and scenarios to teach weapon familiarity and instinct shooting skills.
We aren’t an ordinary firearms school. And, we don’t teach routine target shooting. Texas Republic Firearms Academy is dedicated exclusively to self-defense, plus preparedness planning and training for emergency situations.
Republic Firearms Academy (TXRFA) was developed to provide a counterpoint to
the more typical firearms school. Unlike them, we are interested in far
more than just helping you put holes in paper targets. We want you to be truly prepared, not just able to 'pass' the Texas DPS
exam for your Concealed Handgun License (TX CHL).
Our training includes much more. We focus on teaching real world self-defensive firearms techniques and tactics, contingency planning, and survival strategies. The entire curriculum is oriented around skill development and confidence building. Not only do we want you to survive a violent attack, our goal is to prepare you to “win” decisively, even against multiple attackers.
As police officers, the founders of Texas Republic Firearms Academy lived by the motto "To Protect, and To Serve." Now, as former law enforcement officers, their mission is: "To Serve, So That You Can Protect" yourself and your family.
Here at Texas Republic Firearms Academy, “Remember the Alamo” isn’t just a phrase from a history textbook. For us the Alamo defenders, and the Founders of the Republic of Texas, personify the kind of people we need to be in our world today. Individuals who learn from the past and prepare for the future; people who are ready for whatever we may face today. Like them, we strive to be people of integrity, independent, self-reliant; active purveyors of peace and liberty. The name of our firearms school is a reminder of this proud Republic of Texas history and heritage.
This self-reliant orientation is typified in the history of our Texas Rangers. On November 20, 1822, the provincial governor of Texas affirmed the right of citizens to assemble a group of volunteers to protect their fellow settlers. Referred to as "rangers," these volunteers came to the aid of those who were victimized by violent Indians and criminals. When needed, these individuals left their regular jobs, grabbed their guns, and came to the aid of those who needed help. They did what needed to be done when the government wasn’t there to protect their families and their communities. They were true peace-makers.
The logo for Texas Republic Firearms Academy was designed to be reminiscent of this grand "cinco peso" heritage. This is a proud history of volunteerism, community spirit, personal responsibility, and high impact self-reliance which predates the Republic of Texas. The rangers are an example of the courage, fortitude, and care-for-others that is still the hallmark of the people of Texas.
John “Rip” Ford, a medical doctor and one of the early Texas Ranger volunteers, said of his compatriots:
“it was a company of sober and brave men. They knew their duty and they did it … they made no braggadocio demonstration. … They had a specie of moral discipline which developed moral courage. They did right because it was right.”
A few decades after the formation of the Texas Republic, Texas Ranger Captain Bill McDonald, when confronted by the prospect of community lawlessness, responded to the mayor's concerns with, “Ain’t I enough? There’s only one fight!” Today this same sentiment is the basis of our self-defense firearms and self-reliant preparedness training.
Here at Texas Republic Firearms Academy (TXRFA) our goal is to impart that same Ranger-like confidence to our students. So in addition to firearms instruction, we also concentrate on the physical and mental preparation necessary to achieve self-reliance. This translates into the ability to be alone yet capable and confident. The confidence to confront fear and violence head-on, so that you can bring peace in the midst of chaos.
McDonald’s personal creed was, "No man in the wrong can stand up against a fellow that's in the right and keeps on a-comin." Today, these words are distilled in the Texas Ranger creed of: “One Riot, One Ranger.” For us, these phrases reflect our orientation to personal responsibility and self-reliance. We are here to teach you the skills you need, and to mentally prepare you to win; so that even if you are alone you can experience freedom rather than fear.
Texas Republic Firearms Academy exists to provide the training you need. Not just to survive an emergency situation, but to emerge decisively as the victor.