Baker Guns, located at 2250 N. US Highway 281, is offering concealed handgun license (CHL) training and testing on Saturday, August 4. The class begins prompty at 9am and lasts until 6 or 7pm that evening.
Most people thoroughly enjoy the fun day and class, says Amil Baker, owner of Baker Guns.
Since starting the classes in 2010, more than 125 local citizens have received their CHL through instruction at Baker Guns. Twelve attended the last class on April 7.
Mike Cox of Driftwood CHL leads the classes in the Baker conference room; attendees then head to the Baker Ranch just 5 miles north of Blanco for the range portion. The classes involve 10 hours of training and testing; they’re held on Saturday so people don’t have to miss work.
The class is designed for those who are seeking their first license as well as those renewing. Keep in mind that the CHL class doesn’t teach attendees how to shoot the proficiency exam tests the applicant’s ability to handle and shoot a handgun.
"A student must take a four-hour renewal class within six months of the expire date of their CHL," notes Mike Cox.
The class is required for first and second renewals not the third [or subsequent]. If the student attends the regular 10-hour class, they only need four hours they’re welcome to stay the entire 10 hours but they must take the same 50-question written test and shoot the same 50-shot proficiency exam.
Amil Baker recommends obtaining your CHL before purchasing and carrying a gun.
"There are purses built that have an easily-accessible pocket for the carrying and quick access to your weapon," says Baker. Men have options such as carrying on belt or on your person as well as several vest are sold that have carry pockets.
The .380 and .9mm semiautomatic and the .38 revolver are the favorite carry weapons.
"A very important part of the selection of the weapon is to find one that fits your hand, is easy to use and, of course, to make sure you are familiar with the operation of the weapon," Baker adds.
Visit Baker Guns at 2250 N. US Highway 281 or call 830-833-1414 for more information about handguns, their CHL class, and more.