CHL Tests

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On this page we will discuss the written and shooting tests you need to pass to obtain your Texas CHL LTC License to Carry. 

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Written Test

The first test you will take in our class is the written test. The written test covers the same subjects we go over in our 4 Hours of classroom instruction. It is 25 questions, and is a mixture of True/False, and multiple choice. The questions are taken from the CHL LTC Classroom course.

Course Synopsis: The material contained within this License To Carry document was created by the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS), as the instructional guideline for Texas Concealed Handgun License Instructors to use in accordance with Texas Government Code §411.188.

Course description: This course is designed for a minimum of four (4) hours of classroom instruction and requirements for administering the proficiency demonstration. Material is provided in modules within the allotted amount of time for each module.

Course objective: The overall objective of this course is to educate students on the responsibilities and laws applicable to concealed handgun license holders.

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  • 1. Laws that relate to the use of weapons and deadly force
  • 2. Handgun use and safety
  • 3. Non Violent Dispute Resolution
  • 4. Proper storage practices for handguns
  • 5. The class will soon include retention tactics (holsters) for open and concealed carry per the new Texas Open Carry Law that has not yet taken effect.

All of the information we teach can be found at the DPS Website under the “Laws and Regulations” tab on the left hand side of the page.

Shooting Proficiency Course

We take our shooting test at an indoor, air-conditioned range, approx. 3 miles from our classroom. You must be able to safely handle and fire a handgun before taking our shooting test. The shooting test is not a beginner class.  The DPS requires our instructors to monitor and score your proficiency test in order to make sure only qualified individuals who can safely and accurate handle a firearm obtain a concealed carry license. We have a Zero Tolerance Policy against unsafe firearm handling; you will be removed from the range if you violate that policy.

An applicant must be able to demonstrate, at a minimum, the degree of proficiency that is required to effectively operate a handgun of .32 caliber or above. The CHL instructor shall, through observation and/or practical exercise, determine if the student is able to safely load, unload, and manipulate the safety features of his/her weapon during this demonstration period.

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You will fire a total of 50 rounds (ammo not included) from 3 separate distances, and there are 3, 4, and 5 point areas on the target.

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You will be required to score a minimum of 70% on the test to pass. In our experience, anyone with the ability to SAFELY handle and fire a handgun will be able to easily pass this test. ONLY those without the ability to safely handle and fire a handgun will have issues. This is not a marksmanship test per say, because of the giant size of the bullseye. The License To Carry test is a demonstration of proficiency with your firearm, meaning you are simply showing us you do know how to use it safely and can hit what you intend to hit.

No lasers or magnified scopes are allowed for the shooting test.

No magnum rounds, reloads, or steel case ammo is allowed at the range.

You must bring your firearm in a bag or case to the range. If you do not have a bag or case, one will be provided for you at the range free of charge for your temporary use.

Please do not bring your firearm into the classroom area. Please do not unbag or uncase your firearm in any place other than the firing line on the range, when instructed to do so. We reserve the right to refuse service at any time. Any unsafe actions will result in being removed from the range area.

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“The world is filled with violence. Because criminals carry guns, we decent law-abiding citizens should also have guns. Otherwise they will win and the decent people will lose.” – James Earl Jones