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Tom’s Instructor Credentials:
  1. NRA Training Counselor
  2. NRA Chief Range Safety Officer
  3. NRA Certified Pistol, Rifle, & Shotgun Instructor
  4. NRA Certified Personal Protection In The Home Instructor
  5. NRA Certified Personal Protection Outside The Home Instructor
  6. Texas License to Carry Instructor
  7. Defensive Pistol, Rifle, & Shotgun Instructor
  8.  3 Gun Competition Instructor

Tom Dowdy, Owner

Tom Dowdy, owner of Handgun Skills, LLC, is a decorated war veteran and was an expert marksman in the US Army.  He is a Life Member of the National Rifle Association, a NRA Training Counselor, and a Front Sight Lifetime Guardian Member where he completed defensive shooting training in multiple years.  He has had extensive training through NRA instructor courses, Combat Focus Shooting with pistol and carbine through I.C.E Training (Rob Pincus), the military, and many years experience with guns starting at age 9.  While Tom is an independent instructor, he is also the designated NRA instructor at Thunder Gun Range, 17234 FM 1314, Conroe, TX 77302 and is the Match Director for 3 Gun Matches and Defensive Pistol Matches.  As a NRA Training Counselor Tom trains and certifies other shooters as NRA Instructors.

Tom has a patient but focused teaching style that allows students to learn in a relaxed atmosphere aimed at a high retention of the material taught.  Teaching methods include use of total participant involvement, multiple training aids that allow better absorption of material, and through use of positive feedback to assess students learning speed.  Handgun Skills, LLC goal is to enable students to improve and hone their shooting skills through gaining the knowledge, skills, and proper attitude to achieve their shooting goals, whether it be basic fundamental instruction or advanced instruction in pistol, rifle, or shotgun.

David Gaines, Instructor

David Gaines is also a NRA Training Counselor and an independent instructor that has worked with Handgun Skills, LLC for several years.  He is an MBA, has a diverse background that includes, being a licensed paramedic, Program Director of a college EMS program, working in the oilfield services industry, then moving into the firearms business as a Federal Firearms Licensee, gunsmith, certified firearms instructor, and certified DuraCoat applicator of custom gun finishes.  David’s style of teaching mirrors the Handgun Skills philosophy of providing focused training in a relaxed atmosphere where students retain a high percentage of material taught.

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David’s Instructor Credentials:
  1. NRA Training Counselor
  2. NRA Chief Range Safety Officer
  3. NRA Certified Pistol, Rifle & Shotgun Instructor
  4. NRA Personal Protection in the Home Instructor
  5. NRA Personal Protection Outside the Home Instructor
  6. Texas License to Carry Instructor
  7. Certified Gunsmith
  8. Factory Certified Dura Coat Applicator
  9. Owner of Gulf Coast Firearms & Houston Firearm Transfers
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Bill’s Instructor Credentials:
  1. NRA Refuse to be a Victim Instructor
  2. NRA Range Safety Officer
  3. NRA Certified Pistol, Rifle, and Shotgun Instructor
  4. NRA Personal Protection in the Home Instructor
  5. NRA Personal Protection Outside the Home Instructor
  6. Texas License to Carry Instructor
  7. Hoffner Rifle Instructor
  8. Non-NRA Tactical Rifle & Shotgun Instructor
  9. Close Quarters Combat Instructor
  10. Home Defense Consultant

Bill Wendler, Instructor

Bill Wendler is an independent instructor team member whose passion is “Total Self-Defense” training.  He believes students should be trained beyond basic proficiency, to where they have gained expanded expertise to prevail in a defensive encounter, whether it be for self-protection or protection of a family member or fellow citizen facing a deadly threat.

Bill’s has completed extensive training in the combative aspects of pistol, rifle, shotgun, knife, and hand-to-hand self-defense.    In addition to extensive NRA training Bill has trained with Hoffner Training Academy, Suarez International, I.C.E. Training, Target Focus Training, and Krav Maga.  Bill’s focus as an instructor is to prepare students for the various real threats in today’s unsettling society, including Home Defense Preparation, Situational Awareness, Active Shooter Preparation & Response, and Proactive Personal Self Defense.

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